Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Vehicle Question

    I will be moving to Santo Domingo this summer. I had a previous post asking general questions and I appreciated all of the valuable feedback. I just found out today about the regulation that forbids any vehicle over 5 yrs old from being shipped into the Dominican Republic. It has definitely messed up my plans as the SUV I planned to take over is a 2003 model. My employer will pay to ship my vehicle and I will be in Santo Domingo for 4 years. I now plan on buying an SUV to ship over with the intention of selling it when I leave. My question is as follows:

    1. What types of SUV's are popular? I am looking for something that is not too huge but that has capacity for seven when needed (jumpseats in the rear). Something along the lines of a Honda Pilot, Land Rover LR3, Ford Explorer, Chevy Trail Blazer, Toyota LandCruiser, Volvo XC90 etc. Does anyone know what sells? Is there a preference for U.S, Japanese, or European SUV's? Do the U.S., Japanese and European SUV's have the rights specs to operate and later be sold in the Dominican Republic?

    2. Is there a market for used SUV's that are in good condition (4-6 yrs old) but have not been too beat up? I realize that the nature of Santo Domingo traffic/parking/driving will beat it up but we plan on doing whatever we can to keep it in good shape.

    3. I have been told that I can probably sell whatever I buy in the U.S. at cost after using it for four years in the Dominican Republic. Is this true?

    4. What is insurance like? Is it expensive? People I have spoken too say that no one has insurance. It this accurate or just plain wrong? I was not going to worry about full coverage with the 2003, but if I buy a 2006-2008, I want to make sure that I am covered in case of theft, accident, etc.

    Thank you in advance for help.


    TB

  2. #2
    Platinum
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    31,593
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by toritobravo View Post
    1. What types of SUV's are popular? I am looking for something that is not too huge but that has capacity for seven when needed (jumpseats in the rear). Something along the lines of a Honda Pilot, Land Rover LR3, Ford Explorer, Chevy Trail Blazer, Toyota LandCruiser, Volvo XC90 etc. Does anyone know what sells? Is there a preference for U.S, Japanese, or European SUV's? Do the U.S., Japanese and European SUV's have the rights specs to operate and later be sold in the Dominican Republic?

    2. Is there a market for used SUV's that are in good condition (4-6 yrs old) but have not been too beat up? I realize that the nature of Santo Domingo traffic/parking/driving will beat it up but we plan on doing whatever we can to keep it in good shape.

    3. I have been told that I can probably sell whatever I buy in the U.S. at cost after using it for four years in the Dominican Republic. Is this true?

    4. What is insurance like? Is it expensive? People I have spoken too say that no one has insurance. It this accurate or just plain wrong? I was not going to worry about full coverage with the 2003, but if I buy a 2006-2008, I want to make sure that I am covered in case of theft, accident, etc.

    1. japanese or american. toyota rav4 or landcruiser. honda crv. ford explorer. toyota would probably be the best.

    2. there is always a market for used jeeps.

    3. for car prices in DR look at: super-carros.com - dominicana - carros nuevos vehiculos usados - supercarros
    on the left you will find CARROS USADOS (used cars), buzqueda avanzada is advanced search. marca is model.

    4. full insurance for a jeep this new will be expensive. depending on a price and model it can go up to 3k dollars a year. basic insurance is cheaper. since you plan to stay here for few years note that insurance will cover only drivers with valid DOMINICAN license. that means you would also have to get residency.

  3. #3
    Regular
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    404
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    "My employer will pay to ship my vehicle and I will be in Santo Domingo for 4 years. I now plan on buying an SUV to ship over with the intention of selling it when I leave. "

    Why don't you ask your employee if they would pay for it. If they are the one who send you here they should cover all of your moving expenses. For an SUV that you are talking about there are duty, tax, and other BS fees that you need to pay, and it will be way over US$ 10G !!! Have you considered this? Will you have residency or only work visa??

    The Hun

  4. #4
    Silver
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    2,761
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I think that after you do a search on this forum about importing vehicles, you will find, that even under the resident exception it is not entirely free (duties) and not sooo easy.
    Also, not only can you not import a car that is older than 5 years, but you also can not expect duty exemption under the new resident status for a vehicle you have NOT OWNED for a year or two(?).

    Importing a vehicle paying duty can be done, but it is expensive (duties and taxes) and can be complicated.
    You may want to consider buying a vehicle locally IF you really need one and after you have gotten used to the local traffic situation.


    ... J-D.

  5. #5
    Silver
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    You might also check about buying a new vehicle and then shipping it. I believe the law is that the vehicle has to be between two years and five years old and you have to own it for two years before it can be shipped

    Bob K

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for the input. dv8, that website is very helpful. My employer will be paying for the shipping and all import fees, costs, etc. All I have to do is provide the vehicle. As far as driving, I was in Santo Domingo for 4 months in 2005 and drove on a daily basis. It does not seem to make much sense to purchase a vehicle in Santo Domingo considering how much they are marked up. I will purchase something new or gently used, like an 07 or 08. Any input on what make of vehicle to take over would be helpful. As I said earlier, I would want to be able to sell it when I leave in four years.

    Thanks again,
    TB

  7. #7
    Silver
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,242
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    tb
    I think you can bring in you 2003, but have to pay the tax that's designated for a 2004. I believe that info is here on dr1. search the forums a little more.

  8. #8
    Silver
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,242
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CFA123 View Post
    tb
    I think you can bring in you 2003, but have to pay the tax that's designated for a 2004. I believe that info is here on dr1. search the forums a little more.
    To reiterate.... I'm not sure about this. Don't 'take it to the bank' without additional confirmation from sources you trust. I probably shouldn't have posted anything in the first place

  9. #9
    Regular
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    15
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Moving to the DR and reading DR1's posts are making me anxious!

    Every time I read the posts here is like everything in DR is bad and getting worse!

    I am beginning to feel as if I don't really want to move there. Our employer is sending us there for three years, but I am not jumping up an down of joy anymore. Trust me when I tell you that we moved around plenty of times, but always within the states due to my husband's job, but this is a whole new ball game for us. I am the one reading here and I don't like what I see.

    I tell you that it is so frustrating to find information at that Aduanas' website! I went there to find out about taking my current vehicle to DR when we move, in July, and I just about had it! I was trying to do a search for information on my vehicle and the taxes, fees etc that I would have to pay and the search returns no information.

    Can someone please tell me, really, is it that bad? I don't want to live my life scared, afraid of what could happen. Thinking all the time, Am I going to get mugged? Do I have to not trust anybody? Come on! Life is full of good and bad everywhere!

    We are just "normal", law abiding, good citizens. Our lives in the states is just "normal", but we know that we have to be careful and aware of our surroundings, but never fearful. What kind of life is this going to be if I am not able to even wear my earrings in peace? Is it worth it? Am I risking my teenage daughter's lives for a job? Should I let my husband go by himself and possibly break our family just like that?

    Can someone just talk to me with the real truth? Please? Is it really that bad?

  10. #10
    Bronze
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    826
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    From personal experience on being transferred for the benefit of the company I would suggest that you lean on the company to make all the arrangements to get your car here. Companies usually want the move to go as smooth as possible so the employee is not distracted but often are waiting for you to let them know what you need. Keeping the spouse and family happy is included. It should be financial to your advantage not just in salary but to make you whole in the new country. It's enough you are uprooting to another country. That being said with your concerns maybe it would be better for your husband to try the job first and see if it's for him before you uproot your family. Why don't you have the company fly you and your kids
    down so you can make a better decision, look at housing, schools etc.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •