Rental car at Liberia Airport

Feb 17th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Rental car at Liberia Airport

Is there any reason not to rent a car through on of the "big" companies, like Avis, Budget or Hertz? Are any of these better than the others in Costa Rica/Liberia? Also, we need 4-wheel drive. Is it reasonable to assume that an SUV will have it?
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Feb 17th, 2012, 10:38 AM
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We got a 15 day small 4WD Suzuki Jimney from Solid (office across the street from the airport) for ~$500. Great rate, nice little car, no problems with service at all.
(The "big" companies aren't closely connected to the US headquarters; don't think there's much benefit.)
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Feb 17th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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mapache.com #1 local in LIR for me they take my CC for car rental insurance saves me boatloads all their SUV have $WD.
Under $200/week for me usually.
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Feb 17th, 2012, 01:24 PM
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Costa Rica rental car companies "take" the collision/liability insurance offered to clients by major credit cards; be sure to bring a letter or print out the page of fine print (just in case) from your cc company showing that you are covered, or you could be on the hook for another ~15/day! (Just do your research; ask for a quote that includes YOUR provided coverage)
(Looking at Mapache, the Jimny from them is $324 + 18/day = $450/week in high season, $401 in low season! http://mapache.com/car-suzuki-jimny-manual.html )
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Dec 9th, 2014, 06:20 PM
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Recently rented a car with Marpache, based on what I had read above. I called them and got a fantastic price as they said the CDW would be waived if I brought a letter from my CC company. I called to verify the agreed upon terms about a week before leaving, and also had the quote emailed to me. Well, it was a complete scam and if I was to get the insurance "waived" the "special quoted rate" was now going to cost me more than the price with the insurance. I got the complete run around, was lied to, even talked to the gentleman (and I use that term loosely) that I had previously received my quote from and the all I got was someone talking in circles. Don't use them if you want an upfront and honest rental.
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