Alajuela car rentals

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
31 Jan — 7 Feb
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Pick-up locationAlajuela
Rental locations15
Airport locations12

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Rated #1
Ace
Best rated
4.3 Okay (58 reviews)
1 location in Alajuela
Ace
Locations in Alajuela
Across from Hampton Inn Hotel+506 2105 3466
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
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2.0 Mediocre2020 Jan 02
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 Mediocre2019 Dec 30
Pros: Staff was available and responsiveCons: 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 Okay2019 Nov 30
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 Mediocre2019 Nov 05
Pros: NothingCons: 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 Okay2019 Jul 18
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 Mediocre2019 Jun 03
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.
8.8 Excellent2019 May 23
Pros: Great car! We took it on some pretty rough roads and it handled them no problem.Cons: This rental was not handled directly by Ace, but locally by "Toyota rentals" or something like that. They did not accept my Allianz travel car insurance, purchased in advance, and instead required that I purchase (more expensive) insurance directly through them.
6.0 Good2019 Apr 01
Cons: Better disclosure regarding mandatory LDW rates in Costa Rica and/or offerings of affordable local car insurance.
3.2 Mediocre2019 Mar 25
Pros: NothingCons: It’s a scam. There should have been a lot more information about the “required insurance” beforehand. Added $300 to the rental. The car was a piece of junk that could barely get down a dirt road even though it was a 4x4. It rattled incessantly, shook when turned too hard. Terrible.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Mar 24
Pros: NothingCons: Everything Classic “bait and switch” on car and insurance rates
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Rated #2
Budget
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Alajuela
Budget
Locations in Alajuela
3km From Intl Apo+506 2436 2000
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Excellent2018 Jan 24
Budget was greatPros: Smooth pick up and drop off. Was shuttled back and forth from my San Jose hotelCons: Bought supplemental insurance from Allianz from Kayak site that Budget in Costa Rica didn’t accept. Wasted $90
Rated #3
Payless
5.7 Okay (15 reviews)
1 location in Alajuela
Payless
Locations in Alajuela
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 Okay2019 Mar 03
Cons: Car rate with Insurance is a RIP. Spent more on car rental than hotel for a week.
3.2 Mediocre2019 Feb 27
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 Mediocre2018 Dec 30
Had a break failurePros: NothingCons: 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 Good2017 Dec 07
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 Good2017 Jun 27
Bait and SwitchPros: 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 Good2017 Jun 04
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.
2.0 Mediocre2017 Apr 15
Didn't rentPros: Office was closed when we arrived late because of plane delay. No message sent to our email. Luckily, Dollar rental was still open and had a car for us - excellent experience with them.
4.8 Okay2017 Jan 09
Pros: Drop off location was fine.Cons: Pickup location "insurance" requirement - see my previous post.
3.6 Mediocre2016 Sep 08
A Big ScamCons: They made me purchase insurance even though I already had pay it ahead of time thru a third party company. They said that the minimum amount I had to pay per day was $40 dollars otherwise I couldn't rent the car.
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Rated #4
Economy Rent a Car
2 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Alajuela
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Alajuela
Alajuela Airport Boulevard+506 2299 2000
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2.0 Mediocre2017 Feb 26
FRAUDELENT!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!
Target Car Rental
2 locations in Alajuela
Target Car Rental
Locations in Alajuela
Alajuela Downtown
San Jose Airport
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Avis
1 location in Alajuela
Avis
Locations in Alajuela
Ruta San Antonio Del Tejar+506 2509 5950
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
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EC Rent a Car
1 location in Alajuela
EC Rent a Car
Locations in Alajuela
Provincia de Alajuela, Rio Segundo, , Costa Rica+506 7004 0090
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GREEN MOTION
1 location in Alajuela
GREEN MOTION
Locations in Alajuela
ALAJUELA AIRPORT Office is located across from Hampton Inn Hotel+506 2441 1411
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Alajuela
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Alajuela
San Jose Airport
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MEXRENTACAR
1 location in Alajuela
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in Alajuela
Route 3 Rio Segundo
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Move Mee
1 location in Alajuela
Move Mee
Locations in Alajuela
Alajuela International Airport
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NU Car
1 location in Alajuela
NU Car
Locations in Alajuela
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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Right Cars
1 location in Alajuela
Right Cars
Locations in Alajuela
San Jose Airport
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75 travelers who rented a car in Alajuela gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.6

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