Dealing With Serious Shit In Mexico

Dealing With Serious Shit In Mexico

I don’t want to do anything wrong and I don’t want to get in trouble.

I thought everything was clear…..I’m a temporary resident, I’ve got my ‘import tag’ on my vehicle, I’ve found a rather permanent place to live.  Things are going smooth.  I’m enjoying my life here on the Caribbean coast of Mexico known as the Riviera Maya.

But wait!!  I overlooked something.  That’s me!  Overlook a little thing that can cause a BIG problem.  What might you ask…… ‘import tag’ is expired!  Seems I overlooked that it had an expiration date…..a 30 day expiration date.

Dealing with serious shit in Mexico.

In Mexico an expired Temporary Import Permit (TIP) means that the government can seize the vehicle.  I wanted to cry!!  Then the caveat came…..except in the State of Quintana Roo.  I live in the State of Quintana Roo.  It’s a very laxed State concerning vehicles. But, I can’t rely on that being the case in the future and I can’t go explore any other parts of Mexico!

So, I’m having to find out the procedure to Nationalizing my car.  Sounds simple enough.  Well, no.  It’s rather ill-defined and people can lose $$$$ by people that willingly help with the procedure.  Oh, those people know that they’re scamming you. You just don’t know it.  And later on you’re short a few thousand dollars.  Unlike the U.S., the Mexican government doesn’t feel inclined to make forms and instructions available in any language other than Spanish.  That just makes it a little slower.

It’ll be a few weeks to a month before I receive the title for my car from the U.S. so I’ve allocated an hour a day to do research.  I need to educate myself first, I’m not gonna just unknowingly trust this process to someone.

Dealing with serious shit in Mexico.

Another thing is that the Mexican law seems to be a very fluid law.  It’s constantly changing.  And let’s throw in NAFTA on this car thing.  Yeah, I know.  Not complicated enough, eh!

Fortunately for me, I’ve got time on my hands.  I may do 2 research sessions a day.  I really need to find a way to network with some of these Mexican officials.  That would be so helpful.

Stay tuned, I’ll bring updates periodically with a laugh or 2.

Peace, love, and beaches,


One comment

  1. I hope all goes well with you “Nationalizing your car”. I can see how the language can be a disadvantage…especially with the scamming…It’s always something! In the meantime, there is always the beaches and beer!..P&L

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