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Recommendation for Mateo Salazar, car buying

Buying a car in Ecuador is a daunting process. There are many pitfalls. Do not go it alone. Call Mateo. I contacted him on a Monday and in exactly two weeks I was driving my perfect car home. His fee is very reasonable, and his negotiation skills saved us enough money that his service practically paid for itself. He will take care of the whole process for you, negotiating the price and even navigating the bureaucracy required to legally take possession of the car and getting your car completely matriculated and road-ready. This is rarely a simple feat in Ecuador if you don't know what you are doing! He speaks fluent English and Spanish, and is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.

Mateo went out and looked at 14 cars for us all over Cuenca. He sent us pictures, detailed descriptions, and his recommendations on each vehicle. As we narrowed down the search his mechanic determined exactly what condition the car was in and what repairs would be needed in the future.

The whole selection process was very thorough, and rightly so considering the higher cost of cars here in Ecuador and the prevalence of swindlers, especially in the car market. And if you look or sound at all like a gringo, you know that many business transactions will work out cheaper for you if you have a local represent you.

It's almost impossible to buy a used car in Ecuador that doesn't need any work. Mateo's mechanic determined that the car we finally chose needed new spark plugs and brakes, and we made the purchase knowing that. He did the repairs for us within a day, and we were very happy with the results, and the cost was extremely reasonable.

With a service like Mateo's there is no reason to attempt to buy a car in Ecuador by yourself. We highly recommend him!

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: mate.salazar@outlook.com 098 436 9373

Recommended by Waldo Hampton: waldo@waldohampton.com