How to Determine the Value of a Used Car in Mexico

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:

https://www.libroazul.com/

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. 

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

11 Comments on "How to Determine the Value of a Used Car in Mexico"

  1. Ron Minter | June 20, 2019 at 7:28 am |

    In the PV area a dealership is very limited on what freebies they can throw in with a new car purchase. If they exceed the manufacturer”s guidelines they are fined. Warranty service must meet dates as well as mileage. Being a 6 month resident I usually have to have the service done at only about 2 1/2 K miles

    • Qroo Paul | June 20, 2019 at 7:29 am |

      Thanks for sharing that, Ron. They are very strict on the mileage and time limits for service. We’ve noticed that over in Quintana Roo too.

  2. Very informative. As usual, I’m saving to my “Two Expats” file. Thank you Paul!

  3. Carolyn M | June 20, 2019 at 9:46 am |

    Very interesting, as usual…..Is there a reason that Honda cars are not shown, or am I missing something? Thanks for your help!

    • Qroo Paul | June 20, 2019 at 9:52 am |

      I was able to find Honda using the website and the app, although the app does list more models than the website does.

  4. Diane McNair | June 20, 2019 at 9:55 am |

    Yet another great article Paul, thanks!

  5. dan dathe | June 20, 2019 at 1:18 pm |

    I access http://www.libroazul.com frequently via my MAC and Microsoft. http://www.mercadolibre.com.mx (Guía de Precios) is also utilized by Mexican underwriters to assess value. It can be confusing as these resources value Mexican models which differ from those manufactured for the US market. If the vehicle is a US import (nationalized) then Mexican underwriters (so I am told) will reference KellyBlueBook & NADAGuides.

  6. Philip the Missionary | June 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm |

    The “Chocolate” or “Auto Legalization” that we legal resident expats have waited for, for a dozen years has finally come. President AMLO has authorized importation of US vehicles to become Mexican vehicles for THIS YEAR ONLY. The years of US vehicles allowed to become Mexican vehicles is from 2000 to 2013, the importation legalization cost at the border (must be done AT THE US BORDER) varies from $2,500 pesos to $12,500 pesos depending upon the year. Look on mexnoticias.mx search under “Matamoros” for this article dated Feb 15th, 2018. I already have 2 vehicles in Mexico but I’m bringing my truck in, newer than my other vehicles. Paul, if you could research this, you could prepare an article on it if you haven’t done so already.

    • Qroo Paul | June 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm |

      Thanks for the heads up on this. I’ll search for the original government documentation. I learned long ago to not trust the Press, and instead, to get it right from the source.

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