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*No Surprises: Choose the insurance coverage you deem necessary for your particular situation. The information provided here is intended only as information. Site does not recommend any particular coverage. While the information relates to Costa Rica, other Latin American countries have similar policies. Seek current information form Vida Travel or rental car provider identified after booking.
The Costa Rica Government Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) requires the purchase of mandatory Third Party Liability (TPL). TPL or SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance) is generally not quoted online. While you may see listings with Full Coverage listed, these comments are added by the rental company parent and you must check with the local office as your car agency is named. Contact the agency to ask EXACTLY what the required government TPL (third party liability) from the INS - Instituto Nacional De Seguros is going to cost on a daily basis. Tell them you are using your Credit Card Primary and that you only want a quote on TPL, not a package. If they REQUIRE an additional package or refuse to allow you to use your properly documented Credit Card PRIMARY insurance coverage; cancel via the Economy Car Rentals website and move on to another of the companies found in the search results. Look for the numeric satisfaction score in your search results; Brilliant/Magnificent/Excellent is best. TPL is usually not more than the $13-25 per day, depending on the car's value.
The other optional insurance packages that add ADDITIONAL $25-45 PER DAY on top of the TPL! As always, use your best judgement for your own situation. Be sure to add any free additional options/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.
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 Insurance coverage, not secondary. 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 smart phone to photograph every ding and detail listed on your agreement before leaving the agency.