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Old 05-27-2017   #16 (permalink)
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Did you buy from a dealer? I'm preparing to head to Mexican consulate here in NY o apply for our permanent resident visas and I have not yet researched car insurance - do you have any advice there?
Thanks!
We bought a new Avanza from the Toyota dealership in Merida. For insurance we went to Julieta Morales, the expat/immigrant favorite in Merida, and we took her advice. If you are going to be in Playa, I am sure people there will have recommendations on an agent to use. I imagine that there, just like here, there are several with multiple good recommendations.

Babaloo may be able to hook you up.
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I own a car in Mexico now. The last times I rented were with Easyway in Merida, about 3 years ago. That was before we bought out car and we would rent one for a couple of days every couple of weeks. I was satisfied.

It was around that time that folks started having some problems with them at their Playa office and maybe their Cancun office, and I have not read much about them since then.

I did rent a Toyota Avanza minivan from them in March, 2014 and we went on a fine vacation all over the peninsula with friends from the states. It was wonderful for 4 adults, all of our gear and a big cooler.
Thank you for your blog - so sad yet wonderful..
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Thank you for your blog - so sad yet wonderful..
I am thinking about starting to write there again.
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I am thinking about starting to write there again.
That would be great, would love to read more. Your information regarding retirement planning and implementation is very interesting to me because I am retiring at the end of the year. Our situation is a bit different as we already own a home outside Playa. Maybe I'll start another thread on this subject as I do have some questions after months of research..
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And Merida was always looming in our thoughts as we decided upon a place to retire. I actually preferred the Puerto Vallarta area, but my wife wanted to be within a shorter flight of family in NY, and "somewhere in the Carib" was our agreement, thus the Riviera Maya.
But after reading much about Merida and what it offers I'm afraid when we actually visit Merida we will want to spend time there...But we can!
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Not to continue the earlier bantering but I just read post #9 and I am really stunned someone can be that obtuse.
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Do you guys work for these car rental companies or something? After reading I thought I would check pricing for a jeep for a couple of weeks in the upcoming January 2018 trip. For at least two weeks miss Abril and I will be doing beach roads and coastal back roads around the yucatan peninsula including trying out the beach road between sisal and celestun. For this I want a vehicle that is a bit harder to get stuck.

Your guys companies, ISIS does not list a jeep for rent. Avant does not have its wrangler available and does not seem to have another 4x4 but will rent a jeep patriot all in for $17,141.00 pesos ( they sent a quote). America car rental will rent a wrangler for $12,600 pesos all incl.

Sorry you guys but $4541.00 pesos will buy a lot of cerveza. 267 of them actually at the 17 peso price we were paying last year in backjungle town cantina's.

Anyone have any other ideas on where to rent a 4x4?
Anyone want to rent a truck and come along?
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Do you guys work for these car rental companies or something? After reading I thought I would check pricing for a jeep for a couple of weeks in the upcoming January 2018 trip. For at least two weeks miss Abril and I will be doing beach roads and coastal back roads around the yucatan peninsula including trying out the beach road between sisal and celestun. For this I want a vehicle that is a bit harder to get stuck.

Your guys companies, ISIS does not list a jeep for rent. Avant does not have its wrangler available and does not seem to have another 4x4 but will rent a jeep patriot all in for $17,141.00 pesos ( they sent a quote). America car rental will rent a wrangler for $12,600 pesos all incl.

Sorry you guys but $4541.00 pesos will buy a lot of cerveza. 267 of them actually at the 17 peso price we were paying last year in backjungle town cantina's.

Anyone have any other ideas on where to rent a 4x4?
Anyone want to rent a truck and come along?
Don't forget the $1,260 Airport Tax with America. And all state their insurance is void when driving unpaved roads.
$770 US (using 18:1) isn't that terrible for a 4x4 for 2 weeks is it?

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Don't forget the $1,260 Airport Tax with America. And all state their insurance is void when driving unpaved roads.
$770 US (using 18:1) isn't that terrible for a 4x4 for 2 weeks is it?
I pick vehicles up in PDC and pay no airport tax. I don't deal in USD, I live in Canada. In Mexico I deal in pesos. That insurance thing is a quandary alright as I have been on many unpaved roads in my travels. How does everyone else deal with that? I am going to make some inquiries. And I don't want to pay any more than I have to. I am likely to be in MX. for 8 weeks and will just rent a lower cost comfortable car for the other 6 weeks. Last year it cost me and my travel partners (when I had one) about 700 pesos each per day for everything, car, gas, rooms, food, cerveza's, chica's, etc.
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Yes the no insurance on unpaved roads is a problem, you can't get to many beaches or cenotes otherwise. I did contact Edgar at ISIS and he confirmed that driving on unpaved roads to beaches or cenotes is not a problem at all. The insurance company just does not cover the vehicle if it is driven into the Biosphere Reserve, Sian Kaan. Not sure why it's such a specific restriction...
I haven't contacted other agencies...

The America airport fee is funny. You're essentially paying for the courtesy of a shuttle to and from their office, in this case $70 US.
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Yes the no insurance on unpaved roads is a problem, you can't get to many beaches or cenotes otherwise. I did contact Edgar at ISIS and he confirmed that driving on unpaved roads to beaches or cenotes is not a problem at all. The insurance company just does not cover the vehicle if it is driven into the Biosphere Reserve, Sian Kaan. Not sure why it's such a specific restriction...
I haven't contacted other agencies...

The America airport fee is funny. You're essentially paying for the courtesy of a shuttle to and from their office, in this case $70 US.
I thought the airport fee was actually a tax of 10%. I dont pay a tax or fee when I pick the car up in PDC and return it to beside the airport. They drive me to the airport for free.
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I thought the airport fee was actually a tax of 10%. I dont pay a tax or fee when I pick the car up in PDC and return it to beside the airport. They drive me to the airport for free.
Yes it is a 10% airport tax. Wouldn't be so bad if they actually delivered the car there. But they're essentially charging 10% of your rental price for the "free" shuttle.
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Yes it is a 10% airport tax. Wouldn't be so bad if they actually delivered the car there. But they're essentially charging 10% of your rental price for the "free" shuttle.
Yes... but who is charging the tax? I thought it was the airport. In which case it would not be the fault of the rental agency at all. Still wondering what everyone else does about the insurance being invalid if you leave pavement. So many people must do this.
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Yes... but who is charging the tax? I thought it was the airport. In which case it would not be the fault of the rental agency at all. Still wondering what everyone else does about the insurance being invalid if you leave pavement. So many people must do this.
Gary, probably doing the same thing that you will be doing. That is, hoping praying that nothing happens while they are offroading off of the beaten trail
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Gary, probably doing the same thing that you will be doing. That is, hoping praying that nothing happens while they are offroading off of the beaten trail
I have driven a rental car on the beach road from Xcalak heading north in 2011. I never thought about insurance coverage then.
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