Rental Car policy on "PAVED ROAD??"

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Jul 20th, 2005, 08:31 PM
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Rental Car policy on "PAVED ROAD??"

Hello, all

I am beginning to think I researched too early for my travel...getting too much info...

I was going over Lonely Planet forum and found one case of rental car getting robbed and burnt down, after getting stuck on muddy road. I understand rental car insurance only cover damage when vehicle is driven on "paved road" only.

What is likely hood to stay on paved road in costa rica? I was looking at BnB roadmap and realized about 50% is dirt road....I am confused..does that mean I need to go around to use paved road? what is point of renting 4x4 if we have to stick to paved road all the time??

Thank you very much for your help all!!
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Jul 21st, 2005, 05:45 AM
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Don't forget about the tire policy rider- basically you are responsible for replacing tires as needed on most rental cars in CR
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Jul 21st, 2005, 08:41 AM
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The insurance covers you on a dirt road in a 4x4 NOT a regular car
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Jul 21st, 2005, 11:33 AM
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Before we went to Costa Rica I had my husband call our Platinum Master Card company, to check on the "full insurance" coverage. Hubby did call and he said we were covered for driving the 4x4 in Costa Rica. He specifically asked about a 4-wheel drive vehicle as that was what we were renting.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 12:12 PM
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Ahh, so 4x4 can go dirt road under insurance coverage in costa rica? guess this person rented non- 4x4 and got stuck ...sad story but we all should read this before we go =)

I know it is bad..but it is kinda funny how it happened...sorry greengirle if you are looking at this thread..

http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/me...entid=0&from=1
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Jul 21st, 2005, 12:49 PM
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i forgot about that thread on LPTT- I guess the person was in a SUV after all
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Jul 21st, 2005, 01:30 PM
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so..if you follow all the policies..you are not supposed to travel on dirt road in costa rica...I am confused haha..
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Jul 22nd, 2005, 07:13 AM
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Tricolor has no limitations on driving a 4x4 on an unpaved road.
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Jul 24th, 2005, 11:08 AM
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I was the driver in a serious auto accident last June that totaled the rental car. The accident was not on a paved road.

I took the minimum required insurance and I was required to pay the $2,000 deductible. I also had travel insurance from CSA and that covered the $2,000, hence I did not have to pay anything.

I suggest travel insurance. Good luck and BE CAREFUL!!! Some of those roads in CR are NASTY.
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