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Viensa Motors Betting On Growing “Luxury Car” Market In Costa Rica With The Maserati

Viensa Motors Betting On Growing “Luxury Car” Market In Costa Rica With The Maserati

(QCOSTARICA) Soon, spotting a Maserati in San Jose’s growing traffic congestion may be a normal thing. At least that is the goal of Viensa Motors, with the addition of the Maserati to its lineup of Mitsubishi, Ssang Yong, Citroen, Geely, Fuso and JMC brands. Previously, the “ultra-luxury performance automobile with timeless Italian style” was sold […]

Expomovil 2016 Car Show Kicked Off Thursday

Expomovil 2016 Car Show Kicked Off Thursday

QCOSTARICA – The annual car show, Expomovil, kicked off Thursday at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal, in Belen de Heredia. Organized by Aivema, Expomovil 2016 that runs for ten days, to March 13, brings together 24 new car dealers, 8 banks, 3 financial services companies, 11 motorcycle dealers and six automotive parts and accessory companies […]

What Some Are Paying In Marchamo

What Some Are Paying In Marchamo

QCOSTARICA vis Ticobull.com – Today, Monday, the 2016 annual circulation permit, known as the “marchamo”, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) – National Insurance – putting online the cost each of the 1.344.836 vehicles registered in the country. The marchamo is a combination of various items that includes the mandatory third-party liability insurance (by INS) […]

The Costa Rican “Beast”

The Costa Rican “Beast”

QCOSTARICA – When we hear the term “The Beast” we instinctively think of President Barack Obama’s “Cadillac One”, a moving fortress impenetrable by bullets and bombs.  But did you know that Costa Rica’s has its own “Beast”? You probably didn’t. The Costa Rica “Beast” is not a presidential car, rather a vehicle used by the […]

Antique Cars Exibition At Lincoln Plaza

Antique Cars Exibition At Lincoln Plaza

(QCOSTARICA) A fully restored 1970 Dodge Charger is one four “historic” vehicles being displayed at Lincoln Plaza this weekend. For the first consecutive year, four of the most popular cars are on display for competition of Meguiar’s Car of the Year. This year, alongside the Dodge owned by Martin Otten, is the 1964 Volkswagen Beetle […]

PAVE – Acquisition Program of Efficient Vehicle Called A Success

PAVE – Acquisition Program of Efficient Vehicle Called A Success

QCOSTARICA – A total of 47 people had traded in their old car for an environmental friendlier one since the start of the Programa de Adquisición de Vehículos Eficientes (PAVE) – Acquisition Program of Efficient Vehicle – program two months ago. Fifteen car dealerships in Costa Rica are offering up to 90 different models, like […]

25 Vehicles Owners Changed Old Car For New, Eco Friendly In First Week of PAVE

25 Vehicles Owners Changed Old Car For New, Eco Friendly In First Week of PAVE

QCOSTARICA – In the first week fo the Programa de Adquisición de Vehículos Eficientes (PAVE) –  Acquisition Program of Efficient Vehicle, a total of 25 vehicle owners, during the Expomovil car show, traded in their clunkers for a new, more environmentally friendly one. This was announced by the director of the Association of Importers of […]

Expomóvil 2015 Kicks Off With Record Number of Credit Applications

Expomóvil 2015 Kicks Off With Record Number of Credit Applications

QCOSTARICA – Thousands left pessimism at the door of the Expomovil 2015, as more than 6.000 people in the first two days wandered around the venue with high expectation of buying a new car. According to Banco de Costa Ria (BCR), in the first 48 hours, some 2.000 consumers applied for loans of some ¢1 […]

License Plate Changeover Program Now At ‘6’

License Plate Changeover Program Now At ‘6’

COSTA RICA NEWS — The deadline for changing over the old license plates ending in 5 was Friday, October 31, as the Registro Nacional continues with its  ‘cambio de placas metalicas’ program to replace the vehicular fleet with new and more tamper proof license plates. The new plate system is in two parts: the metallic […]

INS Auctioning Off Used “Good” Vehicles

INS Auctioning Off Used “Good” Vehicles

If you are planning to a buy a used car, take note that the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) – national insurance company – is auctioning off some of its used cars. According to the INS, on the block next Wednesday (March 12 at 10 am) are six Toyota brand cars, that were part of […]

Lamborghini Dealership in Costa Rica’s Future?

Lamborghini Dealership in Costa Rica’s Future?

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Italian luxury and sports car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A introduced the Lamborghini Veneno, an ultra-limited edition of its Aventador line. Priced at more than 3 million euros, the Veneno is the most expensive retail car available at this time, and news about its release has garnered significant interest in […]

MOPT Guarantees Appointments For Driver Test

MOPT Guarantees Appointments For Driver Test

Getting a drivers license in Costa Rica has become easier, well takes less time to get an appointment for a test, thanks to a new system the Ministerio de Obra Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) has now in place. With the new system gone are the waiting of weeks and months for a road test. The […]

More Than 1.000 Drivers Lose License Plates In First Five Days

More Than 1.000 Drivers Lose License Plates In First Five Days

It wasn’t the usual Monday at the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) yesterday for workers at the license plates department in La Uruca (San José), who found their workload increased by the more than 1.000 license plates seized this past week by the Policía de Tránsito. In total, in the first 5 days of the […]

Could 2014 See Carpooling in Costa Rica?

