Learn about Sanborn's Mexican Auto Insurance

Sanborn's Insurance knows that your peace of mind is what's most important to you and your family when you're out on the roads of Mexico. Sanborn's is the oldest and one of the largest Mexico insurance providers in the U.S., and we've been dedicated to providing you with the best and most reliable Mexico auto insurance for nearly 70 years.

Why buy Mexican Insurance?
What do we offer?
Additional assistance at no extra cost to you
Coverage Area
Terms of Coverage
What's Included
Claims Service
Questions?

Why buy Mexican Insurance? Most tourists ask, "Why do I need to purchase Mexico insurance?" And the answer is simple...because your U.S. insurance is not valid within the country of Mexico. Liability coverage is mandatory on all federal highways and bridges, in addition to local and states laws. Mexico law requires that insurance coverage is issued by a Mexican Insurance company. Sanborn's is an authorized agent who sells this insurance in the U.S. (Back to list)

Some U.S. insurance companies offer insurance coverage in Mexico by endorsement. However, the coverage is only for a short distance from the U.S. border (typically 25 miles) and for "infrequent" trips. It is very important to know that Mexico authorities do not recognize "foreign" insurance. So even if you're U.S. carrier says that you're covered, this will only be for your vehicle. Any damage to other people or their property will not be covered and you can go to jail if you are at fault in the accident. (Back to list)

What do we offer?
Sanborn's offers a variety of coverages to make sure that you and your vehicle will be taken care of in the event of an accident. (Back to list)

  • Physical Damage
Material damages to the insured vehicle as a result of a collision, overturn or glass breakage are covered subject to the deductible. Towing expenses are covered in order to move the vehicle to a place designated by the company for repairs, including to the U.S. This coverage protects your vehicle for the lesser of its ACV (actual cash value) or amount stated on your policy. Vandalism is excluded. Please see HDI's Premier Coverage below if you would like coverage for vandalism. See Policy Conditions for complete details.

  • Total Theft
This coverage protects your vehicle for the lesser of its ACV (actual cash value) or amount stated on your policy for total theft, fire, lightning, explosion, and natural disasters. Partial theft is excluded. Please see HDI's Premier Coverage below if you would like coverage for partial theft.  See Policy Conditions for complete details.

  • Liability
Protects the liability of the insured, or any person with a valid driver license, driving the vehicle against bodily injury and property damage to parties other than the insured and occupants of the insured vehicle. No deductible applies. Since your U.S./Canadian insurance is not valid in Mexico, this fulfills your "proof of financial responsibility" as required under Mexico law. Insurance coverage is available up to $500,000 U.S.  as a Combined Single Limit (CSL) for damages caused to others. See Policy Conditions for complete details.

  • Medical Payments
Pays medical expenses for the driver and occupants of the vehicle for injuries sustained in the event of a covered loss. Insurance coverage is available up to $20,000 for each injured occupant but not more than $100,000 for all occupants combined. See Policy Conditions for complete details.

  • Legal Assistance & Bailbond
A professional attorney is appointed by the Company for legal assistance through the conclusion of the insured's case as a result of an accident. The client must contact the Company immediately to have an attorney assigned. A bond will be posted up to a maximum which matches the liability limit on your policy. See Policy Conditions for complete details.

  • Roadside Assistance
Receive benefits such as gas if the vehicle runs out, jump start of a dead battery, assistance changing a tire and/or getting it repaired in case of a flat, a locksmith to open the vehicle if the keys are locked inside and more. In case of breakdown, towing is available to the closest repair shop up to a maximum of $1,000. The driver or a representative must accompany the vehicle to the repair shop. See Policy Conditions for complete details.

  • GAP Coverage
GAP coverage will make sure that the full amount due to your lienholder/leasing company is paid in the event of the total loss of your vehicle while in Mexico even if your vehicle's actual cash value (ACV) is less than the amount you owe. If you do not have GAP coverage, the insurance company will only pay the ACV of your vehicle regardless of what you owe. Interest and other charges are not covered. Please read the endorsement on your policy for complete details.

  • Premier Coverage
Provides additional coverage for vandalism and partial theft that is not included in Physical Damage and Total Theft. Vandalism coverage is subject to a $500 deductible and partial theft has a maximum coverage of $3,000 with a $1,000 deductible. For partial theft coverage, all equipment and parts must be originally installed by the manufacturer or an authorized dealer. Proof of installed equipment and parts is required.  Also included is a waiver deductible. If you are not at fault in the accident as determined by the authorities or the HDI adjuster, you will not have to pay the deductible when your vehicle is repaired. In addition, HDI now offers a 50% increase in medical expenses if you are not at fault in the accident. Please read the endorsement on your policy for complete details.

  • Fixed Deductibles
This option will set your deductible for Physical Damage at $500 and for Total Theft/Fire/Natural Disaster at $1,000. This is a good option for vehicles with higher values as your deductibles will be a percentage of the value of your vehicle. Ask your agent for a quote so you can see the difference.


Coverage Area All of Mexico - All of our daily policies and most of our long-term policies provide coverage for your vehicle throughout the country of Mexico.  Quote, purchase and print online All of Mexico territory policies. (Back to list)

Sonora Only - A special discount applies to these 6 month and annual policies that provide coverage for your vehicle only in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Contact one of our agents for a quote. (Back to list

Baja Only - A special discount applies to these 6 month and annual policies that provide coverage for your vehicle only in the states of Baja California Norte & Baja California Sur, Mexico. Contact one of our agents for a quote.(Back to list)

Terms of coverage: (Back to list)

  • Daily
  • Six Months
  • Annual

What's Included? Free map of Mexico with all policies. For those taking longer trips, we have a mini-atlas available at Sanborn's offices. (Back to list)

Claims Service (Back to list)

  • Repaired in the U.S.
  • Mechanic of your choice
  • No limit on labor fees
  • Toll-free claims number
  • Paid in U.S. dollars from a U.S. bank
Not all Mexico insurance companies settle their auto insurance claims in the U.S. or Canada, but HDI does. This means if you have an accident in Mexico, you always have the option to have your vehicle repaired in the U.S. or Canada by a mechanic of your choice. For your convenience, there are bilingual insurance adjusters throughout Mexico to help ease the claim reporting process. Plus, we provide you with a toll-free number that you can call from the U.S. or Mexico to report & follow up on your claim.

Questions? (Back to list)
Frequently Asked Questions - For your convenience, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to better serve you.

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