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Thrifty car hire prices in San José

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Reviews for Thrifty in San José

Pros

" and clean"(in 2376 reviews)
"The "(in 959 reviews)
", easy pick up."(in 959 reviews)

Cons

"Thrifty's was terrible."(in 203 reviews)
" inside."(in 69 reviews)
" is horrible."(in 203 reviews)
Overall rating7.3 GoodBased on 13 reviews
Cleanliness
8.3
Comfort
8.3
Overall
7.2
Pick-up/Drop-off
7.3
Value for money
6.4

Recent reviews

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2.0
Scam artists in disguise. Original quote was for less than $400, after 30 minutes, they would not let us leave the lot until we agreed to all sorts of expensive coverage, totally $860Reviewed 10 Apr 2024
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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
review fromkayak
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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5.6
The final cost was 3 times the price I bookedPros:New car and easy drop offCons:When I booked the car and chose Thrifty the price was 175. At the end it cost me 540 with all taxes fees etc. There was no way to get it for 175. I feel I was misled and will not recommendReviewed 15 Feb 2018
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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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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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4.8
Insurance ripoffPros:Good pickup location and quick to the counter to pickup the car.Cons:We had a letter from Chase credit card as they required from the thrifty Costa Rica website. He wouldn’t accept it- “it doesn’t state amount covered” - it stated up to the entire value of the car. So we were forced to buy the coverage since where else are you going to go. DO NOT TENT FROM THRIFTY AT THE SJO AIRPORT!Reviewed 31 Dec 2017
review fromkayak
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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2.0
Sucks!!Pros:Nothing!! Never again!!Cons:My mom passed away so I had to leave earlier then planned. They were going to charge me for turning the car in early. So....i left and my wife turned the car in for me and they charged me $50 because I wasn't there to turn it in. If they are the last rental car company with a car.....i will walk.Reviewed 27 Oct 2017
review fromkayak
6.0
"Estimated" price was very offPros:clean car, friendly staff, easy check in and check out.Cons:We were quoted an estimated 80$ rental. When we showed up, we had to pay nearly $500.Reviewed 19 Sep 2017
review fromkayak
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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5.2
Credit Card information stolen from Thrifty Car RentalPros:Good clean carCons:Highly inflated "full coverage" price My credit card information was stolen from rental agency and within one hour of leaving Thifty with our rental car, 4 (FOUR) fraudulent charges appeared on card. Thifty was the one and only time the credit card ever left my secure "scan-safe" metal wallet. Fortunately, Visa noticed the "irregular" charges and froze the card. But, very disappointed. Don't risk it!Reviewed 7 Jun 2017
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Where can I find Thrifty hire cars in San José?

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

Mini

Top tips for hiring a car from Thrifty in San José

  • Choosing to book a Thrifty car rental in San José is a great decision for any traveler. Thrifty, with its established reputation, offers both affordability and stellar service. Their widespread presence in San José, particularly near major transit points in the city, provides renters with easy access to their preferred vehicles. Their consistently well-maintained fleet ensures that renters get a reliable vehicle that's up-to-date, giving them peace of mind on San José roads.
  • For those seeking a reliable vehicle in San José, Costa Rica, Thrifty car rentals offer a variety of choices. Their fleet includes both compact cars, suitable for city navigation, and larger vehicles prepared for Costa Rica's diverse terrain. Whether you're visiting San José for business meetings or venturing into the countryside, Thrifty car rentals in San José ensure that you have a vehicle suited to your needs.
  • In the bustling city of San José, Thrifty Car Rentals stands out as a dependable choice for many travelers. One of the highlights of booking a Thrifty car rental in San José is their Blue Chip Rewards Program. This loyalty initiative is designed not just as a thank-you gesture but as a comprehensive benefits system for frequent renters. Every time you choose Thrifty in San José and beyond, you gain points, which can be utilized for a multitude of advantages. Apart from the standard benefits, such as expedited reservation processes and swift check-outs, members can also enjoy complimentary rental days.
  • Reliability is at the heart of Thrifty car rentals in San José. Beyond just providing vehicles, Thrifty's team ensures each renter's experience is smooth and hassle-free. From the moment you make your booking to the time you return the vehicle, their dedicated staff is on hand to assist with questions provide local insights before you ever leave the facility and help troubleshoot any challenges that may arise throughout your rental period.

FAQs about hiring a car from Thrifty in San José

  • Where is the best pickup location for booking Thrifty Car Rentals in San José?

    Thrifty Car Rentals in San José is ready to serve the influx of travelers with its pick-up location close to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Recognizing the needs of international and domestic travelers alike, Thrifty ensures that visitors to the city experience minimal delays in transitioning from their flights to their on-ground transportation. This ideal placement not only means quicker access to a vehicle after a long flight but also provides a seamless start to their San José adventures. Thrifty aims to make the rental process smooth and hassle-free for every traveler arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport.

  • What are the different car rental amenities or benefits offered when you book a Thrifty car rental in San José?

    Thrifty Car Rentals in San José takes pride in delivering a consistent and reliable rental service. Their fleet variety accommodates every traveler, whether you're in need of a compact car for city drives or a spacious SUV for longer excursions. Thrifty is proactive in meeting specific vehicle brand or model requests whenever they can. In the event a requested vehicle isn't available, they ensure a suitable alternative is on hand.

  • Where can you find optimal parking spots for Thrifty car rentals in San José?

    San José, as Costa Rica's bustling capital, demands a strategic approach to parking. While you'll find metered parking throughout the city, it's crucial to be aware of parking zones and restrictions. Downtown San José offers several secured parking lots, ideal for those wanting peace of mind. For travelers staying in local hotels, it's ideal to check if the establishment provides guest parking. As with many urban centers, always keep an eye out for signage indicating parking rules, especially in busy areas or residential zones.

  • What is the most popular car hire from Thrifty in San José?

    Mini (Suzuki Jimny or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type from Thrifty in San José.

  • How many car hire locations does Thrifty have in San José?

    Thrifty has 3 hire locations in San José. Take a look at our Thrifty hire location map to find the best car hire near you.

  • Does Thrifty have a car hire location at the airport: Juan Santamaria Intl airport (SJO)?

    Yes

  • Does Thrifty offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Juan Santamaria Intl airport (SJO)?

    Yes