Recently, we received word that Mexico has instituted new 3rd Party Liability Limits for vehicles. This includes foreign plated vehicles, most of which are vehicles registered in Canada and the U.S.
In Mexico, they have one Department of Insurance that covers all insurance matters for all 33 Mexican States. It is administered by the Federal Government. In the U.S., each State has it’s own Department of Insurance, who then has agreements with the other states when insurance law is generally applied in 3rd party liability cases. Every State has their own minimum 3rd party liability limits, as does Mexico. However, Mexico allows each State to set it’s own minimum liability limits, which is very strange since it is a Federal program.
So now we have 33 states with varying liability requirements. The new minimum limit is over $500,000 USD$ (yes that is right, and it is not pesos) in some states, and a few States with very low limits around $ 4,000 USD$. Click on this link for the latest requirements. PLEASE, do not forget, the distinct possibility of crossing into or through one Mexican State that has a higher liability requirement, as opposed to your destination, which may have a lower liability requirement. Unlike the U.S., your liability limits do not automatically adjust to the higher limits that some States require.
The problem is this, and it is the same for the U.S. You can purchase an automobile policy with the minimum limits, but that does not exclude you from having to personally pay for additional judgements against you. In Mexico, the reason for raising the limits were for crashes or collisions resulting in someones death. Though not common, it does indeed happen. Having been in this particular industry since 1989, we have unfortunately experienced a few. It is the primary reason for purchasing insurance, and that is to protect you from personal financial liability, the insurance company, if purchased correctly assumes the risk. Actually, personal risk was mentioned in the bible, where it was part of the Jewish law. Paraphrased, if you dug an unmarked well and someones livestock fell into it, you were fiscally responsible for settling the cost of the livestock with its owner.
Since each Mexican State has it’s own required limits, it is much safer to purchase a policy with $ 500,000 C.S.L. (stands for *Combined Single Limits) than to purchase one for $50,000. That is why we offer limits of $300,000 C.S.L. and $500,000 on our best insurance packages.Our standard plans do have a lower available limit, but we HIGHLY suggest the plans with the higher limits. You are talking only a few dollars more, and worth every penny…
If you have any questions regarding this or any other insurance matter as it involves Mexico, please feel free to call or write. As always, Mexico can change their laws at any time, and unfortunately, we generally do not find out about them until they are implemented. So call before you go, to find out the latest in available information.
* Combined Single Limit means that both property damage you cause others, AND bodily injury costs are taken out of the same bucket so to speak. Split limits are separated, one amount for Property Damage you cause others, and the other for Bodily Injury you cause someone.
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