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Jul 3rd, 2011, 06:16 PM
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International Driver's License in Costa Rica?

I'm renting a car through Thrifty in Costa Rica. First of all...anyone ever have issues with them? SEcondly, do my husband and I need to obtain international drivers licenses to rent there?
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Jul 3rd, 2011, 06:58 PM
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I used Thrifty once. They were pretty reasonable and friendly. Their vehicles were in great shape too. You can use an American driver's license to rent and drive.
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Jul 4th, 2011, 03:26 AM
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no recent experience with thrifty bad with some of the majors

in the past my worst with U-save and Avanti AVOID.

mapache.com top local they take my CC

for insurance save a lot with them usually

also servicecarrental.com my US DL works fine.

careful many speed traps go under 28 MPH through

smaller towns or big fines($500) under a new law.
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Jul 4th, 2011, 05:02 AM
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Oh, I've also heard about insurance when renting a car. Does my insurance at home or additional credit card insurance not count..do I HAVE to buy the additional insurance in country? What about bringing a GPS or renting one from Thrifty? Worth it?
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Jul 4th, 2011, 07:36 AM
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Costa Rica has a mandatory insurance you have to get directly through the dealers and they dont allow you to opt out. It is a bummer, because once I found a great rental deal and the insurance ended up to be more then the rental fee.
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Jul 4th, 2011, 07:57 AM
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In addition to the mandatory insurance, many companies will not allow you to use your credit card for insuring against damage to the car. The will tack on an extra $10 to $15 a day, it can really add up.
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Jul 9th, 2011, 06:52 AM
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WOW.great info. Thanks!
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Jul 9th, 2011, 12:31 PM
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Also, your insurance will not cover the cost of the tires. make sure you ask about this so it is clear. There are a lot of potholes here so I guess it is not cost effective to cover that loss. Perhaps this has changed, but I recently had a friend visit who blew out two tires, and he was responsible for the replacement of both of them. Safe travels.

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