Costa Rica: $1 billion in Financing for New Vehicles

About 50% of the 147,000 new vehicles sold between March 2016 and December 2017 were financed by banks and financial institutions, for close to $1 billion.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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An analysis of the vehicle fleet in Costa Rica by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData reveals that placement of loans for vehicle purchases during the period between March 2016 and March this year amounted to $1.2355 billion. 

344 thousand sales and purchase transactions of vehicles registered in this period were analyzed. Clic para interactuar con la gráficaClic para interactuar con la gráfica 

Of the total number of transactions, 147,000 vehicles were registered for the first time.  About 50% of these transactions were made using some form of financing, with the total amount of loans adding up to close to $1 billion. 

The remaining nearly 200 thousand transactions relate to sales of vehicles that were already registered, in which only one-tenth were brokered using financing. 

Approximately 60 thousand of the vehicles financed correspond to the category of light vehicles, about 28 thousand were motorcycles and the remaining 4,000 are distributed among the categories of freight, passenger transport vehicles and to a lesser extent working machinery.

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