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Poncho32

Apr 8, 2008, 6:04 AM

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Bringing in used autos into Mexico?

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I am confident someone in the forum has the up to date information on my question.
what is the latest criteria on being able to bring a used car into the country and getting it licensed in Mexico?
Is there any limit on the type and make, I have a few friends here in Vallarta that have had problems with cars not made in U.S.?
Bud



travisdyer

Apr 8, 2008, 6:20 AM

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Any Pick-up model years 1998 and below are allowed to be nationalized.

All cars, SUV's, vans, and minivans, must only be 1998 Models, and the VIN must start with a number. If the VIN starts with a letter (like J), it is not allowed. The letter indicates that the vehicle was made in a non-NAFTA participating country.

In order to nationalize a vehicle, you will need a copy of someone's credencial de elector (Mexican Voter's ID), and the original title. The fee will vary depending on which type of vehicle. For example, a Ford Escort is much less than a Corvette.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more info.


oldham

Apr 8, 2008, 8:39 AM

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travis, you are very generous with your valuable knowledge. can you add a little of that to these questions?

an undocumented mexican national, living in the united states and returning to mexico with a 1999 ford f250, 4X4 pickup, clear title.

in november 2008, can the mexican where can he/she nationalize the vehicle? on the boarder with a broker or
can it be done in the interior of mexico? can a passport be used as proof of mexican citizenship?

thanks for your reply, bill

oh, and could you do the paper work from your location?


NicoXampa

Apr 8, 2008, 12:39 PM

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Oh dear!! I have a 1999 Honda CRV. Does this mean the FM3 is not an option with this vehicle? Would I be allowed to drive in on a tourist visa or do I have to go out an buy a more recent model? I'm planning to relocate in August. Thanks!


Rolly


Apr 8, 2008, 1:11 PM

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Nico, please understand there are no restrictions on your car when driving into México with a visa (FMT, FM2 or FM3). This discussion is about "nationalizing" a car or truck -- that is getting Mexican plates, which is wholly different animal.

Rolly Pirate


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Poncho32

Apr 9, 2008, 5:57 AM

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Re: [travisdyer] Bringing in used autos into Mexico?

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Another question on this matter.
In the normal crossing of the border you get your car permit and proceed on to your destination, I have my FM3 is there anything else that I need to do at the border when bringing in a car to leave here ?
Bud


Georgia


Apr 9, 2008, 7:40 AM

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Yup. Buy a club for your steering wheel and use it whenever you park in an unsecured area. Other than that, hit the road, enjoy, and watch out for passholes on blind hills and curves.


JohnnyBoy

Apr 9, 2008, 8:59 AM

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I can't speak for all the various crossings into Mexico from the USA, but at Nogales at least (for both the downtown and the truck [Mariposa] crossings) the place where you get your vehicle permit is not at the border crossing itself. It is approximately 20 kilometers further south into the country (Mexico) from there. It is almost impossible to miss, but this little piece of information might save you some frustration at the border if were to go looking for the vehicle permit office there.

Perhaps some other MexConnect posters who know some of the other crossings can speak to this issue or perhaps you can tell us where you intend to cross and then someone here can tell you where the vehicle registration office is.


RickS


Apr 9, 2008, 11:10 AM

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Travis, you say, "Any pickup models years 1998 and below are allowed to be nationalized". Somewhere in the back of my brain (no pun intended) I was thinking that a diesel pickup could not be Nationalized. Is this incorrect? I have a 1997 F250 Powerstroke Diesel.....


sioux4noff

Apr 9, 2008, 4:15 PM

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You probably already kow this, but to bring the car in and get the permit you need:
Passport and FM3 (not sure about passport, but of course you have it)
Driver's license - not Mexican
Title to car, or equvilent paperwork (in your name)
Helpful to pay with (non-Mexican) credit card, if you pay cash isn't there a deposit?
And copies of all.
You can do your paperwork on-line at http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/facsitv.jsp


travisdyer

Apr 9, 2008, 6:01 PM

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Officially, the only diesels allowed are 1998 models, and they must weigh less than 10,000 pounds. The cost depends on the specific vehicle. I have seen brokers legalize older models, but it is about $250 more.


Bloviator

Apr 10, 2008, 12:13 PM

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When we drove through San Luis Rio Colorado (between Mexicali and Nogales) last week there were about a dozen offices advertising one hour nationalization services. There was one poor soul offering three hour services. I hope he had some other service better than the others.


JohnnyBoy

Apr 10, 2008, 1:00 PM

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I have to apologize and plead guilty to a failure to read carefully what this thread was all about. The originator of the thread, Bud Crest, wanted to know about getting a used car into the country and getting it licensed:

"...the latest criteria on being able to bring a used car into the country and getting it licensed in Mexico?"

I thought he was just asking about the process of getting a regular vehicle permit for the windshield. I goofed.

