Buying a car for less than R$ 2,500 in Rio de Janeiro (Sep 2011)

by Leko Dunga
(South Africa)

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What R$ 5,000 buys in Rio de Janeiro: 1974 Volkswagen Fusca


My friends and I are looking into coming to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. We would like to rent an apartment for a period of two months and purchase a car for mobility, (R$ 2,500 or less) but we are not sure of estimates of prices.

Hello Leko,

Finding a used car in Rio, in good mechanical condition, for just R$ 2,500, will be nearly impossible. We searched the ZAP on-line classifieds, and found just 7 used cars for sale in the city that were priced between R$ 3,000 - 5,000. They were mid 70s - early 90s model years and looked to be in fair condition at best.

Our search found just 7 used cars for sale priced less than R$ 5,000, 85 cars priced between R$ 5,001 - 10,000, and 238 autos for sale between R$ 10,001 - 15,000. The majority of used cars were priced between R$ 15,001 - 35,000.

It appears you could buy reliable basic transportation for about R$ 7,500 - 8,500.

Renting an apartment for 2 months will be relatively easy, but the prices will be inflated for the time period covering the 2014 World Cup. You can expect to pay at least R$ 7,500 - $10,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment in Copacabana Beach. You might find a lower rate if you rent in the suburb of Barra da Tijuca, and if you agree to pay the utilities for your stay.

We suggest that instead of buying a car, that you rent a small apartment in Copacabana, a few blocks from the beach (cheaper) and near the Metro line. The Rio Metro is safe and inexpensive and will take you to all of the venues for the World Cup soccer matches held in Rio de Janeiro. If you plan to see matches in other cities, then travel by bus is your best bet. The interstate bus system in Brazil is efficient, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive.

Sorry, but Rio is fast becoming one of the most expensive cities in the world. Perhaps Brazil's economy will cool down a bit by 2014 and foreign currencies will strengthen against the Brazilian Real.

Happy hunting,


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