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I am going to go to Mexico this winter and travel around for 5-6 months and would like to know if I can buy a used car there rather than have to drive down from Wa. State. Seems like U.S. plates would be a big target also.I want to fly to Guadalajara and buy the car there and then at the end give it to someone who needs a car.I've read that you have to live there but can you get a post office box or something to get around a permanent address?

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I think it requires at least an FM3 Visa in order to register a car. You could apply at your nearest consulate, register the FM3 upon arrival, using the receipt from a rental, even a hotel, etc., and then cancel it when you leave Mexico.

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I went to several GDL dealerships in March and they all said that I could buy a car without having an FM3--all you need is a passport and an FM Turista. Good Luck!

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I went to several GDL dealerships in March and they all said that I could buy a car without having an FM3--all you need is a passport and an FM Turista. Good Luck!
Buying a car on an FMT is one thing, but registering and driving is a whole 'nother animal. The distinction is pretty essential. I don't know about Jalisco, but here in BCS, anybody can buy a car by plunking down money and getting the owner to sign over the factura. But a foreigner can't register a car in his/her name without at least an FM3, nor drive it without a Mexican driver's license. The DL also requires FM3 or above, which in turn requires proof of local address, and so on.

Hopefully someone will know the tránsito regulations there, but those are ours.

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I helped a friend buy a used car in Guadalajara and he had to provide his FM3 to register the vehicle; as did I, when I later bought a new car from another dealer. I have both US and Jalisco drivers license while he has only a US license.

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I had a friend with an American relative who lived here awhile. He had an FM3, but basically told his relative in Mexico who he was staying with that he'd like to let him have the car when he left. So what they did was buy the car and register it in the Mexican relative's name and then when it came time to go, all he had to do was hand over the keys and get on the plane. You might be able to arrange it with someone you'd like to give the car to when you leave, because they would have no problems in registering it. You could still drive with your U.S. license, because it would be like driving a rental car, which would also have Mexican plates.

So basically, even if you had an FMT, as long as that car could be registered by a Mexican you would be okay.

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Buying a car on an FMT is one thing, but registering and driving is a whole 'nother animal. The distinction is pretty essential. I don't know about Jalisco, but here in BCS, anybody can buy a car by plunking down money and getting the owner to sign over the factura. But a foreigner can't register a car in his/her name without at least an FM3, nor drive it without a Mexican driver's license. The DL also requires FM3 or above, which in turn requires proof of local address, and so on.

Hopefully someone will know the tránsito regulations there, but those are ours.

Kate

I am moving to San Jose Del Cabo, Baja Sur, Mexico

So steps in buying a car:
Step 1: Get local address
Step 2: Get FM3 Visa
Step 3: Pick out car and purchase

Does this seem right?

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A foreigner can't register a car in his/her name without at least an FM3, nor drive it without a Mexican driver's license. The DL also requires FM3 or above, which in turn requires proof of local address, and so on.
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I drive a car without a Mexican driver's license. I've been pulled over a few times. It's not a problem (assuming you do have a US license).

When I got my FM3, I offered them proof of local address and they looked at me as if I was from Jupiter. They told me that proof of local address is not needed for an FM3.

Like just about everything in Mexico, it appears to be different depending on where you live and where you do your "tramites" for each element.

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[QUOTE=circle110;846011]I drive a car without a Mexican driver's license. I've been pulled over a few times. It's not a problem (assuming you do have a US license).



Do they run your US license or just accept that you show them one? Is there any real reason to get a Mexican drivers license? I will be in the Los Cabos area of Baja Sur, Mexico

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