Need a little help buying a car in La Paz, Bolivia

by Lauren
(La Paz, Bolivia)

Me and a friend - I'm on the left!

Me and a friend - I'm on the left!

Hi everyone! I'm new to Bolivia, but it's clear that it's a gorgeous country! I am trying to buy a used car here in La Paz, which I know carries various risks (stolen cars, etc.). I've done a lot of research into buying a car here, so I understand it can be expensive and complicated.

What I don't have is good Spanish! I am learning, but unfortunately I'm not that advanced yet! I was hoping for any advice, contacts or assistance with the Spanish side of things (just choosing the actual car!) so that I don't get ripped off. If anybody has any tips, or knows anyone who would be willing to help me (maybe in exchange for a 6-pack of beers??), it would be very much appreciated.

Once I have a car, I will be looking to travel around Bolivia, improve my Spanish, and then either hang around to work or move north to Ecuador to volunteer with refugees in Quito.


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Apr 22, 2015
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by: Johnny

In Bolivia, it is very easy to buy a car whether it is new or used. I think good condition used cars are easily available in La Paz. It is better to choose one from those ones and you will get it cheaper.

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Jan 14, 2014
by: Anonymous

did you have any luck ???? FB me owen booy

May 29, 2013
Ten cuidado !
by: Anonymous


for whatever it's worth, be very careful with solicitations like this as there are many Con Men wandering the streets of LaPaz in search of their next victim. You're placing a bulls eye on your back by posting what you intend to do with your money. Not to mention, you attach your picture to make it even easier for some crazy to spot you...just sayin.

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