How to buy a car in Chile
#1 – Obtaining a RUT
The RUT (Unique Taxes Registry) is an identifier number, similar as the Passport Number. Every Chilean, and expat living in Chile has one, this allows you to pay taxes and sign formal legal contracts, like buy a car and register it under your name.
You have two options to get it:
- Do it once you’re here, with our help. This option is cheaper, but you will spend a few days making paperwork before you can start traveling. If you’re not in a hurry, this option is for you. Your only option to buy a vehicle is through a Notaria.
- Do it from home, with our help. It’s a little bit more expensive, but it allows you to have all the paperwork ready in advance so you will not have to wait to get your title (padrón) and start your journey right away. The ideal is to make this process at least two months in advance from your arrival. You will be able to buy a vehicle through the Registro Civil.
Once you get your RUT, you’re ready to go and buy the vehicle that will be your companion through your adventure. Both options allows you to buy your car in a few days, and drive it legally, but getting your RUT in advance allows you to exit the country right away, while getting the rut here will delay your exit from Chile up to one week. If your plan is to start traveling through Chile, you can get your RUT when you arrive.
#2 – Buying a vehicle
You can choose a vehicle from our catalog HERE.
If none of the options that we have is what you’re looking for, we can help you to find the correct vehicle for you. You can start searching at local websites as YAPO.CL, CHILEAUTOS.CL or MARKETPLACE from facebook.
Once you get your options, share them with us and we can assist you at:
- Vehicle documentation status check. We will make sure that the vehicle doesn’t have any tickers unpaid, technical inspection approved, anual taxes payed, mandatory insurance up to date, previous crashes, etc
- Technical Inspection done by us. Once your option passes the first step, we can arrange an appointment with the seller and go with you to a field inspection. We will do out best to check the mechanics of the vehicle., to reduce any risk with the buy.
#3 Title Transfer and padrón
Ok, so you found your adventure vehicle. Now you just need to transfer the title from the old owner to you, legally, of course.
We will join you and assist you in the whole process, At this point you will need to pay the title transfer and taxes for the buy. This must be done at a local notaria. It will cost around 80.000 CLP + 1.5% of the vehicle value.
Congratulations! You’re ready to start your travel. You only need your padrón (title) which accredits that the vehicle is legally yours. If you bought your vehicle through a notaria, the padrón will take two weeks to process, and because of that you can’t exit Chile, but you will be able to drive the car around this beautiful country.
If you bought the vehicle at the Registro Civil, you will be able to leave the country right away.