Manual for Car Rental Companies in Costa Rica 

Rate Comparisons for 2015 

Vehicle rental in Costa Rica is a chance to investigate the far off sea shores and calm corners of this amazingly lovely nation. Travel without the limitations set by open vehicle plans and with opportunity over gathering visits. For the ill-equipped explorer; nonetheless, vehicle rental expenses and administrations can be an impolite stun and a hit to that excursion financial plan. 

Leasing a vehicle for your excursion will likely be the most costly piece of your financial plan, so understanding the terms and overseeing desires is significant. The data underneath isn't intended to be a comprehensive manual, however it should show you the way towards an educated choice for your vehicle rental needs in Costa Rica. 

For what reason is vehicle rental so costly? 

Guests from outside of Costa Rica are frequently astounded by the expense of vehicle rental. While lodgings, café bills and visits are lower than the costs paid at home, it might seem odd that vehicle rental ought to be all the more exorbitant. 

There are two basic purposes behind this significant expense: 

All vehicles in Costa Rica are imported and an expense is forced. Because of this substantial tax collection, the expense of buying a vehicle is higher than it would be in other industrialized nations. There are some vehicle rental administrators who lease more seasoned vehicles so as to decrease their expenses. 

The expense of obligatory protection (see beneath). 

Elements that Affect Car Rental Costs 

• Mandatory Insurance 

Outsider protection, which might be known as TPI, PDW (Partial Damage Waiver), SLI (Supplementary Liability Insurance) and different abbreviations, is a lawful necessity. Vehicle rental administrators must charge the client for this inclusion which might possibly be clear in the citation got by the client. 

The protection itself isn't the issue. All things considered, numerous different nations require vehicle leaseholders to pay a compulsory protection; including: New Zealand, Italy and Mexico, just as some of the U.S. states, similar to California. The issue that causes dispute in Costa Rica is that this expense isn't constantly shown plainly on the vehicle rental administrator's site or in a statement. Clients at that point find the extra expense of their rental upon appearance. 

The expense of compulsory protection changes from organization to organization and will rely upon the vehicle classification that is being leased too. The expense for a little car might be as meager as $12 every day, though a premium 4x4 vehicle could be as much as $25 for protection every day. This is notwithstanding the rental expense. 

Mastercards in North America normally offer vehicle protection as an extra advantage to the Mastercard holder thus North Americans specifically, are unused to paying for protection on head of rental expenses. Be that as it may, no charge card will cover this protection prerequisite. 

Do inquire as to whether the given statement incorporates outsider protection and check the costs on the vehicle rental administrator's site. 

• Collision Damage Waiver 

This isn't protection, however a waiver. The fundamental level will accompany a deductible that fluctuates, yet could be as much as $1,500. For a higher day by day rate, a zero deductible CDW might be bought to diminish the leaseholder of any money related obligation in the event of harm to, or robbery thereof, the vehicle. 

Numerous tenants will get their CDW through their Mastercard. In any case, it is important that the duty regarding making any protection guarantee is on the client and not with the vehicle rental administrator. A few tenants may decide to buy extra in-house inclusion to abstain from having this duty. 

There will be vehicle rental organizations which hard sell their own inclusion designs through ensuring significant serenity, at the end of the day, this is the tenant's choice. It merits recollecting that vehicle rental organization representatives, as in different pieces of the world, will once in a while acquire commission for protection deals. 

In the event that the client's charge card doesn't give CDW, the client will be required to buy this in-house inclusion. 

Vehicle rental administrators require composed verification that the client's charge card gives CDW. Approach the vehicle rental administrator for the specific subtleties of what they require and in what structure. Some may acknowledge a sent email from the charge card organization, however others may request a printed duplicate to be introduced at the hour of rental. 

• Deposit 

The store sum required will rely upon whether the client decides to utilize the vehicle rental administrator's in-house CDW or takes this inclusion through a Mastercard. Hope to pay an a lot higher store if the in-house CDW is declined. The store may likewise rely upon vehicle model leased. This sum, which will be hung on the leaseholder's charge card until the finish of the rental time frame, can be from $750 up to as much as $3,500. The store should take close to five days to be discounted to the charge card on the vehicle's arrival. Some vehicle rental organizations will acknowledge check cards for store hold, however the arrival time for this sum can take weeks. 

