Inquiry Re Car Rental

by bartw_portland @, Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico, Friday, February 16, 2018, 09:51 (300 days ago)

I am a newish (2014) visitor from Portland, Oregon. My wife and I purchased a home in Troncones and come to Mexico 4 times per year for about 3 glorious weeks per stay. We have so far enjoyed good service and vehicles from Ramiro at Payless Car Rental at a rate of about $23 usd/day.
In the future we will purchase a local vehicle but I wondered if anyone might recommend a less expensive alternative in the meantime? I appreciate being able to have a vehicle as I enjoy surfing the area breaks and it would be much less convenient to use local taxis.
I probably sound cheap and for that I apologize. Just wanted to check on options.

Inquiry Re Car Rental

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:45 (300 days ago) @ bartw_portland

Rental cars have been addressed many times on this board and it is a bit complicated> For example, are you a risk taker? If so, rent from Hertz (do it only on line) and the contract comes with a 35,000 peso liability insurance but use your credit card insurance for vehicle collision/comp BUT this does not include loss of use insurance to cover loss of rental fees for rental company in case you have accident BUT,,,,, BUT,,,,etc.

You get the idea? It is complicated. My advice: Rent vehicle with full coverage, aka "walk away" insurance package.
Over the years I have rented under virtually package possible. I have taken the risk and managed to duck the bullet. BUT CYA and buy full coverage and pay the price. With 3 or 4 times a year of extended trips you have a lot of exposure AND a property subject to a lien in case of accident.

Inquiry Re Car Rental

by Ernie Gorrie ⌂ @, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 13:52 (299 days ago) @ bartw_portland

Like you, I am a homeowner in Troncones. I am there a couple of times a year, spending 8-10 weeks there each year. For years I had a pickup truck on a temporary permit, but now that I have permanent resident status that option is removed.

Since I gave up my truck, I have rented a car on each occasion. If I have a guest with me I take one for the whole visit. If I am on my own, I tend to rent for the first week and last week and do without for the middle period.

I think of the number of gringo-owned vehicles in Troncones that mostly sit unused with money being spent on secure parking. It seems to me that there is a business opportunity there for someone to set up an automobile cooperative. I used to live in the Vancouver, BC area where there are multiple such operations.

Such a setup need not be as complicated as these operations that have thousands of users in a densely populated area. I would think that in a Troncones system, coop members would reserve a car for a week at a time.

Maybe that is something I will explore when/if I retire. Better yet, maybe someone in Troncones will beat me to it.