Guide to Car Rental Companies in Costa Rica

“My time’s constrained… how would I pick?”

Vehicle rental is a hotly debated issue for vacationers made a beeline for Costa Rica. Late research directed by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT) demonstrates that, after housing, leasing a vehicle is the biggest cost, averaging $702 for an eleven-day excursion. Van for Rent in Cebu

The Internet is humming with negative surveys talking about cheating, poor client benefit and mechanical breakdowns. You may have even kept in touch with one yourself! 

A commonplace moderate size (3 – 4 grown-ups) 4X4 rental keeps running somewhere in the range of $58 and $65 every day with outsider protection and rates can shift as much as 20 percent among vehicle rental organizations, so perusing a brisk survey will be time well spent once you ascertain the reserve funds.

So the inquiry is; which rental organization offers the best equalization of reasonable cost, able client benefit and dependable vehicles? I’ve inquired about it just for you, so continue perusing!

Divulgence: This exploration was led in May – July 2013. The accompanying organizations were chosen since they are the most broadly utilized in Costa Rica. Some are neighborhood organizations; others are worldwide establishments of perceived brand names. Examinations include: client administration, estimating and the reservation procedure. The organizations are recorded one after another in order and not founded on close to home or online inclinations.

Think about this data previously leasing:


One of the greatest foundations for grumblings is from the heap of unexpected charges introduced to the tenant once remaining at the rental organization’s counter. Vacationers are regularly worn out after a long flight and afterward are defied by costs that were not foreseen, clarified or planned.

Topping the rundown of complaints is the non-divulgence of charges related with the obligatory outsider protection at the time the reservation is made.

As indicated by Costa Rican law, each driver is required to convey obligation inclusion to safeguard against wounds to outsiders. Vehicle rental organizations for the most part shun uncovering the expense of this approach in the cited rental rate to seem more focused. Compulsory outsider protection can now and then be as much as twofold the vehicle’s rental expense. The main assurance against protection perplexity is to ask if your gauge incorporates the outsider protection and demand a composed citation.

Cost of Mandatory Insurance (additionally called Third Party or SLI)

Hope to pay somewhere in the range of $12 and $15 every day for this protection, contingent upon the make and model of the leased vehicle and the rental vehicle organization. This is a lawful state of your rental assention and is commonly not secured by Visas and can’t be postponed. It’s a reality of leasing a vehicle in Costa Rica.

Crash Damage Waiver (CDW)

As the name recommends, this isn’t protection, yet a waiver, which assuages the tenant from any risk for harm to the rental vehicle after the deductible is paid (as a rule from $750 to $1,500). A few offices expect leaseholders to buy their CDW strategy; in this way refuting any Visa program. For an extra charge, numerous offices do offer a zero obligation choice where the leaseholder will be liberated from paying for any harm to the vehicle. A few organizations may put weight upon leaseholders to buy the zero obligation inclusion; nonetheless, it is totally discretionary, except if it is in the fine print of their rental assention.

Charge card protection projects may cover the CDW for a rental vehicle. Check with your picked rental vehicle organization to discover which evidence of protection is required and after that ask for that from your Mastercard organization before arriving. In the event that you utilize your charge card’s CDW strategy, hope to pay a higher store on the vehicle; around $1,500 to $2000 is normal. The higher store guarantees that the Mastercard holder has enough money related stores to cover harms if necessary. It is critical to think about that if utilizing CDW inclusion given by a Mastercard (in lieu of the lease a vehicle administrator), all harms will be charged to the tenant’s Visa. The Mastercard organization will at that point repay the card holder for harms.

More Insurance

Tires and windshields are once in a while incorporated into protection arrangements, albeit extra approaches might be taken out for covering these much of the time harmed things. Neither the inside nor the underneath of the vehicle might be secured. Continuously read the fine print.

Standard Procedure

Your Mastercard will be charged, or a ‘hold’ put, for the rental vehicle amid the season of the rental understanding; i.e. from grabbing the rental until the point that you return it. Charge cards are commonly not satisfactory.

Extra Charges

Most organizations have extra charges for extra drivers, vehicle seats/sponsors, mobile phones, coolers, GPS as well as rooftop racks. The expenses change from organization to organization, yet since these additional items are charged at an every day rate, it merits checking the aggregate expense – extra alternatives can include rapidly! A GPS is around $8 to $10 every day; be that as it may, a few administrators may offer limited units. Hope to pay around $5 day by day for a tyke situate and a couple of dollars daily for the various ‘comforts’. Vamos is striking for offering a large portion of these choices and, amid a few advancements, even the GPS rental complimentarily. Alamo, Budget, Hertz and National charge the most for such extra choices; while alternate organizations recorded, charge more sensible costs.

Additional charges

Most organizations include little steady costs, for example, tag and ecological charges, into the aggregate count. Be careful about administrators who embed these extra rushes into the little print of the rental contract. Vehicles leased direct at the air terminal cause airplane terminal duties, which are an astounding 12% of your rental expense!

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