Book Thrifty hire cars in San José

San José, Costa Rica
4 Feb — 11 Feb
Same drop-off
San José, Costa Rica
Fri 4/2
Noon
Fri 11/2
Noon
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Pros

" and clean"(in 2376 reviews)
"The "(in 959 reviews)
"So amazing from Brad"(in 242 reviews)

Cons

"Thrifty's was terrible."(in 203 reviews)
" inside."(in 69 reviews)
""Nothing, noe.""(in 2242 reviews)

Reviews for Thrifty in San José

Overall rating6.4 GoodBased on 37 reviews
Cleanliness
7.5
Comfort
7.0
Overall
5.6
Pick-up/Drop-off
6.5
Value for money
5.1

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3.2
Not the car or the value promisedPros:Not muchCons:The car we reserved on line stated it would fit 2 adults and 4 children with luggage. We were given a compact Mitsubishi Lancer that wasn't even big enough to hold 4 suitcases in the trunk. We had to put a suit case and all carry ons in the back seat with our 2 kids making for an incredibly uncomfortable ride. The car interior was in good shape, but the exterior was severely beat up with major dents all around the car. We should have known the advertised price was a scam. At the counter when we added the insurance (clearly advertised for $11/day) Our $60 pre-paid rental became nearly $300 when they required us to add ins for $227 for the 6 days!!! Bait and switch.Reviewed 18 Jul. 2017
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3.2
MisleadingCons:I had already bought insurance but was told it didn't work in Costa Rica and that I had to buy the insurance they provided. Nothing I said could change this. The insurance ended up doubling the price of the rental. I had also asked about the size of the SUV we were renting prior to arriving and was told it would hold 5 adults comfortably. Not hardly! Ended up having to pay an additional amount to have a somewhat larger SUV. Then on top of all that, they put a $950 deposit amount on my credit card making it unusable to me the rest of my trip. I have NEVER had a car rental company put that large of a deposit on my credit card. NEVER!! That pretty much wiped out my spending money as I only brought two credit cards with me for this trip. It really would have been nice to know all this additional expense before I arrived so I could have adequately planned.Reviewed 3 Jan. 2018
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6.0
Disappointed!Pros:The car was comfortable and easy to drive. They had an efficient check in system. Drop off was immediate upon return of the car.Cons:Know that Costa Rica car rentals require purchase of insurance which was an additional $42 a day. This was an unexpected charge and was not budgeted for. Also, we had a flat tire issue that we did not cause, and I know the agency would have no idea of our trustworthiness, but we got no help or guidance with this issue. Our hotel helped us find a tire two hours away where we drove to with the spare tire on.Reviewed 25 Dec. 2017
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10.0
Pros:Great customer service!Reviewed 20 Apr. 2017
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6.0
Cons:They should inform customers about Costa Rica's unusual insurance policy in advance.Reviewed 26 Dec. 2016
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5.6
Cons:When I arrived at the counter to pick up the car I was told purchasing the rental car's insurance was NOT optional, I had to purchase one of two plans, otherwise they would not rent the car to me. If the insurance was not optional, then it should have been shown in the original price of renting the car. A definite bait & switch which I didn't appreciate. $300 for the car, $250 for the insurance, kind of changes the value of the rental.Reviewed 12 Mar. 2020
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10.0
Easy airport pickupPros:Found the shuttle easily - they were pretty quick to drive me to the lot and got me processed fast.Cons:I knew about the mandatory insurance before hand so I wasn't shocked, but I can see how others would be.Reviewed 5 Jun. 2017
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4.4
Costa Rica Insurance ScamPros:The vehicle ran and did what it was supposed to.Cons:Read the fine print in your rental agreement. You might think you are getting a great deal until they force you to buy insurance from them stating that they do not accept any third party, this in my case more than doubled my rate. Very smug about the whole deal with a don't care attitude because they know they have you. He offered on more than one occasion to cancel the reservation.....sure I just arrived in a foreign country, don't know my way around....let me cancel it. This was by far the absolute worst rental car experience I have ever had in any country. Would never recommend Thrifty to anyone there or in the USA again. They have lost a customer for life.Reviewed 21 Mar. 2017
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10.0
Thrifty Car RentalPros:Very friendly service. Threw in a GPS for $5Reviewed 18 Jan. 2018
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6.0
"Estimated" price was very offPros:clean car, friendly staff, easy check in and check out.Cons:We were quoted an estimated 80$ rental. When we showed up, we had to pay nearly $500.Reviewed 19 Sep. 2017
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6.8
You should give customers a head's up about Costa Rica's insurance polPros:Car was nice, good on gas.Cons:If someone is renting from Costa Rica, you should tell them about the mandatory insurance purchase. My rental went from $63 to ~$400, by far my biggest expense this trip.Reviewed 10 May 2018
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6.8
Great service, good car, insurance was more than tPros:Service & quality of vehicle.Cons:Price of insurance. It was more than the actual rental.Reviewed 13 Feb. 2017
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Where can I find Thrifty hire cars in San José?

Paseo Colon, Calle 36-38, Thrifty car hires

Address

Paseo Colon, Calle 36-38

Hours

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

Phone

+506 4052 5210

Address

Juan Santamaria Intl Apo

Hours

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30

Phone

+506 4052 5210

Address

Centro Comercial Guachipelin

Hours

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30

Phone

+506 4052 5210

Good to know

Most popular location

Juan Santamaria Intl Apo

Most popular car type

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