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David asks…

Have you ever gone to Mexico, what is it like?

I want to go to Mexico, like a rural part of Mexico and see what its like for some reason. Like what the people are like and what they do. Have you ever driven through Mexico or anything? I’ve only been to Tijuana… I have an Aunt whose married to a Mexican man in Rosarito, but I have no idea where that is. I want to go to Mexico!? Is it really dangerous though??

Tijuana answers:

I have only been to Tijuana and I would like to think that it isn’t a an accurate depiction of all of Mexico because it was nasty, dirty, full of crime, and poor/homeless people. You can find some cheap souvenirs though.

Sandy asks…

Is there any way to get back an impounded car in Tijuana?

My boyfriend let his friend borrow his car and well we just
Found out has been impounded? What do we have to do to get it back?
And What could be the reasons that lead a car to get impounded?
Thanks

Tijuana answers:

My best advice to you on this matter, is to leave the car right where it is! The Mexican police have a long history or some pretty strange dealings, and when you go down to try to get the car out of the impound, you run a real good chance of being charged with whatever crime they say took place to impound the car in the first place! They have a much different point of view on probable cause in Mexico, and have been known to legally hold a non-citizen “hostage”, or as they call it, on bond, until your family comes up with some ridiculous amount of money! I would consider losing a car to be getting off easy when it has anything to do with the police in Tijuana, or any other Mexican City!

Ruth asks…

Why do you think gasoline is 50 percent cheaper in Mexico?

even jay leno recently cracked:

“In California, Americans are flocking to Tijuana, Mexico to fill up their cars because gas is 50 percent cheaper there. Even better, the gas is free if you take two Mexicans home in your trunk.”

Tijuana answers:

Gas is cheaper at the pump in Mexico because the Mexican government subsidizes the price of of gas. They have a national oil company PEMEX. The company sells the product at a loss, and the government reimburses for it.

To put it bluntly, Mexico is losing money on each gasoline sale there.

By contrast, more and more “user fees” are tacked onto the price of American gas. Unlike sales tax, you do not see what that number is – and it is a lot more than sales tax (e.g. 4-6 percent).

About thirty to fifty cents of that four or five dollars you pay per gallon of gas, depending on which state you live in – goes for state and federal gasoline taxes.

It does not go to the station selling you the gas. It supposedly goes to pay for building/maintaining federal & state roads – you know, highways.

The US imports quite a bit of its gasoline. After all, we used up a lot of gasoline that was buried in the land beneath our country.

Remember those huge cars of the 1970s? Seen all those SUVs, heavy pickups, and minivans on the road. We cannot simply dig a hole in the ground and get all the oil we need anymore. Those days are long gone for the USA.

Mexico at this time has the second largest productive oil fields in the world, the Cantrell field in the Gulf of Mexico. They presently, in 2008 that is,only need to import about 40% of their fuel.

However, the amount of oil they are getting from their oil wells has begun dropping. In 9 or 10 years, they might not be getting much. Oil fields are finite. They are an underground lake of liquefied prehistorical animal life – dinosaurs, if you will.

You drain a lake, the lake runs dry after a while. Same is true of oil fields. The more oil wells you sink in them, the faster you get oil out – and the faster the oil field goes dry.

Even before that happens, it gets almost impossible to get the oil out. After all, the oil has to travel a great distance upwards against the force of gravity. When there is a lot in there and it is under pressure. When there is not so much left there anymore – you will have to use more energy to get it than you can get from that last bit of oil.

Subsidizing gasoline prices is putting an increasing strain on the Mexican government. They could be spending the money on other public expenditures: schools, crime fighting, safer roads & vehicles.

If Mexico does not find more productive oil fields soon, they will be forced to import most of their oil just its like neighboring countries do.

One of the biggest sources of wealth in Mexico is the oil they are able to produce – well, remove really from their oil wells.

So a big part of all of those subsidies might disappear soon. When that happens, the price of gas in the United States and Mexico might not be all that different.

In any case, since everyone seems to be consuming oil & gas faster than oil companies can discover new oil fields – the price of gas then will also likely be higher in both cases.

One reason gas prices have risen is because the price of the main ingredient, oil, has risen dramatically. It is extremely unlikely it will be dropping down.

The reason for this is the rapid industrialization of other parts of the world, notably China (2 billion people) and India (1 billion people).

Now, that they have begun buying cars and using more powered appliances, they are needing the same amount of energy per person as the USA. Only, their combined population of 3 billion people is 10 times the size of the US population which is 0.3 billion people (around 300 million people).

Both those rapidly industrializing countries have rapidly growing populations too. So that creates even more demand for oil.

Unfortunately, there is only so much oil to go around each year.

So buyers have to compete with other buyers by offering to pay more money than the others.

Buying oil is more like an auction than say buying food at the supermarket. Stores set prices for items they sell to consumers. Companies & investors buying oil set the prices that oil companies will sell it at.

So, the answer to your question is: for the time being (a) Mexico is getting plenty of oil and (b) the Mexican government is paying for part of the price of each gallon of gas consumer buy at the pump.

A point to keep in mind is that the subsidy, like the quickly disappearing Mexican oil – might drop to nothing in a decade. When that happens, the price of gasoline in both countries might be about the same – and very high. Higher than they are now.

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