BUYING A USED CAR IN ARGENTINA
If you want to buy a used car in Argentina, you must complete a number of filings before the Registro del Automotor (automotive registry) in order to guarantee the transfer of good title. Every car in Argentina has a record of its history archived in the Seccional Registral (Sectional Registry). If you are from the United States, you might equate this as a car’s carfax report.
Once you have found a car you want to buy, the first step is to solicit the informe de dominio (informative domain). The informe de dominio provides the information of the person under whom the car is currently registered and will allow you to determine whether or not the car is burdened with any legal impediments. You may request the informe de dominio at the appropriate Seccional Registral, but first you will need the following information. From the seller you must request the (1) Title, (2) Cedula, (3) the license plate number, (4) the car’s title control number, and (5) the control number on the cars cedula verde (identification card). Once you have this information you can request the informe de dominio at office where it is located. To locate the appropriate office click here and search for the office in accordance with the license plate number. Note, to request the file you will need to verify your identity. This requires a DNI, but if you are foreigner without permanent residency, you may present you passport. After you request the file, allow at least one to two days for its delivery.
Once you have the informe de dominio you want to verify it with the police. The Federal Police and National Gendarmarie have various offices especially for this purpose. To find the appropriate office click here. Police verification ensures that the automobile does not present alterations in the car’s documentation, motor, frame or that there is not any other type of technical or legal impediment. Once the automobile passes the police inspection, the car is in condition to realize a transfer ownership.
The transfer takes place at the Seccional Registral where the car is physically located. In other words, the car’s new location. At the Seccional Registral, they will determine if the car is free of any liabilities owed by infractions or licenses that the seller will present. Once this step is finished, you may sign the formulario 08 (buy-sale form 08), which is the form that will certify the transfer. The formulario 08 must be signed by the buyer and seller, the seller’s spouse, and notarized or certified at the registry.
Finalizing the purchase, the registry will deliver the cars new cedula verde. Note, there are various taxes and fees you must pay to consolidate the transaction. These fees however vary in accordance with the value of the car.
Lastly, you must register your vehicle under your name with the Dirección de Administración de Infracciones. What this does is updates the ownership information associated with the car so that in the event you receive tickets for traffic violations, they are sent to your address. This way, any traffic tickets you receive are not sent to the previous owner. To update your car’s information you must do it at the Dirección General de Administración de Infracciones (General Direction of Administration of Traffic Violations).The “DAI” is located at Carlos Pellegrini 211, on the first floor. Updating this information is free of charge.
How to Buy a Car in Argentina
Buying a car in Argentina poses some logistical challenges. However, these obstacles are intended to protect a car buyer’s safety, time and money. Whether you are looking to buy a new or used car, looking out for trustworthy deals and dealerships is paramount. When searching for a new car, avoid online and newspaper ads for “0km” — no kilometer/mileage — cars. These offers may present risky deals.
Search for a reliable car dealership. Look online or through the Argentinian Yellow Pages for a dealership. Ensure that the phone book lists the full address and a working phone number for the dealership.
Call the dealership and speak to a salesperson. Ask a few questions about the dealer’s car makes and models to ensure the salesperson is knowledgeable about the merchandise. These questions can weed out phony dealers.
Check car dealership customer-rating services online. The information Argentinian car owners and shoppers provide can help car buyers unfamiliar with the Argentinian car market.
Visit the car dealership. Find a brand-specific car dealership or a general dealership selling various car brands.
Go to a an Argentinian-specific dealership for a national car model. Or, for example, visit a Honda dealership if you want a foreign car model. You can also shop at a dealership with a mix of new-car brands.
Choose a dealership. Decide whether you want to buy a used car from a used-car dealership or a new- and used-car dealership. The majority of new-car dealerships in Argentina also sell used cars.
- Ask the car dealer to run a background check on the used car you are interested in purchasing. Car dealers usually perform this step automatically, but it is important to ensure that the car gets checked for illegal activity or serious damage.
Sign a contract with the car’s owner. Once you have decided on the used car you would like to purchase, the car owner — or car dealer — will ask you to sign a contract.
Verify that the statement follows your verbal agreement for how much is to be paid upfront or in installments. Agree that the contract fully transfers the used car to you. This form is called the 08 (“zero-eight”).
Follow up with the dealership. Check that the car verification process is under way. Ensure that the previous owner signs a document that formally states that he is ‘in the process of selling the car.’
Transfer the car before a notary. Along with the former owner, sign the completed transfer paperwork. After this step, take the car is officially yours.