Mar 18, 2009, 10:04 AM
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I respect the REASONS that our good moderator had for locking the VERY important and interesting thread on definitive importation of autos. Especially because some shmucks hijacked the thread to wax poetic on car ownership, politics etc etc...Hey, everyone has an opinion but remember "theres a time and place for everything."
In regards to locked thread on importing autos..
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As I read along I discovered that you ALL have important pieces of the puzzle...but thought id share with you one VERY important new "glitch" that TRANSITO can use to get a bribe or take your car away from you.
I live here in Cancun, where the traffic cops are probably MORE rascally, corrupt and knowledgable than anywhere else. Ive been driving my 93 truck that has its "temporary importation" sticker and is under my FM2 for many years. I have been stopped innumerable times and have always defended myself showing the famous article 106 that says we are allowed one vehicle under our FM to drive...and which also states indirectly that we, as residents working here, do NOT have to pay the temporary importation fee each and every year AS LONG AS our FM is vigente.
However, this traffic cop just smirked at me and said "show me your CURRENT REGISTRATION and INSPECTION STICKER from COlorado please sir"
The way the traffic cops are interpreting the transit law here now is the following:
"regardless of whether or not you have your FM2 or 3, regardless of whether you have a valid, current temp. importation sticker...you only have the right to drive the vehicle if it is "actual" or up to date in the state where your plates are from!!
Of course I argued that all the thousands of cars driving around QRoo couldnt possibly be driven back to their states of origen every year to update the inspection...and I for one have no idea if the state would send me a new registration each year seeing as how the car has been out fo the states for sooo long (i bought it here from another Gringo anyway..was never in my name in the states)...but he just smiled and held his hand out..bribe or we take your car to the corralon..where id probably never get my hands on it again.
SO...look out friends...our meager and tenous thread that has allowed us to continue to drive our old, reliable, beloved trucks is about to be severed. My only recourse now is to try to get a new temp. import sticker by hook or crook so at least the average transit crook (o sorry, imean cop) wont try to dig any deeper into the history of my vehicle. BUT, if and when they start cracking down with Retens (roadblocks) with the goal of "regularizing" our vehicles..we will be up the mierda creek without a paddle.
Only option for ME anyway will be to go to Belize and sell my truck for a song (very distasteful option) or try to sell it to some Ranchero who can use it to haul papayas or whatever for the rest of its life..sniff sniff...or, i guess, declare it "junked" ante la autoridad and try to sell it for parts..which would take patience but probably result in HIGHER resale...hell, each rim and 4x4 tire alone are worth 200 bucks!
I would hope we can keep the thread, if our moderator allows it, ON TRACK aND on subject now please folks..as ANY breaking news is vitally and immediately important for ALL of us. As one poster said, "the understanding and acceptance of the new rules varies greatly from state to state, from hacienda to aduana to transito, and there may appear a "loophole" for us yet...
i for one would like to continue to read all of your experiences and encounters and I believe that perhaps the thread could contain a "disclaimer" saying "act upon any advice you get here on your own risk...the info may be faulty"
ill take that risk..im not willing to give up my trusty Ranger just yet.
Saludos a todos y buen dia!!