I almost dropped the idea of renting a car after going through all those internet posts on awful driving experiences in mexico, corrupt cops and speed bumps that wreck you axle. Renting a car is a great idea if you want the freedom to explore and see the country. After much debate we finally decided to rent a car to have the freedom to go places without relying on a tour bus.Btw,I am speaking for yucatan and Quintana roo region. We pretty much stayed on the toll road between playa del carmen and Merida. I don't know if we got lucky, but our experience driving in mexico was amazing without any hassles. Just make sure to fill up your tank, as gas stations are hard to find in this region. Our entire traveling experience was amazing and we found Mexicans to be very friendly, polite even without knowing their language.I definitely wouldn't let lack of spanish speaking skills prevent me from visiting Mexico, although its a good idea to learn a few basic phrases. If you're going to all inclusive, popular tourist areas you wont need to learn spanish at all. But if you get into small towns and rural areas you find less english speakers to almost no english.
The rules of the road are very similar to the United States; the basic traffic signals are all the same. Also the quality of most of the roads we traveled on was very good. We only encountered rough dirt roads the few times we drove the back ways through small villages. One word of caution, it is true that the road system is filled with speed bumps, some of which would be disastrous if you went over them at speeds greater than 10 mph.
I am so glad I found this car rental company in Merida.The owner of the company is Israel Bacelis. I was surprised to find a great deal after communicating with Abrahim Razu. He charged us $31/day including the insurance coverage required by Mexico. No deposit. Yes, you heard that right. Almost all companies I talked to had asked for a deposit of $400 - $3000USD.
He picked us up at the airport, dropped us off at our hotel and handed us our car keys.The entire process went smooth and we were so glad to have found him. I highly recommend him if you're planning to hire a car in Merida, Mexico. He's been in car rental business for the past 15 years and willing to help us all.