Alajuela car rentals

Alajuela car rentals

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
1 Jul — 8 Jul
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Alajuela car rental reviews and directory

Ace

3.9

Mediocre

59 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

5.3

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

3.9

One location in Alajuela

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Across from Hampton Inn Hotel

+506 4036 7431

Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing to like. I booked a Jeep for 5 people and they told me that they could only offer me a 4 seater with no trunk.

Cons:

Have the car that you booked available.

3.2 Mediocre

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was available and responsive

Cons:

I was told online my price would be $277. I get there and they charge me $530. They initially give me a car that brakes don’t work and my husband wrecks into a car in front of us. They show no remorse although the situation could have ended much worse (I.e wreck on the highway going 70mph). They bring us another car but it’s the exact same brand- we still feel very uncomfortable about the brake situation so we ask for a different type of car and they just give a hard no. Zero remorse. Deceiving prices and little remorse or attempt to make the situation right make this a poor experience.

4.4 Okay

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

They did finally change the car for us after telling us previously there weren’t any other cars.

Cons:

When we were quoted for the price it was $34 total for 6 days. However, when we arrived we were told there was an obligatory insurance we needed to get (in-spite of my credit card having an international plan). The price quickly changes from the quoted $34 dollars (which supposedly included taxes and fees) to $300. We ended up paying an extra $50 more for the full insurance (since we were worried what they would try to charge us for if anything at all happened) so it came to $350. When we asked why it changed so drastically they said that it was because of the extra fees and taxes (which the website had said were included.) I had originally picked a Jeep but the confirmation email was for an SUV instead (So that was strange). When we got the Jeep it had no gps or even a usb charging port . When we asked about this the man told us he should go by Walmart in order to get one for the car. When we complained he said that they didn’t have any other cars and then finally offered us a carport charger that he had that we could borrow. When we left the seatbelt light turned on and wouldn’t stop beeping (even though we had our seatbelts on.) finally we had to turn around and return the car. We also realized there wasn’t even a middle seatbelt in the back of the car. They miraculously had a different car for us then. Overall- not a good experience. Would NOT recommend. We do speak Spanish as well fluently so it wasn’t like anything but was “lost in translation.”

2.0 Mediocre

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I have a printed confirmation from you for $110.00. In fairness it does read estimated taxes and fees $57.12. Confirmation # CRF8702737. After paying for a shuttle to the isolated offsite I was told the rental was $450.00 no negotiation and he kept pointing to the estimated taxes and fees. Extremely deceptive business practice. While Adolfo in customer service was very good and resolved my issue I would highly reccomend these deceptive business practices and disclose to your customers what the actual fees will really be.

4.8 Okay

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Charged us an extra $420 'compulsory' insurance on our $115 rental. We were not allowed to opt out of it even though we already have rental car insurance. This was a scam and made our rental 4 times more expensive than originally booked!!

2.0 Mediocre

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Had to pay a ton of money once I showed up to the counter, as the Allianz insurance recommended on the Kayak website and that I had paid for was deemed invalid by the Ace staff at the pick-up point. I had to pay from $50 I had paid online to $300 at the point of pick-up.

Cons:

Misinformation should be cleaned up from the Kayak website regarding the Ace rental details and charges.

1 out of 17

Avis

5.4

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.4

Value for money

4.2

2 locations in Alajuela

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Juan Santamaria Intl Apo

+506 2293 2222

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30
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Ruta San Antonio Del Tejar

+506 2509 5950

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30
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9.2 Excellent

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in and check out were fast

Cons:

Car could be in better condition ( probably it suffered a small crash in the previous rentals)

4.0 Okay

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Forced us to subscribe their expensive insurance despite having paid one online

4.8 Okay

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was high quality. Comfortable.

Cons:

Extra charges. Bad service. Simply a ripoff

2.0 Mediocre

May 2022

KAYAK
Do not rent from Avis in Costa Rica. They were not responsible or reliable when my rental car broke down. My family was stranded for 5 hours on the side of the road, and even after getting towed Avis continued to be negligent. Worst rental car experience of my life.

2.0 Mediocre

May 2022

KAYAK
Upon arrival with a prepaid rental agreement through a third part I was told a car was not available for me. After being made to wait for an hour, a car was found. However, in the stress and confusion of the situation, I did not realize that Avis had charged me $3000 on top of the already prepared full amount of $1000. The matter is still not resolved three weeks later. Contacting Avis has been impossible. Avoid at all costs. This company ruined my trip.

