Buying a car in Brazil is a great exercise in patience and bureaucracy. The first issue with purchasing a car is finding one that I fit in. Car’s here are very small in comparison to car’s in the United States. I tried to sit in many different cars to see about the fit and that narrowed the possibilities to only a few cars like the Chevy S-10, Toyota Corolla, and the Volkswagen Jetta. I also narrowed the cars down by what my mechanic said is easy to fix and also the size of the engine (In Brazil they value economy over power, while in the US they want power and economy, so a large engine here is a 2.0 liter as opposed to the US where a normal car could have a standard 3.6 liter engine.)
After looking at many car prices and uses I finally determined that the best car for me to purchase would be the Jetta after weighing the price, fit, functionality, and economy of the car. I finally found the correct Jetta for the price and began the process of purchasing the car. The process includes exchanging money and getting all of the documents in order to exchange cars.
I finally got everything together thanks to the help of many different Brazilian friends who helped with the translation of documents, conversations beyond my Portuguese abilities, and other difficulties. It was also encouraging to be able to talk with the salesman during this process.
The final day I was supposed to purchase the car I ran into more difficulties than I expected. The first came with registering the car because the Brazilian department of transportation (DTRAN) did not accept the documents provided by the Federal Police saying that I am legally allowed to live in Brazil. This turned out to be fairly easy as I was able to go to the local DTRAN office, explain the situation in Portuguese, and get the registration resolved. The second situation that came up was the lack of a clean title. To clean up the title I had to go and pay a ticket, which I am currently disputing. To pay the ticket I had to go to a bank but the bank closed about 1 minute before I could enter to pay the ticket. I went back to the car lot and explained that I would need to come back another day but they figured out how to pay the ticket online for me. Well after resolving the second issue of the day I was finally able to pick up my new car and take it home.