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AAA Mexico Car Insurance
Car insurance is required to operate a motor vehicle in Mexico, but your U.S. AAA policy likely won’t offer much coverage. Here’s what you’ll need to have.
Chubb Mexican Insurance Policy: Do You Need It, and How to Get it.
If you plan to drive in Mexico, you need Mexican insurance coverage. Read on to find out what coverage you need and how to get it from Chubb.
State Farm Mexico Car Insurance
State Farm third party liability car insurance policies are not valid in Mexico. If you want to drive legally in Mexico, you need Mexican liability insurance.
Here's Why Some Countries Drive on the Left Side of the Road
Centuries ago, drivers preferred the left side of the road to keep their right hand free for swords…and the rest is history. Learn more here!
How to Buy Car Insurance for International Students
To buy car insurance as an international student, you will need to obtain a valid driver’s license, then compare quotes and shop for discounts.
Mexico Car Insurance: What Is It and Do You Need It?
If you're planning on driving in Mexico, you'll need to purchase a Mexico car insurance policy—your U.S. policy won’t cover you.
No Shoes, No Shirt, No–Driving? 9 Unique Driving Laws from Around the World
There are some pretty weird driving laws in the U.S. and around the world. These laws go from stating what you can’t wear while you’re driving to allowing you to only drive a certain day of the week.
All Questions on International Drivers
How do I get car insurance in British Columbia?
I live up in Vancouver, B.C., and I'm shopping for car insurance for the first time. I know there's a basic level of coverage I need to get, but should I get any additional coverage? And where do I even start?
Do I need an international driving permit for California?
I’m going to visit my family in California but I moved to Italy several years ago. I have a valid Italian driver’s license. Do I need an international driver’s permit if I want to rent a car in California?
How do I get car insurance in Ontario?
I recently moved provinces to Ontario, and I'm starting to shop around for car insurance. But I have no idea what kind of insurance I'm required to have—before this, I lived in a province that required public insurance, but I've heard it's different here. How do I get car insurance in Ontario?
How do I get an international driving permit for Europe?
I’m going on a trip to Europe (Spain and Portugal) this summer with my girlfriends, and we would love to rent a car. Do we need a driving permit in Europe? And if so, how do we get one?
How do I get car insurance through Progressive for my trip to Cancún?
I'm going to Cancún for Christmas break, and I want to rent a car there. I currently have a policy with Progressive, so is there any way I can get insurance for my rental car through them for my trip? Or is there some other type of insurance I need?
How do I cancel Aviva car insurance?
I've realized my Aviva insurance no longer works for me, so I'm looking to cancel it. I live in Northern Ireland, and with my car nearing the end of its lifespan, I'm nervous about my insurance not covering roadside assistance in case of breakdowns. How can I cancel my Aviva coverage so I can switch to something that does work for me?
How do I cancel my car insurance policy with Hastings Direct?
I'm looking to cancel my car insurance policy with Hastings Direct. We're moving to the U.S. to be closer to my wife's family, and while I am having my car shipped overseas, I can't exactly have U.K. insurance as a U.S. driver. How do I cancel my Hastings Direct insurance?
How do I cancel AAMI car insurance?
I've realized that I've been overpaying for my AAMI insurance, and I think I could get a better deal from a different provider. I'm wary of how much of a hassle it might be, though. I just want to get it cancelled and get on with my life. How can I cancel my AAMI insurance, preferably without a hassle?
How much does it cost to insure a car in British Columbia?
I am about to move to BC for a new job and want to make sure I've got my finances figured out before I leave. How much does it cost to insure a car in British Columbia?
How far is Canada from Alaska?
I’m planning a road trip through Canada to Alaska. How far is Canada from Alaska?
Do you need an international driving license for Florida?
I live in the U.K. and I have a full license without restrictions. My friend wants to visit Florida for a few weeks, but we want to make sure we can drive around to see our bucket-list destinations. Do I need an international driver’s permit (IDP) for Florida?
