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We finally did get our car registered, about a month ago. We found yet another “tramitador” or expediter, who took the paperwork and said he’d say what he could do.

The problem was the police insisted that the original import documentation from the Ecuadorian Customs Corporation had to be altered in order to register the vehicle. Of course, this was impossible, as these were documents issued years ago, and can’t be altered.

Our expediter managed to get a letter from the CAE (Ecuadorian Customs Corp), stating that the documents could not be altered. He then presented this to the police, along with all the other documentation, which was fully in order.

They registered the car without further protest. It cost us about another $150. “Ganas de joder no más¨ as they would say here, that is something akin to “just being jerks.”

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