Paying for a vehicle in Chile is not a very easy task, most ATMs are limited to 200,000 CLP a day and charge high fees.  international bank transfers takes ages to arrive, this makes buying a car more complicated and creates trust issues with local sellers.  Here we have gathered all the solutions we heard about through all the cars our clients bought:

  • Cash - might work for the lower budget vehicles and motorcycles. You can bring the cash with you, ideally in USD or EURO and convert it in Santiago using AFEX (airport office is more expansive).

  • APPS - The most common and proven app is Transferwise, it arrives after around a week to the Chilean bank account of the seller and without any special notice so seller has to constantly check for it.  the process requires to first make a contract and securing the car during the money transfer. 

  • Credit Card - easy and immediate.  some car dealerships accept credit card and if you buy from a particular seller you could pay us with a credit card and we will pay the seller.  Credit card payment has a fee of between 3% to 5.5%. 

Paying for a vehicle in Chile is not a very easy task, most ATMs are limited to 200,000 CLP a day and charge high fees.  international bank transfers takes ages to arrive, this makes buying a car more complicated and creates trust issues with local sellers.  Here we have gathered all the solutions we heard about through all the cars our clients bought:

  • Cash - might work for the lower budget vehicles and motorcycles. You can bring the cash with you, ideally in USD or EURO and convert it in Santiago using AFEX (airport office is more expansive).

  • APPS - The most common and proven app is Transferwise, it arrives after around a week to the Chilean bank account of the seller and without any special notice so seller has to constantly check for it.  the process requires to first make a contract and securing the car during the money transfer. 

  • Credit Card - easy and immediate.  some car dealerships accept credit card and if you buy from a particular seller you could pay us with a credit card and we will pay the seller.  Credit card payment has a fee of between 3% to 5.5%. 

  • Our payment service - pay us with credit card and we will transfer the payment to the seller once the title transfer is secured. (costs 6%)

How to Pay for a Vehicle bought in Chile
(All Options)

How to Cross Borders with a Chilean Vehicle in South America

Since August 2018 there's a law for tourists crossing to argentina with a Chilean vehicle https://www.aduana.cl/solicitar-permiso-para-el-ingreso-o-la-salida-temporal-de-un-vehiculo/aduana/2019-08-05/123824.html
Using our  "Premium Full Service" "Full Service" or Border crossing package it is possible to cross borders.
We provide our clients with all the necessary documents, a border list and a trip planning session.
During the first month after purchasing the vehicle you can only cross to Argentina using a permission from the seller.  
once you receive the padron(ownership document) (we can send it to you) you can cross to any other country from Argentina. 
* it is not possible to cross directly from Chile to Peru for tourists.
* it is difficult to cross directly from chile to bolivia but might work at specific crossings.
From Argentina it is possible to cross to any other country. 

How to Cross Borders with a Chilean Vehicle in South America

So you arrived to Chile, got a local sim card but it still doesn't work?
A new  law says that all foreign smartphones need to be registered with a foreign phone registering company. 
 
This is what you need to do:

Go to http://ingeaudit.cl/personas-naturales/
Choose the option of:
Remota-ingresar solicitud de certificado
Fill up the form and send the following documents accordingly:
1. A picture of your Passport
2. PDI immigration paper (when you entered Chile they left it or stapled it in your passport) 
3. Digital IMEI- Screenshot with the IMEI number, you get that by calling *#06# , you will receive a barcode with numbers, screenshot that. 
4. Physical IMEI- Picture of the IMEI number engraved on the phone. ON iPhone it is engraved on the SIM card holder with android phones usually behind the battery
You will receive an activation email, open it and press the link they sent you. 
Your phone should be activated in 72 hours.
 
 
Good luck and may the force be with you (you will need it).

How to Register a Foreign Smartphone in Chile