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Again, makes no sense. The people driving around with TIP permits often have expired plates and Lewis & Lewis Mexican insurance. Why would people buy expensive insurance for a vehicle in a State they have no intention to drive in, and that is invalid in Mexico anyways? No biggie to transitos, federales or anyone I have heard of - certainly no one going to jail. When the TIP expires, when you go permanente, the risk is greater, because you are technically in foul of customs laws. Again, other than forfeiting your TIP deposit, never heard of anyone going to jail!!! Then there are a wide variety of options.

The only disadvantage of liability only insurance with a foreign plated vehicle, or private indemnity insurance, if you are in an accident, and the vehicle is towed - you will never see it again. Likewise, if it is stolen. There is no way for them to make money from it. Oh well - a glut of used cars on the market right now, foreign plated will be half the price, that is what they are so popular in Mexico (an estimated 2 million plus vehicles).

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The question really seems to be, Is a valid TIP PROOF that a vehicle is legally in Mexico? If so, it would seem difficult for the insurance company to argue otherwise. Likewise, if a valid TIP is just ONE of the requirements for a vehicle to legally be in Mexico then we have a different outcome.

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Here is the difference:

1.  You may temporarily import your vehicle. It may BE in Mexico with the TIP.

2.  In order for it to be driven on public roads, it must be legal to drive in its home jurisdiction.

You must satisfy both 1 and 2.  If #2 is not satisfied, you had better park it off the street, and definitely never have an accident causing injury/bloodshed/death, etc.

 

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No RV - #2 is that you have valid Mexican insurance, at least liability. Again, and again, Lewis & Lewis doesn't care about expired plates, but it must be registered somewhere in the U.S. or Canada. They do not want to be insuring stolen vehicles. Where you find that registration is your problem, this the title, owner's certificate, etc. To invalidate a registration because a plate was not renewed (out of the country, storage, etc.) would be outright theft. Watch Jay Leno's Garage - do all his fifty plus vehicles have current California plates? Not that I can see.

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A registration and title are 2 very different things. A title says it's yours. A valid (current) registration says you can drive it on public roads. If Jay doesn't have current registrations on all those vehicles you can be sure he ain;t driving them on any public road.

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" Lewis & Lewis doesn't care about expired plates, but it must be registered somewhere in the U.S. or Canada. "

I don't know about Canada's laws, BUT in the US if you had a vehicle registered (not just a title but also a Registration that gets one current plates and the right to drive your vehicle on the roads) AND you let that Registration expire, you will have NO Registration anymore..... so your statement about L&L is contradictory with regard to a US titled vehicle. They can't not care about expired plates but yet also require one to register it somewhere to issue insurance.  Expired plates = NOT being registered somewhere.

 

 

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It is, perhaps, too simple to be understood by some. :huh: Yes, there really are more than two requirements:

Title

Registration, current somewhere, with associated plates and inspections.

Insurance

Licensed Driver

..............................Fin.........................¡Ya basta!......................

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No, the insurers don't care about driver's license, or "registrations" to drive in that state - all they care about is proof that you own the vehicle you say you own. If it is a leased vehicle, very unlikely the leasing company will sign a release for Mexico. These are facts - basta indeed!

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I think there is a category for antique and/or classic vehicles.  Polish up your Spanish Google skills and you will find it.  You might also want to make contact with some members of the Guadalajara antique & classic car groups & pick their brains. 

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