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should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

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should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

We are flying into San Jose and flying out of Liberia and will need a car rental for the first 9 days if not the whole time. Economy appears to be the best rate on line - are we better to prebook from home or wait until we are in San Jose? (We will be picking up the car when we leave San Jose - not driving in the city). Thanks! Dawn

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1. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

Much better rates available typically if you prebook. Check tripadvisor reviews for Economy car rental before you book with them. Other recommended companies can be found under Top Questions at the upper right corner of the costa rica forum main page.

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2. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

I would definitely search this forum for discussion of Economy car rental. You can order the search results by date to get the latest.

Some good alternatives include Vamos, Adobe, Alamo, Toyota, National, Budget.

Remember that the old saying "You get what you pay for" may be true in this case.

And yes - definitely pre-book.

Edited: 11 January 2013, 17:22
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3. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

We have had good luck with Adobe and Alamo in the past. Be careful that you're comparing apples to apples as some advertised rates include tax; some don't; some include basic insurance; some don't.

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4. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

Economy Rent a Car - After all these years still nothing but a bad news agency. They never seem to learn. I like XploreCR's recommendations of Adobe and Alamo. First question to ask yourself is do you really need a rental car? Get to Tamarindo via shuttle bus, relax, then rent a car here only if you need one. Many residents and visitors ride bicycles or walk. What a nice change of pace to not have to drive!

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5. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

Nothing else I can said about Economy...maybe...stay away from them...

If you book a car...do not prepay anything...

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6. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

I think that is much better than you book before you coming, is for made you sure that you going to found a car, try to get the better price. these is a few place that recomended:

1- Hola

2- Economy

3- Alamo

4-Adobe

5- Butget

Good luck!

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7. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

Despite BW Vista's recommendation, I would NOT include Economy on a list of "recommended" agencies. They have had LOTS of problems and you can read about a lot of them by just searching here on the forum.

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8. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

Save yourself time and headaches by pre-booking, then you are clear what you are paying (at least you should be) and won't be haggling at the counter when all you want to do is get to a hotel room. Economy do not get the best reviews on this forum for various reasons. Adobe, Service, National, Vamos and Alamo are rated far more highly for customer service, car condition and pricing.

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9. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

Yes - prebook

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10. Re: should we prebook the car rental or book when we arrive?

That's exactly what we did and it was so nice to not have a car. If you want to do a day trip, you can always contact one of the drivers that Trip Advisor folks use. We had an awesome one that picked us and returned us to the airport but he would have done other trips as needed.