Cancun Car Rental Guides - Getting Around - Transportation

In Cancun, car rental can be more costly than in the UK and US because cars in Mexico are generally more expensive. However, good deals are not entirely elusive. Many major car rental agencies have a desk at Cancun's International airport as well as in most major hotels and in the city. The best way to secure a good deal is to book in advance and if you're on a budget. Driving is an excellent way to see the sights of Cancun, particularly for those with families.

To rent a car in Mexico you must have a major credit card, valid driver's license and a passport with you. If you don't have a credit card a large cash deposit will be required instead. If you are not over 25 it is unlikely that you will be able to rent a car.

The top 5 agencies are as follows:

NB. Lowest rates are calculated to Airport, with an Economy Class Vehicle

Thrifty -

Has the best rates, with a location at the Airport - the lowest rate being offered at just $17 a day (excluding insurance.)

Hertz -

With an easy to navigate website and low rates Hertz is one of the best options available. Hertz offers a lowest daily rate of USD$22.96 without additional insurance is available online.

Avis -

Avis has five Cancun car rental locations including one at the airport and one at La Isla Mall. Their lowest rate is at USD$32.32 for one day, not including insurance.

Executive -

Has three Cancun car rental offices with one at the airport. A daily rate for a small car is USD$22.22 daily, not including insurance.

National -

The website is user friendly website with a helpful selection process. National offers average daily rates as low as USD$19.00 without additional insurance.

Some pointers on renting a car:

Always check the rental comes with insurance and check the charges if it does. Many companies raise the rate after several days. Also get detailed information on all charges you will be liable for. Watch out for deductibles because these vary between companies and can be as high as $2000 in some cases.

There are two types of insurance coverage: collision and damage insurance covers the car and others when the accident is your fault and personal accident insurance covers yourself and others in the car. Sometimes insurance is invalid if the accident occurs on an unpaved road.

Always inspect the car very carefully before driving it away. Make sure every scratch is noted, no matter how minor and also make sure the lights, windscreen wipers etc are all working. This is because car rental agencies won't hesitate to charge you for every bit of damage the car incurs while in your care, even the smallest dent on the bumper. So make sure it all gets written down.

Reserve a car well in advance to get the best deals especially at peak season as agencies often run out of cars. Bring your confirmation number with you as some companies may try to avoid honouring your reservation when they have run out of cars.

If you decided to bring a car into Mexico from the US, it may be a good idea to consider getting Mexican insurance because even though your insurance says it covers Mexico, a lot of the time what they mean is they will compensate you for any damage you pay for. If you don't have Mexican insurance you will most likely be required to pay for damages before you leave the country.

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