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How to buy a Car in the Dominican Republic?

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The authorities of the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Pro-Consumer) through their electronic means, guide citizens to know what they should take into account when purchasing a Car in the Dominican Republic.

Many people have at some point considered buying a Car before, after starting college or when they start a job, so you need to make sure you acquire the right knowledge on how to buy a car. Here in the Dominican Republic buying a car might be a completely different process from your Home country, make sure you read thoroughly so you can make the best decisions possible.

Pro-Consumer indicates that the General Law for the Protection of the Rights of the Consumer or User, number 358-05, in its article 3, literal b, defines durable goods as “those whose characteristics allow them to be used successively until their properties are exhausted during their lifetime. Useful”. In this sense, any property or property, produced or not in the country and that is the subject of a commercial transaction between suppliers and consumers, including motor vehicles, may be subject to the application of this law.

Pro-Consumer points out that the acquisition of a vehicle implies paying a considerable sum of money and that for this investment to be satisfactory, it is necessary that all consumers when purchasing this type of goods, review certain aspects that are decisive to ensure that you are buying a safe and in good condition vehicle.

In this regard, article 63 of the aforementioned Law 358-05 establishes that “the supplier is responsible for the suitability and quality of the goods and services that he offers, sells or provides in the market”, therefore, the National Institute of Protection of the Rights of the Consumer or User (Pro-Consumer), urges all consumers and users to take into account the following when buying a vehicle:

1) Verify the condition of the vehicle, that is, if it is used or new: Article 65 of the aforementioned law provides that “when the offer of goods refers to used goods (…) this circumstance must be indicated precisely and clearly”. Likewise, article 58 of the regulations for the application of this law, establishes the following: “when suppliers sell goods with imperfections, used, repaired or that used or repaired parts have been used in their preparation, these conditions will be communicated to the consumer and in the wrapping, packaging and invoice will be recorded such characteristics. ”

In this case, the consumer must require the supplier, “dealer” or vehicle agency, to use in the document in which the commercial transaction is recorded (drive, invoice, etc.), any phrase that identifies the condition of the vehicle, that is, if it is used, rebuilt or repaired and only when it has been duly informed and accepted, is that the supplier is exempt from the provisions of the aforementioned article 63 of the law.

2) Require the guarantee document: Article 68 of the law establishes that the supplier must deliver in writing and in Spanish, a guarantee that necessarily contains the following:

Likewise, article 32 of the regulations for the application of the law establishes that “the information regarding the product guarantee shall be clearly established”.

3) Carry out a prior check-up by a mechanic: The consumer or user must be accompanied by a specialist in the field so that at the time of purchase of the vehicle, he/she gives the go-ahead for its condition.

4) Compare vehicle price: The consumer must compare the price of the vehicle offered for sale with the market price, based on its conditions, characteristics, quality, and year of manufacture.

5) Inquire about the origin and ownership of the vehicle: Every consumer has the right to information, in this regard, article 84 of the aforementioned law establishes that “every provider of goods and/or services are obliged to provide the consumer or user, on the label or similar support, with information, at least, in Spanish, clear, truthful, opportune and sufficient on the goods and services that it offers and commercializes, in order to protect the health and safety of the latter, as well as its economic interests, so that it can carry out an adequate and reasoned choice”. In this sense, you have the right to demand from your supplier all relevant information before your purchase, such as the ownership of the vehicle and the absence of opposition to the transfer of the same in the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII), as well as confirm it is not a stolen vehicle through a Pilot Plan certification.

6) Investigate transfer conditions: The consumer must know whether or not the transfer is included in the sale price and verify the approximate amount of the motor vehicle property transfer tax at the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII).

7) Require information on a monthly rate, interest, and form of amortization in case of acquiring it on credit or with financing: Article 53 of the law establishes that in the sale of goods under the credit modality, the supplier must record the total amount to be paid, the cash or credit price, the amount of interest, monthly and/or annual interest rate. , default interest, the form of amortization of capital and interest, as well as the number of payments to be made, their periodicity, date of payment, amount and detail of any additional charge or expense.


In another order, Pro Consumidor also reminded the person who acquires a vehicle that is under Law No. 483 on Conditional Sale of Personal Property, which agrees that “the property right is not acquired by the buyer until he has paid the full price and fulfilled the other conditions expressly stated in the contract ”, which is very decisive and, therefore, must honor all its commitments to prevent the supplier from acting in accordance with the provisions of this law, which even empowers you in the event of non-payment or breach of contract to seize the purchased vehicle.

Finally, the institution makes the complaint procedure established in article 117 of Law No. 358-05 available to the consumer, in case they feel affected by the supplier’s failure to comply with the indicated conditions.

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