Occasionally, I receive an email from a reader asking if vehicles with salvage titles can be permanently imported into Mexico. I actually had one this week, so I decided to do a quick post on the subject.
Generally speaking, the answer to this question is no — however, there are some exceptions to the rule.
Prohibited From Importation
There is a long list of reasons why a vehicle may have a salvage title. If the salvage title indicates any of the following, then it cannot be imported into Mexico*:
- DLR SALVAGE
- SALVAGE-PARTS ONLY
- LEMON SALVAGE
- SALVAGE LETTER-PARTS ONLY
- FLOOD SALVAGE
- SALVAGE CERT-LEMON LAW BUYBACK
- SALVAGE CERTIFICATE-NO VIN
- SALVAGE TITLE W/ NO PUBLIC VIN
- DLR/SALVAGE TITLE REBUILDABLE
- SALVAGE THEFT
- SALVAGE TITLE-MANUFACTURE
- COURT ORDER SALVAGE BOS
- SALVAGE / FIRE DAMAGE
- SALVAGE WITH REPLACEMENT VIN
- BONDED SALVAGE
- WATERCRAFT SALVAGE
- SALVAGE KATRINA
- SALVAGE TITLE WITH ALTERED VIN
- SALVAGE WITH REASSIGNMENT
- SALVAGE NON REMOVABLE
* Diario Oficial de la Federación ANEXO 1 de las Reglas Generales de Comercio Exterior para 2018, publicado el 18 de diciembre de 2017.
According to the Diario Official de La Federacion, if the salvage title indicates a reason other than the ones specifically prohibited (shown above) or has additional wording that says clean, rebuilt or corrected, then it can be imported, provided that it meets all of the other requirements.
Let’s Wrap This Up
This post only addresses salvage titles, there are also restrictions on titles that indicate any of the following: junk, crushed, parts only, seizure/forfeiture and not eligible for road use.
If you have any specific questions about whether a specific vehicle would be eligible to be permanently imported into Mexico, you should direct them to a licensed custom’s agent (agente aduanal).
I know this post was a little dry, but hey — they can’t all be fun posts about how we spend our days drinking Margaritas on a Mexican beach.
Speaking of that, I’m going to stop here because my Margarita’s almost gone and it’s time to reapply sunscreen. Hasta luego.