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Everything posted by Ezzie

  1. OBO, you will have absolutely no problem driving your Mexican plated car along with your Mexican driver's licence while in Canada. You may get a few "looks" and some friendly inquiries though as it is not a common sight to see a Mexican plated vehicle in Canada (I get it all the time when visiting up there). Couple of things to remember though, you are not allowed to keep it there for more than six months. If you are coming in and out of Canada with the vehicle in under six months it is not an issue. Technically you are a "tourist" if doing this. If you plan on staying longer than six mont
  2. Chapala SIMAPA office is a separate entrance on the west side of Madero just at the north end of the Municipal building (near the fountain and main traffic lights).
  3. Nope - been doing it for years with my Mexican plated vehicle (purchased here). I still have "Residency" status and a valid Canadian driver's licence but prefer to use my Jalisco driver's licence. This way, you don't need to worry about getting or paying any tickets you may receive as a result of a traffic violation in Canada. Mexican driving habits acquired here tend to result in attention from the cops up there (parking in the wrong places, rolling stop signs, speeding slightly over the limits, etc.). Christiane, I know of no law that requires you to give up your legal "residency" st
  4. I highly recommend CD Especialistas en Columna Vertebral at Hospital Puerta de Hierro near the Andares Mall - Tel# (33) 3848-5404. The surgeon we had perform a complex lower back surgery on my wife in 2014 was Dr. Michael Dittmar. She was up and walking again within 24 hrs. of the surgery.
  5. I renovated my old pool last year and stripped all of the old 1" x 1" tiles out as they were falling off. Redid it with a specially formulated sealer/cement and then a top coat of blue tinted plaster.
  6. I took the Falcon Dam crossing this afternoon and although the view of the reservoir is very nice, not really a good crossing -the one at Roma, TX is much better and I think faster. At 4PM Banjercito was already closed and nobody from INM was on duty. There were two ladies on duty in Aduana and I guess they wanted something to do so proceeded to unpack our SUV for us to check through everything. Only thing they dinged me on was the 10 yr. old deep cycle battery I carry as a spare for the road and asked me to pay $228 pesos in tax to bring it across the border into Mexico - even though it was
  7. I will be traveling from Houston to Monterrey tomorrow and am going to try a different route through SETexas/Tamaulipas/Neuvo Leon so will report on what I experience. As I mentioned before, I don't use Pharr anymore due to a brush with banditos on Hwy. 97. I am exploring the lesser crossings over the river that are between Laredo and McAllen.
  8. Well I don't have the facts so I won't argue the point with you. One of the people I can think of ( a younger woman who is married and has children here and is working and contributing to society) probably has no US passport because she was brought back into Mexico as a young child. It is just more evidence of illegals here. My point is that there are PROBABLY far more US illegals (and persons of other origins) residing here in Mexico than just US origin retirees ( which this post is about). I think it is a good thing that the government here in Mexico does not strictly enforce it's immig
  9. I have met more young US citizens (of Mexican parents) living and working here in Mexico that are technically "illegals" since they have no papers for Mexican residency status. More so than senior citizens that are illegally here. Perhaps that is more often the case? It would be very expensive for the families of such children to go through the INM jungle of bureaucracy to get them naturalized or legal here.
  10. The east side of Monterrey is a mess to get through if trying to go from Saltillo over to Reynosa. The problem is a lot of construction in the area of the East Periferico junction with the 40D toll road (south of Apodaca). Last week I went that way and took Hwy 54 up to the border (exit off the East Periferico just before the airport). The border crossing is at Roma,TX and quite small but there was little traffic. From there a nice drive along the northeast side of the river down to McAllen. It is a little out of your way if going down to Brownsville but to me I would say a safer route than
  11. Aragon and his sons are probably the best go to guys operating Lakeside. They once duplicate an ignition key for my late model Ford and had all the equipment to program the chip in the replacement key as well as get into the CANBUS of the car to set it up. I was very impressed, far less expensive than going to the stealerships..
