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Ship Car To Alajuela
🇨🇷 Costa Rica, (CR)

The second largest city in Costa Rica, Alajuela is highly populated. It is the capital and administrative head quarter of Alajuela province. As it is located in the central valley, it is considered to be a part of the greater metro region.

If you need to import your car here for ease of commuting while you stay in Alajuela, it can be difficult if you try doing it on your own. However, when you select a trusted and experienced auto shipping service such as A1 Auto Transport Company which has transported thousands of cars to different countries, the complete process becomes manageable.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Alajuela

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
Alajuela to (California port)
to San Jose, CA
$200$18505+13 days
Alajuela to (California port)
to Los Angeles
$350$18505+13 days
Alajuela to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$22505+22 days
Alajuela to (California port)
to Phoenix, AZ
$550$18506+13 days
Alajuela to (New York port)
to Detroit, MI
$575$22506+22 days
Chicago, IL to (New York port)
to Alajuela
$675$22506+22 days
Alajuela to (New York port)
to Atlanta, GA
$700$22506+22 days
Denver, CO to (California port)
to Alajuela
$775$18507+13 days
Miami, FL to (New York port)
to Alajuela
$925$22507+22 days
Dallas, TX to (California port)
to Alajuela
$1,025$18507+13 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Specific regulations in Costa Rica.

As per the Costa Rica Customs Department, you are allowed to import your vehicle under Temporary permit and permanent permit. Depending upon your requirements, you can apply for the right permit. With stringent rules about emission and environment, it is important that your vehicle is inspected and tested for emission standards at least 2 months before it is shipped.

Importing the vehicle on a temporary basis.

If you are only importing the vehicle for 3 months or less, it can be brought in from USA on a temporary permit. You will not be liable to pay any import tax and duties. However, it will have to be sent back before the culmination of the permitted period.

You need to apply for the import permit provided by Costa Rica Customs. To do it you are required to submit the documents for verification and the copies, which will be kept for their record. It is important that you have the work permit or residence visa for the duration when you are applying for the vehicle import. For returning citizens, you are required to show proof of residence. There is a small fee that has to be paid to Costa Rican National Insurance Institute.

Additional documentation.

Irrespective of whether you are applying for temporary or permanent import permit, you need to submit these documents:

  • Driving license and passport.
  • Registration and insurance certificate.
  • Title deed (in your name)
  • Bill of Lading.
  • Purchase invoice.

In case, there is a lien on the vehicle that you need to have the letter of authorization from the lien holder and this has to be notarized and certified by the Embassy of Costa Rica.

About Permanent import.

It is essential to get the details from A1 Auto Transport service, when you are planning to permanently import the vehicle. The procedure is similar to the temporary import. Additionally, when you import permanently, you have to pay all of the taxes. The taxes are lower than buying a new car in Costa Rica. The taxes on imported cars are based on the price of the vehicle, shipping and insurance charges and the most important is the age of the vehicle. These are:

  • Vehicle is 3 years old or less, it is taxed at 52.29%
  • Vehicle is 4-5 years old, the tax is 63.92%
  • Vehicle is more than 6 years, tax is 79.03%

Costa Rica customs uses the Ministry of Finance AutoValor to evaluate the resale value of the vehicle and based on that the import duties are fixed. It is important to get the details of shipping covered so that you are aware of the total cost and time required for importing it. Contact us at A-1 Auto Transport or call in the Embassy of Costa Rica for more details.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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