- ONLY MAJOR LOCAL RENTAL AGENCIES.
- BEST SELECTION and RATES.
- NO CANCELLATION OR CHANGE FEES up to 48 Hours prior to pickup.
- NO SURPRISES Using your credit card PRIMARY insurance document and mandatory TPL, no rental counter surprises!
The Costa Rica Government requires the purchase of mandatory government insurance fromthe rental agency which is quoted online here (or anywhere). When your car agency is named, contact them directly to ask EXACTLY what the required government TPL (third party liability) from the INS – Instituto Nacional De Seguros is, and ONLY this insurance, not an insurances package. If they REQUIRE an additional package or refuse to allow you to use your properly documented PRIMARY Credit Card insurance coverage; cancel via the Economy Car Rentals website and move on to another of the companies in the search results. Look for the numeric satisfaction score in your search results; Brilliant/Magnificent/Excellent is best. Be sure to add any free additional drivers when making your online reservation here. If you fail to do so, you can be charged $3-5 per day at the agency for that same driver.
Agencies can and do mark up the TPL, but usually not more than the $12-25 per day, depending on the car. Its the other optional insurance packages that add ADDITIONAL $25-45 PER DAY on top of the TPL to watch out for! As always, use your best judgement for your own situation and comfort when selecting auto rental insurance.
The agreements between this site, our partner Economy Car Rentals and and the rental agencies require that agencies allow the use of your Credit Card’s PRIMARY insurance if you produce the proper document and complete the rental on the same card you reserve. NOTE: it must be PRIMARY coverage. To use this requires a security deposit of approximately $3,000 or more be held on your card until the car is returned. It shows up as a pending, not a purchase. Use your smartphone to video or photograph every ding and detail listed on your agreement before leaving the agency.