If you are planning a trip to one of Mexico's many tourist destinations, somewhere off the beaten path or even dreaming of a drive over Mexico, one of the things you want to explore and prepare in advance is a car rental. You are no doubt very much happy about your trip, but some potential travelers are starting to get cold feet when they start exploring because so many people have written about their bad experiences with XYZ Company on sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp.
First, it is important to remember that people are much more likely to write a review about a bad experience than a good one (no news is good news), so you should definitely not let it make you second guess your decision to go on vacation in Mexico. Second, many tourists from the US, UK and Canada have bad experiences because they did not do enough research before leaving the city. To make sure it doesn't happen to you, make sure you keep these tips for renting a car in Mexico in mind before you go.
1: Know what you need to rent a car in Mexico
The last thing you want is to show up at the rental car office to just pick up your vehicle to find that you do not have the necessary documentation. Here's what you need:
• Driver who is 25 or older
• Valid driving license licensed with Latin characters (not Chinese, Arabic, Russian etc.)
• International driving license if your original is written in another type of character
• Credit card
• A second image identification if your license does not have a picture
• Proof of CDW insurance (can be purchased at the rental office, can be included as a benefit on your credit card or travel insurance)
• Proof of PLI insurance (PLI must be purchased from the rental company)
2: Book your Mexican car rental online before time
You are more likely to get a better deal on your rental car if you have an interest locked before you get to the counter. This also gives you plenty of time to comfortably read over the nice print and terms of the lease so that you know what is included and what is not. Who takes us to Tip # 3 …
3: Read nice prints on the car rental agreement
It is important to know what is included in the stated price. You can find a great discount travel site that offers rental cars in Mexico at prices of $ 8 USD per day – sounds great! Before you get to the rental office and learn who does not include any of the mandatory insurance cover, or taxes or fees. Insurance can double or triple the cost of a rental car, and Mexico has a fairly high VAT called "IVA" (Spanish VAT).
4: Don't assume that an American car rental company is better than a Mexican
Many of the worst online reviews are from American and European tourists who booked their car rental with a company they knew of their home business, just to find that they were working very differently in Mexico. The lesson here is, you can't blindly choose or exclude a car rental company through where it's headquartered. You have to do your independent research.