  12. It is next to impossible to import a car from Mexico into the US permanently. If you do want to try this you would first have to check to see if that exact vehicle make and model was also sold in the US at that time and if it was, certify that it has all of the same safety and pollution equipment that was installed on the US market vehicle in order to meet all of the US safety regulations that were in effect at that time. Probably not worth the hassle. Used vehicles also have a lower resale value in the US than what they have here so you are better off financially to sell what you have here
  13. Most damages I have experienced here are #1 - surges coming in on the CFE distribution, #2 - motors overheated due to trying to run on low voltage (ie. brownouts), #3 faulty or non-existent earth grounds and neutral bonding at your main electrical panel where the power comes into your house. A voltage regulator that can shut down the output when the incoming voltage drops below a set point is a good protection against condition #1. Whole house surge protectors at the incoming power to the panel and individual surge protectors on sensitive electronics (TV's, computers) are the best s
  14. Liverpool - use their "Click & Collect" to receive really great discounts.
  15. Try Liverpool's "Click & Collect" program - it works really well. Go to there website and select the merchandise you want and then you can select delivery for free to the Liverpool location you prefer - OR - have it shipped to your door.
  16. This is not determined by the Roku box you buy. The ability to get Netflix US feeds is determined by the IP address you present. Many people here Lakeside use IP address spoofers to present a "virtual" IP address to make Netflix think you are in the US. All sort of technical to set up. I am sure others on here will chime in soon.
  17. I have a multi-year lease agreement that was reviewed and notarized by one of the major Notarios in Chapala and we got around the annual renewal issue by putting an "auto" renewal clause in it. It merely states that the lease is renewed unless either party comes forward and requests changes prior to the annual renewal date.
  18. The State has a Regional office in Ocotlan - same building as the vehicle licensing office. What Dept. are you looking for??
  19. If the travel trailer was listed along with the car on the original Temporary Import Permit then NO. You would then need to take both back to the border, cancel the original permit and enter the US and then turn around and have a broker there at the border do the nationalization for you.
  20. Donata! I am sure there are other labs in Guadalajara that can perform some of the tests you might need (and hopefully at a lower cost) but the organization in which I am involved have to use CONAGUA approved labs since these wells are registered and have an extraction licence with CONAGUA. In our case, we are required to have the water tested at least once every two years to the NOM-127-SSA1-1994 Standard. As far as I know, the municipal wells that are operated by SIMAPA and SIAPA, etc. have to be tested every six months.
  21. Here ya go. These are the ones I have found in Guadalajara that are approved for use by CONAGUA - the Federal Water authority. The Municipal wells are required to be tested for the parameters listed in Testing Standard: NOM-127-SSA1-1994 (Mod. 2000) which consists of 38 individual tests. CEA (Agua Jalisco) perform these tests on all municipal wells in the entire state for free. The private labs listed below charge to do these tests and are typically hired by companies such as process industries (Pepsi, Coca-Cola, etc.) who use water and create waste byproducts that require post-process tre
  22. The only thing I bought on May 1 was "Made in China". What I needed is not made in North America - long live global trade!!
  23. There are a number of labs in Guadalajara that can do it but it is very expensive to have a complete test done for heavy metals, biologicals, etc. There is no facility Lakeside that can do this - just biologicals. If you want a list of labs, send me a PM with your email address and I will send you a Word document with company names. CEA (Agua Jalisco) no longer does testing of private or individual wells, only municipal wells, sewage treatment plants, etc.
  24. MEXLC, there are a number of testing labs in Guadalajara that can test for biologicals and heavy metals. They cannot test for pesticides and VOCs, the samples have to be sent to a lab in Mexico City for that. If you would like a list of labs, send me a PM. If you are getting water from a municipality (SIMAPA in the case of the Municipality of Chapala) they have the well water tested twice a year courtesy of Agua Jalisco (for free).
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