Car Rental Questions Costa Rica - help

Old Dec 15th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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Car Rental Questions Costa Rica - help

I have a few questions:

Reading postings, it seems all of the in-the-know Fodor persons are renting their car from Tricolor in Costa Rica. Why is that? Are there other companies you like?

Also, what about insurance? Do you use a credit card that covers collision and damage, pay the rental company the CDW with the huge deductible or buy the super insurance?
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Old Dec 15th, 2007, 04:50 PM
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Good question, I will be watching the replies. I will be there 10 days and want to rent for 2 days in Mal Pais and 3 in Hermosa/Jaco
 
Old Dec 15th, 2007, 05:33 PM
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Just my 2 cents worth here, I rented from Hertz, Nov 10-18, near Liberia Airport. I took the required liability insurance, had a Dahaitsu Terios, and it came to just under $300/8 days.....
Take a look at Vacation City, a travel agency there, and look over their pricing on all the rental companies.
Have a great trip! We did!
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Old Dec 16th, 2007, 06:14 AM
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We also rented a Dahaitsu Terios but from Tricolor, because it was the less expensive quote we got including the collision liability insurance, and the fact that it had so many good reviews on this site. You can e-mail them or call them and ask for a quote and the insurance details. We pay at that time close to $270 for 9 days (2 years ago). We are renting from them again in Feb and they are charging us $230 for 5 days including the mandatory and the CDW insurance, free mileage, and all the taxes (again on a Dahaitsu Terios). We had a good experience with them (no waiting to be pick up, no waiting in line once we got there, good explanation on what to expect on the roads, helped us with directions to get to Poas volcano, fast ckeck out, and free shutle to the airport.) We did not have any accident or incident and we drove to Arenal, Guanacaste, and Manuel Antonio. Hope this helps.
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Old Dec 16th, 2007, 09:25 AM
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We go to Costa Rica every year for 5-6 weeks in January,
I haven't rented a car from anyone other than National/Alamo. They have offices everywhere and don't charge for drop offs.
Your Visa Gold should take care of some of the insurance leaving you to pay $7-8 extra per day.
Have fun on your trip.
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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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We always rent from Wild Rider (www.wild-rider.com) while in Costa Rica and had only good experiences. We requested an offer from several companies and they had the best rates and the lowest deposit.
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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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We rented a car from Tricolor. The price was included mandatory and CDW insurance, unlimited mileage and taxes. I didn't waive CDW since it was only $2 a day. When I got to the office at SJO, I was told it was not included third party liability insurance and it was $7 per day. I charged it on my mastercard and the tricolor agent asked if my credit card covered the CDW. I told him yes and he asked me to sign to decline the CDW. I then had to explain to him (twice) that the quote I received already included the CDW and I didn't want to decline CDW insurance. Other than that, car was in a good condition and I had no problem w/ them.
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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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Please see the post I just left, we are currently disputing a $4000 charge from Tri Color

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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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Thanks everyone for your responses.
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Old Dec 19th, 2007, 07:10 PM
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We used Sixt. Good experience. They delivered the car to us which was great. Pay extra for the cell phone and GPS. It's worth it. They also drove us in the car to the airport. This company provided CDW (minimal coverage)in the fee, could opt for extra. I think it was $9/day more. We did not get it. I have coverage through a number of other areas.

Have fun!
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