Car or no car
Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:57 AM
It's good to know your 'rats' as we say in the south. But knowing what you're supposed to get isn't going to help you a hair when you're up against a Mexican official who has their own way of doing things. So best to get info as you are doing from people who have actually done this recently and bag what the consulate tells you for the most part, frankly.
Let me give you a little example. We came down on the Yucatan Express ferry into Puerto Morelos. We had a menaje de casa and were driving our car with a small trailer attached. We were told by the consultate in Tampa that we would need an aduana to meet us at the port and broker our imports so I hired one. We got there and she didn't show up. She was having dinner in Cancun and decided not to come. A Cozumel aduana who is still in business, I might add.
So we had to deal with the customs people ourselves. Who didn't look too familiar with a menaje de casa and the regs of such which was supposed to be free. So they just winged it. They ask us how much we thought out good were worth and Tony gave them some low figure he came up with off the top of his head. They charged us $1500 pesos in import tax based on this figure. And, in parting the young man reminded us that if we'd had the aduana there, her fee would have been more than we paid the Puerto Morelos in import taxes.
So stay on your toes, hang loose and practice your best sh*t-eatin' grin. 'Cause ya need it when you deal with the bureaucrats. This is one of the singularly UNfun parts of living down here. Get angry or even look impatient with a Mexican official and you will rue the day, believa me.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 11:21 AM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 12:02 PM
Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:51 AM
I contacted Marcos, who you know drove my things from Texas to my front door here on the island. He said that you no longer need the Menaje de Casa. Just prepare a table that lists in one column the box number, and in the other the general contents of the box (e.g., kitchen appliances). He said there was no need to list individual items in each box. I was skeptical, but I trusted him. It turns out that Marcos was right. He had no problems whatsoever crossing the border or anywhere along the way down here. Everything arrived in due time.
So, I'd say the best information you can get is from someone who has recently shipped a vehicle down here. I know Marcos is moving your things down here. Can he not also bring your car? I know there are issues with who can legally drive a vehicle that may prevent that, but I thought it would be worth asking. Good luck!
Living the Dream in Cozumel
Posted 14 May 2011 - 11:46 AM
I also contacted Tina who is shipping her car by Hyde no word yet.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:30 PM
Posted 14 May 2011 - 07:06 PM
Contact is MarcosMohoric@hotmail.com
Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:46 PM
Living the Dream in Cozumel
Posted 15 May 2011 - 05:56 AM
You might take an attitude that it's better safe than sorry with the Menaje de Casa, which I think is good, especially here, to be prepared. On the other hand I have never met anyone that had any trouble with getting their stuff (outside of a bribe here or there to speed things up). I have met people that refused to pay any mordida and were refused their goods for a number of off the wall reasons.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 11:02 AM
They said that the only one that can bring the car into Mexico is the owner. I thought I read that people did have their cars trucked down. And that they were able to because they got the permits in advance online. Has anyone had experience with this.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 11:21 AM
Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:25 AM
Can you please tell me what paper work you needed? I know you need the title translated. But what other paperwork.
As far as customs brokers I called the New York consulate they said you do not need a broker. Are you sure about that? I would think if you drove it across a boarder or drove it through customs it would be the same thing,and that is what New York consulate says.
Who are you using as a broker?
Any detailed info would be appreciated.
Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:26 AM
Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:42 AM
Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:29 PM
Can't decide about bringing my car to Mexico or buying a car. Decisions Decisions. Maybe I will flip a coin.
To bring one it is not easy and you need to get it out of the country if and when you get your fm2 and the five years runs out on the fm2. that is 10 yrs from now. By then it will most likely not be running.
We just moved to Cozumel full-time in March (actually, my husband did, and I arrived shortly afterwards in the beginning of April). So to bring a car or buy one in Mexico was a consideration we went over many, many times.
From the Mexican side:
* Unless we are Mexcian citizens, we cannot get a Mexican plate for our car
* Mexican cannot buy a non-Mexican plated car
Problem: We cannot sell our car to Mexican
* Mexican is not allowed to sell a Mexican-plated car to foreigners
Our perspectives are from the State of Florida only:
* If our plates expired and we failed to turn our plates in, our drivers' licenses will be suspended
Problem: Tags for our plates (or mail in general) will not be forwarded to us by the US Post Office after 6mons- to a year
* If we failed to keep our car insurance current, our license will be suspended
Problem: Since we will be living full-time in Mexico, paying for US insurance (that does not cover Mexico) does not make sense
* To renew our driver's license, Florida requires that the driver shows up in person
Problem: Proof of current US address will be a problem
* We cannot take our car back to the US to trade it in with an expired license plate / driver's license, and no insurance
* Although car inspection is not required by Florida to renew your car insurance / license / plates, that is just another problem for States that have that requirement.
Of course if we chose to buy a new car from a car Dealer in Mexico, a Mexica plate will come with it. But we paying a 10yr regressive sales tax is just too expensive.
In the end, we drove our car to Cozumel. But before we did that, we contacted the Clay County Motor Vehicle Department in South Dakota and changed our Florida plates to state's. The reason why we did that is because it seems that in the entire 50 States and counties, Clay is the only County that to issue plates for your car, they do not require:
* Proof of US auto insurance is required
* Current US address
* The driver shows up in person
* Car inspection
It's all legal. If our car has seen it's time, as long as we have valid plate for our car and driver's license (we have Mexican driver's license), we do have the option to take our car back into the State (with short-term US insurance); and dispose of it.
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