Need More Time? Read These Tips To Eliminate BEST CAR RENTAL

Car rental is a hot topic for vacationers headed to Costa Rica. เช่ารถสนามบินนครศรีธรรมราช Recent research conducted by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT) indicates that, after accommodations, renting an automobile is the largest expense, averaging $702 for an eleven-day vacation.

The Internet is buzzing with negative reviews discussing overcharging, poor customer service and mechanical breakdowns. You might have even written one yourself!

A typical midsize (3 – 4 adults) 4X4 rental runs between $58 and $65 daily with alternative party insurance and rates can vary up to 20 percent among car rental companies, so reading an instant review will be time well spent as soon as you calculate the savings.

Therefore the question is; which rental company supplies the best balance of fair price, capable customer service and reliable vehicles? I’ve researched everything for you, so keep reading!

Disclosure: This research was conducted in-may – July 2013. The following companies were selected because they are the most trusted in Costa Rica. Some are local companies; others are international franchises of recognized brand names. Comparisons include: customer support, pricing and the reservation process. The companies are listed alphabetically rather than based on personal or online preferences.
Consider this information before renting:

Insurance

One of the primary causes for complaints is from the stack of unforeseen charges presented to the renter once standing at the rental company’s counter. Vacationers are typically tired after a long flight and then are confronted by costs which were not anticipated, explained or budgeted.

Topping the set of grievances is the non-disclosure of fees linked to the mandatory third-party insurance at the time the reservation is made.

In accordance with Costa Rican law, every driver is required to carry liability coverage to insure against injuries to third parties. Car rental companies generally refrain from disclosing the expense of this policy in the quoted rental rate to appear more competitive. Mandatory third-party insurance can sometimes be around double the vehicle’s rental cost. The only real guarantee against insurance confusion would be to inquire if your estimate includes the 3rd party insurance and insist upon a written quotation.

Cost of Mandatory Insurance (also known as Third Party or SLI)

Expect to pay between $12 and $15 daily because of this insurance, according to the make and style of the rented vehicle and the rental car agency. This can be a legal condition of your rental agreement and is normally not covered by bank cards and cannot be waived. It’s a fact of renting a car in Costa Rica.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

As the name suggests, this isn’t insurance, but a waiver, which relieves the renter from any liability for damage to the rental car following the deductible is paid (usually from $750 to $1,500). Some agencies require renters to purchase their CDW policy; thereby negating any charge card program. For yet another fee, many agencies do offer a zero liability option where the renter will be free of paying for any harm to the automobile. Some companies may put pressure upon renters to purchase the zero liability coverage; however, it is entirely optional, unless it really is in the fine print of these rental agreement.

Charge card insurance programs may cover the CDW for accommodations vehicle. Check with your chosen rental car company to get which proof of insurance is necessary and then request that from your credit card company prior to arriving. If you use your credit card’s CDW policy, expect to pay an increased deposit on the vehicle; around $1,500 to $2000 is common. The higher deposit ensures that the credit card holder has enough financial reserves to cover damages if needed. It is important to consider that when using CDW coverage supplied by a credit card (in lieu of the rent a car operator), all damages will be billed to the renter’s credit card. The credit card company will reimburse the card holder for damages.