First, you may be surprised to find that the cost of an Ecuador car overall may be less expensive than in Canada, Europe or the US.
In a moment you’ll see some new and used Ecuador car prices. Then some broader thinking about Ecuador car prices.
First, let me share a true story (as far as I can tell) that helps illustrate a point that reflects in Ecuador car prices but goes way beyond Ecuador car prices.
You may have seen this story passed on over the internet about a musician at a Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.
He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
After 3 min. a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 min. later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.
6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
Over the 45 minutes the the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.
No one knew that the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before he had sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell played incognito in the metro station in a test organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised were: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made ….. How many other things are we missing?
So too with cars in Ecuador. So many people from North America have a perception that they must have a car… that they never stop, even for a moment and ask about others modes of transport.
How much are we missing when we fail to enter new opportunities with an open mind? What do we lose when we automatically try to impose old habits on new situations without first looking, experiencing and thinking.
This is how it is with so many North Americans who have not experienced Ecuador. They impose two misconceptions about Ecuador cars.
First, they feel they must have a car without asking why.
Second, they think that Ecuador cars cost more without checking first.
So let’s look at the facts about Ecuador car prices.
Some Ecuador car prices are high… but Ecuador car prices are very misunderstood.
Some Ecuador car prices are actually lower than in the US and Europe and the cost of having a car can almost certainly be less.
Take for example a brand new Peugeot 206 that sells in Ecuador for $16,190.
I am not sure this model is still sold in Western Europe but a used 2006 model Peugeot 206 with 36,000 miles and a 1600 cc engine is advertised for sale in England at almost $17,000.
Comparing cars in different countries is difficult, but this example shows that Ecuador car prices are not anywhere as bad as some people assume.
The higher the price of a car, the greater the difference in cost. This is in part because the percentage of Ecuador’s duty rises with price. In other words, a Mercedes may have 100% duty and a subcompact almost none.
Some cars are also partially assembled in Ecuador or other countries with trade pacts and the duty on these is reduced.
A brand new Ford Explorer XLT is advertised at $39,950 in Ecuador. A quick check in the US shows the price in the $29,000 price range.
Yet a new Ford Fiesta is offered at $13,990 compared to the $12,000 to $16,000 price that is expected when the Fiesta arrives in the USA next year. Fiestas in the UK run over $17,000.
Some cars seem really expensive to me. The price shown for a Honda Odyssey minivan like Merri and I drive in the US appears to be double what we would pay in the US. New Volkswagon Golf (called Rabbits in the US) GTIs seem astronomical as well.
Yet the asking price for a brand new Hyundai Atos Prime is only $10,290.
So depending on what you want, the price of an Ecuador car can be higher than in the US and Europe… or less.
Ecuador used car prices are not out of line either.
This 2000 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup with 78,000 miles has an asking price of $11,000.
2005 Toyota Corolla, 54,000 miles, $14,700.
Previous articles at our site have mentioned that Merri and I do not have a car in Ecuador nor do we drive in Ecuador. Most of our readers do not have Ecuador cars. See why at Ecuador Car Rental Review.
Though we prefer to hire drivers with cars, you can see from the prices above and below that those who want an Ecuador car will find them easily affordable.
If one takes into account the much lower cost of gas, insurance, parking and maintenance, Ecuador cars probably cost less to run than in the US, Canada and certainly are lower than in Europe.
Every country has a system and Ecuador’s is one that encourages drivers to use smaller, fuel efficient cars that have been assembled with lower cost, local labor.
I am not sure this is what was on the politicians minds when they developed the system but with high duty on big cars and low gas prices, a larger portion of the population can have their own ride if they wish… without creating such a bad a carbon footprint.
Those who want to drive a big fuel guzzler, the polluters pay in advance.
Plus you cannot import old cars into Ecuador… only new more efficient, less polluting vehicles are allowed in.
I wonder if this is a better system than cash for clunkers where the tax payer, rather than drivers of large and old fuel consumers, pay to achieve better fuel economy?
See more used Ecuador car prices and how to obtain new Ecuador car prices for 239 different models, 220 used cars and a list of Ecuador car dealers here.
Getting new cars in the US is one of my least favorite activities and one delight for me in Ecuador is avoiding this task.
If you feel you must have or at least know about Ecuador cars… I hope this helps.
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