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Renting a car in Mexico can provide an excellent way of exploring the landscape and seeing local features and attractions.

Car rental in Mexico can offer you the flexibility and freedom that other forms of transport simply cannot provide.

Car Rental in Mexico
Requirements for Car Rental
Car Rental Services
Car Rental Charges
Car Rental Insurance
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Car Rental in Mexico

Driving across Mexico can be a rewarding experience as it gives you the choice and flexibility to visit remote areas which may be inaccessible using public transport and enables you to do so at your chosen pace and convenience.

A rental car can provide the freedom and flexibility that public transport cannot when you’re traveling longer distances, especially outside of Mexico City. If you want to see some of the outlying towns and villages “off the beaten track”, then taking a car is the most efficient way to accomplish this, unless you have the patience, time, and temperament to deal with local transport.

To Rent, or Not to Rent?

In Mexico City, car rental is probably not a very good idea, unless you’re familiar with the city and plan to do a lot of traveling about from place to place inside the capital. Public transport in towns and cities across Mexico is excellent and travel by taxi in Mexico is affordable.

Car rental in most colonial cities is not a good idea, either. Most colonial towns and cities are best experienced on foot, using taxis to travel longer distances between major attractions, or back to your hotel after a long day’s exploration.

Instances where car rental is a good idea is when you are touring a region(s) of Mexico and need to get from city to city (and the towns and villages in-between) without being beholden to public transport schedules.

Another good way to rent a car in Mexico is to rent a vehicle from the city or town you are based at, using the vehicle to venture out on day trips and explore rural areas which may be poorly served by public transport and/or are too far away to take a taxi.

Mexico’s Car Rental Business

Renting a car in Mexico used to be more expensive than renting in a car in the USA, but the Mexican market has become a lot more competitive in recent years, and prices have fallen, making car rental surprisingly affordable here.

As in all countries, rental costs can inflate with the high cost of insurances which, although optional, are advisable to buy if you’re not covered by your credit/charge card or other corporate policy, in case of an incident on your journey.

If your credit or charge card provider covers these (most credit card policies that cover vehicles in the USA and Europe will cover vehicle rental in Mexico) you can save a considerable sum on the additional optional insurance fees by making use of that perquisite.

This guide explains how the rental car business works in Mexico and steers you through the mechanics of successfully renting a car in Mexico and at the best price.

Driving Maps and Road Logs

Google now provides detailed maps of Mexico which can be used for journey planning in Mexico, and some agencies offer in-car GPS for an additional fee.

If you’re planning a long distance road trip in Mexico, consider using these Mexico Road Logs, which are an excellent companion to your digital map or GPS system and provide detailed local knowledge on a mile-by-mile basis.

Requirements for Car Rental

Most car rental agencies in Mexico operate strict criteria for car rentals.

Minimum Age of Driver

In some exceptional circumstances, and usually accompanied by a hefty deposit and hefty excess charges for damage and accidents, car rental agencies may accept drivers below the age of 25, but most require that the driver(s) of the vehicle are at least 25 years of age and some even stipulate that the person must have held a full driving license for a minimum time period, between two and five years. Ask the sales agent or check the small print on the rental agreement for details.

Credit Card

Most car rental agencies will attempt to pre-authorize an amount from your credit card before they will rent a car to you. If you don’t have a credit card then you will not be able to rent a car. You must proffer a valid credit card for this procedure as debit cards are not accepted.

Driving License

You will need to present a full, current, driver’s license showing the renter’s name and photograph. If your country’s driving licence does not display your photograph, another form of photo ID will also be required. Your own country’s license is accepted provided that it is printed with “Western Characters”. If you have, for example, a Chinese, Japanese, Greek or Russian document, you may be asked to produce an international driver’s licence, which you can acquire from your home country.

Acceptance of Terms

The precise terms of rental vary from agency to agency. The small print is always complex, presented in Spanish only, and absolutely in favor of the rental agency (this is true in all countries). The main things to check are your liabilities in the event of an accident or total loss of the vehicle, matters which are most often related to the insurance policy associated with the rental. Ask the rental agent for clarification if you are unsure about anything in relation to the rental agreement.

