Friday, January 21, 2011

still in process

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Yesterday we went up to Belize City to begin the process of buying a car.  We had to go to the main Customs and Excise office which is right near the port.  

In the distance we could see the large cruise ships that come in.  We have never taken a cruise so I am amazed by the size of the ships.  We were told that many of the ships come in on Thursdays and that the city is prepared for them.  The livelihood of many people depends on tourism.  Normally, there are 4 or 5 ships of this size anchored off the coast.  This day there were only 3.  The person who was with us told us that this is a major blow to the economy here. Apparently there is a dispute regarding the local tenders who bring people to the shore.  You can read about it here Local Tenders Threatened

Anyway, back to car buying.  Yesterday's step was to have the car valuated and pay the fees that are due to the government.  Normally when you bring a car into the country you have to pay duty on the import.  The car we are purchasing came in through a diplomat so there were fees waived.  We were unsure exactly how this was going to affect us but in the end we were not charged for this.  And we rejoiced over that news.  Import Duty is 59% of the vehicle's value.  We did have to pay Revenue Replacement Duty, Sales Tax, and an Environmental Tax.  Click on the highlighted portion to read more about those fees.

Today we will make the final payment to the seller, get the title transferred into our names, get plates for the car and insure it.  We are so grateful to those walking us through this process and for the people we have met along the way.  This is our first experience purchasing a car in a foreign country and so far we are pleasantly surprised at how well everything is going.





16 comments:

  1. Sounds like quite a process...a bit different from going to the car lot and driving away in a new car a few hours later! What a relief to have the fee waived, sounds like a lot of money was saved at 59%. WOW!
    There are so many GOOD people around!

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  2. Wow, sounds like so much work but will be such a blessing in the long run! Praying all goes well.

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  3. Much easier than at home! I actually visited Belize on a cruise ship. We went cave tubing complete with headlamps and everything. It was really fun, but I know we didn't really get to see the 'real' Belize doing so

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  4. Wow, don't try to do two things at once then. I meant to say more complicated than at home. Hey, be easy on me, its Friday :) Sorry bout that!

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  5. OMGosh I would totally love to be on a cruise!!!! Hubby is kind of afraid of water, though :( I hate car buying. Bleh!! Hopefully it all is great for you (we have had some unfortunate luck with "lemmons"!!)

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  6. I'm glad that process has come close the end :) Enjoy your new car and have a blessed weekend!

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  7. thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment! I appreciate them.

    you have a nice blog too...might have to stick around and visit more often! :)

    melody
    melody-mae.blogspot.com

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  8. Can't wait to see a picture of the "new car!"

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  9. On our one and only cruise we stopped in Belize. It was our favorite port. The people were wonderful. We went on a tubing outing which was really fun.

    Good luck with the car ordeal.

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  10. We got the car!! We are so excited... pictures on Monday!!

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  11. Wow! HOw exciting! dont you just love "firsts"! Now you can say you've bought a car in a foreign country! lol
    Can't wait to ready more about your adventures ;)
    found you at FTLOB

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  12. Greetings from Southern California :-)

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You, ~Ron

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  13. Stopping by via FTLOB and after reading your recent post, I think you all really lucked out on getting your car so easily and even better, not having to pay that 59% duty fee! hope all goes well tomorrow! following your blog now!

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  14. We live in Costa Rica and the process is so similar! Who knew that buying a car would become even MORE painful!!!

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  15. That sounds like a bit of a process! The cruise ship looks huge, I've never been on one either! Maybe someday!! Thanks for the follow on my blog, I'm now following yours too!

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  16. congrats on the vehicle! I know that is exciting.

    The only time we have visited Belize was when we docked there on a cruise a few years ago. Hope to get back over that way soon.

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