Really wish I had read your book before building in Mexico….

Michele Berkner, Canadian Snowbird, writes:

I have just bought your book and will be diving into it on the plane back to Canada today, but before I leave Mexico this time around, I have a situation that I am hoping you can help me with.

[We want to sell our Mexican car to someone we know in Mexico.] The only problem is that we are being told that there is a minimum price we can sell it for. At the time [we took ownership of the car] the value was 81,000 pesos and we are told we must sell it for a minimum of 28,000 plus pay for the transfer 2800 pesos.

The source of this information is dodgy at best, but I can’t find anyone who has ever heard of this before…….your help would be much appreciated!

Michele

home-sweet-mexico replies:

Michele,

Thank you for purchasing my book. I hope you are enjoying it.

I have never heard of such a rule, though, there are lots of laws I have no idea about.

I think it would be a good idea to ask a car-owning Mexican friend (preferably one who has nothing to gain from your car sale and one who has been to university) an open-ended question if there is anything you need to know about selling a car.

I know that you can work this out in a way that is beneficial for both parties.  If a third party seems to be dishonest or is blockading the process, try to work with a fourth party — preferably at a different location.

Best of luck!

Julia C Taylor

Michele Berkner:

Hi Julia:

Thanks so much for your reply and yes, enjoying the book a lot!!

I was able to determine that there is no minimum selling price, you just need the original factura (plus copies of course), all the tenencias over the past 5 years and the tarjeta [de] circulation (plus a million copies of these last 2 as well….I would imagine!).

I also appreciate your recommendations on getting the correct information by working around those who seem to wish to blockade anything I try to attempt….that would be the accountant who will be losing her job as soon as humanly possible.

Really getting a good laugh from your book.  A friend of mine gave me a book called “God and Mr. Gomez” after we had finished building our home.  Its another good book with lots of laughs if you haven’t read it!

Thanks again

Michele

home-sweet-mexico:

Michele,

Thank you for the suggestion of the book. I haven’t read it and it sounds interesting. I think I’ll have to read it soon.

I’m so glad you are enjoying my book and that you found a solution to your lack of information about selling a car.

Would you mind if I put up a quote from your email “Really getting a good laugh from your book…?”

Sorry, to bother you with my request but this is the way that I get all of the positive reviews on my web site. I wait until someone sends me a compliment that comes from their own heart, then I ask them if I may use it to help sell my book.

Many thanks,

Julia

Michele Berkner:

Hi Julia:

No problem to use quotes from me!  The book is very informative and it’s a great read due to the humour….and truth behind everything you have written…..really wish I had read it before building in Mexico as it would certainly have made my life a lot easier!!

Thanks again for everything!

Michele

home-sweet-mexico replies:

Michele,

Thank you! I have been sick with a flu and am finally able to put up your quotes. May I use your name or just your initials? I guess I’ll start with your initials, then fill them out with your name if you give me permission.

Julia

Michele Berkner of Canada:

Hi,

Sorry to hear about your flu!!  Feel free to use my name…Michele Berkner…or initials as I am not trying to keep anything hidden at all.

Your book was great and again, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT TO HAVE READ IT PRIOR TO BUYING LAND AND BUILDING A HOUSE IN MANZANILLO…….I still go back and read about the small un-truths as that is just soooo soooo true!  I even had to run a few tests to prove this to my husband!!!

Thanks again so much for your book and all that info you have provided…..practically free….to all us knot-head Canadians/Americans who blindly go to Mexico thinking it will be exactly the same as it is at home!!!!  I now know that if I need a new bank card it will take 3 trips of 4 hours each to get that accomplished…..instead of the Canadian 10 minutes “here’s a temporary card and you will have the new one in the mail within the week!”

Having said that, I love Mexico……..it’s such a great laugh!!

Take care.

Michele

4 comments

  1. Sarah May 23

    Hi Julia,

    I am so happy to have found your blog today. I am in my mid 20’s and have been married to my beautiful, Mexican husband for 4 1/2 years :). We have found ourselves in a similar situation as yours but we have yet to make the move to Yucatan, Mexico and put that 10 year bar into effect. We are waiting the next few months to see what (if anything) happens with immigration reform and then planning to make the move (if nothing happens here). I am excited to live somewhere different but of course, I am scared/nervous too. I am hoping to buy your book within the next couple of days! Something I didn’t see in the contents though is managing a vegetarian diet. I have been a vegetarian for 9 years now and have seen from past travel to Mexico that it might not be the easiest thing to sustain. Do you have any idea of how easy or hard it will be to be vegetarian in Mexico?

    Thank you for all that you are doing!

    Sarah

  2. Julia Taylor May 23

    Hi Sarah,

    I hope all goes well. I understand your concern about being a vegetarian in Mexico. You won’t eat out much! Ha, just kidding. If you cook for yourself you’ll be in heaven. Just a few of the things you can eat are beans, garbanzos, mushrooms, avocados, eggs (if you eat them), nopales, squash flowers, rice, quinoa, and fruits, fruits, fruits.

    If you are trying to eat out you will have to look for places where you can get quesadillas and get flor de calabaza, beans, and other choices. If you are eating with your in-laws it will depend on their attitude toward your diet. Some families would insist on proving you wrong and others would support you — just like anywhere.

    You’ll be fine!

    Kindest Regards, Julia C Taylor

    Oh! You’ll love my section on fruits in my book. Also, check out my articles on my web site. I have one on the local foods in central Mexico. Even though you’ll be in the south, some of the foods will still be available.

  3. Sarah May 28

    Hi Julia,

    Thanks for getting back so quickly! I appreciate the insight. I am hoping to become a better cook haha! My suegra, at first, was like, “wait, you dont eat meat but you will eat chicken, right? Once you try my cooking, you will not want to be.vegetarian anymore!” Anyway, I got your book and have really been enjoying it! I will recommend!

    Thanks again!

    Sarah

  4. Julia May 28

    Hi Sarah,

    Yes, Many people consider vegetarianism a curable illness. Just complement her guacamole a lot! 😉

    I’m so pleased you like my book enough to recommend it!

    Enjoy,

    Julia C Taylor

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