Car Care Tips

Regular maintenance of your vehicle will extend its life, and decrease the odds of breaking down. There are some things you can do to prevent problems:

  • Don’t let your gas tank go lower than a quarter tank
  • Use premium gas (red gas “premium”)
  • Do regular oil changes, recommended every 5,000 kms
  • Check all fluid levels on a regular basis (oil, coolant, brake, power steering and transmission)
  • Check air pressure on tires on a regular basis.
    • Tires being at the correct air pressure will extend the life of your tires as well as improve your gas mileage.
    • Check the owner's manual for your vehicle for the recommended tire pressure.
    • All Pemex stations have air at the gas pumps.
  • Keep your maintenance receipts. This will improve your car's resale value when it comes time to sell.

Annual registration (Refrendo)

There "were" two mandatory taxes payable for Jalisco-plated vehicles, Refrendo and Tenencia. But in 2012 they eliminated the costly federal Tenencia tax – reducing the annual registration renewal drastically.

However, in Jalisco, the Refrendo is still an annual obligation. A municipal tax for license plates renewal, payable to the Secretaria de Finanzas - no matter what model year it is. The cost runs approximately $25 USD. This tax is due the first quarter of each year, with discounts in the first quarter, after that, fines.

With every receipt they will issue a sticker and a circulation card (Tarjeta de Circulacion), you must carry the original circulation card in the vehicle when driving, if not, you could receive a fine. Do not make color copies that appear as originals, this could be considered an offense – in this case, always print “COPIA” on the copy (this applies to your driver’s license or any type of official documentation).

When purchasing a used car, if the taxes have not been paid, the license office will charge any outstanding annual taxes (up to five years previous) along with a mandatory Buy/Sell tax to the buyer. You can get online at this link to see what amount is owed on any vehicle with Jalisco plates, all you need is the license plate and serial (VIN #) numbers.

It is important to keep all original receipts (i.e. refrendo, tenencia, tickets), especially if selling the vehicle to someone in another jurisdiction, as they will request the originals for the last five years. If originals are lost, than certified copies can be requested from the license office in the jurisdiction the car is currently registered.

All Jalisco-registered vehicles are obligated to get an annual emissions certificate (smog check), called Afinacion Controlado. These are necessary inspections, available through certified mechanics, designed to maintain pollution control. The due date is based on the last digit of your license plate number (i.e. 1 = January, 2 = February, 3 = March, and so on)

When purchasing a used car, if the taxes have not been paid, the license office will charge any outstanding annual taxes along with a Buy/Sell tax to the buyer. You can get online at this link to see what amount is owed on any vehicle, all you need is the license plate and serial (VIN #) numbers.

It is important to keep all original receipts, especially if selling the vehicle to someone in another jurisdiction, as they will request the originals for the last five years. If originals are lost, than certified copies can be requested from the license office in the jurisdiction the car is currently registered.