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  1. I read recently a similar thought to Kiko's reply. Avoid any legal process if you have to shoot and kill an intruder. Take them out and bury them somewhere. It will save you grief, time, expense, retribution, and just avoid the difficult judicial process, especially made more difficult for a foreigner. My gun is reliable I hope. Seems in good condition. Took 3.5 hours of waiting before my name was called at the Army Base. Glad I am now legal for defense inside my home, which is the gun's only purpose. I have heard I can take my gun's permit to a place in downtown Guad to purchase bullets for it. I also have heard a place in Jocotepec sells bullets. Does anyone know the place in Joco? Its name and location approximately? Last of all, I would like a gunsmith to go through the gun and look for weak spots. I suppose gunsmiths are not abundant in Mexico. I read where only 15,000 handguns are in MX and 1/3 are legally registered. Both numbers seem low for a country of 120 million people. Thank you.
  2. One might conceive the idea that setting up a process to register a gun is designed to permit that person to have a gun, but also to identify primarily that person as a gun owner, a known admission, a known responsibility for that piece, and a known piece of information should a gun ever be used in self defense, that it was registered in good faith. A serial number is not the only way to identify a particular gun. The matchup to the gun in possession can be accomplished by other means, both photographic and verbal descriptions, not to mention post-use ballistics. Perhaps the laughs come easy, or perhaps no question is a stupid question. I own a machete that is sharp enough that it can take a man's head off in one swing. Perhaps taking that to be registered and admitted to be in my possession would also show good faith to law enforcement. Or maybe I should engrave a serial number on it first.
  3. it back legally to Jalisco to register it here where I live. What paperwork do I need to have to let me drive the purchased car? Do I do anything there in Vera Cruz or Chiapas at a govt office before leaving that state? I am Residente Permanente. Does this require visiting an attorney here first to get paperwork to take with me? Anyone know what the approximate charge would be for legal paper to drive the car here to register it here? I would get original factura from Mexican owner who has been the sole owner, and any other paperwork he has on his registration of the car from his state of Mexico. Vera Cruz or Chiapas state. Thanks.
  4. My question is what if the pistol has no serial number. The ol' Saturday Night Special I think these revolvers are called. Would the army outpost north of Guad still give me a registration for it so it would be legal. Many thanks.
  5. Thank you all for the suggestions. I am even looking into "toldos" or awnings which may be more stable for my situation because the area is second story balcony, exposed a lot to wind. Search continues.
  6. Have read at least five threads on Chapala.com about Sunbrella fabric, and know about Miguel, Oscar, Carmen and Octavio. (This is just to save posters mentioning the above sources unless they believe one of them is the best source for a tilt umbrella.) Appears having a retractable awning installed is 3x or more expensive than a free-standing umbrella, although I really like the idea of having the cover out of the way at times. Anyone know who sells free-standing tilt-able umbrellas of 9 feet diameter? I can get a base made by an iron shop to keep it stable. Many thanks. I've already been to several shops along the lake side of Riberas carretera but did not see tilting umbrellas. Thanks again.
  7. Secondly, if you are agile with Spanish and with the government website mentioned above, you can try to obtain an RFC# on your own from that website.
  8. Be a bit careful on RFC#. My experience is an RFC# blank spot on a form often gets filled in with an anonymous RFC# by the vendor, sometimes even sometimes by government agency personnel. However, if an RFC# personally assigned to you is truly required (often times they waive the requirement), then make sure you have obtained one. Obviously, Spencer knows all about this past practice, but more and more now I am running into transaction situations where I am asked for not just CURP but for an RFC#. I understand it to be a tax I.D. It is a registration with sat.gob.mx or in other words Hacienda, the IRS of Mexico. If your name does not associate with the RFC# on the Mexico government website, then past vendors may have been using any old anonymous RFC#. Spencer's office can get you an RFC# assigned to your name. Get it printed out from the government website, and for future demands or transactions, you have your proof of a true authentic RFC# assigned only to you. Sorry to belabor this explanation, but it might save people time and frustration if they really do not have their own RFC# and at the last minute are asked for it along with CURP#.
  9. These transfers by wire will be in pesos ALREADY from a foreign exchange currency brokerage account. In other words, I buy pesos at spot and when I want to send a month of pesos to cover living expenses, I will wire transfer say, 25,000 pesos at a time. Therefore, the incoming bank's rate of exchange is not involved. The money comes in as a peso and stays a peso. What I'm after is which bank charges the least to receive a wire transfer in pesos, and MULTIVA, from the discussion above, sounds as though they charge the least. I am trying to keep the exchange rate discussions out of the thread and the ATM debit card discussions out of the thread. I really just want suggestions for a bank that is lenient on wire transfers coming in already in pesos. If I do ten wire transfers a year, and banks charge 600 pesos per incoming wire, that is not an attractive bank for me. Thanks for all the ideas.
