WHY RENT A CAR IN THE COSTALEGRE?
you're an adventurous individual with a free wheeling
spirit and an open transportation budget, renting a car
for a few days can be a rewarding and exciting
experience. The main advantage is that you can have
a wide-area overview of the Costalegre in a short period of time, and explore
places that are impractical to visit by any other means.
The disadvantages are primarily the expense of the rental, fuel
and insurance, and the apprehension of driving on
Mexican highways, and the few security risks this may involve.
Driving in Mexico can be fun!
WHERE TO RENT A CAR
Vallarta Airport (PVR)
In Mexico 01.800.709.5000
National & Budget here also.
BARRA DE NAVIDAD
Crazy Cactus Car Rentals
Calle 21 de Noviembre #60
Propietaria: Tracye Ross
Clean, Dependable cars at reasonable prices.
Car Rental Rates
Melaque/San Patrico: Auto Rentals du Mexico on
Blvd. de la Madrid #749. (315).353.2580
David's Rent a Car, Cell: 044.71605
The main requirements
|Renter must have a
major credit card in their own name, a valid drivers license
Renter must be at
least 25 years of age.
There are various costs associated with car rentals; rental
fees, taxes, vehicle license fees, surcharges & airport
fees. Find out the cost of all individual fees before
you leave with the car, so there will not be any financial
surprises when you bring the car back. Know exactly
what you are paying for!
There are additional fees
2) Additional driver - you must pay more to have more than
3) Mileage charges - per km over set distance, usually 200
4) Refueling charge - always fuel-up before returning
5) Optional physical damage waiver.
6) Late rental return fees.
CAR RENTING TIPS
Vallarta & Manzanillo be wary of car rentals tied to
The rental cost will be unbelievably low, but.....you may
be obligated to sit through hours of timeshare sales
pitches if you sign for their "low cost" rental.
|Make sure you
view the vehicle before you sign a rental agreement.
Some outstation rental establishments bring in
cars from their main office, but only after you sign.
|Be sure you
check the vehicle for damage before you drive
away. Have the attendant write down any dint or
blemish that you see. Refuse the car it they
|If there are 2
or more people in your party, be sure to rent a four
door model. A larger vehicle will also give you a
more comfortable ride. Consider one with
|Try to rent a
car that does not have the rental companies name painted
on it. You will stand out as a tourist and be a
possible crime target, especially if you are going to
drive to remote areas.
|Be careful about
renting private vehicles. You may not be covered
by the owners insurance policy. Deal only with
reputable, well know rental agencies. Make sure
you get a rental contract.
|If you know
before hand that you will be renting a car in Costalegre,
pre-book ahead of time (from home) to save money.
A vehicle will be reserved for you when you arrive. Reservations are
usually held for 2 hours after scheduled pick-up time.
If your flight is late, reservation will be held for 2
hours past the new arrival time.
|Once on the
road, be wary of TOPES (speed bumps), which are often
unmarked and quite large. A Volkswagen beetle can
actually become airborne driving highway speeds.
Topes seem to appear out of nowhere, but you are sure to
find them on both sides of small pueblos that only have a few
buildings showing. Fortunately most topes are well
marked with yellow/white painted stripes.
|Keep in mind the
extra costs for fuel, and the location of gas stations
along your travel route.
seasons, the selection of vehicle models, quality and
size is limited. Sometimes the quality of the
vehicles can be quite low, so pick your vehicle carefully.
|Always ask if
everything in the vehicle functions - speedometer, brakes,
emergency breaks, etc., and try them before you leave
|It pays to shop
around, as rental rates and vehicles vary widely.
|Learn and obey
all Mexican traffic rules.
CAR RENTAL LINKS