Oct 17, 2009, 4:44 PM
Post #15 of 28
I recently retired and moved to Mexico. I drove my car and check in Nogales, Sonora. Mexico. They explained me the rules:
Re: [karenarch] Complicated Car Permit Question
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a) I left a $200.00 deposit refundable when I cancel the 180 days permit. The permit is to be used in Mexico for one year. Works like this: Every time I return to USA regardless of border check point I must inform them that I am leaving Mexico. The permit is cancel and I get my money back. If I stay longer than 180 days, I loose my deposit. If am found to be driving with an expired permit, the Custom office will confiscate the vehicle.
b) I may leave Mexico let's say after 3 months and stay in USA for 3 months when I go back to Mexico, my permit is still good for another 3 months as long as I check with the customs office.
c) I go back to USA and I do not plan to go back to Mexico, my permit will be cancel and I get my money back.
d) I left a deposit of $ 200.00 and before the expiration date I return to USA let's say for shopping, or any reason I will cancel the permit and get a new one for 180 days. I drive my car for ever in Mexico with the same $ 200.00.
Problem: The American registration and plates must be valid for the following six months. Some states require smog test and proof of American insurance that will be a hassle.
Solution: Import the car to Mexico. Or sell it in Mexico to someone willing to pay the import tax.
BEST DEAL NOW.
Starting on November 2009. Anybody may import a car, suv, a pick-up or van for a fee of about $ 200.00 US dollars.
THE DEAL: It must be a 2000 model not newer not older.
BEST VEHICLE TO DRIVE IN MEXICO: A pick-up or Suv. There is bumps everywhere, with no signs, hard to see at nights and so on. They damage suspension, get cars out of alingnment that if you don't take care inmediatly wear out the tires, I have met people who have lost several oil pans and mufflers.
THE BEST OF DRIVING IN MEXICO: This is a very, very beautiful country, with wonderful landscape, charming towns
and the nicest people.
THE WORST OF DRIVING IN MEXICO: Many drivers don't have any idea of the rules of driving, they follow too close and think they own the road.
THE WORST OF THE WORST OF DRIVING IN MEXICO: Toll highways are the biggest rip-off known to man. Absolute Highway robbery, none to complain, they are highways franchised to private companies, they lack good signals.
A three hours drive from Guadalajara to Manzanillo @ 180 miles cost 300.00 mexican pesos @ US $ 23.00 and the price of gasoline is about the same as in United States.
THE BEST OF THE BEST: It is good to have a car to do errands and short trips. I take the Bus to go long distances. A trip in a beautiful modern bus non stop from Guadalajara to Manzanillo cost only 170.00 Mexican pesos @ US $13.00 and if you have a Senior Citizen card you get a 50% discount. Try to beat that! With the same card you also get 25% off plane tickets 50% off in museums and so on. Stay away from tourist traps and rents are very affordable. In my case, I rent a beautiful apartment in a brand new building, with underground garage, Consierge, two bedroom, one bath, kitchen, laundry room and plenty of windows, security and conections for gas, internet, phone and cable tv for $ 2000.00 mexican pesos @ US $ 153.00 per month. I walk to the public market when I don't feel like cooking and have a complete meal for about two dollars. Twenty five hours of ballroom dancing lessons for only US$ 12.00
per month with a very good proffessional instructor. In most municipalities, city hall sponsors dancing for everybody, in my town, Danzon dancing on thursdays and tropical dancing on sundays all for free. I did live in Las Vegas, Nv for 15 years and don't miss it at all.
CONCERNED ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE? I have sign up for the Mexican Government Social Security Health System
for about $ 170.00 per year with hospitals, clinics and modern medicals centers that cover the whole country. No deductibles, no pre-existing conditions. they only made a test for blood pressure, took a sample of blood, urine and x-rays and I was in. Try to get that in USA. Social Security also helps with funeral expenses just in case.
I have only been in Mexico for a few months but my life has made a 180 degrees turn for the best, with the right attitud everyone accepts you and welcomes you with open arms. I am 100% sure this has been the best desition of my life. Money goes long way if you know what to expect and if you are willing to adapt. I get my pension check direct deposit in an american bank, I opened a checking acct in a mexican bank transfer some funds from usa and use my ATM. Life couldn't be simpler and easier. Almost every weekend a visit some other place and always have nice ladies to go with me. Cops are nice, government offices personnel are also nice and helpful all it takes is good attitud.
Consider Mexico if you want to get and feel younger. About 2,000,000 american and canadians have.
Note: I live in Tulancingo, Hidalgo. On the highlands it is an hour drive Northeast from Mexico City. An old city founded by the Toltecs on 600 AC. Actual population 250,000.