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Car Rental Services

Car rental agencies in Mexico sell much more than car rental services these days. Some of the most profitable services have nothing to do with car rental and are sold (or offered) to you at the counter, not at the time you make an online booking. They include:

Insurance Policies

All rental agencies sell a range of optional car insurance policies, in addition to compulsory third-party insurance, to protect the driver, the passengers and the vehicle in the event of an accident. See the section about car rental insurance on this guide for more details.

Satellite GPS Navigation

Car rental agencies now offer GPS, either built-in to the car or via a portable GPS unit in the car.  There is usually an additional fee if GPS is not already built-in to the car’s system. If you have your own satellite navigation equipment, you can purchase a Mexico atlas and take it with you for use in your rental car in Mexico. If you’re planning a long distance road trip in Mexico, consider using these Mexico Road Logs, which are an excellent companion to your digital map or GPS system and provide detailed local knowledge on a mile-by-mile basis.

Comfort Add-Ons

Child seats, roof racks, DVD players, etc., may come as standard or be charged as optional extras. Most accessories carry an additional daily charge. Check with the agency for details.

Cell Phone Rental

Some agencies offer local cell phone rental for an additional daily fee. The service comes with the ‘hook’ that all calls to and from the mobile phone are free; some even offer free international calls. Check with the agency and the small print for details and conditions.

Drivers for Your Car

If you want to add additional drivers to your rental agreement, you will need to name them on the agreement and pay an additional daily fee for each additional “authorized driver” of the vehicle. If the car is involved in an accident whilst driven by someone not authorized to drive the vehicle, the insurance will usually become invalid, leaving you exposed to the repair or replacement cost of your rental vehicle AND any third party damages.

Car Rental Charges

Rates for Car Rental in Mexico

Car rental rates vary depending on the location, duration of the rental and, depending on the agency, how many miles you’ll clock up. Car rentals arranged using Mexperience include the compulsory third party insurance cover as well as unlimited mileage.

Standard quotes sometimes exclude Mexico’s sales tax (IVA) – so check when you’re buying whether your quote is inclusive or exclusive of sales tax, because sales tax is relatively high in Mexico thus adds a significant amount to your final price.

Many policies now include unlimited miles, others charge per mile (or per kilometer) after a certain mileage is reached. Mexico is a big country so if you plan to do a lot of driving, try to find a rate that is all inclusive.

The longer you rent for, the cheaper the daily rate will be. Usually step discounts kick-in when you rent for more than 3, 7, 14, 21, and 30 days; but the amount depends upon the location, the time of year, and the agency.

Also check to see that the insurance cover you need is included in the rental price. “Full cover” insurance fees often add up to more than the price of the car rental.

Location Premiums

If you rent from an airport or a hotel, you may pay a small premium in addition to the rental charges. The premium is usually itemized on your quote and bill, but not always— so check if you are unsure.

One-way Car Rental and Drop-off Charges

If you will not be taking the car back to the same place where you rented it, expect a “drop-off” charge to be added to the account. The amount of the drop-off fee depends upon the agency and is most usually calculated on a cost-per-mile basis, so the further away the vehicle is from the agency that hired it, the larger the drop-off fee will become. As rule of thumb, expect to pay around US$1 per mile; so if the agency you rent from is 200 miles away from the one you rented from, the drop-off fee is likely to be about US$200. If you are traveling long distances one-way and you don’t need the convenience of a rental car, you could alternatively travel by bus in Mexico and use local taxis; or fly.

Go Online for the Best Rates

The most expensive way to rent a car in Mexico is to show up at the counter when you arrive or rent from an airport, hotel or travel agency in person.

If you plan to rent a car in Mexico, go online and book your rate in advance. You’ll usually get a better deal, a lower price, and know exactly what you’re paying for.

If you’re in Mexico and decide to rent a car, you may want to consider going online to make a reservation before walking into a rental or travel agency in person. Most hotels have WiFi hot-spots if you are carrying a tablet, laptop or smartphone; otherwise, most hotels offer internet access on a desk computer or you can find an internet cafe usually no further than a few blocks from where you are staying.

Car Rental Insurance

Renting a car in Mexico is relatively inexpensive; however the insurance cover charges can ramp up the cost significantly. The insurance costs can (and often are) more than the rental charges, per se. However, we recommend full and comprehensive insurance when you rent a car in Mexico to cover your liabilities in case of a serious accident.

