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Four Things to Know Before Renting a Car in Mexico


People, in general, are scared of renting car services in a foreign country for several reasons. First, you have no idea how much it can cost you. There’s always the fear of getting scammed in a country you don’t live in. Second, driving around with zero knowledge of their traffic schemes and regulations can cost you a lot of stress. But given you’ve done your research well, renting a car in Mexico is actually a smart thing to do. It can even save you money from traveling back and forth. With a car, you just need a GPS and your communication skills, and you’re good to go. Here are a few pointers to help you get started.

Do Your Research

Before anything else, it’s always smart to research on a car rental service than merely choosing the popular ones. There are renta de carros franchises everywhere in Mexico, so it’s safe to say that not all branches have the same quality of service regardless of their brand name. One smart tip is looking at customer reviews. We are in a period when everything is out on social media, so that wouldn’t be too hard for you.

Also, take note that car rental services at the airport will usually cost you more than that of the off-site rentals. However, if you have some extra money to spare, you can go for airport car rentals to save you time and effort.

Mexican Liability Insurance Is a MUST!

Unlike other states, liability insurance is required before you can avail of car rental services in Mexico. If, for instance, you get into an accident, no matter how minor it is, you can be put to jail when they find out you don’t have liability insurance on hand. You might even hear some of the tourists not getting insurance to cut off some costs, but at the end of the day, following the laws can save you stress and money in the long run.

Choose a Versatile Car

If you’re going to spend money on car rental, you might as well choose a car that you can use anywhere and can fit all your things inside. We cannot deny that renting a fancy car can be fun, but it can garner attention from thieves as well. Jeepneys and SUVs can be a smart choice since it can withstand rough roads if you’re traveling. It can also fit in more people inside. After all, the more people you travel with, the merrier!

Avoid Scams

As soon as you get your car, take pictures of any dents, scratches, or any minor damages that can be used against you when returning the car. This is to avoid scams and unnecessary costs. Moreover, be careful when you’re filling your tank at a gas station. One of the most common scams is not resetting the meter to zero before refilling your tank. This results in less amount of gas than what you actually paid for. When paying for gas, it is better to hand in cash than credit cards. So it would be best if you always had peso bills with you.…

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