Nov 11, 2006, 11:39 AM
Post #9 of 40
You said: I may post how it gets handled-could be of use to others.
By all means post it or write an article. This will be of use to all of us.
1. You have received good information. You, yourself cannot mexicanize (legalize) your car in México. There is no "window of opportunity" at this time.
2. To have the car here in México on your FM3, you need to take it to the border. Depending on where you pick to re-enter México you may or may not need current licensing and current insurance to bring it back into México. The law requires that you have both. The law is ignored much of the time. The first time I drove into Mexico some 20 years in the past, I was asked to provide both. And my car was inspected, and the temporary import document was affixed to the windshield by the customs agent. That hardly ever happens anymore anywhere, and as some posters have said, in some locations they don't even look at the car but hand you the documents to affix yourself. At others, the bank clerk does require you to drive the car in front of the office where he/she can at least look at the color and body even if he/she doesn't go out and inspect the car.
3. Esperanza is correct. Theoretically the former owner of the car needs to go with you to the frontier and get a constancia (free) which proves that the car has been removed from México. Theoretically you cannot do it, but if he gave you the temporary import document, you just might be able to do it without him--especially if he is in Brazil. Depends on the mood of the bank clerk (don't go anywhere near the customs agent)--and the bank clerks usually care less than nothing about the customs agents. Without that constancia the car theoretically can never be returned to México.
4. However, the records on the computer system seem to be kept by name not by vehicle identification number. If you, yourself, have never brought a vehicle into México, or if you did, you obtained a constancia for its removal, you just MAY be permitted to bring that car back into México. Unless records are kept by VIN the fact that the car never left México would be unknown. Who knows? Try it and see what happens.
5. If you cannot bring it into México in this manner, then it is time to see a broker and see if you can import the car into Mexico and legalize it as a Mexican plated car by paying those very expensive import and legalization fees. Since the car has so few miles on it, it probably would still be a bargain.
6. If all that cannot be done, then it is obviously time to sell it there in the United States. If the car is in such good condition, you should be able to get a good price for it.
Good luck. jerezano.