Car rentals in Cancun: All you need to know
You need a great car to get around Cancun whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Explore the famous sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Cancun. CarRentals.com has gathered your most popular questions about car rentals in Cancun. Find out the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where can I find a bargain rental car in Cancun?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to snag budget-friendly deals. Simply enter your travel dates and go down the list of rental car companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Cancun. You can also:
- Check the mileage policy to prevent any surprises
- Reserve your vehicle as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they tend to be pricier
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Cancun rental car.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Cancun?
From global names like Avis and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Cancun?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Quintana Roo town means you're bound to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||For large groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Cancun?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Cancun is 21. However, there might be an added fee if you are under 25 or for larger or higher category cars in particular. Read over the terms to figure out what any additional charges is before you book your rental.
Does Cancun require rental car insurance?
Insurance is always required, wherever you rent a vehicle. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Cancun. Check in advance and, if it is necessary, you can easily add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find an open gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you pick up your vehicle. Use as much gas as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you drop-off your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We encourage returning the car with a full tank of gas. To avoid any added expenses, find a gas station before returning the car rental.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Before you leave the lot
Before you get going on your Cancun vacation, be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should:
- Look over the car and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Cancun rental car today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. No matter who you're traveling with, CarRentals.com has a car that can suit your needs and not break your wallet.