Car Rental Partnership with Toyota

Let's remove the issues! Should you rent a car or not in Costa Rica? Well about 70% of our guests do and all come back safe and smiling (well almost all except for those who got nagged to death for not asking directions). But about those car rental agencies?

We like the idea that the paper you sign for with a car rental company has the price you will pay for. There are plenty of car rental agencies to choose from in Costa Rica - we have used most of them. Our experiences have varied from a perfect 10 to "something we did not expect".

Toyota Car Rental (a division of the Toyota main dealer in Costa Rica) has provided excellent guest experiences and consistently competitive prices. Most importantly if they say they will bring the car at 8am, it is there. If we quote you a car model or a car year, that is the model you get not "or similar". None of our guests have to wait at rental counters or try to muddle their way through a rental discussion in Spanish. We insist our car agency is reliable, delivers your car to the Pura Vida breakfast table (or wherever we have agreed to deliver it) and won't argue with you about normal wear and tear when you turn the car in. These are the basics of car rentals to us. We have worked with Toyota since 1983. They know us and we know them - should there be even the slightest issue we know how to work together to resolve it.

 



Toyota Yaris 2WD - manual or automatic, gasoline

 




Daihatsu Bego (owned by Toyota) 4WD - manual or automatic, gasoline

 




Toyota RAV4 4WD - manual or automatic, gasoline

 



Toyota Fortuna 4WD - automatic, diesel

 




Toyota Landcruiser Prado 4WD -automatic, diesel

 




Toyota Hiace 2WD Van 12 passenger - manual, diesel

 



Toyota Sequoia 4WD Full Size Luxo barge

THE PURA VIDA HOTEL CAR RENTAL PROGRAM FREEBIES

  • free drop off at any Toyota office in the country
  • 1 additional driver at no cost
  • unlimited mileage
  • free delivery and pickup anywhere near us or at the Pura Vida Hotel
  • if we have cooler available take it with you on the trip
  • throw us the keys at the end of your trip (what we call Pura Vida check in :-))

THE PURA VIDA HOTEL EXPECTATIONS

  • we quote a car model and year, you get that car model and year not "something similar" that turns out to be a completely different car
  • you will only have a near new car, invariably this year or last
  • you have any issues on your trip you can call us or Toyota at any time
  • you will have the car delivered where you want it and you drop it off where you want to
  • nobody will be arguing with you about "normal wear and tear" when you turn in the car
  • your car rental rep will speak excellent English

Just email us for your quote. Email: info@puravidahotel.com

A 2WD FAVORITE, THE 4 DOOR YARIS

For buzzing around town or a quick haul to the beach, try the economical Toyota Yaris 2WD. Great trunk space for an economy car too. Has automatic and manual option to save a few dollars a day. Zippy and economical.

  • 5 passenger/1500cc gasoline
  • manual or automatic/4 door
  • air bags/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE NEWEST DAIHATSU TERRIOS BEGO 4WD - GO ANYWHERE IN COSTA RICA:

(Daihatsu is owned by Toyota), an excellent compact all wheel drive with good ground clearance and great gas mileage. Yes and a decent luggage space for 4 people if you bring soft sided luggage. We have rented this many times - the perfect on and off roader for Costa Rican roads. Take a manual transmission and save a few dollars a day or order the automatic and take the driving easy. This is our most popular rental.

  • 5 passenger/1500cc gasoline
  • manual or automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE LATEST MID SIZE TOYOTA RAV4 4WD:

A mid sized, manual or automatic. Very zippy, decent gas mileage and a great 4WD for those roads across the top of Arenal and Monteverde. A bit more space than the Terrios Bego for those taller folks and a bit more luggage room for 5 if you use soft sided luggage.

  • 5 passenger/2400cc gasoline
  • manual or automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE TOYOTA FORTUNER 4WD FULL SIZE:

Another all time 4WD - the big diesel engine is both clean emissions, quiet and very economical. Full size with extra seats. Our last trip to the Zona Sur in a borrowed Fortuner was done on 1 gas tank going down. Great space, extra seats in the trunk area and fits 4 to 5 comfortably with plenty of luggage. NOTE: despite what other car companies may say, we do not advise 6 or 7 persons in these full size SUV's as there will be no space for your luggage.

  • 7 passenger (not with luggage)/3000cc turbo diesel
  • automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO 4WD FULL SIZE:

A little bit bigger than the Fortuner though not by much in interior space and not really worth the extra premium you'd pay for the Prado. NOTE: despite what other car companies may say, we do not advise 6 or 7 persons in these full size SUV's as there will be no space for your luggage.

  • 7 passenger (not with luggage)/3000cc turbo diesel
  • automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

 

THE TOYOTA HIACE 12 PASSENGER 2WD VAN:

When you have the need to transport a small army of kids or relatives, the Toyota Hiace is the best deal - for about the same price as the Fortuner. It is however 2WD so ask us about your route and we can advise how it will work. Also there is no automatic option for this van.

  • 12 passenger/5 rows of seats
  • 3000cc turbo diesel/automatic/5 door
  • airbags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA:

Big and expensive but quite nice eh? In addition, for those aspiring rock stars, overpaid wall street bankers or the supremely paranoid, there are a small compliment of bullet proof vehicles at extra cost.

  • 7 passenger/5 rows of seats/4600cc V8 gasoline
  • automatic/5 door
  • air bags/electric windows/A/C
  • radio with MP3

THINGS YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT COSTA RICAN CAR RENTAL

  • For all quotes in Costa Rica make sure they include the mandatory basic insurance (a government requirement for all rentals - all rental insurance in Costa Rica is provided by the government run INS agency). The insurance can be reduced a little if you take CDW (Collision Damage waiver) coverage on your credit card. Check with your card company if your credit card covers CDW in Costa Rica. If you get a quote from the internet (e.g. Expedia) and the price is too good to be true, they forgot to include the mandatory insurance.
  • If you want to remove the deductible on 2WD vehicles and 4WD Bego, the zero deductible insurance (covering damages to the car) is another $16 a day or add another $5 if you want to cover car theft. For the bigger 4WD (Rav4/Prado/Fortuner etc) the zero deductible on damage to the car is another $18 a day and your car deductible on theft will be $3000. You can decide these at the time the car is delivered.
  • The English speaking agent delivering the car can help you with any insurance options, cell phone or GPS - let us know ahead of time if you want the GPS which is $10 a day. We have excellent maps at the hotel for purchase in addition to the free Toyota map.
  • If you want to do a one way rental just let us know where you'd like to leave the car. By arrangement with Toyota, our guests have no drop off charge if they leave the car at a Toyota office or at the Pura Vida Hotel.

Just email us for your quote.


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