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Re: Car permits: info from Mex. City Customs

Posted by Larry F. on March 20, 2013, 9:30 am, in reply to "Re: Car permits: info from Mex. City Customs"

What is a "Japanese car"? Yes, most Nissan vehicles in Mexico were made here. So are they Japanese cars or Mexican cars? According to the importation laws of Mexico, they would be considered Mexican cars. If I had a Toyota made in Canada, it would be a Canadian car, and could possibly qualify for importation under the NAFTA Agreement. I have a Nissan, purchased in Canada but made in Japan. I understand that I cannot import it into Mexico. I know it was made in Japan because the VIN number has a "J" in it.

But of course the rules may have changed. If they haven't changed, they probably will.

Reading through the process and cost of importation, the question comes up - Why the hell would I want to import my car into Mexico?

Just maybe I'll wait until I'm told I have to remove my car from Mexico, then buy a good old "Mexican" car.

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