Saturday, November 18, 2023

Navigating the Roads: A Guide to Buying a Car in Puerto Rico

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In the enchanting island of Puerto Rico, where vibrant culture meets picturesque landscapes, owning a car is often more than just a means of transportation – it's a key to unlocking the island's hidden gems. However, buying a car in Puerto Rico comes with its unique set of considerations and nuances. In this guide, we'll explore the ins and outs of purchasing a car in this tropical paradise.

Choosing the Right Vehicle

The first step in your car-buying journey is determining the type of vehicle that suits your needs. Whether you're navigating the bustling streets of San Juan or planning to explore the more remote corners of the island, consider factors such as fuel efficiency, size, and off-road capabilities. Compact cars are popular for city living, while SUVs or trucks may be preferred for those who enjoy weekend getaways to the lush rainforests or pristine beaches.

Navigating Dealerships and Private Sellers

Puerto Rico offers a mix of car dealerships and private sellers. Dealerships are often found in major urban centers, offering a range of new and used cars. It's advisable to visit multiple dealerships to compare prices and negotiate terms. On the other hand, private sellers might have unique deals and can provide a more personalized experience. Utilize online platforms, local classifieds, and social media to explore private sale options.

Paperwork and Legalities

The legalities of buying a car in Puerto Rico are similar to those in the mainland United States, but with some distinctions. Ensure that the seller provides all necessary documentation, including the vehicle's title, registration, and a recent safety inspection certificate. Puerto Rico requires annual vehicle inspections, so confirming that the car has passed this examination is crucial. Additionally, have your driver's license and proof of insurance ready before finalizing any transaction.

Financing and Payment Options

Financing a car purchase in Puerto Rico can be done through banks or credit unions. It's advisable to shop around for the best interest rates and loan terms. Keep in mind that a good credit score can significantly impact the interest rate you receive. Some dealerships may also offer in-house financing options, but be sure to carefully review the terms and conditions. Cash transactions are common in Puerto Rico, so be prepared to negotiate the best deal if you plan on paying in full. For a great deal on your next new Dodge, Jeep or Ram vehicle, view the Inventory at Cabrera Grupo Automotriz in Arecibo.

Understanding Local Driving Dynamics

Driving in Puerto Rico has its own set of dynamics. While traffic rules are similar to those in the United States, road conditions can vary. Potholes and narrow roads are not uncommon, especially in more rural areas. Consider the terrain you'll be traversing regularly and choose a vehicle that suits those conditions. Additionally, traffic congestion can be a challenge in urban centers, so having a reliable and fuel-efficient car is beneficial.


Buying a car in Puerto Rico is a unique and rewarding experience that opens the doors to endless adventures on this Caribbean gem. From exploring the historic streets of Old San Juan to embarking on scenic drives along the coastline, the right car can enhance your Puerto Rican experience. By understanding the local market, navigating the paperwork, and selecting the ideal vehicle for your lifestyle, you'll be well on your way to cruising the picturesque roads of this tropical paradise.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Comite Noviembre


Twenty-seventh Annual Benefit Dinner
Celebrating 37 Years of Puerto Rican Culture & History

Buscando Nuestras Raíces
2023 Puerto Rican Heritage
Nuestro Orgullo Awards

Isabel Abislaimán, Esq., Attorney at Law
Law Office of Isabel Abislaimán, San Juan, PR

Dr. Mildred Garcia, Chancellor, California State University

Ivan Enrique Rodriguez, Composer, Conductor &
Comité Noviembre Ernesto Malave Scholar

Belkis Moya, Pastor, Casa Amor, Fe y Esperanza

The Alma y Corazón Award
Wallace Edgecombe, Arts Activist & Retired Director
Hostos Center for the Performing ArtsFriday, November 17, 2023

The Water Club
500 East 30th Street, New York City
(on the East River on 30th Street)

6PM Cocktail Reception ▪ 7PM Dinner
▪ 6PM–8:30PM Silent Auction


Make reservations by November 8, 2023

The proceeds from this event go towards Comité Noviembre scholarship and youth leadership development programs as well as our continued work in Puerto Rico

For More Information or to Make A Reservation Please Contact:

Teresa A. Santiago
Angel Santini Palos


Established in 1987, Comité Noviembre is a nonprofit organization that commemorates and pays tribute to the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this nation. Its mission is to create educational opportunities for youth through college scholarships, as well as promote, acknowledge, and create awareness, of the importance of young people knowing their rich culture, language, and history. Comité Noviembre creates open forums to discuss critical issues affecting the Puerto Rican community specifically in the areas of education, youth leadership development, and civic involvement. Comité Noviembre is the only collaboration of its kind in the United States that brings together the collective talents and resources of some the oldest and most prestigious Puerto Rican organizations: ASPIRA of New York, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Hunter College/CUNY, El Museo del Barrio, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/CUNY, Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, (IPR/HE), La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular-PR, Justice Committee: NCPRR, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, (New York Chapter), Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts, Inc. (PRIDA) and the White Plains Puerto Rican Cultural Committee. This coordinating body plans and promotes Comité Noviembre’s annual programs and events.