Third Party Insurance

Third party insurance is compulsory by law when you rent a car in Mexico. This insurance covers third parties for any damages in the event of a mishap, but it does not cover the renter’s liability for the vehicle itself.

Additional Insurance Products

When you rent a car in Mexico, insurance beyond third party cover is sold as an optional extra. This is because not everybody wants or needs to purchase the additional insurance—see the next heading below, “Using Your Own Insurance”, for details.

Here is a list of the different types of optional insurance products you can buy at the counter. The prices noted alongside these are subject to change without notice and are provided here for general guidance and budget planning only.

CDW – Collision Damage Waiver. This is a product that covers the vehicle in the event of an accident or damage, with a 10 % deductible. The 10% fee is based on the full retail value of the vehicle, as new. For example, if your rental car has a retail value of $10,000, your deductible is $1,000.

LDW – Loss Damage Waiver. This is sometimes referred to as “full cover”, as it covers the vehicle for any accident or damage, as well as theft, and with a zero deductible. However much damage is caused, or whatever the value of the vehicle, this insurance prevents you from paying any out-of-pocket expenses in the event of a mishap.

PAI – Personal Accident Insurance. This is an insurance product that will cover medical expenses for occupants in the vehicle in the event of an accident. If you have a travel or other medical insurance policy, you will most likely be covered already and there will be no need to purchase this.

ALI –Additional Liability Insurance. This insurance product extends the cover for damages to third parties up to MX$5,000,000 Mexican pesos.

TP – Theft Protection. This insurance product protects you in the event that the vehicle is stolen; it’s automatically included with LDW (see above). Some credit card companies will also cover theft of the vehicle in the insurance policies they offer with use of the card–check the small print.

Using Your Own Insurance

Car rental agencies offer insurance as an optional extra because many people who rent cars could be covered by other insurance policies they have.

These can include your own car rental policy (check that it’s valid in Mexico), a travel insurance policy, a credit or debit card, a charge card (like AMEX) or some other insurance plan, for example, an insurance cover policy provided by your company.

Although you may have an insurance policy that covers car rental services, perhaps via your existing car insurance, or a credit or charge card, you should check that it is valid in Mexico.

When you rent a car without insurance coverage offered by the rental agency, you can sign the agreement to say that you are covered by a third party, but in the event of an accident or mishap, you will be held liable if it transpires that you subsequently are not covered for some reason. You will be asked to sign the agreement specifically stating that you are responsible for insuring the vehicle whilst it is in your care.

Credit and Charge Card Insurance

Car rental cover provided by credit and charge cards can save you a considerable sum of money in optional insurance fees, so it’s worth checking with your card issuer to see if you have this coverage included. Many people who are covered by their credit card use it to save money on car rental insurance fees in Mexico.

If you are covered by other insurance products you have—e.g. travel insurance or credit card or company insurance perks, you don’t need to concern yourself with these extra insurance products.  But do check the small print in all policies to ensure that they cover rental cars in countries other than your own, and that Mexico is not on any exclusion list.

Ensure You’re Insured!

Any quote you get from a car rental agency (online or in person) usually does not include “full cover” insurance. Most car rental quotes include an insurance product that covers third party risks, i.e. covers the costs of any third party damages including other vehicles, road damage and in the event that other people are hurt.

In Mexico, third party insurance cover is compulsory so if it’s not included in the quote, you will need to purchase it. Rental car quotes from Mexperience include third party insurance as standard. See “Additional Insurance Products”, above, for details of optional coverage products.

Accident Damage Premiums and Excess Fees

The amount you pay for any damage, regardless of your insurance cover or whether or not it was your fault, varies greatly from agency to agency.

If your vehicle is damaged, lost (e.g. by engine fire) or stolen, you will need to cover the vehicle’s repair or replacement as set out in the agency’s agreement. Usually, the excess damage fee (deductible) is calculated as a percentage of the vehicle’s commercial value “as new”, and the deductible is almost always 10%.

For example, if the vehicle’s value is US$10,000 and your deductible is 10% of the vehicle’s value, then you will be billed $1,000 in the event of any damage or loss of the vehicle. This fee can be waived by purchase of a top-up insurance giving the vehicle “full cover”.

