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Could Cars Flooded By Hurricane Harvey End Up In Costa Rica?

TODAY COSTA RICA - Where to used cars in Costa Rica come from? Interesting question, no? Costa Rica does not manufacture cars. Many of the used cars were once a new car import. But many come in as used cars from the United States...

New Car Dealers Forced To Register 2018 Cars As 2017

Q COSTA RICA - When is a 2018 model car year a 2017?  When in Costa Rica and the new (2018) vehicle is stuck in customs. On Friday (March 24) the Dirección General de Tributación (DGT) - Directorate General of Taxation - suspended the decree...

Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Q COSTA RICA - Getting the train moving is no easy task, financially. For many, the commuter train is the only hope to not get stuck in traffic, for authorities to reduce the nightmare traffic congestion of the Greater Metropolitan area (GAM). But it costs. And...

Attorney General: Decree Restricting Importation Of New Cars Is Unconstitutional

Q COSTA RICA - "It restricts the freedom of commerce and implies an intrusion into the market," says Costa Rica's Attorney General, Julio Jurado, commenting on the decree emitted by the government last August, that prevents importers of new vehicles from introducing into the...

Traffic Police Confiscate License Plates Of Vehicles Without 2017 Marchamo

December 31 was the last day to pay the 2017 Marchamo, that is without incurring late fees, penalties and the possibilityof being pulled over by a Transito (traffic official). And true to their word, on Januay 1, the Policia de Transito was giving their...

This Is The Car With The Most Expensive 2017 Marchamo

(TICO BULL by Rico) Owning a late model or new car in Costa Rica just doesn’t pay. Sure, who wouldn’t want to be stuck in traffic in a luxury car, one that can take all of the stress out of driving in and around...

It’s MARCHAMO Time!

(QCOSTARICA) It's that time of year again. It snuck up quickly this year, November 1, when the following year's Marchamo becomes known. Starting this morning, the INS website publishes the cost of the 2017 Marchamo - the annual circulation permit for every registered vehicle in...

Tolls and Marchamo Would Finance Electric Train

QCOSTARICA - Soon, when you pay a toll or your annual Marchamo (vehicular circulating permit), you will be contributing to the start of the electric train in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose or GAM. At least that is the intention of legislators who...

President Solis Demands Defaulting Ministers Pay Marchamo Arrears

QCOSTARICA - Calling on his cabinet ministers to lead by example, President Luis Guillermo Solis, has demanded those in areas of the marchamo to pay up as soon as possible. The presidential directive came after the online publication La Prensa Libre, published that five ministers...

Otto Guevara: Calculation of Taxable Value of Cars “Is Illegal”

QCOSTARICA - If you have yet to pay your 2016 Marchamo, after all it is only the first day, hold off a bit. Legislator and former presidential candidate for the Movimiento Libertario (ML) party says the tax value used by the Ministerio de Hacienda...

Don’t Just Accept It, File For A Reduction

QCOSTARICA - If you are like one of the many, the 'fiscal' (tax) value of your vehicle has increased or feel that it is too high, you can file for a reduction. Although the review is made in San Jose, the request can be filed...

2016 Marchamo With Delays

QCOSTARICA - Every year, at the beginning of November, drivers learn the cost and are able to pay for the following year's Marchamo. Last year, the 2015 Marchamo went on sale on November 10. This year, it was to have been on November 16....

Protests Kick Off At 8AM

Health workers, teachers and professors, motorcyclists, drivers and many others will be protesting today in Costa Rica, with the major concentration in San José, starting at 8AM today Monday. Port of Limón workers will be shutting down the port in protest. The meeting point for...

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