Cons: We expected to pay the amount Kayak offered, instead on arrival we were informed that the insurance costs along with a huge security deposit raised the cost x20 !!!
Walked out and changed our plan.
Unacceptable unexpected cost.
14 Jul 2016
Felt ripped off
Pros: The drop off service and the gps service were great.
Cons: When I got to the airport and showed the person at Economy my reservation he said that the confirmation was a estimate. I did arrive late and he said that the car I reserved was given away. I don't have a problem with that.
He asked me if I had insurance and I told him yes I did. He asked if it was through Allienze and I said yes. He said that since we are renting. 4 wheel drive vehicle that the policy I chose was not good and would have to get a policy from them. He also tried to sell me a car seat for my 10 year son.
So he continued to up sell me at every turn. I didn't feel comfortable in leaving that desk and trying to go to another rental company. I had my wife and three kids there and decided that I was going to pay for the rental instead of trying another company without English being the language spoken.
The confirmation through Kayak was at 280 dollars or so I ended up paying close to 700 with additional insurance that I am not sure I even needed.
24 Jul 2016
Insurance Scam in Costa Rica
Pros: Our vehicle was available upon arrival and drove fine.
Cons: We booked our Economy rental car through Kayak for about $120 total. However, when we arrived we were informed that we were required to purchase insurance for over $400 extra not including a $1000 security deposit on the vehicle. In total, we paid about $520 for a two week rental which isn't too expensive, but it was very upsetting initially when we walk in expecting to pay a little over $100 and end up paying over $500. So either Kayak or Economy should be a little more upfront about international car rental insurance.
2 Aug 2016
Worst Car Rental Ever
Pros: Car was ok
Cons: HIDDEN FEES GALORE! On top of that, I have asked the company for a breakdown of the fees, since what they charged my credit card is more than what the estimated receipt stated. I still have not heard back from them a week later. I can't believe this company operates like this, especially seeing all the other horrible reviews about them.
7 Aug 2016
Insurance is the cost
Cons: There was no information on the cost of the insurance in the booking information. Insurance, the compulsory portion, not the one paid by your credit card company (worth about $3), ends up adding 5 times the cost paid for the car.
$8/day for car, $38/day for insurance.
It would have been nice to know the costs up front!
18 Aug 2016
Pros: Car was great. Staff friendly and helpful.
Cons: Car was not completely full of gas.
22 Aug 2016
Terrible customer service
Pros: Near the airport.
Cons: Both picking up and dropping off the employees were the slowest I have ever seen. Dropping off took over 45 minutes and in the end I had to ask for a ride to the airport from a competing company as economy's van never arrived.
30 Aug 2016
Pros: Very durable
31 Aug 2016
Economy will try to steal from you
Cons: In addition to the standard hidden fees and insurance which make up a huge portion of the costs of rental cars in Costa Rica, economy charged us for an additional driver though we didn't have one, as well as damage to the car. They refuse to provide backup for the damage charges, and cannot show any documentation to breakdown the costs. I was told by the customer service rep that tney can charge whatever they want and we have no choice but to pay.
I am taking the matter to management at economy. I would never rent from them again.
If you rent from them be prepared for strong-arm tactics and additional charges
12 Sep 2016
Bait and Switch
Pros: Pickup was excellent, right from the airport quick and easy but, to drop off, you have to wait in line again behind anyone there including pickups; even if you purchased all the bells and whistles! If you have a time schedule with a flight to catch like most people, this is Not convenient at all. Although the customer service agent did his best for both. I don't think it was the people but, rather the system that needs improving..
Cons: The worst part was the bait and switch routine. The teaser rate offered online is NOT anywhere close to the real rate! Mine was supposed to be around $45.00 US. In reality it was $120.00 If you want the extra protections offered it added about $80.00 more, total of over $200.00!! Also, the car's rear axle or tire had a loud hum like either a bearing or tire was bad, noticeable at only about 10mph; seems like they should do a quick test drive after each rental.
Cons: After traveling from Boston for 9 hours we arrived to San Jose, CR. We had a whole vacation planned out and these people told us they had no car. They offered us a shuttle to San Jose and promise to call us the next day with a car. It never happened. We end up renting a car with budget but this services was a nightmare. DO NOT, DO NOT USE THEIR SERVICE!!!
2 Apr 2017
Pros: We rented an SUV from Alamo for three months in Costa Rica. The first SUV had a transmission problem and Alamo replaced it with a maintenance free vehicle. The vehicle ran fine for the remaining 2 1/2 months.
Cons: Our contract with Alamo was in dollars. However, Alamo in Costa Rica converted the charges to colons at the a favorable exchange rate for Alamo. This ruse is a way for Alamo to squeeze more money from unsuspecting Gringos. To resolve this problem I had to contact Alamo's corporate office in the U.S.
Cons: Radio not working!!
Insurance purchased from Alianz not relevant (had to cancel)
9 Sep 2016
Car rental Insurance in Costa Rica - Beware!
Pros: We were happy with the service and the vehicle in general was good. We did find our vehicle a bit squeaky and the shocks could have been replaced. Having seen the roads though, we understand why the vehicle was in the condition it was. The service was great and he took pity on us when he realized we weren't expecting the extra $800 in insurance and he threw in a GPS, which was a total life saver.
Cons: Please be aware that the cost of the vehicle rental does NOT include the insurance. The rental was estimated at $150 but when we got there, the mandatory insurance coverage took the total cost to $920 CAD. We had read about this, but we thought the credit card insurance covered it. With all the information printed out and in hand, we realized no cards will cover third party liability - which is mandatory there. The options were to put thousands down as a deposit and pay for any / some damages, or get full coverage for MUCH more per day. Please keep this in mind when booking a vehicle. And a 4 wheel drive is an absolute must if you want to drive any of the 'roads' in hard to reach but beautiful places.