If you are not absolutely sure that you are covered by a separate insurance policy you may carry (e.g. through a credit or charge card policy or by means of a company insurance policy), we recommend you ask for “full cover” insurance for the car rental when you get to the rental counter. It’s relatively expensive and will add a significant cost to your rental. The choice is a personal one and you need to weigh up the additional cost against the charge you would be billed in the event of the car becoming damaged or written-off whilst in your care.

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Rental Car Inspections

Rental cars are inspected diligently in Mexico when you return them to the agency—so you should make a thorough inspection before you leave, especially if you have not taken out “full cover” of the vehicle through the agency’s own insurance policy.

Check Your Rental Car Before Leaving

Inspect your rental car very carefully before you sign the exit form. Ensure that the exit form documentation lists all existing damage, and add any other damage you see not mentioned on that piece of paper— no matter how small or ‘insignificant’ you think it may be.

Also, check underneath the car before you drive it away; this is because Mexico’s speed bumps and road surface holes can do major damage to a car’s underside and rental companies here are steadfast in checking under the vehicle upon its return.

Return Inspection

Your car will be thoroughly inspected when you return it, and checks will also be made underneath the car to check for any damage caused by Mexico’s notorious speed bumps and road holes.

If you did not purchase the “full cover” insurance option from the agency and the inspector finds any damage, your credit card will be charged the excess (damage) amount, or a fixed damage fee, as specified on the rental agreement.

If you used a third-party policy to protect the vehicle while it was in your care (e.g. a personal or credit card insurance policy), and there is some damage to the vehicle upon its return, you may need to pay for the damage and then get reimbursed by your insurance or credit card company afterwards. Check with your insurance provider for details about how damage payments are dealt with.

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Renting a car in Mexico is much the same as renting in the United States, and you'll find most of the major players Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, et al. as well as local companies, but navigating the country's notorious mandatory insurance can take some careful research.

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Renting a car in Mexico is much the same as renting in the United States, and you'll find most of the major players Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, et al. as well as local companies, but navigating the

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For the most part, bus travel is an ideal way to get around in Mexico, but there are times when driving makes the most sense. If you're on a tight schedule, you can cover more ground in less time. If you're not on any schedule, you might want to explore and make up your itinerary as you go. And even the second-class buses don't always cover every place you want to visit. The Yucatan, for example, is especially suited to driving: Many beaches, barely developed ruins and intriguing villages lie a good distance from the main road. Highways are well-maintained, constantly being improved, and so straight that the slightest curve bristles with warning signs and reflectors.

Car rental: Easy, but with one big "gotcha"

Arm yourself with some knowledge about prevailing driving habits and road signs, and driving in Mexico is nowhere near as treacherous as its reputation would have you believe. Renting a car is much the same as renting in the United States, and you'll find most of the major players — Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, et al. — as well as local companies. Similar rules and advice apply: You need a major credit card (or a boatload of cash for deposit), driver's license and passport; book online at least a week in advance for the best price; drivers under 25 pay more; airport pickups and drop-offs cost about 10 percent more; always inspect the car with the agent to mark every existing ding or scratch so you won't be charged for it, and check to make sure the headlights and windshield wipers work as well.

Renting a car in Mexico has one big "gotcha," though, and that is the minefield of the country's famously mandatory insurance. Mexican car rental rates look wonderfully cheap on comparison websites, but they don't include insurance, which can easily double, and in some cases triple, the cost. Declining to buy the insurance (some of which is mandatory, anyway) is foolhardy to the extreme, but buying the full package without knowing what you're buying is only slightly less so.

Penetrating the insurance thicket

Mexican car rental companies offer various levels of insurance, and only one is mandatory. Here are the basics (costs listed are typical but variable):

Basic personal liability: Sometimes called third-party liability insurance, this is the one, incontrovertibly mandatory insurance. It covers claims for injury or damage you cause to another driver, car or other property damaged in an accident, but it does not cover injury to you or damage to the rented vehicle. Mexico does not accept liability coverage from U.S. auto policies or credit card insurance. You simply cannot rent a car without buying Mexican liability insurance. But here's what most renters don't know: By law, the mandatory liability insurance is already included in the rental price. Cost: Included in rental rate.

Supplemental liability insurance (SAI): Sometimes called additional liability insurance, this is not mandatory, though many rental companies will tell you (or let you assume) it is. Still, it's worth considering. The basic liability coverage is usually 50,000 pesos, or about $3,800, which won't go far in anything beyond a fender-bender. Cost: $13 per day.