10.0 Excellent

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Excellent service in every respect. The price seemed high, but that was the best I could get at the time. My suggestion to anyone traveling extensively off the main highways is to get an SUV or other vehicle made for off-road driving.

6.0 Good

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Renter beware: count on your final price being about double what you are quoted. Costa Rica manages to slap on a number of mandatory fees and unavoidable insurance policies that shoot the price up exponentially.

8.0 Excellent

Apr 2022

KAYAK
The price could have been better and more up front. With the insurance it more than doubled the cost!!

2.0 Mediocre

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Would never rent from Avis again. Waited 2+ hours for car scheduled pickup in advance. Gave us a car with a flat tire and dirty. Many customers arguing with them over what insurance was covered by credit cards - they upcharge you for insurance on arrival a huge amount, added 50%+ to our total after booking. Terrible experience.

1 out of 8

MEXRENTACAR

4.6

Cleanliness

4.6

Comfort

4.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

4.6

One location in Alajuela

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Route 3 Rio Segundo

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2.0 Mediocre

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Showed up later than planned and they gave my car away and told me they only had one left but told me they were gonna charge me more per day then I was supposed to pay for the whole week

2.0 Mediocre

Feb 2022

KAYAK
On arrival at San Jose, the representative told me that I was 2 hours late and they had rented my car to someone else. When I asked for my deposit back they refused. They were rude and threatening. I spoke to their manager by phone and he was dismissive. I have not yet received my deposit.

1 out of 1

NU Car

4.3

Cleanliness

5.3

Comfort

5.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.2

Value for money

4.1

One location in Alajuela

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1.4km E. Of Holidayinn Express

+506 2442 6000

Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Mar 2022

KAYAK
We liked the air conditioning but that’s the end of our praise for the vehicle. While driving with my family inside, the brakes failed without warning and left us narrowly avoiding a head on collision by using the hand brake. When we called Nu Car rentals they had the nerve to suggest the brakes possibly failed due to “the way we were driving.” The truth was that the tires were all almost completely bald, but had been painted black to look newer. The spare tire on the back had deep gouges and was also deceptively painted with a fresh coat of black paint. This was one of the scariest experiences I’ve ever had while driving. It took them a full 48 hours to replace the car and when they did they brought the same exact model and make car with even more miles! The car whose brakes had failed appeared to be a much older model than the registration indicated. A google search of the vin number resulted in a much older year as suspected so we are assuming the rental car company is altering and then lying to clients about the age of its vehicles which is indefensible. We wouldn’t recommend anyone use this car service and we will also be pursuing legal liability actions against them to the extent that is possible.

6.0 Good

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Finding the shuttle wasn’t easy. Too many taxi drivers along path to shuttle. Very happy with staff.

6.0 Good

Mar 2022

KAYAK
The 12 seater van we renter had NO storage space for luggage. None. The windshield wipers were old and not cleaning the windshield properly. The office told us we must get their insurance, supposedly it was mandatory. They would not let us use the insurance provided by our credit card issuer claiming we would have to have it printed out and stamped with a round stamp from the card issuer confirming they would provide the insurance. Racketeering? Unethical behavior? The van did its job, did not break down but smelled a bit and was too small for 12 people.

2.0 Mediocre

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Original price was $245 for 9 days. Upon arrival it was now $700 for insurance and a $500 security deposit. What a scam.

2.0 Mediocre

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Horrible Company to rent a car from. The vehicle was a piece of junk. They charged $397 declined insurance fee or $377 mandatory insurance fee... complete rip-offs! Getting in touch with someone in case of an emergency is almost impossible.... never again.

8.0 Excellent

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Pretty easy rental transaction, once we got all the insurance issues worked out. The one main issue I have is that they don't publicly tell you that you have to have BOTH liability and comprehensive insurance in Costa Rica, which essentially doubles the cost of your car. So whatever you see advertised as the "price", double it so you include all the insurance you need to buy.

