Originally Posted by iac1003
You must get Mexican car insurance because in Mexico you are guilty until proven innocent when it comes to vehicular accidents.
16+ years of going to Mexico, we only rented a car once when staying at a resort on the Riviera Maya, near you. We just drove up and down the same road to PDC, etc. We had read that the PEMEX gas station attendants will try to overcharge you by not zeroing out the pump. This was solved by DH getting out of the car and looking at the attendant and the pump to check out what was going on.
Never had to pay a mordita. On the Pacific coast of Mexico there is a campaign to stop doing so and just demand the ticket. That's for another discussion. We really only go to Puerto Vallarta and environs now and no car is needed there.
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We just got back from Cancun. Rented a vehicle from EasyCar Rental just outside the airport. Although their office looks a little fly-by-night, they were very professional and we had zero issues with them or vehicle. We opted to go with the full insurance, given the "guilty until proven innocent" with accidents.
Not all the 'regular' rental firms are going to be as good as you'd expect. Some googling will provide a wide spread of opinions.
We went to Chichen Itza and back (~2 hrs each way), through one police checkpoint. My DW was driving. Apparently she looks Mexican because many people (both in Mexico and in States) start talking to her in Spanish (she doesn't speak much more than a few memorized words/phrases). Police just waved us through (don't think there were really stopping anyone).
Good trip, just not enough time to do everything we wanted to do.