Loss damage waiver (LDW): Also called collision damage waiver (CDW) or LDW/CDW. This is actually not insurance, but the rental agency's agreement to waive some of the cost of theft or any damage you inflict on the rental vehicle. This one requires some research and some careful thought. If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage, you can pass on LDW/CDW, but keep some caveats in mind.

You are responsible to the rental company for any loss or damage to the vehicle no matter what the cause is or who is at fault. You will be detained until money matters are settled, and if you lack liability coverage, your most memorable vacation sight could include the inside of a Mexican jail until you pay off your obligation. Before you decline LDW/CDW, verify that your auto policy or credit card insurance is valid for rentals in Mexico, and that it includes loss of use. To collect on your credit-card insurance, you must use that card when you rent the car and when you pay the final bill. Carry proof of coverage with you, though rental companies don't always require it. You must also explicitly decline the offered insurance, which is not possible with companies such as Avis or National, which include LDW/CDW in their rates or bundle it with the required liability.

Besides saving a bundle, your deductible will be limited to the amount stated in your personal policy — credit card insurance often has no deductible — while the rental agency's LDW/CDW insurance usually carries a deductible equal to 10 to 20 percent of the vehicle's value. (Many offer a deductible reduction or complete coverage option, which will add $15 to $35 a day to the cost.) On the down side, some rental companies put a hold on your card for the amount of the deductible. And in case of an accident, you will have to carry the full cost of damages on your credit card until your bank reimburses you, so you will need a hefty credit limit. And your insurance won't cover every situation; clauses excluding damage to cars driven off-road have been used to deny a claim for a car damaged in a dirt parking lot. Read the exclusions carefully. Read them twice.

It can also take longer to sort things out if you don't have insurance purchased by the rental car agency. A few years ago, I bought full coverage because I had just changed credit cards and insurance carriers and hadn't had time to research my coverage in Mexico. My rental car was later smashed to bits by a drunken driver on the street in front of my hotel. I filled out a police report in the morning, called the rental agency, and was on my way in a new car 90 minutes later. It might have been worth a delay and some additional paperwork to save the money if I'd known I was covered, but it's one factor you have to weigh. Cost: $15 a day.

Personal accident insurance (PAI): Neither the included nor the supplemental liability insurance covers injury to you or your passengers. This optional insurance does, including ambulance, doctors and hospital. This might be covered by your health insurance — again, verify — and it is not required. Cost: $4-$7 a day.

Good to know

—Mexico's Secretary of Communication and Transportation offers an excellent online "Point-to-Point Routes" tool that can make the difference between an itinerary that works and one that messes up your entire vacation. Select your starting and ending points, add some intermediate stops if you like, and click "Find Route" at the bottom of the page. The map where your best route appears is a bit clunky; the real payoff is the detailed itinerary showing distances, driving times (evidently Mexican driver times; I always add 10 to 15 percent), toll fees and estimated fuel costs.

—You'll rarely, if ever, find an owner's manual in the glove box, so ask the stupid questions before getting behind wheel: What makes the car alarm go off, and how do you stop it? Any tricks to removing the key from the ignition? How do you put the car into reverse if it's a manual? Add anything else that isn't obvious from a quick glance at the dashboard.

—Make sure a copy of the insurance policy is in the glove box and is up to date.

—If you book online, print out the confirmation and show it when you pick up your car to be sure they don't try to charge you a higher rate.

—Try to get your rate quoted in pesos. Prices quoted in dollars will be converted to pesos for payment, usually at more than the going exchange rate.

—The rental agency will give you a 24-hour, toll-free number to call if you need help. U.S. cell phones often can't dial Mexican toll-free numbers, so if you're traveling with your own phone be sure you have a local number as well.

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Go Through a Reputable Rental Car Agency

Car insured but not taxed by californiaIf you just do a simple Google search for a rental car in Mexico, all kinds of companies will pop up.  If you are from the States, then you may think that going with an agency you know like Hertz or Avis would be the best bet.  But that’s not always true.  Offices are franchised out and just because it is the same company doesn’t mean that the service or product will be good.  Definitely look at the reviews of the agency.

