Apr 5, 2005, 10:00 AM
Post #4 of 18
While 'public' transportation seems to be the norm in Mexico, I am of the opinion that the freedom of exploration that a car will give you will make any traffic hassle you may experience a minor footnote in your overall Mexican experience.
Do a search on Google or Yahoo for 'Mexican Auto Insurance' and you will find many sites with tools to help you compare available coverage from multiple insurance companies. I've found the online prices to be 40% (or more) less than the walk-in prices at the border. You may also find that a 6 month or 1 year policy will be the same price (or less) than the sum of daily coverage for the length of your intended stay.
Pay close attention to the wording of your insurance coverage. Coverage isn't the same as it is in the US. Very close attention should be paid to the term 'partial theft', most policies don't cover it and you must purchase a rider for coverage for it. Partial theft would be where they steal some or most of your car but leave some part behind - like a hubcap - under most of the policies that I have been quoted (especially the lower priced ones) there is NO COVERAGE for your vehicle if that happens.
If your vehicle is still financed you will need a letter from your leinholder giving you permission to take the vehicle into Mexico.
We've gone the rental car from the Mexico City airport route. It's just like driving in any other major city, in my opinion. From the airport you can get right onto the highway and if you stay on the highway until you are clear of the city I can't see you having major problems. Tell the rental car agent where you are going and they will give you a map and mark the route out of town for you. That being said, I will say that the worst traffic jam in my life was in Mexico city - but I wasn't on the highway and I WAS in a motorhome.... I would suggest that you steer clear of Mexico City in a motorhome unless you are very patient, brave, and/or crazy. ;-)
Enjoy your trip,
Compórtate bien, y si no puedes, invítame!