The minimum age is 21. An underage fee of 20.00 USD per day will apply for renters 21-24. Young drivers should contact counter directly for full details.
All drivers must meet the same minimum age and driver’s license requirements as the renter. The additional driver charge is 5.00 USD per day for each additional driver. Additional driver fees apply to all additional drivers, including spouse. The young driver fee will also apply for renters 21-24.
Credit Card Hold: All rentals will require a deposit in the amount of the estimated total plus and additional security deposit based on car group rented and which protection options are elected and declined at the time of rental:
Security Deposit Required
500.00 – 3,000.00 USD
1,000.00 – 1,500.00 USD
Cash Rentals are not allowed.
Travel Vouchers are not accepted.
Debit cards may be accepted with the following conditions;
Customer must elect the total protection package
Customer agrees to an additional security deposit of 600.00 USD in additional to the estimated total
Customer acknowledges that said deposit may take 20-30 days to be fully refunded to their bank account
Taking your vehicle outside the Country
Not applicable. Cars are not allowed outside of the country.
Waiver and Protection Options
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
Purchase of LDW is optional. LDW relieves the customer’s financial responsibility to the vehicle. If declined the renter is responsible for up to the full value of the car if the car is driven in violation of the rental agreement, is abused or driven recklessly or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Check at the counter for additional details.
Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI)
Purchase of SLI is optional but highly recommended. SLI covers in case of accident to third persons or property. If the customer declines SLI, a security deposit will apply. If SLI is accepted, then the cost of the security deposit will decrease. See charge card hold above for details.
If local customers want to decline this coverage, they must demonstrate that they are covered by another insurance company.
Third Party Insurance Policies
Rental rates include third party liability for personal injury only (coverage provided is limited as required by law). Rental rates do not cover any third party property damage.
Third party insurance policies are not accepted by Budget Costa Rica. Customers wishing to rely on these policies purchased from third party web sites will have to deal with these companies directly in case of any damages. All damages will be the customer’s responsibility.
Some credit cards may provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, as a benefit of using the card to rent vehicles. Credit cards do not cover liability claims, and for this reason Budget recommends the minimum protection of SLI. The customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental. Any waiver must be discussed directly with the location upon arrival.
NOTE: DRO (Reduction Coverage) is required for local customers at the counter ONLY. Additional coverages may be available. Check at the counter for details.
Driving License and ID Requirements
A valid driver’s license from country of residence and a passport is required. International driving license is required only for countries with non-Roman alphabet. Rental must begin within 60 days of renter’s arrival to the country (after 90 days a license from another country is not considered legal).
At the end of the rental the vehicle must be returned with the same amount of fuel as it was rented with or fuel charges will apply. Refueling options are available at the time of rental.
Delivery and Collection
Delivery fees will vary depending on delivery area. Customer must call individual rental location for information.
A No Show policy applies at locations in Jaco, Liberia, San Jose and Tamarindo. Customer must cancel at least 24 hours in advance of rental to avoid a no show fee.
One Way Rentals
Cars can be returned to other locations in the country based on car availability. Fees vary according to distance between locations and depending on car group rented. One-way fees may also apply, in addition to one-way fees for any special equipment rented. Vehicles are not available for one-way rentals outside this country.
Special Equipment – All equipment is subject to availability
Child Safety Seats (CSS/CBS) – available for 5.99 USD per day
GPS – available for 10.99 per day
Cell Phone – available for 16.99 per day
Other equipment may be available. Check with reservations or the counter for additional details and availability.
Budget Costa Rica is a Smoke-free company, smoking is not allowed in Budget vehicles.
An Eco-Social fee of 2.90 USD will apply to all rentals
If the renter decides to use the express lane, the renter will be charged the standard non-discounted fee for the roads as published by the toll authority plus the convenience fee of 2.99 USD per rental day for each and every day of the rental or 70.00 USD maximum per month for use of this service.
All customers will be automatically enrolled in the RSN (Roadside Assistance Service) at a cost of 3.99 USD per day.
Terms of booking on this website
The rates on this website are often heavily discounted. This is due to our negotiated rates and bulk buying power. On very rare occasions, a rate may be displayed incorrectly due to our, or a vehicle supplier's error. In such a case, if you book with us at a quoted rate that is incorrect, we will notify you of any price change and give you the option to proceed or cancel. We make every effort to keep information on our site up to date, but we cannot guarantee this website is free of errors or omissions and retain the right to update or change the information published at any time.
To the extent permitted by law we/the owners of this website will not be liable to you or to any third party (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including but not limited to any accident, injury, delay or loss of enjoyment) arising out of your reliance upon information contained on this website, including but not limited to your use (or inability to use) any products or services described or procured through this website.
When you pick up your vehicle, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the supplier of the vehicle. Your rental and use of the vehicle will be governed by the terms of the rental agreement and any other documentation or information provided to you by the supplier at the time you pick up your vehicle. The rental agreement is between you and the supplier and we will not be liable to you or to any third party in relation to the terms of the supplier's rental agreement or any other documentation provided to you by the supplier at the time of pick up.
While we will make reasonable efforts to ensure we are representing only reputable suppliers, we make no warranty about the fitness or suitability of any third party (supplier) product or service and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness of any vehicle. We welcome feedback from our customers on their experience with our suppliers. We may, at our discretion, provide you with reasonable assistance in resolving any dispute you may have with a supplier.
Our total liability to you in relation to your use of this website and the information contained on this website will not exceed the dollar amount of the deposit we have received from you in relation to your booking/rental. Refunds will not be made for bookings cancelled due to inclement weather. Again, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance. Your use of this website is governed by the laws of New Zealand and the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
To make a booking you must complete our booking form which is easy to follow and secured with the latest encryption technology. Once we receive your form, we will, subject to availability, confirm your booking by emailing you a confirmation voucher and invoice.
If you are booking via phone, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions of the vehicle you wish to rent first. Our reservations consultant will ask you if you have read the terms and agree to them before proceeding. The onus is always on the renter to ensure they make themselves fully aware of the terms displayed on our website.
In booking on this website you acknowledge that we disclose your information to your selected Supplier in order to provide the requested rental services.
Vehicle capacity and fitness to drive
Under no circumstances are you permitted to carry more passengers than the vehicle you rent is legally registered to carry, and if you do your insurance may be invalidated. The number of seatbelts (and passengers) is indicated next to each vehicle on this website. Luggage capacity where shown is an indication only and we will not be responsible should you be unable to fit your entire luggage into a vehicle. It is your responsibility to choose a journey that is within your capabilities. A vehicle supplier can refuse to rent a vehicle to any person who is in their opinion unfit to drive or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances we will have no further liability to you.
In the event of cancellation, any deposit amounts paid at the time of booking are non-refundable.
If you are unsatisfied with our service, please contact us within 48 hours of placing your booking or request and we will work to resolve any issues and determine if compensation is due. In the event you have completed your rental and are unhappy with your vehicle, we are happy to assist you in seeking compensation from the operator of the vehicle.
This website is owned and operated by Online Republic Ltd. Our financial centre and marketing office is based at Level 4 Excelsior House, 6 Commerce St , Auckland, New Zealand. In Australia, we are based at Suite 3.01, 11 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004. Thank you for booking with us.
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