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Driving Into The USA With A Mexican Registered Car  
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14127 times:

Hey all,

I'm planning on driving my Mexican registered car from Mexico to Austin, TX to visit some old friends. Do I need any special permit to drive my car with mexican licence plates into the United States?
Thanks for your help

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis

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User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2445 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

You don't need a special permit. Just make sure your insurance policy covers you and your car for accidents in the USA. If not, you will see many tents in the highway between MTY and Nuevo Laredo / Reynosa / Matamoros selling insurance policies. You will also find them near the bridges.

Good luck...


User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14116 times:

I think all you need is a valid license and proof of insurance...I think. I have seen many cars with Mexican plates in the U.S. so whatever the regs. are they must be fairly simple Once I even saw an Opel with Districto Federal plates on a back road in New Hampshire! I don't know how many points that would be worth in the license plate game but I'm sure it would trump pretty much everything.


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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14083 times:

Agreed with all of the above.

I have seen a quite a few cars from Mexico/South America on the road. The best was an early 80's Dodge DART(!) K-car. Down south of the border, I nearly got my clock cleaned by an odd ball five door AMC Concord. AMC built a couple of slightly different cars for that market, it appears.



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13072 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 14068 times:

So long as you have proper proof of insurance for driving in the USA from your own policy (a card translated into English) or a temporary policy with card before you cross the border. All states in the USA require one to have a certain minimum of liability insurance for a vehicle to be registered and operated. I have seen Mexican state license plates on cars, busses and trucks in NY City and New Jersey a few times. Some models and brands of vehicles may be a problem if you need parts as they may not be available or sold here.
You also may need an International Drivers License, so that when a small town cop pulls you over, they can read your license. Probably you insurance agent or your = to AAA may be able to help you.


User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 14025 times:

Thank you all for your quick replies. Looks like it won't be a hassle to drive my mexican car in US soil.

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineSCCutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 14022 times:

As noted above, done all the time. Come to Texas, amigo, our state was once part of your nation and our destinies are inextricably intertwined. Welcome.

And when you are in Austin, go eat at Bert's Bar-b-que on Martin Luther King Jr. Fine eatin'!



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 14011 times:

Yo brother Luis,

You're more than welcome to visit Corona, CA anytime.

Tony



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User currently offlineCheckraiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14009 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4):
All states in the USA require one to have a certain minimum of liability insurance for a vehicle to be registered and operated.

Nitpicking in the typical A.net style...  old 

Liability insurance is NOT mandatory in Wisconsin, Tennessee and New Hampshire. You must only maintain "financial resposibility." Basically it means cops won't ask for proof of insurance if you're stopped. Should you be involved in an accident that's your fault you need to be able to pay for the damages you caused or else have your license suspended (usually the uninsured motorist doesn't have a license anyway) and have a civil judgment entered against you.  yawn 

As you can tell my property has twice been the victim of these jerks.


User currently offlineMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 870 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14006 times:

I once saw two families in minivans driving from Turnpike North (Orlando) with me until Tallahassee. They had mexican plates on their cars. I forgot what state they were from but I thought it was cool that they drove all that way to goto Orlando.


"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen."
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 13983 times:

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 6):
As noted above, done all the time. Come to Texas, amigo, our state was once part of your nation and our destinies are inextricably intertwined. Welcome.

And when you are in Austin, go eat at Bert's Bar-b-que on Martin Luther King Jr. Fine eatin'!

ThanksSCCutler! Nevertheless I'm not Mexican, I'm Venezuela. Venezuela is my nation  Smile.

I'm visiting some old friends I made while living in Austin in the 90s. Is that Bert's BBQ a new place? I don't remember it. What I do remember is the Oasis by the Lake restaurant... that was a pretty nice place to eat at during sunset, it was very beautiful.

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 7):
Yo brother Luis,

You're more than welcome to visit Corona, CA anytime.

Tony

I once drove with my family from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, it was a loooooong drive!. Where exactly is Corona?

Quoting MIA (Reply 9):
I once saw two families in minivans driving from Turnpike North (Orlando) with me until Tallahassee. They had mexican plates on their cars. I forgot what state they were from but I thought it was cool that they drove all that way to goto Orlando.

With these high fuel prices, wouldn't it be cheaper for them to fly than to drive a Minivan to Orlando? hehe

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineSCCutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13948 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 10):
ThanksSCCutler! Nevertheless I'm not Mexican, I'm Venezuela. Venezuela is my nation Smile.