  10. (No info needed about ATM Debit Cards unless you wish to respond to another poster. I have that ATM debit area covered.) What I am after: To open a bank account here to receive perhaps four to six incoming wire transfers per year at low fee, or at a very minimal wire transfer charge. I have heard Intercam might charge the least. These incoming wires could be already in Mexican pesos or U.S. dollars. I am just after the wire transfer fee information. Thank you.
  11. I have to take two cellphones with me up to the States. Will MX let me back in through Customs with two cellphones? I just have one carry-on bag so everything will be easily seen. Thanks.
  12. Thank you KBLEITCH. I found out the same info by asking around with contractors in Ajijic. I drove over there to Joco but the lady was gone to lunch and often does not come back after lunch. So, go in the morning. Thanks again. BTW, I do believe adoquin is the correct word (no biggie), at least my Internet searches of adoquin produce the product I'm looking for.
  13. Thank you all. I went to Spencer's office at 230 Hidalgo in Chapala, and yes, for 300 pesos, I have an RFC number now.
  14. These are the paving stones or heavier duty rectangles for laying sidewalks that get traffic, and then even thicker for driveways to support a vehicle weight. I looked all over Chapala and all over Ajijic. I know of the little place just west of Tobolandia's entrance, but am looking for more selection. I have heard Jocotepec has a "place" where more can be seen for sale. Anyone point me in a good direction? Thank you.
  15. Does anyone know the steps for getting an RFC No.? I have tried SAT.gob.mx but the Spanish gets a little technical. I hear a CURP No. is needed to trigger assignment of an RFC No. but don't know how it's done. An RFC No. is a tax i.d. being increasingly asked for to do larger transactions in MX, such as buying equipment, cars, etc. Thank you.
  16. Hi, Just wondering if anyone knows of shops offering party appetizers. Cakes, chocolates, pies, various dips, etc. Thanks.
  17. Good information. Thanks for the lead on Jose Luis Valdez, and the lead on Dr. Daniel. I will contact both.
  18. Thank you all for your replies. My problem probably is not major, but it's not minor either. Sounds as though the search continues.
  19. Have an old house and the antique glass of the skylight is showing cracks so might not be repairable. Anyone local to recommend for installing skylight (with bars for security) about 1 meter by 1.5 meter? Thank you.
  20. Thank you for your inquiry. If the vehicle was manufactured for sale outside of the U.S. and does not have a U.S. EPA label in English, then it is a nonconforming vehicle (not manufactured to U.S. Federal emission standards). The vehicle will need to be modified, tested and certified by an Independent Commercial Importer (ICI). Or, if you can obtain a letter of conformity from the manufacturers U.S. Representative (http://www2.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines/light-duty-vehicle-and-motorcycle-manufacturers-us-representatives) stating that the vehicle was manufactured to comply with the U.S. EPA Federal emission standards. U.S. version vehicles are vehicles that were: (1) manufactured in conformity with Federal emission requirements, (2) manufactured in accordance with a specific EPA certificate of conformity, and (3) manufactured with a U.S. emissions compliance label in the engine compartment that identifies them in the English language as conforming to all EPA requirements. Many U.S. version cars and light-duty trucks built since the mid-1970s and almost all U.S. version cars and light-duty trucks built since 1980 were originally manufactured with a catalytic converter and/or oxygen sensor. Not all vehicles equipped with catalytic converters are certified U.S. version vehicles. For example, virtually all catalyst equipped vehicles marketed by manufacturers for sale in Europe are not certified U.S. versions. For a vehicle to be eligible for importation as a U.S. version vehicle, it must have a manufacturer-equipped EPA emissions label in the English language in the engine compartment (or on the frame of a motorcycle, or on the block of a heavy-duty engine), or it must be accompanied by a letter from the U.S. representative of the manufacturer that states the vehicle was originally manufactured to be a U.S. certified version or subsequently converted to conform to EPA requirements. Otherwise, the vehicle will be considered by EPA to be a non-U.S. version vehicle. The regulations governing EPA's program for importing non-U.S. version vehicles were originally provided for in 1972 in the Clean Air Act (Act). These regulations ensure that all imported vehicles are brought into conformity with applicable emission standards. Section 203 of the Act prohibits importing any motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine not covered by a certificate of conformity unless it is exempted by EPA or otherwise authorized jointly by EPA and Customs. The authority to allow the importation of nonconforming vehicles is discretionary with EPA and Customs. Customs will not permit admission of your vehicle until both emission (EPA) and safety (Department of Transportation) requirements for conditional admission are met, as well as all other Federal requirements. For a non-U.S. version vehicle to enter the U.S., it