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Thrifty Car rental

Lompoc, California
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Thrifty Car rental

Has anyone had recent experience with Thrifty Car Rental in San Jose? We used them 5 years ago, bought their insurance package, and all was ok. Now we do not want to purchase insurance and use our credit card insurance. Any advice? We have seen nothing but bad reviews about them.

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Tampa, Florida
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3,612 posts
51 reviews
1. Re: Thrifty Car rental

I recommend Vamos and also that you read the fine print in your credit card insurance policy. AmEx won't cover full size SUVs or incidents on unpaved roads. Save the money only if teh terms of your insurance seem reasonable for what and where you'll be driving.

Even if you don't rent from Vamos, they do a really good job of explaining how car insurance works in CR on their website.

Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews
2. Re: Thrifty Car rental

The only insurance your CC will cover is the damage to the rental car. IE collision. It won't help with the Costa Rica liability insurance. ( damage to other cars, property and people etc. NOT the rental car). Insofar as waiving collision damage DO check, as suggested above, what your CC will and won't cover.

Most agencies will try, of course, to upsell you...

Enjoy your trip. It's a great country to visit.

Edited: 20 November 2017, 07:13
San Jose, Costa Rica
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38 reviews
3. Re: Thrifty Car rental

Find another rent a car…

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Alajuela
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493 posts
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4. Re: Thrifty Car rental

As far as I know Amex does now cover full size SUV's (they didn't a couple of years ago). No car company will cover failed river crossings but where did you see they wont cover "unpaved roads" on their Premium Insurance program?

Berni

Pura Vida Hotel

Tampa, Florida
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3,612 posts
51 reviews
5. Re: Thrifty Car rental

It was very clearly stated. Maybe my policy is different. If I can find it I will post it.

Canada
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376 posts
41 reviews
6. Re: Thrifty Car rental

Avoid Thrifty at SJO at all costs.

These guys are crooks.

Tampa, Florida
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3,612 posts
51 reviews
7. Re: Thrifty Car rental

This is the policy linked to my AmEx card:

https://www.americanexpress.com/content/dam/…

I had called and asked about clause IV 7, this exclusion: off-road operation by the Authorized Driver of the Rental Vehicle;

I was told that this translated to unpaved roads. Since very few roads we travel on in CR are paved, I have not taken a chance since getting that answer. We go there so often I didn't want to press our luck.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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50,868 posts
38 reviews
8. Re: Thrifty Car rental

Once again…avoid them…

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Alajuela
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493 posts
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9. Re: Thrifty Car rental

Did you find the answer about full size SUV's then as well? Berni

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