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  1. I walked in without an appointment and 10 minutes later walked out with my plates. Easy.
  2. I'd talk to local attorney Azucena Bateman of ABC Legal. She's the real immigration expert, responds quickly to phone calls and e-mails and her fees are very reasonable. There are many Mexican attorneys in town who are capable and could help, but Azucena has never disappointed me.
  3. I've been here for 25 years and have never taken a driving test. I only took a written test once, but a monkey could have passed it. When I applied for my first MXN driver's license, I had a valid current license from the States, so that may make a difference in whether you must take a driving test.
  4. I agree with Joan Sikes on this. I've been to both Dr. Gabriel and Dr. Gonzales and think that Dr. Gabriel at Quality Care is the best, hands down.
  5. I've been with Parker for almost 20 years and they're wonderful to work with. I've had my car stolen, was involved in a serious accident, etc. and each time they responded quickly and made it easy.
  6. Check with Azucena Bateman, a really good attorney in Ajijic, and she'll know if the offices in Guad are open. If so, it's really easy to do it yourself, or you could have Azucena help you.
  7. I just checked on the internet. Apparently, Michigan has changed its notary laws since I left there 25 years ago. A Michigan notary can only notarize documents within the State. Some States do allow out-of-state notarizations, but not Michigan. Geez, I was all over the country notarizing documents.
  8. Yvonne Jensen Lauterback is a US notary who I've successfully had notarize many documents, and a lot of my friends have too. Her home number is 76-52603. I was a Michigan notary for about 30 years and authorized to notarize anywhere - I just had to add some language about where I was commissioned, and then add "acting in ________County, State of _______________."
  9. Has anyone else heard the rumor that there's a McDonald's going in across from Bruno's on the carretera? Hopefully, it's just a rumor. Thanks.
  10. I recently renewed my license at the Plaza del Torres and it was super easy. You don't need a facilitator and don't need to speak Spanish. If you go by cab, you don't need to make the cab wait for you because it's in a shopping center and there are cabs everywhere for your return home. Check your documents carefully. If you're missing a copy, there's a copy center next door. They take your photo there, so don't bother having pictures taken here. Plaza del Torres is easy to find, has several coffee cafes and is very accommodating to non-Spanish speakers.
  11. I had a very bad experience with the a/c place on the carretera near Gossips. He told me that my compressor was shot and had to be replaced and pointed at something else that needed replacement. Total cost - 3,800 pesos. I took my car to Roberto's body repair shop on the mountain side in Riberas for some body work. I asked him if he knew a good a/c repair shop, and he offered to look at it for me. He tested my generator and said there was nothing wrong with it and then checked my fuses. There was a relay switch missing. Total a/c repair cost - 300 pesos.
  12. I have a knee problem and went to Dr. Gonzales. I paid 1,000 p. for a wrong diagnosis which he made after less than 5 minutes with me. Yesterday, I went to the orthopaedist at Quality Care, Dr. Garbriel (can't remember last name). He gave me a very thorough exam, ordered an x-ray, reviewed the x-ray, explained my options, gave me his cell phone number and e-mail address. The charge was 700 p. plus the x-ray. I think he nailed it. I've heard wonderful things about Dr. Gonzales, but I wouldn't go back to him.
  13. I've renewed my MX driver's license 3 times and it was super easy. You don't need to speak Spanish. I'm renewing my license in a couple of weeks, and you are welcome to ride with me. I'm going anyhow, so there's no charge. My car holds 5. Just make certain that you have all of the necessary documents outlined above, and a copy. You don't need to bring photos as they take them there. If you have an Inapam card, bring that and you'll get half off. I'll check your documents before we leave. If you want to come with me, please drop me a PM and we'll settle on a date.
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