is easy to rent a car in Mexico. All the standard car rental companies
are at the airport. It's definitely cheaper to line up a reservation
from the States ahead of time. The rental companies have long hours,
but make sure you ask what to do if your flight is particularly
early or late. Also, some companies quote rates which include insurance
and some don't, so be sure you know what's included.
we rent a car in Mexico we recommend Avis at the Puerta Vallarta
airport. They have been consistently nice, they have good cars,
they let you leave your bags while you check in (for your return
flight), they wait at night for your plane to land, and if you reserve
online you can get some pretty good rates. To guarantee the best
rates when you rent a car in Mexico, print and bring your quoted
rate. Dollar and Budget are not recommended.
Rent-A-Car in Mexico in Bucerias (from San Pancho 01-329-298-0339)
will also service San Pancho. They will meet you at the airport
or come to San Pancho and pick you up and take you back to their
office. The more notice they have, of course, the better. Their
website is GeckoRentCar.com.
automobile liability insurance is not valid when you rent a car
in Mexico nor is most collision and comprehensive coverage issued
by U.S. companies. Therefore, purchase auto insurance adequate for
your needs if you plan to rent a car in Mexico. A good rule of thumb
is to buy coverage equivalent to that which you carry in the United
States. WARNING: Motor vehicle insurance is invalid in Mexico
if the driver is found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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driving in Mexico it is import to be aware of the road customs that
are different than in the U.S. In the cities and towns, you MUST
use parallel roads to make left turns. You pull off onto the parallel
road on the right, go up to the next stop light, then cross the
highway. It works very well once you get the hang of it.
lights tend to be very long (to allow for all this crossing), and
the "yellow" light, which isn't yellow but is a green light flashing
to show it's about to turn red, is very short. Don't try to run
driving in Mexico IN UNPOPULATED AREAS, to make a left turn, pull
over to the right, wait for the traffic behind you to pass, check
the oncoming traffic, then make your left turn. We have seen both
right blinkers and left blinkers used to execute this move. So be
very careful of slowing cars with any blinker on. A prime example
is the turn off the highway into San Pancho.
driving in Mexico, if a car (usually a truck) in front of you puts
on his left turn signal, it means you can pass him. This is very
helpful on windy roads where you can't see in front of the car ahead
of you, but it can be lethally dangerous if you're the one making
a left-hand turn.
outstretched left arm may mean an invitation for you to pass. When
in doubt, do not pass. When driving in Mexico an oncoming vehicle
flashing its headlights is a warning for you to slow down or pull
over because you are both approaching a narrow bridge or place in
the road. The custom is that the first vehicle to flash has the
right of way and the other must yieldOther than that, driving in
Mexico is not difficult. There's a lot of passing on two-lane roads,
and the trucks going over big hills can be very slow, but the roads
are good and well marked.
of whether you have insurance, if you are involved in an accident
while driving in Mexico, you will be taken into police custody until
it can be determined who is liable and whether you have the ability
to pay any judgment. If you do not have Mexican liability insurance,
you are almost certain to spend some time in jail until all parties
are satisfied that responsibility has been assigned and adequate
financial satisfaction received. There may also be criminal liability
assigned if the injuries or damages are serious.
you have an emergency while driving in Mexico, call the Ministry
of Tourism's hotline or (55) 5250-8221, extension 130/297, to obtain
help from the "Green Angels," a fleet of radio dispatched trucks
with bilingual crews. Services include protection, medical first
aid, mechanical aid for your car, and basic supplies. You will not
be charged for services, only for parts, gas, and oil. The Green
Angels patrol daily, from dawn until sunset. If you are unable to
call them, pull off the road and lift the hood of your car; chances
are good they will find you.
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