Buying a plane in Mexico

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  1. bgreenhaw

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    My dad is looking to buy a plane and a few of them he has come across are based in Mexico.
    What are some things to consider when importing an aircraft from Mexico?
     
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    No wonder they're so cheap!
     
  4. Bell206

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    Everything. If N reg easier. If X reg need to be very careful. Regardless use a reputable broker to handle deal with a signed agreement guaranteeing completion of the process. Certain types of aircraft maintenance do not transfer over to the FAA as Canada, UK, etc do because Mexico/US have a limited bilateral agreement for aviation. While GA aircraft may not be as difficult, any type above that are a challenge and any saving on price disappear when finally completed.
     
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    I'm based in Mexico and haven't found a cheaper deal than in the US (Controller, Trade-a-plane, Barnstormers)

    I would say it depends where the aircraft is based, who did their annuals and if it's N-registered which seems to be the case for expensive twins, turbos and jets.
     
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    In addition to what Bell206 said, consider the months of downtime that will be spent getting the paperwork sorted out. The last two I’ve been involved with have each taken roughly a year, partially due to aircraft modifications that needed approval but mainly due to registration issues due to the need to deal with two or more governments.
     
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    Got to ask, WHY?