Does car insurance cost more in Vermont if I have a foreign driver's license?
I have a foreign driver's license and need car insurance. Would my insurance be cheaper if I got a Vermont license?
Can I use an international license to get car insurance in the US?
I just moved to the US and will be buying a car and I have an international license. Will that count as a valid license for me to get car insurance?
How long is an international driving permit valid?
I got an IDP the last time I went to Europe (four months ago) and I’m going back in four weeks. Is my international license still valid or do I have to apply for a new one?
How do I buy car insurance for a trip to Mexico?
I'm going on a trip to Mexico and I want to drive to various Mayan ruins. However, I'm not sure how to get Mexican car insurance, or if that's even something I can do. So, if I'm even able to, where could I get Mexican car insurance?
Can you get an international driving permit same day?
I have a trip planned in three days and didn’t realize I needed an international driving permit to rent a car. Can I get an IDP the same day I apply?
What countries accept an international driving permit?
I am traveling to Argentina and a couple of other countries in South America with my husband. We were told that we need to get an international driving permit if we want to rent a car. Which countries accept IDPs?
Can I be deported for driving without a license?
I am a recent immigrant to the U.S. and do not have a license. I have no choice but to drive to work and was recently pulled over and charged for not having a license. Can I be deported for driving without a license?
Do I need an international driving license for Australia?
I’m going to visit my friend in Australia. I need to rent a car to drive up the Gold Coast. Do I need to get an international driving permit to drive in Australia? Or can I use my U.S. driver’s license?
How many car insurance claims go to court in the UK?
Help me settle a bet. My buddy says he's sure that a large majority of car insurance claims go all the way to the courtroom before they're settled here in the UK. I say he's crazy. How many car insurance claims go to court in the UK?
What do I need to travel to Mexico by car?
I want to drive from St. Louis to Mexico City for an adventure. However, I’m not sure what I need to have to cross the border. What documents do I need to travel to Mexico by car?
Can an F2 visa holder get a driving license?
I’m a Japanese citizen on an F2 visa while my husband attends university in the U.S. I’m wondering—am I eligible to get a driver’s license as an F2 visa holder?
Do I need an international driving permit in Croatia?
My wife and I are planning a two-week vacation in Croatia. We have California driver’s licenses and want to rent a car during our visit. Do we need to get an international driving permit for Croatia? Or can we use our California licenses?
How do I cancel my Progressive car insurance?
I recently got a job teaching English overseas. I'm planning on selling my car to offset some of my moving expenses, so I need to cancel my insurance with Progressive. I've never done this before, though—so how do I cancel my Progressive policy?
Can an international student get a driving license in Canada?
I’m moving to Canada in September for four years of schooling, and I want to get my driver’s license. I am originally from Brazil. Can I get a Canadian driver’s license if I’m an international student?
How do I cancel Admiral car insurance online?
My Admiral car insurance policy isn't working for me anymore, so I'm looking to cancel, preferably online. I really don't want to get stuck on the phone for hours over an insurance cancellation. How do I cancel Admiral car insurance online?
Can you get into Canada with a reckless driving charge?
Will I be able to get into Canada if I have a reckless driving charge on my record? My friends and I are planning a road trip up north, but I’m not sure if I’ll be allowed into the country.
Can you drive across the border legally while carrying a wax pen?
I’m planning to drive down to Mexico next week for a vacation, and I just started thinking about what to pack. I use a vape pen with wax recreationally, and I’m worried about what’s going to happen when I get to the border. Can I legally cross the border with a wax pen?
What is the equivalent of an Indian MCWG driving license in the States?
I just moved to the States from India and was wondering what the equivalent of my Motor Cycles With Gear (MCWG) driving license is here if I want to convert my license?
Can you take a driving test in another language?
I’m originally from Mexico, but I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen. While I can speak and write in English, I usually only speak Spanish at home and with friends. I need to take a driving test, but I’d be much more comfortable taking it in Spanish. Does the DMV let you take a driving test in another language?
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