Car rentals in Mexico: All you need to know
You want a great car to take you around Mexico whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Mexico. We've collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Mexico. Find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where do I find a bargain car rental in Mexico?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to grab the cheapest deals. Just type in your travel dates and go down the list of rental car suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Mexico has to offer. You should also:
- Compare all the deals available
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get the vehicle of your choice and save more
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. This way you'll avoid any surprises on your final bill
- Decide the vehicle you'll need for your drive. Don't rent more car than you need
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Mexico rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Mexico?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Avis and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Mexico?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Mexico. If you're having difficulty choosing, make sure to go over our chart below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you really want to go all out on your vacation to Mexico||Cadillac XTS, Camaro, or similar|
|SUV||Families with a lot of luggage and a need for space||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most mpg on their trip||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Mexico?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Mexico is 21. However, you may find that there is an additional fee if you are under 25 or for higher category rentals in particular. Go through the supplier's terms to figure out what any additional fees is before you rent your vehicle.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Mexico?
When driving in Mexico or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. The majority of countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage through the rental agency. Moreover, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will usually cover your car rental. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Mexico.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your car. You can use as much fuel as you like and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any fuel you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't refill 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. Several suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you return your car||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We recommend a full to full policy. You receive the car with a full tank, and you should return it with a full tank of gas. If you want to save some money, fill up your tank before returning the rental. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Mexico?
Unlimited miles is a good option if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of customers all over Mexico. You can drive wherever you want and not incur added charges. Review your rental agreement to see if there are mileage restrictions.
Know before you go
Make sure you check a few things prior to leaving the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around the vehicle and make sure there is no damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new city
Book your Mexico rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Mexico has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the highly-rated restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Mexico.