Yes, you can rent a car to drive to Mexico, but specific restrictions apply. You need to rent the vehicle through a corporate account, and it must be returned in the U.S. (no one-way rentals into Mexico are permitted). If you are a U.S. citizen, you also need to purchase Mexican Automobile Liability Insurance to take a rental car to Mexico. This insurance is only available at certain U.S. rental locations.
What Are the Rules About Driving a Rental Car into Mexico?
Budget Car Rental has some specific rules about renting a car to drive to Mexico:
Renters driving into Mexico must be U.S. residents.
Only corporate customers can go into Mexico.
Renters must inform staff at the rental counters that they are planning on traveling into Mexico.
You will need to purchase Mexican Automobile Liability Insurance.
Renters who are not U.S. citizens must have permanent residency in the U.S. or a valid visa.
If the required insurance is not purchased, you may be subject to arrest after an accident and your rental could be seized.
Where Can I Purchase Mexican Automobile Liability Insurance?
Budget offers Mexican Automobile Liability Insurance in only three states: Texas, Arizona, and California. You cannot purchase it online; you have to get it at the counter when you pick up your rental.
Checking Your Location’s Terms and Conditions
As a renter, you should check the terms and conditions for your location to make sure travel into Mexico is allowed. Just follow the steps below.
Corporate business accounts can be created online. You provide us with your name and contact information, as well as your company’s information. After you’ve registered as a corporate account, you’ll use the corporate BDC (discount number) to rent a car from the U.S. to drive into Mexico.
What If I’m Flying Out of Mexico?
Although one-way rentals aren’t allowed, we do have a location at the Cross Border Xpress near the Tijuana airport. You can return your rental to this location and then walk across the skybridge into Mexico to catch your flight.
Providing your age allows us to give you a more accurate rental estimates. Restrictions and additional surcharges may apply for underage driver's. Please review rental terms and conditions or call us at 800-472-3325 for details. Note: When using your Customer ID this information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Required to present credentials to confirm your country of residence when picking rental. If the credentials are of a different country, the reservation will still be honored but the confirmed rate may change. To modify, please cancel and create a new reservation. Note: When using your Customer ID this information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Select to provide Customer ID (called as RapidRez with Fastbreak Service number, Basic RapidRez number or an Online ID). Providing it will apply non-secure customer account preferences (like car preference etc.). Note: Some of profile information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Select to add a BCD (a 7-character code with one letter followed by six numbers) or Coupon code (a 7-character code with four letters followed by three numbers) to the reservation.
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