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juan santamaria international airport

Average Pick-Up time: 51-60 minutes

5.3 Out of 10 (6 Reviews)

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Birder54 Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019, 1:37 PM

Horrible service - not just me, many others. Each customer's transaction took 30 minutes or more - there was a long line and only 2 desk clerks. Waited more than an hour -- and then there were no cars available for at least another hour. Again, not just me -- many other customers. When I returned my car a week later, a whole new crop of customers was going through the same agony.

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Selifel Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019, 2:34 PM

According to Car del Mar, the rental car should be picked up directly at the airport. That's not true. We were taken to the budget store with a shuffle, although this was not far, it was not the booked. Arrived there we had to wait 1/2 hour until an employee took care of us. After that it did not have a manual Toyota Rush anymore, as paid and supposedly reserved, but we got a Daihatsu, so a class lower. Afterwards a long discussion about additional insurance, although I have clearly stated that I have insured everything about Car del Mar incl. You said then, you can not clarify that because Car del Mar is not available (time difference). Since my English was not so good and my insecurity now very large insurance I then in addition to the occupant insurance nor the Minimun to insurance booked. All in all, my credit card was now additionally charged with CHF 352.80 in the budget. So I think the communication between Car del Mar and Budget is inadequate. Budget would have to be informed about the already booked insurance in advance somehow in writing. Incidentally, we were not the only ones who had to face this dilemma that day and did not get the car that was reserved for them and had a lot of discussion about insurances. The whole thing has certainly dragged over 2 hours, because some had to wait for cars, as they came back and still had to be cleaned. The car return was OK.

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Bridget Reviewed on Feb 3, 2019, 4:08 PM

I rented a car off Carrentals.com for 10 days in Costa Rica thru Budget. My reservation breakdown was $13.60/day ($136) + estimated taxes and fees of $31.24 + the Collision Coverage sold by Carrentals.com (offered by Allianz) for an additional $99. I expected to arrive in Costa Rica and spend approx $267 on this rental car. Well that sure didn't happen. The minute I arrived the guy at Budget informed me that my insurance was inadequate and that I needed to purchase more. I was immediately skeptical, so I stepped aside and called Allianz to confirm. Allianz informed me that the Collision Coverage was indeed not full coverage and only covered me if someone hit the car (not me hitting anyone else). What a scam. I had to buy Budget's additional coverage for an extra $200 and on top of that they put a credit card hold deposit for over $1,000! Never again.

We collected 6 reviews in total for all stations in San Jose, San Jose, Alajuela, Costa Rica with an average score of 5.3/10.
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Car rentals in San Jose: All you need to know

A San Jose car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what else the rest of the region has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most popular questions about car rentals in San Jose. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.

Where do I find a great deal on a rental car in San Jose?

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  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
  • Check the fuel and mileage policies. You don't want to be surprised with any added costs
  • Don't rent more vehicle than you'll need. Typically, the smaller the car, the lower the rate

Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.

What rental suppliers have outlets in San Jose?

We have around 21 car rental providers that you can choose from. We have budget-friendly names like Budget and Thrifty and global ones like Advantage and Hertz. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.

What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in San Jose?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in San Jose. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to read over our table below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:

How old do you have to be to rent a car in San Jose?

Typically, to rent a car in San Jose you must be at least 21—the same as it is across most of the country. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to determine what the exact charge is before you rent your car.

Do I need insurance to rent a car in San Jose?

When cruising through San Jose or the rest of country, you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you pick up your automobile. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover you while traveling through CRI.

The major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will generally cover your car rental. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering larger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to San Jose.

What are the different fuel policies?

Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.

What fuel policy should I get?

Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the San Jose.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in San Jose?

Unlimited miles is a good choice if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over San Jose. You can drive as much as you want without incurring additional charges. Go over your policy to discover if there are any restrictions.

Before you leave the lot

Be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot on your San Jose adventure. You should:

  • Walk around the car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
  • Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
  • Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
  • Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

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