One, as you're driving around town, look for a vehicle displaying a '$' in the window, along with a phone number. The '$' indicates, as you might imagine, that the vehicle displaying it is for sale. Call the number and negotiate a price.
Two, see a vehicle parked in a lot, there's at least one or two unofficial used car dealers around, and there are one or two official used car dealers as well. By that I mean, selling cars (and probably renting them too) is their major activity.
Three, there are several people who make a career of bringing vehicles down from the States to sell them here in Belize. You might be able to meet one of them (they may also be involved with one of the used card lots as well) and actually put in a request for a specific vehicle. That's what we did.
My mechanic, Rick, put me in touch with Phillip Tillet, as Phillip frequently brings parts down for Rick as he's bringing vehicles down. It was a simple process. I told Phillip, I was looking for a dual-cab or crew-cab pickup, roughly around 2005 to 2007 or so for the year, and that I wanted to spend no more than $14,000 BZD inclusive of bringing it down to Belize, paying duty, and GST.
I made a deposit of roughly half of the purchase price, and then waited about three or four weeks. This was all done on the strength of just a hand shake. No contract or other paperwork whatsoever.
Then, late one Friday afternoon, Phillip shows up at our gate with this beauty. He had all the appropriate customs paperwork in hand. He signed where he needed to. I paid him the balance, and then Monday I ran around and got insurance on it and then drove it to the Corozal Town Hall to complete the registration process. I almost forgot to add, Rick called me and told me he'd given it a good going over at his shop and that in his estimation, it was a good buy.
|Our New 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT|
|Aerial Shot From the Balcony at Z-Restaurant - Carneval Parade Day|
|Diagram of the Rear Window Stuff|
All that is relatively minor stuff and can be fixed at leisure. Mechanical and suspension, both seem to be in very good condition. In short, we're happy campers.
I've wanted a pickup again, ever since we moved down here, and now I gots one. I especially like the swooping way the bed is nestled to the cab. A nice touch.
|The Back End|
|The Front End|
|The Other Side|
All in all, quite the snazzy set of wheels. Oh, before I forget, it's got electronic everything, windows, doors, rear-view mirrors, thermometer, compass. The list probably goes on a bit more, but that's all I can think of for now. In short, we're very happy with it. Another ten years, this'll be twenty years old and we'll start shopping for it's replacement. Till then...