Could 2014 See Carpooling in Costa Rica?

The New Year has thus far failed to bring relief at the pump for drivers in Costa Rica. The prices of gasoline, diesel, propane, and other fossil fuels remain stubbornly high, and the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Spanish acronym: ARESEP) is currently evaluating a request to increase fuel prices. Could 2014 become a decisive year […]

One Third Have Yet To Pay 2014 Marchamo

One Third Have Yet To Pay 2014 Marchamo

Today is the last day to pay the 2014 Marchamo without incurring late payment fees and interest starting on January 1, and according to the INS, one third of vehicle owners have yet to make their payment. In fact, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) – state insurer responsible for the payment collection – expects […]

INS Says “NO” Grace Period For Marchamo

INS Says “NO” Grace Period For Marchamo

In a little over two weeks, less if you count business days, the 2014 Marchamo or vehicular circulation permit for the coming year is due and payable before owners of vehicles start incurring penalties and interest charges, and drivers fines. The Marchamo, a combination of property tax and mandatory insurance, mainly, is due by December […]

BYD Qin Plug-in Hybrid in Showroom in Costa Rica

BYD Qin Plug-in Hybrid in Showroom in Costa Rica

Not available in the U.S., or Canada, but is in Costa Rica, the Chinese plug-in hybrid car the BYD Qin, unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2013, went on sale last month in Costa Rical The Qin is one of several BYCD vehicles, including more conventional gasoline cars, that the Chinese company offers […]

Riteve Denied Rate Increase

Riteve Denied Rate Increase

The cost of vehicle inspection will not go up, with the rejection of a rate adjustment request by Riteve. The regulator of public prices and services, the Aresep, on Friday denied Riteve a 147% increase. Arespe spokesperson, Carolina Mora, said that the company failed to document the request with the required technical and legal documentation […]

Cost Of 2014 Marchamo 20% Higher Over Last

Cost Of 2014 Marchamo 20% Higher Over Last

The cost of the 2014 Marchamo for passenger vehicles will cost an additional ¢3.500 colones this year, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) – state insurer – announced on Monday. For the most part the total amount of the basic insurance portion of the the annual ciruclation permit or Marchamo is ¢20.856 colones – ¢3.482 […]

Leaving It To The Last Minute, Long Lines For Plates Changeover

Leaving It To The Last Minute, Long Lines For Plates Changeover

In typical Costa Rican fashion, owners of vehicles with license plates ending in “1” left it to the last minute to make the mandatory changeover, enduring long lines at the National Registry (Registro Nacional) the avoid fines starting on Friday. The deadline for the number 1 ends tomorrow, October 31. On Friday, and for the […]

Mandatory Plate Change Over of “1” Ends in A Week

Mandatory Plate Change Over of “1” Ends in A Week

Vehicle owners with license plates ending in “1” have to the end of the month (October 31) to make the mandatory change over to the “new” license plates. The changeover program is quarterly starting in July and ending in January 2016. Beginning November 1  the change begins for plates ending in “2”. Click here for […]

Gone In 20 Seconds!

Gone In 20 Seconds!

An amazing video posted by online news daily CRHoy.com shows a car thief walk up to a Nissan D21 pick-up (or hard-body) truck, discreetly manipulate the lock on the driver’s side door to gain entry, jump behind the wheel, hotwire the vehicle, and speed off in just 20 seconds.     The incident occurred in […]

Youth Group Promotes Costa Rica Taxis To Go Green

Youth Group Promotes Costa Rica Taxis To Go Green

Electric taxis could soon be a reality in Costa Rica thanks to the global initiative by Global Shapers, who seek alliances in the country to make a “green” public transport system implemented. Global Shapers is an initiative supported by the World Economic Forum. The Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs developed and led […]

80% Of Truck Trailers On Costa Rica Roads Have Mechanical Problems

80% Of Truck Trailers On Costa Rica Roads Have Mechanical Problems

Eight out of every 10 trailers operating on Costa Rica’s roads have mechanical problems, the Policia de Tránsito (traffic police) has found. The statistic was provided by Germán Marín, director of the traffic police force. Bald tires, missing lights, faulty suspension and faulty brake systems are some of the problems found with 80% of the […]

Sala IV Declares Emergency Kit Fine Disproportionate

Sala IV Declares Emergency Kit Fine Disproportionate

The Constitutional Court ruled in favour of an action against the articles of law in the previous Ley de Transito (October 2008) that set a fine of ¢108.000 colones for not carrying the necessary equipment to change a tire, a set of jumper cables, took kit and first aid kit. The Court ruled the fine, […]

Costa Rica slashes tax rate on hybrid vehicles

Costa Rica slashes tax rate on hybrid vehicles

Presidenta Laura Chinchilla signed a bill on Monday to slash taxes on hybrid cars by 20 percentage points, in a bid to cut fuel emissions in the country. The tax will be cut from 15% to 10% on vehicles with engines not greater than 2000 cc, well below the 30% to 53% tax rates levied […]