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Unread 06-15-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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Could a guy just buy a Diesel TJ in Mexico or Canada and register it here?

I know in KS we don't have to pass inspection. Just walk up and hand the clerk your money.

Would this be possible?

Clerk: What type of vehicle?
Jeeper: 07 TJ
Clerk: How many cylanders?
Jeeper: 4


What do you think?

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Unread 06-15-2006, 10:29 PM   #2
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Thats a good question. I can tell you from the oppostie side of things, its a huge pain in the butt to bring a car from the US to Mexico and get it nationalized and registered here. Theres all kinds of crazy laws that are in constant flux.

I also wouldn't recommend buying from a Mexican dealer either. They dont offer the same incentives you get in the US, they are not particularly interested in bargaining either, especially for Jeeps. They tend to have little to no stock, if you want a Jeep you pay full price and have to order it and wait. Although they have tons of Libertys on hand. We have 4 Jeep dealers here in my city that I know of and none have ever had a TJ on the lot. I went to ask about them and if you don't know exactly what you want, forget about it. No floor models, no test drives. Plus models and options are different here. For TJ's theres only SE, X and Rubi. No Sport. No Unlimiteds either, they were never offered here. Ive never seen one in person anywhere down here, and I'd love to.

I'm waiting to see if they offer the 4 door JK down here, its entirely possible that they don't. I would love a diesel though, you can get it at every gas station in the country, although I have no idea about the quality of the fuel, its probably filthy crap.
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Unread 06-19-2006, 12:18 PM   #3
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Just an FYI, diesel TJ's aren't available in Canada..........all we have are the 2.4L and the 4.0L gas engines just like you American folks.
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Unread 06-19-2006, 03:22 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jlj3394
I know in KS we don't have to pass inspection. Just walk up and hand the clerk your money.
Would this be possible?
Clerk: What type of vehicle?
Jeeper: 07 TJ
Clerk: How many cylanders?
Jeeper: 4

What do you think?
It'd go more like this:

Clerk: What type of vehicle?
Jeeper: 07 TJ
Clerk: The computer doesn't show a "TJ" model in '07
Jeeper: *runs away and drives back to Mexico*

On a more serious note, it's a major pain and very expensive to get a vehicle built for a foreign country registered to be street legal in the U.S... at least from overseas it is. Maybe it's easier from Canada or Mexico, but most likely it wouldn't be worth the time/cost.
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Unread 06-19-2006, 07:46 PM   #5
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From Canada it's not so hard, the cars are usually US spec. My boss is from there and knew a bunch of guys that would buy big trucks, F350's and stuff like that, a few years ago when gas was cheap, drive them around 6 months, then drive down to Arizona and sell them. The trucks sold for alot less up in Canada so they could make money off the deal and always have a new truck.

However, they had to hold on to them for 6 months before selling them in the US. I guess if they did that they didn't have to treat it legally like they were doing an import business to turn a profit. There was some stupid regulation.
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Unread 06-20-2006, 11:35 AM   #6
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So Canada too will get the diesel wrangler?
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