1 out of 5

Budget

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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3km From Intl Apo

+506 2436 2000

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30
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10.0 Excellent

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Smooth pick up and drop off. Was shuttled back and forth from my San Jose hotel

Cons:

Bought supplemental insurance from Allianz from Kayak site that Budget in Costa Rica didn’t accept. Wasted $90

10.0 Excellent

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Smooth pick up and drop off. Was shuttled back and forth from my San Jose hotel

Cons:

Bought supplemental insurance from Allianz from Kayak site that Budget in Costa Rica didn’t accept. Wasted $90

1 out of 1

Economy Rent a Car

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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Alajuela Airport Boulevard

+506 2299 2000

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2.0 Mediocre

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The reservation was booked on Kayak.com for approximately USD $144 for 2 days. Upon arrival they claimed to have absolutely no inventory, then, after waiting ~2 hours, they colluded with a partner rental company and charged my credit card USD $1,000.00 for a 2 day rental. Criminal!

2.0 Mediocre

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The reservation was booked on Kayak.com for approximately USD $144 for 2 days. Upon arrival they claimed to have absolutely no inventory, then, after waiting ~2 hours, they colluded with a partner rental company and charged my credit card USD $1,000.00 for a 2 day rental. Criminal!

1 out of 1

Payless

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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Juan Santa Maria Intl Apo

+506 2430 4647

Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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4.4 Okay

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Car rate with Insurance is a RIP. Spent more on car rental than hotel for a week.

3.2 Mediocre

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Knowing that insurance for three weeks would cost $1,500 and that I needed letters from my insurance company and credit card company to verify insurance would have been honest. I was very unhappy to learn this at the counter after a day of traveling. Dishonest practice.

2.0 Mediocre

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Paid $800+ for 5 days, but when I stated the riding, the ride was really bad. Still choose to use it for 5 days. During 5th day driving down from Irazu Volcano, the break failed suddenly.. Holding the hand break and pressing break pedal didn't stop the car. To avoid life threatening accident, I had to hit a post to stop the car. Still wife is suffering with pain. When I called Payless to report the incident, amazed to know that no question about if the passengers are ok.. After 2:45 hours got a replacement car, with dirty smell from the rear side. After reaching the payless rental place to return the call, when I explained these incidents, their reaction was the worst, it's almost like who cares if the break failed or the replacement call smelled.. Will find out the options to take action. Don't rent from Payless if you are going to Costa Rica.

6.0 Good

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Good customer service.

Cons:

Windshield wipers were useless. Interior light was broken. Had to lock and unlock car with the key ie the key buttons were broken or battery was dead.

6.0 Good

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Availability of vehicles on hand and excellent customer service.

Cons:

The cost that was presented during the online booking process did not remotely come close to the actual cost during the car rental pickup. I ended up paying close to $1,000 overall. Also, I paid for full coverage for car insurance online as part of the online booking process so it can be ready upon pickup. But Payless did not honor the online car insurance purchase and therefore in order to finalize the car rental transaction with Payless I had to purchase their car insurance. Although Payless provided great service and had excellent cars for rent I did not appreciate the blatant disparities in cost and having to purchase 2 full coverage car insurances. I don't see myself renting from Payless again.

7.2 Good

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The Costa Rican mandatory insurance was not included in part of the cost. Also, the brakes were very spongy, forcing me to use the emergency brakes down steep hills.

1 out of 3

EC Rent a Car

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

2 locations in Alajuela

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200 meters west from Casino Fiesta Rio Segundo Alajuela, Costa Rica

+506 2105 0648

Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
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Provincia de Alajuela, Rio Segundo, , Costa Rica

+506 7004 0090

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Target Car Rental

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

2 locations in Alajuela

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Alajuela Downtown

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San Jose Airport

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FlexWays

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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Juan Santamaría International Airport

+54 11 6009 3539

Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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GREEN MOTION

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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ALAJUELA AIRPORT Office is located across from Hampton Inn Hotel

+506 2441 1411

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keddy by Europcar

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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San Jose Airport

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Move Mee

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

Locations in Alajuela

Alajuela International Airport

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NextCar

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

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600 meters East of the Airport

+506 7004 0090

Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00

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Right Cars

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Alajuela

Locations in Alajuela

San Jose Airport

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120 travellers who rented a car in Alajuela gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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Most popular car type

Mini

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Top tips for hiring a car in Alajuela

  • Book your rental car in Alajuela at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Alajuela are around -8% cheaper than other car types, on average

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