Jul 21, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Almost all (if not all Mexican states) allow the owners to sell a foreign plated vehicle.
Re: [sanjuan] Selling a foreign plated vehicle
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Historically, the problems arise after the sale. Many (most? all?) Mexican states have not allowed the buyer to register the vehicle and the states also limit the legal operation of the vehicle. Maybe Chapala's version of the DMV now allows registration of foreign plated vehicles, but this seems to run counter to Mexican federal law.
I look forward to hearing specific examples from people who have actually purchased foreign plated vehicles and successfully either permanently imported them or legally re-registered them with a new TIP (both without going to the border). Since most states do not check nor care whether a foreign plated vehicle has current US/Canadian/etc. registration, then 1,000's of people do buy foreign plated vehicles and drive them. These illegal vehicles are called "chocolates" here in Yucatan. People drove their "chocolates" for years here with no problems, but for the past 6 months, our state police have been cracking down on "chocolates" and other improperly registered vehicles.
Our neighbor's son-in-law just had his $70,000 US dollar BMW crossover towed and impounded, after driving it illegally here for the previous 18 months. If this example applies, people can sell their temporarily imported vehicles, but the vehicle may be confiscated years later when the police finally notice the problem.
Any documented rule changes for Chapala to confirm the proposal?
Have any buyers stepped-forward to describe how they successfully permanently imported the vehicle (without going to a border) and got it legally registered?
Is the OP claiming that the Temporary Import Permit is somehow moved off the 1'st owner's passport and INM permit, and migrated over to the new owner's passport and INM permit (without a trip to the border)?
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Jul 21, 2012, 12:29 PM)