Nuevo Laredo - Post Report Question and Answers

What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

Any car will do. There are some very fine vehicles driven around town by locals. Personally, I wouldn't bring anything that I was afraid of getting a minor ding or two (parking is tight at stores, etc), and I wouldn't bring anything with a very low suspension. Also, the driving here is a bit crazy. I wouldn't feel safe on a motorcycle (there are lots of them on the streets, but I wouldn't). - Dec 2022

Bring a sturdy vehicle with good ground clearance, because of potholes, speed bumps and occasional floods, and to sit up high so you can see what's ahead of you (like a cluster of military vehicles you should steer clear of). Don't bring a flashy car (luxury SUV in black would be the worst) that would attract carjackers or make people think you might be a cartel member as you drive around. - Jun 2018

You need good clearance to deal with floods, and with constant speed bumps. - Apr 2017

I would recommend that you avoid bringing anything that might be of value to a drug gang. I would recommend an older model car, but less than 10 years old. It should have a good suspension system. All makes and models can be serviced in Laredo. - Feb 2016

Any vehicle is fine, but you definitely need a vehicle. - Dec 2015

Small SUV or a sedan is fine. People drive whatever they want from big SUVS to Toyota Corrollas. The roads are somewhat beat up on both sides. When it rains, it floods the streets. That's just what you get with pop up thunderstorms in this area. I think you can now bring a car up to 10 years old. New isn't important but well maintained is very important. You don't want to break down on the side of the highway here frequently. - Jun 2014

Most cars are fine, the roads are well paved. - Feb 2013

I'd recommend a small SUV with a decent ground clearance. The roads here are poor and when it does rain, it tends to flood. However, large pick ups and SUV's are targets of carjackings by the narcos. Nothing flashy, but something durable is recommended. - Nov 2011

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