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#4521739 - 09/20/17 10:33 PM Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico?
Stag Offline


Registered: 08/12/12
Posts: 49
Loc: Northern California
I make frequent drives from Sacramento to San Diego area and have noticed something at least twice now on I5 going to LA area. A pair of the older, pre-Tacoma Toyota trucks traveling together, each towing another Toyota truck; beds filled with spare engines, radiators, etc. On the tailgate of each towed truck is a large " IN TOW" made with red tape. When I saw them the first time, I figured that they were headed to LA for a Toyota Swap meet or something. When I saw them again the next year, I thought a little more about it. I figure that these still useful trucks may be smog failures here in CA, and destined for resale (at a decent profit) in Mexico. It used to be difficult to import legally a US vehicle down there; maybe NAFTA has loosened things up? These little trucks would be perfect for the poor roads down there; they probably had an easy life up here. I figure they drive these down on the weekend, sell 3 of them, and drive the one left back to Fresno or wherever. Any one else have a different possibility?
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#4521763 - 09/20/17 11:07 PM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
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Registered: 04/18/17
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Loc: Fort Worth TX
That seems like a good idea. No idea though. I love toyota trucks...kinda want another...now I am on craigslist again....my wife is gone be [censored], thanks
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#4521767 - 09/20/17 11:14 PM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
Insertcoolname Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 158
Loc: South Texas
I see them doing that to all kinds of cars and trucks here. I'm sure a lot maybe sold in Mexico and Central America. A friend of mine who works at a used car dealership in Brownsville claims they tow vehicles down they buy at auction and Repair them in Mexico and get them running for cheap labor and then bring them back and sell them at local used car places lol or so I heard anyway
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#4521796 - 09/21/17 12:13 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Yeah I see them all the time here, have for years. Loaded up with junk towing one another with In-Tow painted on the back.
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#4521801 - 09/21/17 12:18 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
boom10ful Offline


Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
They are popular down there. 20W-60 is also pretty popular.

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#4521818 - 09/21/17 01:06 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
L_Sludger Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
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Lots of stolen VINs with Baja California plates going around. They ought to VIN check cars coming across the border and seize the ones that were stolen from the USA.
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#4521828 - 09/21/17 02:08 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: L_Sludger]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: L_Sludger
Lots of stolen VINs with Baja California plates going around. They ought to VIN check cars coming across the border and seize the ones that were stolen from the USA.


Who? The Mexican Customs Officer?

I am going to hazard a guess you have not spent much time in Latin America. grin
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#4521861 - 09/21/17 05:29 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3114
Loc: Central Virginia
A car salesman told me years ago that a vehicle from the USA that's over 10 years old pays little or nothing to be imported into Mexico. This explains the older stuff going down there.


Edited by Silverado12 (09/21/17 05:29 AM)
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#4521867 - 09/21/17 05:41 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Silverado12]
4WD Offline


Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6390
Loc: Texas
That and the ISIS market has softened for Toyota

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#4521891 - 09/21/17 06:33 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
partspro Offline


Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 178
Loc: MO, USA
I see them here in St Louis all the time. The 'boss' bids for cars on-line, some of them are taken as far as Central America. They get parts to fix the cars from local junk yards, then in a convoy, head on the road.

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#4521985 - 09/21/17 08:29 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
Brybo86 Offline


Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 2949
Loc: Chicago, IL
My pops still has a mid 80's Toyota hilux quad cab diesel 4x4, running great.
It is no speed demon.
Leaf springs on all 4 corners makes for a rough ride.
No power steering or windows.
Split rims.
Amazing how handy the ties downs are on the side of the bed.
Kinda like this one.
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#4522112 - 09/21/17 10:52 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
ChiTDI Offline


Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 2202
Loc: Chicago IL
There was a scam back a while where Tacomas were scraped up off the Third world roads and brought back to the US for a frame and body recall that forced Toyota to literally rebuild the structure of the vehicle.
Don't know if this applies any more.

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#4522134 - 09/21/17 11:21 AM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
SeaJay Offline


Registered: 03/05/15
Posts: 1095
Loc: New York City
I think most older vehicles are of interest in Mexico. Not sure if still done, but the charity organizations requesting donated junkers used to sell them for maybe double salvage value to outfits that sent them to mexico to be fixed up and used again.

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#4522181 - 09/21/17 12:05 PM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 14220
Loc: Silicon Valley
Not just old running vehicles. Newer collision total end up oversea / down south to be repaired and sold again. US labor to do massive work is just too expensive, 3rd world has cheap labor but wants good price, so you know...
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#4522194 - 09/21/17 12:17 PM Re: Are older Toyota trucks popular in Mexico? [Re: Stag]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I spent a couple of weeks in a non beach town in Mexico a few years ago. There was (apparently) a body shop a few doors down from our rental. I say apparently because there wsn't much evidence of what might be considered a business. But out on the street a VW Bug in really tough shape was transformed over a week or so into a really nice looking vehicle.

My impression was that workers there used elbow grease and native skills and could do a lot with very little. I was impressed.

I expect those clapped out Toyota trucks will be refurbished and have their Toyota reliability restored. That's not a bad strategy when you think about it.
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