Dec 30, 2006, 7:35 PM
Post #10 of 16
Just a couple of other thoughts/possibilities . . . can't you get your Mexican auto insurance by mail or fax, to save a stop? And then, unless you have a specific reason to stop in San Ana, I would say cross the border at Nogales as early in the morning as you can--say, 5 or 6 a.m. It's a popular crossing, and even if you skim through customs at the border, with no paperwork*, the lines at the Banercito for registering your vehicle (at the 21 km mark or thereabouts? I forget) get long as the day progresses. With an early start, Navajoa is an easy reach on your first day. And you will find after about 10 minutes that driving in Mexico is . . . just driving.
*And that is what will likely happen. You will get in the line that says "Nothing to declare." You will probably get a green light. You will drive through, and be on your way. It will be almost depressingly non-eventful. If you get a red light, or someone waves you over, you will take it as it comes, but hassles at customs for regular folks entering with regular stuff, to my knowledge, are very rare. "Hassle" just means they will ask you to pay duty. Usually not much.