The Ministerio de Hacienda and its customs agency, the Dirección General de Aduanas, said that some 3,000 suspicious vehicles have been imported into the country.
The ministry promised to tighten up controls and warned consumers against purchasing vehicles that have been declared a total loss in their country of origin.
That is something that is illegal in Costa Rica, to import a vehicle that has been declared to be junk. Natural disasters and other events sometimes generate large quantities of vehicles that fit this classification. They cannot be sold as transportation in a country like the United States, so they are shipped overseas.
The ministry said it was seeking criminal action against those importers who already brought such vehicles into the country on the grounds that they falsified documents. The ministry said it would seek the help of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes and other agencies.
The ministry urged buyers to check the history of vehicles online.