Mar 17, 2006, 12:18 AM
Post #8 of 44
I think it would be cutting it a little thin time-wise to bring a US plated car to Mexico and try to have it nationalized by May 31.. You must jump through all the usual hoops, providing a comprobante de domicilio, etc; so you must have a Mexican address and some bills with that address on them.
Re: [dandl] How to Import or bring a car/vehicle into Mexico permanently
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Procedures vary all over the country of course, but here in Cuernavaca they want proof of just about everything except your dog’s blood type.
We just finished nationalizing our van here. They had us provide them with all kinds of documentation, then they told us that they would call us when everything is ready. They never do, so you must contact them. Then they ask for more documentation. This happened about three or four times. They even asked for photos of the vehicle one time, I guess they couldn’t think of anything else to ask for.
On the very day that we went to get our Mexican plates, a guy at DMV tried one last scam on us. He said we had to take the van to a particular business to have a rubbing made of the VIN number on carbon paper. He said it was required, and he could not give us our Mexican plates, title, etc. without it. That stupid procedure was required when we nationalized our first car in 2001.
Just then the Gerente was walking past us. We had met him earlier in the day. My wife stopped him and asked him why we hadn’t been told of the requirement for a rubbing of the VIN number. She was mad as only my wife can be. The Gerente asked her “Who told you that you needed it?” She pointed out the culprit. The Gerente glared at the guy who was trying to sink into the floor.
The Gerente took all of our papers and personally issued us our title and Mexican plates, stickers, tarjeta de circulacion, etc.
Time elapsed to nationalize our van here in Cuernavaca was over three months, in Mexico City in 2001 it took almost seven months.
I’m not sure, but I think that the newest model year eligible for nationalization this time are 1996 models.
If you decide to do it, be fluent in Spanish.
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