Since moving to Mexico almost four years ago, I’ve assisted several of my expat friends and neighbors with the paperwork side of buying and/or selling used cars. The procedures are different here in Mexico, and when you throw in a language barrier, it can all become a bit overwhelming for some new arrivals.
Other than the paperwork, which I discussed in the article Buying or Selling a Used Car in Mexico, the only other question that many expats have is how to determine the value of the vehicle in question.
Many of them instinctively turn to familiar web sites from back home, like Kelly Blue Book; however, those aren’t very useful in this case for several reasons. Here are just a few:
- They lack information on makes and models manufactured for sale in Mexico
- Even if a make and model of a car look the same, it may not be comparably equipped
- They won’t tell you the estimated value in the Mexican marketplace
Fortunately, there are alternatives south of the border and you’ll even get your estimate in pesos, not dollars.
Libro Azul (Blue Book)
There are a few sites that offer this service, but my favorite is Libro Azul:
The site will give you a suggested retail price in pesos based on the make, model and condition of the vehicle.
The biggest con for some of our readers is that the site does not work well in Google Translate.
Even though some of the pages translated into English, others lost their functionality — especially when it came to drop-down menus.
Libro Azul Online (Mobile App)
If your Spanish is a bit lacking, I recommend using this mobile app version. It’s easy to navigate and requires very little knowledge of the language.
The only downside that I noted was that the mobile version doesn’t have as many selection options as the web version (e.g. condition of the vehicle).
I suppose for Apple users, another downside is that it’s only available for Android. There are some alternatives for Apple but I don’t think they’re as good as the app above.
Android Users: Click HERE to get it from Google Play
Let’s Wrap This Up
Well, there’s really not much more I can say about this particular topic, so I’ll end it here. Hasta luego.