• Mar 3, 2008
All you people with a 10-year-old car – drive it, drag it, push it or pull it! Mexico is paying top dollar!

Starting today, the only used cars the Mexico government will allow across its borders for resale are those exactly 10 years old. That means your 1998 Hyundai Accent has appreciated in value for the first time since you drove it off the lot. But your 1997 Astro van is, believe it or not, worth even less than it was last year, and you 1999 Daewoo Nubira drivers will have to wait until next year to cash in.

There are two main reasons for Mexico's seemingly arbitrary automotive adjudication. First, its new-car dealers are tired of trying to compete with all manner of relatively inexpensive, recent-model used cars from the U.S. Second, the government says cars older than 10 years are wreaking havoc on the country's air quality.

Until now, it was legal to import cars into Mexico that were between 10 and 15 years old. The Mexican Association of Automobile Distributors fought for the newer, more restrictive law to, as quoted by The Detroit News, "stop the accelerated conversion of our country into the world's biggest automotive garbage dump."

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      okay, we dont want anyone coming here from Mexico that is not exactly 10 yrs. old.

      with the recent reports on % of Hispanics in prsion and the number of illegals coming into the country, we dont want to become a 'xxxx dumping ground' also...
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats was totally uncalled for!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        amen
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey I bet you got your stats from Bill O'Reilly.

        Immigrants make up exactly 3.97% of the US prison population. The reest are all loco Ameericans
        • 6 Years Ago
        And with recent reports of republicans committing pedophilia we don't want any Grand-Old-Pedophiles having internet access or being around small children. Guess you better log off and exit the children's library.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still sell cars to mexico. Just have your buyer meet you at the border . Title for cash and drive the auto over. A flash photo and 2 bucks and you now have a happy new used car owner. Many cars and trucks can be bought with open title and how they get the title in their name is just another wonder of the old mexico system. cash under the table. This system works every day and just like flow of humans to america they can't police it or stop it.
        kevin
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would appreciate if you would forward me the necessary information to get started doing this if you would.Thank you in advance.i.e.Finding a Mexican dealer around Brownsville,TX or McAllen,TX.Please send response to kevinxndn@hotmail.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does his mean that the Mexican police gangs won't steal our SUV's anymore?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars newer than 10 years old have always been banned from Mexico. Under NAFTA Mexico will have to allow the import of all used cars 10 years old and newer by 2019!

      This was because under NAFTA, used car imports had a smooth transition of 25 years! Besides, Hyundai Accents and Daewoo Nubira's will never cross the border as you may only import NAFTA made cars into Mexico.

      Previously, in 2005 the Mexican Government because of internal pressures conceded the import of cars which were 10-15 years old, but when you import more used cars from the US then what you are selling new, you have got a serious problem.

      Importing only 10 year old cars is in accordance with NAFTA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can understand about dealers complaining that cheap used cars are hurting new car sales, but why not 5-10 years old? Also, what makes a 1998 so much more eco-friendly than a 1997? In my opinion, if Mexico wants to be looked at as a modern country and catch up to the rest of the major world powers, they can't all be driving around in technology that is 10 years old. I just don't understand politics.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tata better be paying attention to this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mexico is like that embarrassing, crazy, drunk uncle eveyone has.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry this crazy uncle is not allowing to import garbage from your country, but at least this crazy uncle doesn´t get wacko and starts killing people in McDonalds, Universities, etc.

        And FYI, this not interfere with NAFTA, this is an allowance that Mexico itself stablished when it entered in a new stage of global commerce. The idea was to allow farmers to have access to still reliable vehicles at low prices. But as a corvette or a civic can´t quialify like that, this was out of control and something have to be done. Sorry if this forces you to go and take the garbage to a recycling center.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great, so now I don't have to worry about my truck getting stolen and taken to Mexico for another two years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonder if this also applies to "salvage" vehicles. I had a vehicle stolen and bought it at a salvage auction a year later. I noted a large number of Hispanics and asked about buyer demographics. Was informed by management at least 85% of their buyers were Mexicans buying damaged vehicles to take back to Mexico for reconstruction and sale.

      These vehicles ranged from "totaled" to just "tired" with no visible damage. Prices were "eye popping" and buying a vehicle at a salvage auction seemed like a great way to get your kid a car. The numbers are staggering , 800-1200/week and ~20% drivable. And that's just from one auction house.

      If this new law includes salvage vehicles then the entire dynamic of the salvage industry could change.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The government should stay out of private industry and people's lives.

      Govnoment may be a more appropriate term, since any government that interferes in private industry consists of govno.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, I didn't read the D N article, but I would imagine this new law will either be modified or has already had a provision added that "updates" every year. Next year, ONLY cars built in 1999 will be imported, and the year after that (2010) only cars built in 2000.

      I'm surprized used car dealers in this country haven't started to lobby someone about this. Oh well, maybe it won't really put much of a crimp in the used vehicle auction sales when all those vehicles no one in this country wants...can no longer be pawned off on drivers in other countries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can imagine the stampede to buy nice used "gringo" cars after year 2019. Why the heck spend $15,000 in a small cramped Chevy Corsa (they don't send those to the U.S.), when you can buy a 4 yeard old Buick fully loaded?

      Another question, in the year 2019, can we Americans import Mexican-only car models such as the aforementioned Chevy Corsa? If DoT rules prohibit their importation because they need to be "federalized" then can't Mexico use a similar gimmick as a loophole to keep gringo used-cars out of its market?
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