Insurance

Finding the Best Mexico Insurance Solution For Your RV

For the bold and adventurous RV enthusiast, Mexico can be an RVers paradise. There are hundreds of incredibly scenic and not too crowded RV parks up and down the shores of the Baja Peninsula and Mexico’s Pacific coast. The weather is nice, the sport fishing is great, the surf is always up somewhere, and the free-spirited culture makes for a friendly and entertaining community. But before the fun begins, you need to make sure your beloved travel companion, your RV, will be protected with the proper insurance in Mexico.

For those of you not familiar with the rules about Mexican auto insurance, here is your crash course. Mexican authorities, meaning the Mexican police and the Mexican court system, do not recognize US or Canadian vehicle insurance. At a bare minimum, you must get a Mexican liability auto insurance policy to pay for damages you might cause to third parties. If you do not have liability insurance that is underwritten by a Mexican insurance company, you could face a real nightmare if you were involved in a traffic accident. If you are in a traffic accident in Mexico and you can not prove that you can pay for the damages you caused to a third party with a Mexican insurance policy, there is a good possibility that your vehicle will be impounded and you will be detained until you come up with the funds to pay for the damages. All of this hassle can be avoided if you have a Mexican liability insurance policy that demonstrates your ability to pay for the damages. So always purchase a Mexican insurance policy before you drive your vehicle into Mexico.

OK – So now that you understand that you must get a Mexican RV insurance policy, you are now probably wondering where to purchase this insurance, and what coverage do you actually need. This article will give you a road map of how to shop for your Mexico RV insurance.

Is your RV registered in the US or Canada?

This actually can make a huge difference in the options available to you for insuring you RV in Mexico. Many US RV insurance companies have recently introduced special RV insurance programs which actually extend physical damage and theft insurance coverage in to Mexico. Sorry Canadians, at this time there are no Canadian RV insurance companies who extend any type of RV insurance coverage into Mexico, but perhaps this will change in the future. Until then, this portion of the article only applies to US registered RVs.

Some US RV insurance carriers extend physical damage and theft coverage in to Mexico.

So if your RV is registered in the US, you may want to seriously consider getting your US RV insurance through a US RV insurance company who extends physical damage and theft coverage in Mexico. At the time of this article, these companies include Progressive, National Interstate, and AIG. If you go with one of these US carriers, you will only need to purchase a Mexican liability insurance policy instead of a Mexican full coverage insurance policy. Because these US carriers will pay for damages to your RV while it is in Mexico, this alleviates the need for you to also purchase any type of physical damage and theft coverage through the Mexican insurance carrier. A Mexican liability only policy is much cheaper than a Mexican insurance policy which includes physical damage and theft coverage.

Example of cost savings when you have US RV insurance that extends physical damage and theft coverage in to Mexico:

Cost of your US RV Policy for an RV worth $80,000: $800 per year

Cost of your Mexican liability only policy for 6 months: $125

Total Cost: $925

Example of your cost if you have a US RV policy that does NOT extend physical damage and theft in to Mexico.

Cost of your US RV Policy for an RV worth $80,000: $800 per year

Cost of your Mexican full coverage policy (liability and collision / theft) for 6 months: $700

Total Cost: $1,500

As you can see, you can save a considerable amount of money by going with a US RV insurance policy that extends physical damage and theft into Mexico. It becomes a two for the price of one insurance policy.

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