My husband has been rather frustrated with the length of time it has taken for him to be able to get his car. First, just getting the money to buy the car has been quite a process. We made sure to sign up for an HSBC bank account while in Brasil, so we would be able to transfer our US money into Brasil with the least amount of “Bank Fees” withheld. As HSBC is an international Bank, one would think that the first time you attempted to transfer money from your US account to your Brasil account it would be second nature to them. It was not, and it took 3 hours for them to figure out how to do this. Once you initiate the transfer, it then takes between three and five days for the money to be released. I’m okay with this, as I understand you don’t want foreign drug money floating around your country. If you are transferring a substantial amount ($15,000 R), you will then need to prove where the money came from. Again, the drug money legitimacy.
Second, there is the irony of trying to find a car while not having a car – how do you get to all of the cars for sale?? The car I had found on internations was stick, and we didn’t want to deal with that. So we found a leather interior Toyota for sale for R$40500 at a dealership. It was a bit fancier than we wanted, but we figured we would be able to sell it for close to the same amount. The keys to this beauty of a car unfortunately have not passed through my husbands hands. Having the car today would have been nice as my husband started work today. It is necessary to pick me and the bub up on Saturday am.
Well the point of all this.
I got an email this week from Internations again, someone had a Honda Fit – Automatic Transmission for only R$25000. The honda is a better car for Sao Paulo, as well it’s not as flashy, it has a few dents, so we don’t have any worries about it getting any more scratches– kinda the same theory we held for our cars in LA. As the seller is moving out of the country, we were able to completely go around HSBC Brasil, and transfer money from our account into their account. Poof! Instant transfer, amazing.
Now, if you DO ever buy a car from a private seller, you do want to go to the Federal Police and speak with a despachante. You will need the registration number for the car and the sellers CPF. This is free. When we did it we discovered there were R$2500 in parking tickets and back taxes unpaid. This step is very important, as these type of fees are linked to the car, so should we are buying the car AND the unpaid fines. Crazy right? You can also check for these fees online at the DETRAN.