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    bushaaya
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    Default Buying a car in Cancun, Mexico

    hi.. im planning a trip to central america (i've already opened a
    thread about that 1).. and after landing in cancun im thinking about
    buying a car and driving through central america..
    has any1 done this before? (buying a car in mexico and not bringing
    from the US?)
    is it a realistic plan?
    what are the car prices, and how hard is it to find a car which would
    last such a drive?

    also is a regular international driver's license enough?

    hope some1 can help me with this.
    thanks alot.

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    Technobarbarian
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    Default buying a car in cancun, mexico

    > hi.. im planning a trip to central america (i've already opened a
    > thread about that 1).. and after landing in cancun im thinking about
    > buying a car and driving through central america..
    > has any1 done this before? (buying a car in mexico and not bringing
    > from the US?)
    > is it a realistic plan?


    It's doable. The hard part will be the paperwork. It would probably be
    more practical to use public transportation, renting a car or a taxi when
    public transportation won't get you where you want to go when you want to go
    there.

    > what are the car prices, and how hard is it to find a car which would
    > last such a drive?


    Mexico is still protecting its auto industry. Used cars are more
    expensive in Mexico than what you would pay in the States. There's a small
    cottage industry going on importing used cars from the US. Compact pickups
    are the most popular and Guadalajara seems to be the most popular
    destination. Depending on what you're willing to spend you can find anything
    from a new car to a complete beater. It sometimes seems like half the cars
    in Mexico have a for sale sign on them, or a dollar sign, which means the
    same thing. Cancun is all about tourists with more money than brains. You
    might have better luck shopping in Merida. Inland cars are less likely to be
    suffering from salt damage.
    >
    > also is a regular international driver's license enough?


    An international driver's license is a worthless piece of paper that
    most cops probably wouldn't recognize because they never see them. Mexico
    recognizes most, if not all, foreign driver's licenses. An American license
    works just fine.

    TB

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    bushaaya
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    Default buying a car in cancun, mexico

    hey man..

    you say that buying a car in merida would be better?
    what are the aprox. car prices for a car which would be able to go
    through the entire road trip?

    we're not sure we will buy the car, but we want to keep all option open
    and see if its even realistic to do it..
    i'd love it if you could give me some tips on where to buy, what to
    check and maybe the price range of the cars?

    thanks in advance for all the help

    if there's any way to reach ya via mail please let me know..
    thanks

    Technobarbarian wrote:
    > "bushaaya" <samuraipizzapunk@...........m> wrote in message
    > news:1131632474.471474.223570@g49g2000cwa......... o...........
    > > hi.. im planning a trip to central america (i've already opened a
    > > thread about that 1).. and after landing in cancun im thinking about
    > > buying a car and driving through central america..
    > > has any1 done this before? (buying a car in mexico and not bringing
    > > from the US?)
    > > is it a realistic plan?

    >
    > It's doable. The hard part will be the paperwork. It would probably be
    > more practical to use public transportation, renting a car or a taxi when
    > public transportation won't get you where you want to go when you want to go
    > there.
    >
    > > what are the car prices, and how hard is it to find a car which would
    > > last such a drive?

    >
    > Mexico is still protecting its auto industry. Used cars are more
    > expensive in Mexico than what you would pay in the States. There's a small
    > cottage industry going on importing used cars from the US. Compact pickups
    > are the most popular and Guadalajara seems to be the most popular
    > destination. Depending on what you're willing to spend you can find anything
    > from a new car to a complete beater. It sometimes seems like half the cars
    > in Mexico have a for sale sign on them, or a dollar sign, which means the
    > same thing. Cancun is all about tourists with more money than brains. You
    > might have better luck shopping in Merida. Inland cars are less likely to be
    > suffering from salt damage.
    > >
    > > also is a regular international driver's license enough?

    >
    > An international driver's license is a worthless piece of paper that
    > most cops probably wouldn't recognize because they never see them. Mexico
    > recognizes most, if not all, foreign driver's licenses. An American license
    > works just fine.
    >
    > TB

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