New cars here are very expensive in Peru due to customs and taxes. The average Peruvian can not afford a car, and even a driving license is uncommon. Of those who can afford cars, most of them buy imported cars from Japan. Once the cars arrive, the right-hand drive moves to the left-hand drive. If you are an experienced converter, you are doing a really good job, and for the first time you will never know that they have been restructured. In Tacna, a southern Peruvian town in Chile near the border where I have an ocean port, I made a big deal.
I bought my first car in Arequipa three years ago and this was not a good experience. Because of the inappropriate import documents, it lasted six months before I was licensed and able to drive. It was a 4×4 Nissan station, but it was not for driving the big highway, which you have to do here at Cotahuasi. After endless repairs, I finally decided to get different vehicles as it needed something right for the adventurous business. He talked to Lucho, whose family here was my family and gave me a lot of advice.
First, despite the importance of tourism in Peru, the use of gringoes is a national Entertainment here. Lucho protects me like a puppy brother, though I think I'm older than he is. He used to be a policeman, so he has many experience wisdom. He gave me detailed instructions on what to do and do not do in Tacna. Most cars are sold in a special area called Ceticos, which is a reduced customs import area. It looks like a low-budget used car shopping mall where 40 or 50 dealerships are likely to sell cars. Knowing that I would pay more for the same car than a Peruvian, I would like a Peruvian friend to go with me To do the negotiations. But last week, no one was able to go with me when I had to leave. I sold my old car at Arequipa Monday afternoon and stayed on the bus for the six-hour trip to Tacna that night. One of my friends, Hector, said he could help me, but only for a day. I said I'm going to spend Tuesday and Wednesday, and if I find something suitable, I'll call him and take a bus on a Wednesday night to help me on Thursday. It was not an ideal situation, but Lucho told me that in the middle of the week it was the best and safest time to buy a car, too crowded and unsafe on the weekend. Checks are generally not used, so I reported that I would pay cash. There are so many big deals at banks. Lucho said I would take the seller to my bank, give them the money there and sign the papers so I do not walk over $ 10,000 in my pocket. He also said I ignored all those who tried to talk to me, help me or asked me to help them. He warned me to be careful not to hit anyone or to hit the bank because they were "accidentally" making a mark on their backs. When he leaves the bank, a zigzag sees the trademark and knows that he has a lot of cash. They will follow it until they have the opportunity to kidnap. 19459002
I came to Tacna at around 4:30; Fortunately, we could sleep on the bus until we had a more reasonable hour in the morning. Finally I stopped trying to sleep at about 6 am and went and found a nearby hostel. They said they would keep my bag until I got back in the evening to log in so I did not have to pay an extra daily charge. There were no restaurants around, so I went back to the bus station and breakfasted before I went to Ceticos.
Import laws have changed so fewer vehicles are transported to Peruba than there. But there are still hundreds of cars, pickups and vans in the large warehouse like the Ceticos buildings. Conversions are taking place there, which is only possible because they can buy cars cheaply and the workforce is very cheap here in Peru. A factor made it easier for me; I knew exactly which vehicle I was looking for – a Toyota Hi-Ace van, 4 wheel drive and manual gearbox. A large part of the combis (light truck service) is Hi-Aces and these are all hand-held; All I had to do was find the 4×4 model I saw here in Cotahuasi.
When we left Japan 20 years ago, almost all of the vehicles sold were still on emission reductions, with very little automation. However, over the past 10 years, vending machines have become more popular, probably due to the almost universal use of mobile phones. I found many beautiful Hi-Ace pickups with 8 seats comfortably, but most car models and none were four-wheel drive. The Town-Ace is a bit smaller, but I was also looking for them, the same problem. I found a 4×4 van, but it was a Mitsubishi and a car, and it was too expensive. Finally, I started to watch small SUVs like 4Runner and Pathfinder, but they were just automatic. They also had some Land Cruisers, but they were close to $ 20,000. One agent said that a friend who was not a notary was available for a handheld 4Runner but returned to the city for about 10 minutes.
Remember Lucho's advice, I refused to bid How I see it. I did it with her and her colleagues across Ceticos as she tried to find one and the phone number of her friend's office to call her. At this time we visited another friend who said that he knew a salesman in the city and wanted to be there to see it. Finally, after finding nothing in Ceticos, I nervously agreed to look at the people in the city as they seemed to be nice and so hard to try to find a vehicle.
Fifth or Sixth Idea when we picked up a fourth young man (who was associated with one of the owners) in Tacna and still did not see any vehicle. After driving the car away from the city center, I was very upset and I thought I'd jump out of the car when I saw a police officer and finally arrived there where one truck was supposed to be. Another five minutes later, someone set up a very damn 4Runner who wanted $ 10,000 and was an automatic! Then we went to the notary's office. He sold those he wanted to show me, but he sold the new $ 19,000. I said it was good, but it was too expensive, and it was automatic. Then they wanted to show me another and I said no, "Take me back to Ceticos!" After I lost a couple of hours and 10 feet of petrol I was asked to pay, I was happy to return to Ceticos, where I looked at the remaining places I have not been before.
There was no 4×4 manual wagon at one vendor and I was ready to quit and go back to town. First, I decided to look at Mitsubishi again and see that there is something cheaper. It turned out I misunderstood the price and I was in the budget. With my best negotiation tactics I managed to reach the price with a thousand dollars, but maybe it was still more than a Peruvian payment. I really needed a vehicle to buy, so I decided to buy it, even if it was an automatic one. I spent the paperwork the next day, made money from the United States, transferred the money and made minor repairs on the van. The papers had to be done by a notary, the seller whose employee was the same as the previous day. Fortunately, Hector made it to Tacna to help all these things and make sure everything is correct.
We received the necessary permission to return to Arequipa without registration and at 19:30 Finally we are ready to leave. We got some roast chicken and potatoes, the first meals since breakfast, picked up my bag at the hotel and headed to Arequipa. We still had to go over to the customs checkpoint, but Hector did everything there and we were on a 30-minute journey. As we went to a small town, I saw a policeman standing near the road and a sign saying "Control." I asked Hector that we should stop and say no, so we went. Approximately one and a half hours later, while we were going through a toll, a police officer waved us to the edge of the road. I showed him the license papers and said he needed to go back about. 60 miles to the control point to stamp them. It was late and I did not want to consume the fuel so they would have been asked if we could avoid the back. He took me to the building, stamped the papers, and said we could continue. We arrived at Hector, where at 2 o'clock I park my car at Arequipa, I'm tired, but I'm grateful for a successful trip. The next day, after waiting a few hours and standing in the queue, all the registration papers were submitted, and now I have to wait for 10 days to get the title, and a few more days to get the license plates. Then I can drive your car!