I am myself still pretty confused about the nationalization process so I hope I have not added to the confusion. However, I do believe the place to nationalize a vehicle is right at the border. In downtown Nogales, AZ just before making the right hand turn into the lanes to cross the border I remember seeing several places at least advertizing the nationalization of vehicles. I believe there is such a thing going on at the Mariposa crossing, as well.

I hope Bud understands that only Mexicans can nationalize these cars from NoB; that he cannot do it himself, for himself. He will have to assign the title to a Mexican friend or whatever. Or have I misunderstood THAT part of it, as well? Again, I admit, I am confused about this.

It just makes no sense at all to me that I cannot Mexicanize my vehicle myself in my own name under my FM3 visa. As a result I have to go through serious gyrations to keep my '97 Ford Ranger licensed and insured in the USA when I do not have a legal address (domicile) in the USA. This is probably not an issue for most MexConnectors who do not intend to drive their vehicles back and forth, in and out of the USA/Mexico, several times a year, as I do.


Poncho32

Apr 11, 2008, 5:15 AM

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You can close this thread any time you like, I have the information I need now.
By the way I have crossed that Nogales border at least 23 times now and know all the other things I need to do .
If I confused some of you with my original question I am sorry?
Knowing how things do change here constantly in Mexico I just wanted an up date.
Thanks Bud.


oldham

Apr 11, 2008, 8:53 AM

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You can close this thread any time you like, I have the information I need now.



bud, don't leave us hanging, share your information.



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Poncho32

Apr 12, 2008, 10:49 AM

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I don't understand your request what information are you looking for from me?
Bud


Oscar2

Apr 12, 2008, 10:23 PM

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Re: [travisdyer] Bringing in used autos into Mexico?

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All cars, SUV's, vans, and minivans, must only be 1998 Models, and the VIN must start with a number. If the VIN starts with a letter (like J), it is not allowed. The letter indicates that the vehicle was made in a non-NAFTA participating country.


Travisdyer, the VIN on a 2000 Chevy Astro minivan is 1GNDM############. I realize it won’t be eligible until either sometime late in 2009 or early 2010. The question is, will the VIN principle remain the same, and does it look like when the time comes this VIN will qualify?

If I get a copy of a Mexicans voting card, do I have to turn the sign over title or just register the vehicle over to him/her name in order to nationalize? If the answer is yes, then legally the vehicle is theirs, true? Then how do you legally get it back as your nationalized vehicle? Or is it that all they want to see is someones Mexicans voting card and they still register in your name?


Or did I just listen wrong and need to understand something else in this equation?

Thanks in advance.


travisdyer

Apr 13, 2008, 9:04 AM

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Oscar wrote: "Travisdyer, the VIN on a 2000 Chevy Astro minivan is 1GNDM############. I realize it won�t be eligible until either sometime late in 2009 or early 2010. The question is, will the VIN principle remain the same, and does it look like when the time comes this VIN will qualify?

If I get a copy of a Mexicans voting card, do I have to turn the sign over title or just register the vehicle over to him/her name in order to nationalize? If the answer is yes, then legally the vehicle is theirs, true? Then how do you legally get it back as your nationalized vehicle? Or is it that all they want to see is someones Mexicans voting card and they still register in your name?
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Oscar, the 2000 Chevy Astro will be eligible for nationalization in November of 2009, if no changes are made in the law. We were taken by surprise in February, when they abruptly announced drastic changes. My experiences with Aduana have led me to preempt my statements with this phrase: "If the laws do not change."

Regarding the Mexican Voter's Card or "Credencial de Elector," you would have to sign the title over to that person. Technically, the vehicle is then owned by that person. The nationalization is done in their name, and after you receive the pedimento and hologram sticker, the title can be endorsed back over to you. With the title in your name, you can get the car registered and tagged as a Mexican vehicle. All titles have several places on the back for endorsing the vehicle. Even though the spots on the lower portion of the title say "for use by authorized dealer", that is not an issue in Mexico. Therefore, you can endorse it over to someone and then endorse it back to yourself.

I hope this clears up some of your questions.





Oscar2

Apr 13, 2008, 9:23 AM

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Therefore, you can endorse it over to someone and then endorse it back to yourself.



Travisdyer, clear response and very much appreciated. I take it that a copy the "Credencial de Elector," (voting card) is all that is required and the actual presents of this card holder is not required, correct?

Aside from that last question, rest assured Nov. 2009 more business will come your way.

Gracias


travisdyer

Apr 13, 2008, 2:05 PM

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That is correct, Oscar. You need a CLEAR copy of BOTH sides. The person that loans you their credencial does not have to be present.


Oscar2

Apr 13, 2008, 3:42 PM

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Thanks again.

Oscar


travisdyer

Apr 13, 2008, 5:13 PM

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You're more then welcome. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
 
 
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