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driving to PV

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driving to PV

We're going to be in San Poncho (San Francisco) for April/May. Any advice on driving an old Lincoln Towncar (it's in good shape) there from the states? We don't really don't care if the car returns with us. Just want to have one there and to be able to bring more stuff. Everyone's worried about our safety.

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1. Re: driving to PV

It´s perfectly safe to drive. With a Lincoln Town Car it´s best to stick to toll roads, partly because the roads in Mexico can be brutal on vehicles with low clearance, such as Town cars.

You have to get a Temporary Import Permit when you cross the border which is your permit to drive in Mexico. You must have it. You have to leave a cash (or credit card) deposit which is refunded when you take the car out of Mexico. If you leave the car there you lose your deposit and cannot bring another car in. The maximum time it can be left there is 180 days.

You can get the Permit Online.

A great Forum for first person (but accurate) advice and experience on travelling by car is the Travelling sub Forum of Mexico Connect.

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?forum=12;guest=48086436

Buen viaje!

Edited: 29 November 2012, 03:04
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Suggest you check your suspension real well, get new shocks if possible, watch out for speed bumps, called 'Topes' here, some can be humongous, and some are missing the warning sign. Eyes peeled, save your undercarriage. You won't find them on the Toll Roads, the "Cuota"

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Found this tool the other day which I found excellent to build the trip route, the map isn't much help, but you can use Google Maps for the details: http://aplicaciones4.sct.gob.mx/sibuac_internet/ControllerUI;jsessionid=2TxgNgmQhgvrXn2dKV2H7wP1jvGnyy1zBbkWSGv0GFnhKF1DTn9N!664513084!1408146335?action=cmdEscogeRuta&eligeIdioma=si Wish I had this tool in the past.

Regarding taking cars into the country, as stated, get the temporary permit, consider tourist car insurance, just in case you get into a crash (hope not). If you want to sell the car in the country you won't be able to with the temp import permit. If you plan on selling it you need to get a "pedimento de importación".

Driving in Mexico is not much of an issue unless you go through Tamaulipas or the Ciudad Juárez area, furthermore there'll be NO issues if you stick to the toll highways, plus you'll drive much less stressed. I've driven down from Nogales and Laredo, easy, long, but easy.

BTW it's San Pancho ;-) Nice little town, VERY relaxed, enjoyed the place when I went on a visit here in May.

Have a great trip.

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Hmmm... the tool link didn't go through as expected, hope you can get it to work, copy/paste into your browser...

Greetings

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5. Re: driving to PV

We did our 7th drive down to Guayabitos, Nayarit in October without any problems or issues.

Be sure to obtain Mexican car insurance for your vehicle- US/Canadian car insurance is not valid in Mexico. We use a firm called Mexico Bob in Arizona- online quote and issue of certificate.

There is a government program which will give you the trip details - using toll roads "Cuota". Shows distance, time and tolls. Tolls are payable in cash and in Pesos not US $.

Google DGDC and enter the state and city of start and finish and you will get a detailed trip report. For the destination enter Sayulita which is the nearest town after San Pancho.

If you are entering Mexico at Nogales- south of Tucson- the immigration building is on the right hand side about 20 KM south of the border. Make sure you have passports, vehicle registration and photo copies of both. You will need a tourist visa which you get first- get a copy of that as well- there is a photocopy guy waiting for your money!

Usually it is a 2 1/2 day drive from Nogales to Nayarit- spend first night in Navojoa ( suggest Hotel Fiesta on RHS just after you go over the long bridge into town). Second night in Mazatlan and the third day san Pancho.

We don't drive at night and most people recommend that you don't.

Anyway, enjoy the trip!

Tolls from Nogales to Tepic are shown as 1113 pesos about US $ 85, However, there is a new toll for the Culiacan by-pass -25 pesos. Well worth it. Just past the last toll at the end of the Navojoa -Culiacan section there is a big sign- left Mazatlan Cuota and right Culiacan Cuota. take the left fork. Saves some aggravation.

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6. Re: driving to PV

I understand that you can get the Temporary Import Permit on-line now, fill out the form, pay the fee and they mail you the sticker. Sorry don't remember the URL, try looking at Rolly's site. http://rollybrook.com/vehicle_permits.htm

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