Helpful tips for Mexico car rentals. Due to the state of the world-wide economy there is, of late, something of a decline in international tourism. That being so, Mexico is proving to be an inexpensive destination this summer for U.S. residents. There are many flight, hotel and car rental car deals to be had - I am heading out to Cancun in October and Riviera Maya in December. Travel to Mexico is one thing, renting a car and driving around it is something else entirely. Fortuitously, just the other day, I received and email with some helpful tips. They are published by Esurance and I thought you guys would find them to be of value. So, here you go:
Mexico Car Tips from Esurance:
- In Mexico, national auto insurance is required by law. If you are caught driving in Mexico without it, you could be jailed. Now that would put a damper on the vacation...
- Driving yourself across the border? Purchase Mexican auto insurance in the U.S. before you go. International Insurance Group. If you forget, you can purchase it upon your arrival in a border city/town.
- Even if you rent a car "with insurance," it probably won't cover damages and injuries. You'll want to purchase extra coverage.
- Leave the car parked when heading out for margaritas. In Mexico, auto insurance is considered invalid if a driver is found under the influence.
- Tune up and gas up your car before you go. Rural areas have few service stations.
- Bring a flexible funnel to help fill your gas tank since some gas pumps have nozzles that are too large to fit into unleaded tanks. A first aid kit + water can't hurt either.
- Wherever you are in Mexico, you can call the Green Angels in an emergency. The Green Angels are bilingual crews who drive radio-dispatched trucks and give roadside assistance.
- Going to Baja and beyond? You may need to obtain a temporary importation permit for your vehicle. Check with the nearest Mexican consulate for details.