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Situated in the San Jose District, San Francisco is one of the industrial cities of Costa Rica. With plenty of employment opportunities to locals and expatriates, if you are moving here for a short duration or for a few years, you need to ensure that you have your own vehicle as public transportation isn’t the best here.

That is why it is essential to hire an expert international auto shipping company to facilitate the move. A1 Auto Transport is perfect for the job, as we have over 20 years of experience in shipping vehicles worldwide. To complete all of the procedures it can be difficult to do it on your own and that is why we can help. There is plenty of documentation, procedures and permits that are needed. Starting with notifying the U.S Customs to helping you get the delivery at the Costa Rican port, we’ll be with you at every step.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to San Francisco

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
San Francisco to (California port)
to San Jose, CA
$200$19005+14 days
San Francisco to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$23005+23 days
Las Vegas, NV to (California port)
to San Francisco
$450$19005+14 days
Portland, OR to (California port)
to San Francisco
$475$19006+14 days
San Francisco to (California port)
to Seattle, WA
$550$19006+14 days
San Francisco to (New York port)
to Columbus, OH
$550$23005+23 days
Detroit, MI to (New York port)
to San Francisco
$575$23006+23 days
San Francisco to (New York port)
to Chicago, IL
$675$23006+23 days
San Francisco to (California port)
to Denver, CO
$775$19007+14 days
Houston, TX to (New York port)
to San Francisco
$1,075$23007+23 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.

Costa Rica Motor vehicle laws.

You are permitted to import a vehicle on a short term temporary basis, or on a permanent basis under the regulations of Costa Rica Customs Department. As the regulations on imported vehicles are strict, it is vital that all safety and emission inspections are done in USA, two months before shipping it out from there.

Temporary and permanent import of vehicle.

This permit is given when you are importing it for less than three months. There are no applicable duties and taxes as the vehicle has to be sent back to USA within the given time-period. You are required to submit the documents with copies. They will keep a whole set of the pertinent documents and that is why having the requisite visa is essential. If you are a Costa Rican citizen, then just a proof of residence suffices. Additionally to obtain the permit, you have to pay for the permit.

The procedure to get the permanent import permit is the same except that you have to pay all of the taxes. If you though buying a new car would be a more affordable option, you are mistaken. It is cheaper to import your vehicle. However, there are documents that you have to submit are:

  • Bill of Sale of the vehicle.
  • Title deed.
  • S- issued driving license.
  • Owner’s passport.
  • Registration documents.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Bill of Lading.

If the vehicle is under lien, you will be required to submit the authorization letter which has been certified by the Costa Rican Consulate.

Taxes on vehicle imports.

You can get the details about the permits for importing your vehicle from A1 Auto Transport Company. In addition you will need to factor in the various applicable taxes that have to be added when you are looking to get a final quote on the shipment. Based on the vehicle age, price, and insurance, the taxes applicable are about 53% for the 3 year old or less aged vehicle, 64% tax on 4-5 year old vehicle and about 80% on vehicles that are over 6 years.

The Ministry of Finance AutoValor is used to find the value of the vehicle that is being imported. Discuss in detail with A1 Auto Transport service to get the price quote. For further information on the import duties, call in the Embassy of Costa Rica.

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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
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.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

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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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

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.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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