Real observant of me to not even check out the flag. Well, OK, vamanos a Tejas, Venezuelanos, buy your gas at Citgo stations, and the money goes right back home (PeVez owns Citgo).

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 10):
I'm visiting some old friends I made while living in Austin in the 90s. Is that Bert's BBQ a new place? I don't remember it. What I do remember is the Oasis by the Lake restaurant... that was a pretty nice place to eat at during sunset, it was very beautiful.

Bert's has been around for a long time, long enough that Bert is dead, and his son Gary (who runs the joint now) has greying hair. But the food still rocks.

As for the Oasis, you may have more trouble with that...placed burned down a while back, and I do not know whether it has ever been rebuilt... I personally liked the view, but never had a bite of food there that I could stand to choke down. You pays you money and takes your chances...

...in any event, travel safely. That's a LOT of driving you're talking about, and you may be stunned at the increase in traffic since last you were here.

All the best, SCC



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlinePbottenb From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13938 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 10):
ThanksSCCutler! Nevertheless I'm not Mexican, I'm Venezuela. Venezuela is my nation .

Luis, Welcome. Be sure to stop at the CITGO Gas Stations - They are owned by PDVSA...so you are part owner...

BTW, Corona is just east of LA, but if you come to SO Calif go a little further east to Ontario/San Bernardino....great Mexican food...(I know, your not Mexican, but its still good food...

PB


User currently offlineMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 870 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13922 times:

Luis - it was my freshman year in college so gas was cheaper then. When are you moving to Mejico?


"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen."
User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13902 times:

I just attended a presentation given by a Customs/Border Patrol agent. Make sure that everyone in your car is legal, as they can confiscate your vehicle and not give it back! The agent stated that this happens quite often and the US government makes alot of money by auctioning off all of these cars.

User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13887 times:

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
buy your gas at Citgo stations, and the money goes right back home (PeVez owns Citgo).

My family always used to fill our tanks at a citgo station near the Mopac-Ben White Blvd intersection Big grin

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
As for the Oasis, you may have more trouble with that...placed burned down a while back, and I do not know whether it has ever been rebuilt... I personally liked the view, but never had a bite of food there that I could stand to choke down. You pays you money and takes your chances...

No kidding... sad to hear those news  Sad It was definetely a wonderful place...

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
...in any event, travel safely. That's a LOT of driving you're talking about, and you may be stunned at the increase in traffic since last you were here.

Have they extended Mopac down south? The highway used to end after the intersection with Ben White Blvd. What about the I-35 / Ben White intersection? There was lot of traffic because there were no on-ramps and people had to stop at traffic lights. I left Austin a month after Bergstrom was opened and I heard that they were going to work on that intersection because of the increased traffic they expected after the opening of the new airport...

Quoting Pbottenb (Reply 12):
BTW, Corona is just east of LA, but if you come to SO Calif go a little further east to Ontario/San Bernardino....great Mexican food...(I know, your not Mexican, but its still good food...

I hope I can visit SoCal soon... I really liked it when I first visited LA and San Diego, it was awesome to drive in Beverly Hills, I felt like I was in a movie, hehe.

Quoting MIA (Reply 13):
Luis - it was my freshman year in college so gas was cheaper then. When are you moving to Mejico?

In a couple of months... Your beloved president has directly droven my family out of business, we don't have an income here anymore. The future of my family now lies in Mexico, who would've thought that a couple of years ago?  Sad

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 14):
I just attended a presentation given by a Customs/Border Patrol agent. Make sure that everyone in your car is legal, as they can confiscate your vehicle and not give it back! The agent stated that this happens quite often and the US government makes alot of money by auctioning off all of these cars.

That would be no problem, we all have valid US Tourist Visas that expire in 2007 and 2012.

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineN200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 13879 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 5):
Thank you all for your quick replies. Looks like it won't be a hassle to drive my mexican car in US soil.

There are cars from Mexico all over the San Antonio area. Nuevo Leon is probably the most common plate after Texas. Will you be stopping in San Antonio on you way to Austin?


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13862 times:

Quoting Pbottenb (Reply 12):
BTW, Corona is just east of LA,

Corona is actually quite a ways east of L.A. Roughly 45 miles or, depending on traffic, anywhere from an hour to 2 hours. It's in the area of 91 and I-15 if you are familiar with that area.

Welcome to the USA.


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