Here in BC, you can get rebated premiums by your insurance company while in Mexico.
I have been told on several occasions by Americans that they cannot get this.
I am putting a package together for participants in a West Coast Caravan this season, and some of them will be American. So does anyone know of any US insurers that will do this? Somebody at one time also mentioned at least one US insurer will cover liability.
Also, has anyone considered (or tried) putting storage insurance, which is usually far cheaper, on vehicles going into Mexico? Obviously starting it the day after crossing and ending the day before going back. It seems to me this may be a way around an insurer who won't suspend payments while in Mexico.
Has anyone confirmed one way or another if the $200-$400 vehicle ransom applies to 10 year permits.
It looks like I will be substituting for Mike & Terri Church for the Mexico RV Seminars at the RV show in Abbotsford (Vancouver, BC area Sept 27-30) this fall (they are in Oz), and that is one question I would like to be able to answer.
Has anyone had any difficulty taking an unregistered ATV into Mexico? I have spoken to one BC'er who does it (they are unregistered here) and he says no problem with the original sales receipt. I am wondering if anyone has had trouble getting the on line permit with an unregistered ATV attached?
Has anyone ever been stopped on the street with an unlicensed ATV in Mexico? I suspect throwing an old plate on it may not be a bad idea.
I just bought one, so that question is for myself.
I tried this by suspending my insurance on my vehicles in California, while I was in Mexico for four months. The insurance company had no problems with this, but state deregistered the vehicles because of lack of insurance and it was a mess to get them reregistered and I really had to sneak back home from the border with a technically unregistered vehicle!
We have an Allstate policy for our F350 which is still registered in Illinois. They suspend it for us but do not take it off. That makes the policy much cheaper for most of the year. When the Secretary of State of Illinois asks for insurance verification, we are able to mail them a copy of our card which shows we do have insurance. No problems so far, but you never know.
I have updated my Border FAQ's to cover most of this.
1. No US insurance companies will rebate you for the time the vehicle was in Mexico. As gwbaines found out; most state laws will 'deregister' you if you suspend your insurance or change the vehicle status to 'stored'.
2. RV's (and anything else that qualifies for the 10 year permit) do NOT pay the deposit. This deposit is in place to stop vehicle smugglers. Apparently boat and RV smugglers are not that big of a problem.
3. For OTR (Off The Road) vehicles, if you don't need a plate in the US you don't need one in Mexico, and a bill of sale is all you need. Just remember what OTR means. Also, as an OTR, you don't need a TIP, It is considered 'recreational equipment' and will be covered by and included with your vehicle TIP. This also applies to small motorcycles. But you're limited to 2 of these on a single TIP.
However; As in the U.S. Any motor vehicle on the roads has to be 'street legal' and registered. If you have plates on your ATV, you can drive it on the streets. If you put plates on it from some other vehicle and they stop you, you will probably get caught. The Mexican and US police departments now share databases. Of course there are certain beach or desert towns that don't bother enforcing the law. Just be aware that you run the risk of having your ATV impounded.
As an expansion to question 1: Interstate and Progressive have policies for RV's that cover everything except PL/PD (Public Liability/Property Damage) and Legal in Mexico. No US or Canadian PL/PD is good in Mexico. Most Mexican insurance companies have policies that cover just PL/PD and Legal. Since insurance rates are based on the bluebook value of the vehicle, this can keep the insurance cost down.
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We suspended our Progressive insurance for 1/2 year when we shipped our motor home to Europe last year. When we returned, Progressive charged us a higher premium because they considered us uninsured for that 1/2 year. They wouldn't accept proof of European policy that we had. In the end, it cost us more in the higher premiums than to have continued our U.S. insurance while gone.