Do guarantee that the store is determined in the excursion financial plan as a sudden hold of two or three thousand dollars on a charge card could somehow seriously cut into get-away spending. 

• Airport Taxes 

Clients that lease from a vehicle rental administrator's counter inside an air terminal structure are obliged to cover the air terminal duty. 

Those vehicle rental administrators with a counter at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) are: Alamo/National, Budget, Dollar, Economy and Hertz. These organizations will add an extra 12% expense to the rental expense. 

Those vehicle rental administrators with a counter at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) are: Avis, Budget and Economy. These organizations will add an extra 3% expense to the rental expense. 

To maintain a strategic distance from this duty, take an air terminal transport with the vehicle rental administrator to an office situated outside of the air terminal grounds. 

• Surcharges and Other Taxes 

There are various other required charges that vehicle rental administrators may include into the rental cost, show on-screen or show in the statement, or leave undisclosed until the client's appearance. These conceivably shrouded expenses may appear to be little when seen exclusively, yet these are ordinarily every day rates, so they will include quick! 

These may include: 

• License Plate Fee: Less than $2 day by day, however varies from organization to organization. 

• Environmental Tax: Less than $1 day by day. 

• Sales Tax: All business exchanges in Costa Rica are exposed to a 12% government-forced deals charge. 

• Car Washing Fee: Bring back a particularly messy vehicle and the cleaning charge might be included onto the last installment. One vehicle rental administrator charges $20 for this extra assistance. 

• Fuel Charges: If the fuel tank isn't filled to a similar level as it was toward the beginning of the rental time frame, at that point the vehicle rental organization will charge (for the most part to the closest eighth of a tank). This charge is directed by the vehicle rental administrator and it isn't dependent upon the administratively set fuel value that would be found at any corner store. 

Where Should I Reserve the Vehicle? 

A typical disarray for explorers booking a rental vehicle is the inconsistency between universal sites for vehicle rental administrators and the Costa Rican site for a similar brand. Every now and again the global sites are uninformed of, or neglect to unveil, protections, duties and overcharges that will be charged at the counter. This might be because of the way that many perceived vehicle rental administrator brands in Costa Rica are not an unfamiliar part of the marked vehicle rental administrator, however rather are an establishment activity. This factor is additionally worth considering as far as desires concerning client assistance and other better subtleties. The Costa Rican establishment office may have their own style of working, aside from similar arrangements and rules that the client may have encountered in different pieces of the world. 

Naturally at that point, an online reservation is best made through the neighborhood site and not the worldwide website, at every possible opportunity. Various organizations don't have a neighborhood site. For this situation, do check the subtleties with a neighborhood staff part by means of the phone and request composed affirmation of the statement. Involvement in live talk on the universal sites proposes that while staff is prepared on terms and conditions overseeing the fundamental office (generally U.S.A.); they see little of the arrangements that must be clung to in Costa Rica. 

Vehicle Rental Comparisons 

In May/June of 2013, I looked at the evaluating and administrations of various vehicle rental administrators in Costa Rica and distributed the discoveries. Amazingly, the article is as yet being counterfeited consistently over the Internet which recommends that it is as yet valuable thus an update was required. The costs for this correlation were gotten in December 2014 and January 2015. 

The ICT (Costa Rican Institute of Tourism) expresses that there are thirty enrolled vehicle rental administrators with eight others pending endorsement. In any case, there are a lot more organizations that lease vehicles to guests. The vehicle rental administrators chose are those which are most as often as possible utilized by voyagers: 




Spending plan 












Wild Rider 

Rejection of Companies from Final Comparison 

Spending plan, Economy, Payless, and Toyota were reached, yet these four organizations didn't give precise online rates. Economy and Budget's sites have one value, paying little heed to the dates entered and clients need to save a vehicle with the end goal for them to respect the cost appeared. Toyota's site was lamentably just working up until March. Past that, the valuing showed $0 for the rest of the year. Payless has this disclaimer on their site: "Charges and overcharges are not inside our control and may change without notice." 

