• BEST - NO SURPRISES! - Your choice of insurance coverage


*IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DIY RENTALS & DISCLAIMER - Each of these wholesale brokers negotiate their rates and overages within the primary auto rental market. It is your DIY responsibility to check all details carefully as no two search results will be the same; everything varies based on availability, their price and markup, inclusions and exclusions, Rental Terms & Conditions, deposits, insurance options or services included at no extra cost. Ultimately, your DIY selection will be based on your close inspection and comparison of all factors, including, but not limited to those mentioned above. Prices and policy are those of the rental agencies' and are not those of Vida Travel Group.

Review Terms and Conditions of your rental reservation for all item required to rent a vehicle, including but not limited to;
• Your reservation documents.
• Credit Card - A valid credit card in the main driver's name. Sufficient line of credit on your card to support any deposit holds. Printed proof of credit card CDW insurance with card member name and card number included if you elect to use your credit card CDW insurance.
• Your Drivers License and Passport.

If DIY appears to be too much effort in spite of significant savings, we advise you to search elsewhere for your rental car.

At the rental agency counter you may be offered additional insurance coverage – to reduce or remove your excess, or to cover things your Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) doesn’t, such as tires and windscreen. While the rental car agent may be very persuasive, these options are solely your decision.

Please Note: If you reserve a DIY rental vehicle from one of these sites, that contract will be between you and the car rental agency identified on your voucher. Only you can choose the vehicle and insurance coverage that's right for your particular situation. The information provided herein is not intended to be a recommendation of any particular insurance coverage or provider.

While the information describes common practices in Costa Rica, other countries may have similar policies and practices. As always, contact the Rental Car Provider at your intended destination in advance for complete information.

Internet websites tend to offer the lowest stripped-down price point and are generally not accurate when it comes to the important topic insurance in local geographies. For example, Costa Rica Law requires Third Party Liability insurance (TPL). TPL or Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) or Collision Damage Insurance (CDW) are generally not quoted accurately online. While you may see online rental car listings including TPL, CDW or Full Coverage included, we urge you to be diligent and check with the provider in advance. Only the local car agency as named on your rental voucher can provide you accurate information on these coverage.

For DIY, it's your responsibility to contact the agency directly to determine exactly what coverage is included and what will be extra. They can be cagey, hoping to up sell coverage packages on site. If you are uncomfortable with the answer you receive, cancel and move on, its not likely to  be a better experience in the rental office.

If you intend to use your Credit Card's Primary Insurance benefit (CDW) for a rental you must tell them when when discussing your coverage so they can provide pricing and options in this case.

Do not wait until arrival to discuss insurance coverage. If you are unclear or uncomfortable after discussions with your local rental agency or if the agency refuses to allow you to use your properly documented Credit Card PRIMARY insurance coverage; you might consider booking with a different provider. As always, use your best judgement for your own situation.

Be sure to add any free additional options/drivers when making your online reservation. If you fail to do so, you can be charged $5-10 per day at the agency for that same driver.

NOTE: this discussion assumes your Credit Card provides PRIMARY Insurance coverage for international car rental; not secondary. Using your Credit Card coverage may require that a large security deposit of up to $7,000 be placed on the same card. Only your rental agency can tell you what this amount will be. It is your responsibility to have sufficient credit available on your card to cover this hold when you pick up your car. Use your smart phone to photograph or video every ding and detail listed on your agreement while you complete the walk-around inspection.