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gailrooney1

Jan 28, 2012, 12:37 PM

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How do I bring a Mexican plated car to USA permanently

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We own a home in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. Right now, it is for sale and we plan to move to Tucson, AZ and rent a home until our home in Mexico sells and then to move to Tucson with all our furniture when it does. If my home in Chapala does not sell, we will rent it to someone. My question is this, We have a Mexican made and Mexican plated car. It is a 2004 in very good condition. Can we re-register it in the USA and buy US plates for it, or can we buy some kind of insurance for the car here in Mexico and drive it legally in the USA until we sell our home in Mexico and move to Tucson permanently?



Rolly


Jan 28, 2012, 2:03 PM

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Re: [gailrooney1] How do I bring a Mexican plated car to USA permanently

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If it is possible at all, "Americanizing" the car is going to be very expensive.
The safety and emissions equipment will have to be upgraded to meet USA and Arizona standards.$$$

A visitor may keep a Mexican-plated car in the USA for as long as one year.
A resident of the USA may not keep the car in the country at all.

Rolly Pirate


DavidHF

Jan 28, 2012, 2:52 PM

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First, check with Arizona. Many states require that you register your car withing 30 days of moving there. Here's what I'd do; get a Mexican driver's license and some NOB insurance. As long as you have the Mexican DL you can be a "visitor."


mazbook1


Jan 28, 2012, 3:07 PM

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And those $$$ things that Rolly refers to are often obscure things. A new speedometer that shows mile/hr AND km/hr, DOT approved taillight lens, and the list goes on and on.

I knew a guy that bought a motorcycle in Germany, then had it air-freighted to the U.S., instead of buying a U.S. export motorcycle there (through me, naturally), bought a regular production model for Germany. He finally ended up walking away from it while it was in U.S. Customs, because the cost to replace EVERYTHING required was totally prohibitive. A very, very expensive lesson.


YucaLandia


Jan 28, 2012, 3:07 PM

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Before taking David's proposed less-than-legal route, it would be good to determine if your US insurance company agrees to provide insurance coverage when you are breaking the law by being a resident with an illegal unregistered car. If you were in an accident, the consequence of having to pay out-of-pocket $$$ for the other person's medical and auto damage expenses could quickly exceed the cost of buying a car in the US.

Most US insurance companies look for ways to deny coverage on claims - and operating the vehicle without proper legal registration is one condition that our agent told us would invalidate claims.
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bournemouth

Jan 28, 2012, 3:41 PM

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But only for a short period - I think it's best for the OP to accept that importing the vehicle into the US would be prohibitively expensive and that selling it in Mexico and buying again in Arizona is the only practical route.


DavidHF

Jan 28, 2012, 4:08 PM

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Before taking David's proposed less-than-legal route, it would be good to determine if your US insurance company agrees to provide insurance coverage when you are breaking the law by being a resident with an illegal unregistered car. If you were in an accident, the consequence of having to pay out-of-pocket $$$ for the other person's medical and auto damage expenses could quickly exceed the cost of buying a car in the US.

Most US insurance companies look for ways to deny coverage on claims - and operating the vehicle without proper legal registration is one condition that our agent told us would invalidate claims.
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gailrooney1

Jan 29, 2012, 9:24 AM

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So, can I bring the car into the US and then after a month or 2, drive it back over the AZ border, sell it in Mexico, walk through the AZ-MX border then buy a car in AZ ?


Rolly


Jan 29, 2012, 9:36 AM

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Yes.

Rolly Pirate


fug

Jan 29, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Rolly has given you the correct advice, as a car made in Mexico will not meet the standards for emission, safety, etc that the US requires. fug


(This post was edited by fug on Jan 29, 2012, 1:27 PM)


surebought

Jan 29, 2012, 3:49 PM

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The good news is that you can probably sell the Mexican Plated Car in Mexico for close to what you have in it. From my experience, there isn't much Car depreciation with Mexican Plated cars, even the Fronterizo Plated ones. Forget it with trying to get it back into the US legally registered(unless it was made before 1972). I am afraid that you are going to have to sell the car. If it is a Peugeot, I might be interested myself.


atomant

Sep 17, 2012, 2:18 PM

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http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/...et_RI_list010410.pdf This will give you everything you need to know.


salto_jorge

Sep 17, 2012, 3:46 PM

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You never mentioned if you had mexican citizenship or were from a country other then the USA.

I have recently seen many vehicles in New_Mexico and a few in Arizona with out of country plates. Seems that if you have a visa and insurance from your country where the vehicle is registered you can bring it with you and drive it. I was once told that if you get a U.S. green card or become a U.S. citizen that you can bring one car with you. You should check with the proper authorities to make sure that the law is still current.
 
 
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