Rental agencies on airport property will be more expensive than renting at an off-site agency.  But if you rent off-site, be sure that they provide reliable transportation to and from the airport, again look at the reviews.  In Cancun, we found that America Car Rental met our expectations.

They picked us up promptly when our flight landed and were very professional and kind to us.  As with a lot of things in Mexico, the process was a bit lengthy to complete the paperwork, inspect the car and pick up the rental.  So just be sure to allot yourself plenty of time.

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America Rental Car in Cancun – we were impressed and recommend them for renting a car in Mexico

You Must Buy Mexican Liability Insurance By Law

This is IMPORTANT!  Mexican Liability Insurance is mandatory in Mexico.  If you do not have proof that you have this insurance and you happen to get into an accident, no matter how minor, you can be taken to a Mexican jail until the police can determine who was at fault (and who knows how long that may take).  Personally, I would prefer not to spend my vacation in a Mexican jail while they sort out the details of the accident.  Having proof of the insurance can save you much of the headache.

Mexican Liability Insurance is Not Always Included in Rental Car Quote

When you do a search online for a rental car in Mexico, you will be surprised at how cheap the quotes are.  And yes, the rental is cheap…but the insurance is not!  Many major online travel booking sites will deceive you when it comes to Mexican Liability Insurance.  Their quote may say “including all insurance” but that may  not include Mexican Liability – so be sure to read the fine print to see what exactly it does cover.  

The cost of this insurance can easily double your total rental price, so be sure to check carefully.  If to the total rental car price seems too good to be true, then it likely doesn’t include Mexican Liability Insurance.

Below is an example of a search that I did online for a rental car in Mexico – you can see the price seems great! State farm auto insurance coverage for rental cars

Total for one week for renting a car in Mexico – a steal! But wait…too good to be true!

How to Buy Mexican Liability Insurance

There are some companies here in the States that will offer to sell Mexican Liability Insurance up front before you leave the States.  However, that doesn’t mean that it will actually be honored in Mexico.

We have heard a lot of conflicting reports about this issue and the rules aren’t very clear.  Your best bet is to buy the insurance from a Mexican agency, to be sure it will be honored in Mexico.

Before our trip, we actually reached out to some Mexican insurance companies that we found online.  However, their service was terrible and they seemed a bit sketchy.  In the end, we decided that we didn’t feel comfortable using them.

We were nervous that buying over the phone or internet could be a scam too.  So in the end, we decided to save ourselves a lot of headaches and worry by just buying it direct from America Rental Car agency in Mexico when we picked up the car.

Update:  While doing some research for a recent post about Why You Need Car Insurance in Mexico, I actually found a company called Sanborn’s Mexican Auto Insurance.  They are technically a Mexican company, but they have multiple offices in both the States and in Mexico.  While we haven’t used Sanborn’s ourselves, their information seems much more comprehensive and gives me a higher level of trust than what I found online a few years ago.

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Read the fine print. Note the conditions; additional prices PER DAY when renting a car in Mexico!

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How Much Does Mexican Liability Insurance Cost?

The cost of Mexican Liability Insurance can vary between rental car agencies.  In advance of our trip, we did some detailed comparisons between a variety of rental agency prices in Cancun.  When we looked into the details of renting through Hertz, their Mexican Liability Insurance was crazy expensive!  But with America Rental Car, it was actually must more reasonable.  Not cheap, but reasonable.  Overall, the insurance coverage was exactly the same too.

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Enjoying the freedom of renting a car in Mexico!

So this solidified our choice in America Rental Car as being our best option.

If you are interested in America Car Rental, click on the banner below to search rentalcars.com.  America is currently one of their vendors in the Cancun area, and their quoted price includes the required Mexican Liability Insurance!

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Renting a Car in Mexico is Worth It!

Overall, we don’t regret renting a car in Mexico.  In fact, during our trip we believe that renting a car in Cancun made our trip a lot better!  While there are many options for group tours in Cancun that will take you to see all the main sights (such as the famous Chichen Itza), having the car gave us such freedom to explore as we wanted to.  Doing your research in advance will save you time and money, but of course, you are already doing that if you are reading this post!

Read more about our adventure driving around the Yucatan and Tip for Driving in Mexico.

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We always name our rental cars. While renting a car in Mexico we named this beauty – La Roja

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