Ideally you should have your vehicle inspected before traveling across the border. This will ensure you don’t risk problems like flat tires, radiator leaks or blowing up your engine. However you can’t predict car trouble, and even a thorough inspection can’t avert all potential disasters. Be sure that your Mexico insurance includes roadside support services. By calling the hotline provided with your Mexican auto insurance, you can get towing or mechanical support if you are stranded.
What services come with coverage?
Roadside support includes help with simple matters such as lockouts, flat tires, or dead batteries. If these issues occur in a parking lot or on the highway, you can call the hotline. Feel free to speak in English or Spanish as the hotline features a bilingual staff. If your issue is mechanical, you can tow your car to the nearest community mechanic.
Pro Tip: Full coverage is required to use the toll roads, so pick up Mexican auto insurance before taking off!
Can I trust a mechanic to handle my vehicle?
You might be concerned about a mechanic in a small community having the experience and resources to properly service your automobile. With a disabled vehicle however, you probably have little choice. Towing back home could be extremely costly if you are far south of the border. Fortunately, you’ll find the mechanics are typically knowledgeable and helpful.
Speaking as someone who travels to Mexico often, it’s best to take an older vehicle. You want something reliable and easy to fix. In other words, not the family Corvette or a Porsche Macan.
If you get into an accident, your repairs won’t be covered with a liability-only policy. Your coverage allows for repairs at home in the U.S. or Canada, and you may want to consider this option if you have the means to get your sedan back across the border. However, you can also look for a reliable mechanic in Mexico.