Sending singular requests for each timespan brought about conflicting

Financial plan has a site that is anything but difficult to utilize, yet the estimating given is as the equivalent for all seasons, proposing that it isn't right. Email reactions were regularly quick, however some were left unanswered. Messaged cites indicated indistinguishable estimating for all seasons from the site did. Required protection is excluded from the online statement, yet the important part expresses this is payable at the counter. Spending plan gets blended online audits. 

No Toll-Free Phone Number, yet Live Chat is advertised 

Kid Seat: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $5/day 

GPS System: $14.99/day 

Dollar seems to have exceptionally serious rates, yet air terminal expenses will be applied if the vehicle is being gathered from the air terminal's counters. One may discover this in their terms and conditions, however not in their online statements. Vehicle washing charge is authorized for exceptionally grimy vehicles. There are four workplaces in Liberia and San Jose. Email reaction is inside 24 hours. Dollar gets blended surveys from online travel discussions. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-877-767-8651 

Kid Seat: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $5/day 

GPS System: $9/day 

Economy has twelve workplaces around the nation. They have no Costa Rican site. Look down on their page to discover and tap on protection costs. Air terminal assessments are excluded from the statement. Messages get either a brisk reaction or no reaction by any stretch of the imagination. Economy has the most exceedingly awful online notoriety of any huge name vehicle rental administrator in Costa Rica. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-877-326-7368 

Youngster Seat: $10/day 

Extra Driver: $10/day 

GPS System: $15/day 

Fox works in organization with USave. Workplaces are situated at both worldwide air terminals. Messages get a reaction inside 24 hours. Online surveys are commonly poor. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-800-225-4369 

Youngster Seat: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $10/day (except if life partner) 

GPS System: $9.99/day 

Hertz has six workplaces in the nation. Reservations might be made through a Costa Rican site. Beginning on the web quote does exclude deals charges, yet it incorporates the CDW - in spite of the fact that CDW might be postponed with verification of Visa inclusion. Messages get a reaction inside 24 hours. Average audits on movement gatherings. 

No Toll-Free Phone Number 

Kid Seat: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $13/day 

GPS System: $12/day 

National works in association with Alamo and has thirty workplaces in activity the nation over. The organization has a Central American site, just as the worldwide site, which unmistakably shows the breakdown of evaluating. CDW is remembered for the online statement, however it might be unchecked to get a statement with simply the obligatory protection. Note that the air terminal assessment is remembered for the online statement also. Moment reactions to questions are accessible through Live Chat on their site. Surveys are blended, yet there are more positive than negative. 

Free Phone Call Option Via Website 

Kid Seat: $6/day 

Supporter: $6/day 

Extra Driver: $5/day 

GPS System: $12/day 

Payless is a piece of the worldwide vehicle rental organization and has no Costa Rican site. Online statements do exclude outsider protection, in spite of the fact that the data on this might be found by perusing the approaches for the San Jose area. Messages get a reaction in under 24 hours, however will in general allude back to the site, as opposed to new data. Surveys are more negative than positive. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-800-PAYLESS 

Youngster Seat: $5/day 

Promoter: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $10/day 

GPS System: $9.95/day 

Administration is a neighborhood organization with five workplaces in the nation. On a generally clear site, click on 'Hold Now' and not 'Get a Quote' at an online cost check. Rember is the staff part referenced in surveys on movement gathering for his accommodating client assistance and the organization by and large gets great audits. Messages are replied inside 24 hours and regularly give mentioned data. 

U.S. Telephone Number: 1-305-897-3718 

Kid Seat: $3.50/day 

Extra Driver: $3/day 

GPS System: $7.50/day 

Frugal doesn't have a nearby site, along these lines data is through the universal site. Inclusion alternatives or data in regards to outsider protection isn't given on the booking site page until one ticks 'Assurance Information'. Messages get a reaction inside 24 hours, yet may not respond to area explicit inquiries. Audits are every now and again negative because of valuing grievances. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-800-344-1705 

Youngster Seat: $5/day 

Sponsor: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $12/day 

GPS System: $11.99/day 

Toyota is a major name; in any case, despite the fact that their site seems proficient from the start, it basically doesn't work, or if nothing else it was not working so as to acquire citations later than March 2015. Their online statements do exclude deals charges. Messages get quick reactions, however cites for various seasons seemed, by all accounts, to be conflicting. In any case, Toyota has a decent notoriety on movement gatherings. Eight workplaces are situated the nation over. 

