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Mexico changes used car import law

1998 models just got a lot more attractive
March 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Beginning Monday, only cars built in 1998 -- none older and none newer -- can be legally imported into Mexico. Car dealers were given notice only a month ago. Until now, used cars 10 to 15 years old were scooped up at auction by south Texas used car dealers and rapidly sold to Mexicans hungry for affordable transportation.

Cars newer than that were banned from imports as unwelcome competition for Mexican car dealers, and anything more than 15 years old was seen as a potential environmental and safety hazard.

But now, under pressure from Mexico's new car dealers who say jalopies undercut their sales, the Mexican government is allowing only 10-year-old used cars to be legally imported into Mexico.

The Mexican Association of Automobile Distributors says the change was needed to "stop the accelerated conversion of the country into, as they put it "the world's biggest automotive garbage dump."

 

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