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Nationalizing Cars Info

Posted by Sharon Des Jardins on January 25, 2014, 12:17 pm

Just wanted to share information regarding nationalizing cars. Sonia Diaz in San Miguel has been helping ex-pats legalize their cars without driving to the border. Her contact info is:

Cell: 044-415-106-1499 or 045-106-1499 from La Manz. Her email is

This is the information she emailed to me this morning: "Person emails VIN and usually within 48 hours I get a price to nationalize. The process can take up to 14 weeks! We have nationalized several including in Manzanillo, Zihuatanejo, San Miguel and my 2008 Canadian plated SUV.

NAFTA made vehicles 2008 and older can all be nationalized and it is done in the owner’s name by a registered / Aduana-approved broker in Mexicali, Baja California. An “amparo” which is similar to an injunction allows this to happen.

Non-NAFTA made vehicles 2005 and older can also be nationalized but is done in the name of a Mexican national in the state of Chihuahua through a registered broker and under the supervision of UCD. One nationalized, the car is issued Chihuahua plates and title. That person then hands in the plates and signs off the title which is then sent to me. You have possession of the car all this time. The pedimento, factura and title will be given to so you may get your state plates and title. This is a common process when nationalizing in Mexico.

The cost will include 100 pesos to ensure your vehicle was not reported stolen in Mexico, Aduana's fee, broker's fee and mine. There will be no surprises. Typically the range is approx. 22,500 to 35,000 pesos total for a NAFTA made vehicle. If, for example your vehicle is a newer, a diesel, double-cab big truck, etc it will be more."

Hope this helps. For questions or more information, please contact her directly.
Have a great weekend!


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