Free Phone Call Option Via Website 

Kid Seat: $5/day 

Cooler: $1.50/day 

Extra Driver: $3/day 

GPS System: $10/day 

USave works in association with Fox and has three office areas. Protection alternatives are appeared for the online statement, however it must be chosen and 'recalculate' squeezed, before it is remembered for the estimating. Messages get a reaction inside 24 hours. The organization get in general helpless surveys, in spite of the fact that there are some positive remarks made on movement gatherings. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-800-467-3659 

Youngster Seat: $5/day 

Extra Driver: $10/day 

GPS System: $9.95/day 

Vamos is a neighborhood organization that is a famous decision for Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet specialists as a result of their client assistance and evaluating. The site is anything but difficult to use with separated charges unmistakably showed. The Live Chat choice empowers moment customized statements and answers from English-talking staff. The organization has three workplaces. 

Complementary Phone Number: 1-800-950-8426 

Youngster Seat: free 

Sponsor: free 

Extra Driver: free 

GPS System: $8/day 

Wild Rider is a little, neighborhood organization found uniquely in San Jose. The site is basic with outsider protection remembered for the estimating. Toward the beginning of this examination, the evaluating was not forward-thinking, however this has since been helped. This vehicle rental administrator stands apart by having just positive audits as is enthusiastically suggested by movement discussion clients. Proprietor, Thorsten, answers inside the hour to requests during available time. 

U.S. Telephone Number: 1-917-477-7712 

Kid Seat: $5/day 

GPS System: $8/day 

Generally speaking Summary 


Adobe, Alamo, National, Service, Vamos, and Wild Rider give clear and complete rates on their sites. The other vehicle rental administrators were less straightforward with overcharges or duties, for example, air terminal expenses or deals charges. Valuing on extra additional items were not in every case simple to discover, and Avis, Thrifty and Toyota must be reached for these subtleties. 


Levels of correspondence have improved since the primary correlation, despite the fact that it would appear to be shrewd to demand a neighborhood number and affirm answers with the Costa Rica office of the global vehicle rental administrators, as universal visit administrators or those answering to messages, don't generally appear to be 100% certain about nearby strategies and may even give wrong data. 

Be set up to trade various messages so as to find full solutions to inquiries with various organizations: Budget and Economy were especially inclined to this - mentioning a ton of data so as to give a citation. It isn't nonsensical that individuals from staff working in a subsequent language may miss parts of an email, so present inquiries in clear and straightforward language. 

Live Chat on both the Budget and Vamos sites mean data can be given in a split second is as yet recorded, not at all like a call. 


The examination above shows that the estimating between organizations relies vigorously upon the season and vehicle class being thought of, instead of an obvious decision between pretty much costly rental rates. 

Clients need to think about the estimating of different things, for example, extra drivers or GPS framework, and families will need to look at vehicle seat rental valuing. Wild Rider offers the main extra driver for nothing, Vamos don't charge for any additional items, with the exception of the GPS, and when all is said in done, the global firms have higher charges for these additional items than the neighborhood organizations. 

So Who Do I Rent From? 

Unmistakably the neighborhood vehicle rental administrators are as yet besting the enormous names in their straightforwardness and client support when looking at their sites and online audits. The distinction from the past rate examination from two or three years prior is that the valuing has gotten more hard to liken. 

Adobe, Alamo, and National appear to rate well as universal vehicle rental administrators. It is significant that National is the most costly in high season for the halfway class, yet the least expensive in low season. Adobe and Alamo are center positioned for evaluating. 

Wild Rider is outstanding in having zero terrible surveys, however is just situated in San Jose and has an a lot littler armada of vehicles. Of the other neighborhood firms, Service and Vamos come out well and Vamos' free extra additional items will speak to financial plan disapproved of explorers and families with little youngsters. Administration additionally offers these additional items at low every day rates. 

Last yet Certainly not Least... 

In the event that you have made it right through this article, at that point you are set up to start your investigation into your get-away vehicle rental, outfitted with realities and prepared to perceive those costs that are simply unrealistic! Have a great (and moderate) get-away in wonderful Costa Rica! 

Presently you know everything, what are you hanging tight for? Get booking your rental vehicle for a life-changing get-away that you'll recall for quite a few reasons. 

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