New to Mexico? Some Useful Information About Fletes y Mudanzas

Source: Q-Roo Paul

Before moving to Mexico, Linda and I both drove cars with limited storage capacity. That means that if we wanted to buy something bulky at the store – like a new chair or supplies for a new home improvement project – we had to make some arrangements with a friend who had a truck to go with us.

I always felt bad asking my friends to give up their free time to drive my new stuff around. Of course, I always compensated them with a few bucks for gas and a perhaps a couple of beers on a future date.

When we arrived in Mexico, we didn’t know anyone at all – much less anyone with a truck – so I had some concerns about transporting larger purchases to the condo. At first we used the delivery service through the stores; however, I hated this option because it meant that I would have to wait a week or so to get it. I was eager to get things done!

That’s when we discovered a much better alternative that is relatively inexpensive: private delivery services.

For the non-Spanish speakers, when you see a truck that has the word fletes or mudanzas on it (see the picture above), that’s one of these delivery services. Once you start looking for them, you realize that they are literally all over the place. There is usually one or more parked in the parking lot of businesses that carry larger items like City Club or Home Depot.

This service checked all the boxes for me: 1) they delivered immediately, 2) they carried the bulky items inside, and 3) they were relatively inexpensive (if negotiated correctly).

For those of you who are new to Mexico, here are some tips to using these services:

Check with the business to see if they can recommend a particular delivery service

It’s always a good idea to use a service that is well known to the business. This makes it less likely that you will have any issues.

Negotiate the price

Negotiating is difficult for Americans because it is usually limited to home and vehicles sales in the U.S. However, negotiating is a very important skill to have in Mexico to avoid paying too much for goods and services.

Get a cell phone number and confirm it works before leaving

This will be useful if you get separated in traffic or if there is some other issue that comes up while in transit.

Take a picture of the truck, including the tag number

This one may sound a bit over the top to some of the readers, but 25 years as a cop has taught me to take a few extra precautions – just in case.

If I didn’t do that and something went wrong, just think how that conversation with the police would go:

Me: Some guys loaded all of my new furniture into a truck and told me they would deliver it to my house but they never showed up.

Cop: Who were they?

Me: I dunno.

Cop: Did you get a tag number?

Me: Nope.

Cop: So basically you’re telling me that you gave all of your new things to a group of strangers and didn’t even bother to write down any information about them.

Me: Yep, that’s basically what happened.


Let’s Wrap This Up

In case you are wondering what this type of service costs, it really depends on what you are transporting, how far you are going and how well you negotiate. We recently had several items transported to our condo which was about 30 minutes from the store and it cost us roughly $30 USD.

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About the Author

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 ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

11 Comments on "New to Mexico? Some Useful Information About Fletes y Mudanzas"

  1. This was a really useful blog. It’s good to have a few numbers to call on in your phone.

    We bought some furniture off an English friend who was moving back to the UK. The bed was in two parts but the mattress was king size, so the delivery guys needed to know and have enough muscle power between them.

    Also it’s worth knowing if they have a covered truck…or open to the elements. That day when they delivered I had visions of having a soggy mattress delivered as the weather was very uncertain!

    Thanks again Paul.

  2. As always, very valuable advice! Thanks Paul

  3. Geri Anderson, author of "Oh Oaxaca," about my life as an expat. | October 1, 2016 at 10:39 am |

    A handy trick I learned in Oaxaca, and it might work elsewhere, is when I found a “ligera” (that’s what they are called here) in front of the store, I would ride home with him. That way he had no problem finding my address and I saved Taxi fare. Haven’t done this in a while, but it used to be only about 50 pesos more than a taxi for a pick up truck full,

  4. Excellent info!! My wife and I are expats new to QR; just found your blog from a friend and now reading through all the great advise and recommendations. Thank you very much

  5. Another excellent and informative piece!

  6. Maggie Wilford | May 19, 2017 at 12:50 am |

    This was indeed very informative as usual, but I’m just curious about what info. do you have (or if already posted, where can I find the info./Link on your Blog) on any recent experiences/challenges of driving a personal passenger car from a TX border town, US all the way through to Coz., Mx please? FYI I also posted my ques. on your F/B “Moving to Mx” forum or website.

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