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Old 09-13-2010, 08:14 PM
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Rhino in Costa Rica?

Hello,
I'm hoping to build a place in Costa Rica and I'm thinking of a Yamaha Rhino or a Kawasaki Mule. Does anyone know if either or both brands is a good choice as far as availability of parts and service in CR? I'm a US citizen, currently in the US, so I'm trying to figure this out remotely.

I'll be near Puerto Jimenez and I have noticed online that Yamaha claims to have a branch there... I'll look around town next time I'm there and I've sent email to Yamaha Costa Rica to get prices and ask about services near Puerto Jimenez but haven't heard back yet. I haven't been able to find any info about Kawasaki dealerships or service near Puerto Jimenez.

I'd like to buy and service my vehicle without having to go all the way to San Jose, so I'm looking for a brand with at least one dealership down south.

Also, from what I can see in a few used for sale listings it looks like the prices for side-by-sides are pretty high in CR.... I guess from high import duties?

Any advice on the best alternative for a brand of Side-by-Side in southern CR and what kind of prices to expect would be appreciated.

Gracias, pura vida!
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:55 PM
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Hello from Costa Rica!!

Good to know you're investing in our Country. Best thing you can do is buy your ride up in the US and pay local taxes, that way you will save big bucks. I bought a brand new 2009 sport Rhino 700 from the dealer a year ago , and I paid $ 19,800.. Right now the LE is exactly that price and the sport is reaching $ 24,000. Believe that the new Teryx should be around that prices for both basic and top model.
Here you have some dealer info.
YAMAHA DEALER PUERTO JIMENEZ
Address: Downtown Puerto Jimenez next to El Bosque Cabins, 100 mts South from the Catholic Church.
Phone: (506) 2735-535/Fax (506) 235-5357
Manager: Ronald Ramirez
E-mail agenciapuertojimenez@yamahacr.com
Site: www.yamahacr.com
You'll have no problem servicing your Rhino in Puerto Jimenez.

KAWASAKI DEALER SAN JOSE
Phone : (506) 2291-7500/ FAX (506) 2291-7005
E-mail: oavila@todomotor.co.cr

Don't know if there is a dealer close to Puerto Jimenez, but I'll ask tomorrow morning.

IMO and based on local experience, the best dealer service , parts , etc and resale value , YAMAHA is the way to go.
Let me know how can I help you.
My name is Erick , E-mail eherrera@grupo38.com Phone (506) 8839-5253 or (506) 8390-6593 I'm located in Heredia.
This is my ride.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:54 AM
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OK. Just spoke to the KAWASAKI DEALER SAN JOSE and told me that the closest authorized distribuitor to Puerto Jimenez is Located in San Isidro de Perez Zeledon. Aprox 2.5 hours from your location.
Phone Number (506)2771-4847.
Let me know what else can I do for you.
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Wow, Erick!!! This is GREAT information. Thank you for spending the time to help me out. I really, really appreciate it.

It sounds like Yamaha Rhino is going to be what I will want to go with. I probably won't have a truck/trailer for hauling my Side-by-Side so having a dealer right there in town is what I want. In the area where I'm going to be most of the people have either an ATV or a dirt bike and bicycles for transportation and I'm going to do the same.

As for prices, I'm going to have to figure out what the import duties would be for a Rhino. For a nearly new automobile I think it can be 50% to 60% of the value of the vehicle. Maybe less for an ATV? If import duties on a Rhino are low because it is an ATV then maybe it will be worth it to buy one in the US.

Do you know if people make their Rhinos street-legal in CR? In Puerto Jimenez people drive their dirt bikes and ATVs on all the roads in town and I don't know if they are really legal. I'd like to be legal for streets so that I don't have to worry about it. I'm not going to go on the highway or anything like that, I just want to be able to drive through town and wave and smile at the police when I come in from the jungle.

Anyways, thanks a LOT! I'll let you know how things go. I've been to Costa Rica about 15 times and I just love it so much that this year I decided to do what I've always wanted to do and get a place down there. I'm working on improving my Spanish and I'm reading about Costa Rica law, etc. This is the most excited I've been in a long time.
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Oh... and I LOVE your ride, Erick! If I end up with anything half that nice I'll be happy!

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Old 09-14-2010, 02:24 PM
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You're Welcome! Once you know what year is your ride it will be easier to figure how much (taxes) is the import cost. You will be given a EE license plate that stands for Special Equipment. That is totally different from the normal ATV'S and Motorcycles down here. Your EE driver's license can be done in one day , that's no problem. That way you will be street legal in all senses and will be able to ride everywhere and have no problem at all . The big advantage of this EE license plate es that the insurance will be really cheap compared to the UTV and bike.
If you need to take the ride from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez I can lend you a trailer cause you know it's a long way .
Anything else you need just let me know.
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Im in the same boat bringing mine down. Where can we find the tax cost? is it the same as bringing a car down?
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Im in the same boat bringing mine down. Where can we find the tax cost? is it the same as bringing a car down?
If you find a good customs agent he can help on the price. Count on about $3000 in import taxes. Keep in mind a new 700 SS is $23,000 here and used ones are very hard to find. Parts and accessories are available, no problem.
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