must be imported by either an individual who has a written letter of exemption from EPA, or by an Independent Commercial Importer (ICI), who is a private business in the U.S. that holds a valid EPA certificate of conformity. The ICI will modify and test the vehicle, as applicable, to meet the EPA emission requirements. Independent Commercial Importers import vehicles into the U.S. for modification and testing purposes so that the vehicles, upon final admission by EPA, comply with Federal emission requirements. Whether a vehicle may be imported depends on several factors, including the year in which the vehicle will be imported and the qualifications of the ICI. First, eligibility varies from year to year depending upon the age of the vehicle. A vehicle's age is determined by subtracting the calendar year in which it was originally manufactured from the calendar year of importation. For example, a European manufactured vehicle built in 1986 and imported into the U.S. in 1996 would be ten years old. Second, the ICI has to have a currently valid certificate of conformity, and if the vehicle's age is less than six years old, the ICI must have a currently valid certificate of conformity for a vehicle specifically like yours (i.e. same make, model, model year, and engine). Before making any purchase or shipping arrangements, you should be sure that there is an ICI who is eligible to import your vehicle and willing to import your vehicle and that you are prepared to pay the ICI charges. Vehicles required to be imported by ICIs must be entered through Customs by the ICI, not the vehicle owner, and must not be given to the vehicle owner until after the vehicle has met all EPA requirements and has been finally admitted by EPA. http://www2.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines/list-independent-commercial-importers-icis Please visit our web site for a list of ICIs to contact if your vehicle is a nonconforming vehicle. You can also find more information on the importation on motor vehicles on our web site (http://www2.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines). Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or concerns. NON-CONFORMING (NON-U.S. VERSION) VEHICLES · EPA strongly recommends that prospective importers buy only U. S. version (labeled) vehicles, because of the expense and potential difficulties involved with importing a non-U.S. version vehicle. · EPA strongly recommends that current owners of non-U.S. version vehicles sell or otherwise dispose of those vehicles overseas rather than ship and import them into the U.S., because of the expense and potential difficulties involved with importing a non-U.S. version vehicle. · The EPA policy which permitted importers a one-time exemption for vehicles at least five years old has been eliminated. · Before shipping a non-conforming vehicle for importation, EPA strongly recommends that the importer either make final arrangements with an ICI for modifications and testing, or obtain EPA approval in writing for importation. Storage fees at the ports are costly, and the vehicle may not be eligible for importation. · Not all non-conforming vehicles are eligible for importation, and ICIs are not required to accept vehicles for which they have qualifying certificates of conformity. · EPA certification of ICIs does not guarantee the actions or work of the ICIs, nor does it regulate contractual agreements and working relationships with vehicle owners. You will also need to contact the Department of Transportation (DOT) at 202-366-5291 or www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/ for the DOT (safety) import regulations. David C. Hurlin
  21. That is a good suggestion, TelsZ4. I have emailed the CBP and submitted the serial number, make, model, year. I will report back what CBP tells me. https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/218/~/requirements-for-importing-a-vehicle-%2F-vehicle-parts
  22. Thanks RickS. I do see what you mean about assumptions and take that advisement about logic not coinciding with government laws and regulations. I will look again under the hood, but I am afraid this vehicle, though it is a premium class, and will meet all U.S. standards, probably will not have those DOT or EPA Emissions stickers. Thank you for your insights into the process of importing vehicles into the U.S.
  23. Thanks RickS. Maybe the below is a better orientation about the vehicle. Canada manufacturing assembles the luxury brands of Lexus and Acura. Mexico Acura imports directly from Canada, not from the U.S. The U.S. also imports Acura from Canada. I can't imagine a Canada assembled Acura exported to Mexico not meeting vehicle safety standards of the U.S. It was $50,000 usd when new. Of course, it does not and would not have EPA stickers or U.S. conforming statements on it because it never went to the U.S. in the first place. That does not mean it would not qualify; in fact, it exceeds some U.S. safety and emissions standards, for example having full-time running lights. Anyway, my question was for help to find a broker at the border. That broker might be able to tell me if an Acura, originally sold in Mexico and originally imported to the Mexican agency from Canada, is importable into the U.S. I'm not too good at the PM function or I'd send this to you directly. Thanks for any help.
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