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It was going to be a quick trip across the border for a brownsville man.
It ended up being one...... he's not soon to forget.
His vehicle was taken away.
After of month of getting nowhere - he turned to channel 5 news for help.
Channel 5's daisy martinez is in our cameron county newsroom to explain gilbert rendon crossed the gateway international bridge in his chevy van last month -- he says in a matter of minutes authorities impounded his vehicle because of an expired inspection sticker... the idea for gilbert rendon was to go to the dentist in matamoros, and cross right back to the u-s... he didn't even make it past the mexican aduana, when his troubles started... sot: gilbert rendon had vehicle impounded at bridge in:22:15:02:00 out:22:15:07:09 "first thing they did was look at my inspection sticker, ok, well it was expired" mexican authorities immediately seized rendon's 2002 chevy ventrue... rendon says he was stunned and outraged - mexican authorities told him authorities told him it's against the law to cross into mexico with expired tags sot: gilbert rendon had vehicle impounded at bridge impounded at bridge "what effect does that have in mexico, why does it bother ya'll?
No, no, you just can't do it, its the law - i said i've never heard of that law, do you have it posted anywhere?"
He says despite pleading and arguing with mexican authorities - he ended up crossing back into the u-s on foot.
Rendon says he now depends on rental cars and borrowing vehicles to get around.
He says mexican officials are making it difficult to get his property back sot: "they want you to fill out like 25 pieces of paper, and i'm not exaggerating - not only fill them out, but then you have to translate them into spanish, pay $100 for a lawyer, another $100- i said, you know what nevermind."
We went to the mexican consulate in brownsville to find out why rendon's vehicle was impounded and how he can get it back.
Consulate spokeswoman vanesa ortega declined to comment on camera.
She confirms, there are laws in place that prohibit vehicles from crossing into mexico with expired tags.
She says it's done to crack down on stolen vehicles being sold, and in turn, protect the mexican auto industry.
Rendon says authorities should find another way to do that sot: "please treat the american citizens with respect, we're going over there to spend money, to buy stuff, you now..."
Rendon says he will continue to fight to get what is rightfully his back to the u.s. we also reached out to the mexican consulate in washington d.c.
To find out what rendon has to do to get his car back, and what happens to his vehicle if he doesn't.
We are awaiting on their response and will let you know what they tell us.
Live in the cameron county newsroom daisy martinez channel 5 news at 6 the mexican consulate tells us these laws have been in effect since the 1980's.
This is a channel 5 news extra... they say if you are planning to drive into mexico you should keep these things in mind.
Have a valid car title and registration.
You'll also need proof of insurance and don't forget your u-s identification.