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Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

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Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

A friend and I are looking to buy a vehicle to drive from Los Angeles down the Pan-AM highway through to Santiago, Chile. Planning to sell the vehicle there and then fly home.

Does wisened overlander or Central/South American seasoned traveller have info about vehicle age restrictions for any of the countries on the way?

Currently looking at a '98 Dodge Dakota 4x4, and our cut-off vehicle year is 1997, we wont be going older than that.

Any help much appreciated!!!

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1. Re: Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

Never heard of vehicle age restrictions in the U.S. or elsewhere.

So how are you planning on "driving" from Panama to Colombia? FYI, you can't, no road between these two countries, only way is to ship/ferry your car... You may want to read this... http://www.thedarienplan.com

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2. Re: Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

You also might want to visit the Expedition Portal Forum [ www.expeditionportal.com/forum/index.php ] if you need help planning your trip. Not many "overlanders" hang out on Trip Advisor.

Enjoy your adventure.

Steve www.panamanotes.com

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3. Re: Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

Also you may or may not be able to sell it in Chile, for example inColombia you could not sell it to a local who wants to keep in country.

No matter what car you decide on make sure you bring extra parts - many model names are the same in Latin America but the parts are different - i would look for a used Toyota. - lots of them in S America

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4. Re: Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

You must read this book before attempting the trip. It's very relevant to your trip (2/3 of the book are about preparation and dealing with bureaucracies); the rest about the actual drive, including guns pointed in their faces, etc. Also hilariously funny.

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Fever-Tim-Cahill/dp/0394758374/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363204690&sr=8-1&keywords=road+fever

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5. Re: Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

My husband and I are planning on traveling the panamerican highway from Texas to Brazil.....can anyone offer suggestions, advices for us?..........

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6. Re: Vehicle age restrictions - Pan-American highway

Have a look at the expedition portal in 2 and the book in 4.

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