Sep 18, 2005, 7:12 AM
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A friend sent me a private message asking me what to look for when buying a used Mexican plated car.
I thot I would pass on my experience and maybe this would garner more info for others out there.
I purchased a used 1995 VW Sedan over a year ago
and was helped by Mexican friends. Your seller
must have Original Factura with Rights to the Vehicle ceded to subsequent buyers, dated and signed on back of factura. A bill of sale is helpful
(forms are readily available at Papelerias). Your seller will have to provide to you the previous 5 tenencias. Both plates should be on vehicle. He should have current tarjeta de circulacion.
You will need an FM3 to register the vehicle in your name. Registration and new tenencia were very inexpensive for me because car was almost 10 years old. My local intense bureaucrat at transito made me
change plates from Distrito Federal to Mexico State
during the process, but I later found that it was not
necessary. That was also very inexpensive, less than $20.00 US. (He said it was because I was a foreigner
and the car had to be registered in the state where I actually lived, based on FM3.) Not true for Distrito Federal plated vehicles, but "so what".
This year I will change plates to Queretaro State, an
attempt to avoid 2 smog certificates per year, and
the trip down to Mexico to pay tenencias. The same
Factura and 5 tenencias will be required here to change registration, plus a 40 day wait while they check to see if it is stolen, customary policy. Costs
will be $48.US to do this(includes 2006 tenencia).
I hope this helps some understand the process. It
changes slightly in various states. Bear