Shipping or buying a car in Puerto Rico


If you own a car, you will need to evaluate, before you move, if it makes sense to pay the costs of import or if it financially makes more sense to sell it in your home state and buy a new one in Puerto Rico. Generally speaking, if you are planning to stay in Puerto Rico for a few years, it normally makes sense to sell your car in your state of origin and purchase a new one in Puerto Rico.

To bring a vehicle to Puerto Rico you must pay an excise tax based on the value of the vehicle in Puerto Rico. This means excise tax will be high for most vehicles, especially new and luxury vehicles. If you wish to obtain an estimate on excise taxes, press on the following link:

Shipping your car to Puerto Rico

The following documents are required from all origins:

-Listed owner on the title must be the shipper and show picture ID/proof of ownership (state/Fed ID).

-Copy of the vehicle’s title and registration. Make sure to bring original title with you as you will need it for registration. You will also need your Social Security Card.

-If there are two owners listed on the title, both owners must be present with picture IDs and/or written notarized statements from the owner(s) not present authorizing shipment export of the vehicle.

-If title is not clear of liens, there must be a letter from the Lien Holder releasing vehicle for export to PR on official letter head with contact information accompanying same.

-The value of your car needs to be declared if over $2,500. If you are not willing to provide your Social Security # to make this value declaration, you MUST obtain an EIN # with the IRS. To get one, call 1-800-829-4933 or 267-940-1099, Monday through Friday from 7:00AM to 7:00PM. You will get this # immediately on the same call. You may also request it by visiting


-Please note that vehicles exceeding the measurements that allow it to be loaded into a standard ISO container, must and will be handled on a case by case basis (Trucks/vans etc. should be considered potential exceptions). For oversized rates, please call your shipping company ahead of time.

-Wash Your Vehicle. All vehicles must have a clean exterior so that a vehicle survey may be conducted at the load port. Dirty vehicles will not be accepted.

-Some companies do not accept vehicles with cracked or damaged windshields or windows as well as non-running vehicles. If you vehicle becomes inoperative after being received, you may be charged an additional fee. Any vehicle deemed unsafe, will not be accepted for shipping.

-No Personal Belongings. All personal belongings must be removed from the vehicle. The only items acceptable for shipment in your automobile are those tools and accessories normally attached to the vehicle, or permanently installed in the dash, doors, rear deck, trunk, or console.

-Receipt from the company who performed the export car wash service.

-No vehicle will be accepted unless it has legible identification numbers in the doors, hood, trunk and dash board, and all replaced parts are documented with copies of the original receipts.

-Verify with your shipping company any other requirements. Here is a list of companies:

Crowley Maritime Corporation

Tote Maritime Puerto Rico

Magic Transport

Horizon Lines

Please make sure to select a company that does not need to subcontract to avoid additional fees.

Buying a car in Puerto Rico

If you decide to buy a car in Puerto Rico, here are some options:

Garage Isla Verde

Mercedes Benz

Autogermana, Inc.

BMW, Mini

Gomez Hermanos Kennedy, Inc.

Audi, Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, Land Rover, Maserati, Lotus

Bella Group

Honda, Acura, Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep, Mazda

Triangle Dealers

Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Honda, Suzuki, Chrysler, Honda, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, Fiat

Autocentro Toyota


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