I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Assistance with Passing RITEVE • RETEVE VEHICLE INSPECTION in Costa Rica

Passing the RETEVE VEHICLE INSPECTION (the MANDATORY Vehicle Inspection NEEDED before registering &/or renewing your car in Costa Rica) can be a BIG PAIN on numerous levels - even more so if you do not habla Español•do not speak Spanish!!

I found a REALLY GOOD English-speaking mechanic that's TRUST WORTHY & GETS the level of North American Customer Service we're often seeking!!

has been my friend Brenda's mechanic for AGES - young as he obviously is in the picture above, Renee started dabbling on cars when he was a little boy!  Still young (but now in his late-20's), working on cars is his PASSION.

AND, he can even help you with the whole Reteve Inspection process!!  I think hiring someone to do this is a VERY WISE INVESTMENT in your sanity, time & wallet because MANY people have reported feeling that "There's a Rich Gringo" sign on their forehead - plus it can get complicated - especially if there is/are things wrong with the vehicle & do you REALLY want to go through all that just to save you $40???

•  You can bring your vehicle to him in Guachipelin (de Escazu).  OR - for a fee (based on your location), he can come pick it up from you.

•  First he'll take your vehicle back to the shop he works for:
Servicio AutoMotrez RSO
& run a diagnostic on it to better insure your vehicle passing Reteve Inspection. 
IF anything needs to be done, with your advance permission he'll fix it.

•  Then he'll take your car to an OFFICIAL Authorized Reteve Inspection shop & once you're approved, he'll bring it back to his shop for you to pick it up or return it to you.

His Time  -  10,000-colones (less than $20 [tips are welcome])
Official Reteve Inspection Fee  -  10,000-c
Repairs  -  Varies by what's needed.
Transporation to/from his shop  -  varies by location•distance.  Inquire.

Don't live in Escazu but want someone that speaks good English & is trustworthy & have not found that person where you live?  Renee's even willing to travel to you wherever you are if you REALLY need him - for the right FAIR price for his time & gas!

8-927-6507  • OreamunoRene@hotmail.com
(make sure to tell him Vicki Connected you!!)

(note:  I've intentionally misspelled Riteve - "Reteve" to help bring it up higher in the rankings as MANY people misspell it [myself included])

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