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Tips for Renting a Car in Mexico

by Allie Moore

Jan 11, 2020

© National Car Rental

Destinations / North America

Depending on where you go in Mexico, renting a car can be one of the most efficient ways to get around. Some areas have buses or shuttles, but if you want the freedom to come and go as you please and you have a zest for adventure, consider renting a car while also bearing in mind the tips below.


Mexican insurance is a must. When booking a rental car in a foreign country, most travelers opt to purchase the rental insurance that comes with the rental or perhaps a credit card gives you benefits automatically when you use it to rent a car, but, in Mexico, none of this counts as drivers must purchase Mexican auto insurance. Known as “personal liability insurance,” this covers personal injury or material damages and is mandatory for all rental car drivers in Mexico.


Carry cash in case you’re pulled over. If you’re caught going too fast and are pulled over for speeding, it’s common to be able to pay your fine on the spot rather than going through the lengthy ticket-and-mailing procedure.


Fill up when you can. To avoid getting stuck in the jungle with no gas, fill up when you come across a gas station like Pemex. Also, ask the attendant what type of payment is accepted as some rural stations won’t accept credit cards or have poorly functioning machines due to poor signals.


Inspect the vehicle carefully. Expect diligent inspection upon returning your rental car, so to avoid any extra charges for minor dings and dents, perform a thorough inspection of your car yourself before you start driving, and even snap a few photos with your cell phone for evidence. Also be sure to check underneath the car as damage can be caused by Mexico’s ubiquitous speed bumps and road holes.





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