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Terms & Conditions

Age Requirements

The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 25 years. Customers aged between 21 and 25 years, must rent with our Program Under Age. The cost is $10 per day in green season and $20 per day in high season. Drivers under 21 cannot rent.


*GENERAL DIRECTIONS* The principal Local Office: RETURNS: Same as pickup, If the customer wishes to leave the car in another office, he must pay a fee (drop off). AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Not available only in Airports.

Credit Card Policies

Budget in this country accepts Budget Charge Cards, American Express, Mastercard, Visa. Note: Credit cards without raised numbers on the front of the card are not accepted in Costa Rica. All rentals will require a deposit in the amount of the estimated total, plus an additional security deposit ranging 500.00 USD to 3,000.00 USD, depending on car category and protection options elected and declined at time of rental.

Customers choosing to decline the minimum coverage will require an additional credit card security deposit in the amount of 3,000.00 USD. Customers electing the minimum coverage accept ultimate financial responsibility towards the rented vehicle.

Driver's License Requirements

Valid driver's license country of residence and passport are required. International driving license is required only for countries with non-Roman alphabet. Rental must begin within 30 days of renter's arrival to the country (after 90 days a license another country is not considered legal).

Travel Into Other Countries

Cars can be returned to other Budget locations within this country based on car availability. Fees vary according to distance between locations and depending on car group rented. One way fees may also apply to any special equipment rented. Vehicles are not available for one-way rentals outside this country.

Optional Coverages

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is optional. Purchase of LDW relieves the customer's financial responsibility to the vehicle. If declined, the renter will be responsible for the full cost of the damage if the car is driven in violation of the rental agreement, is abused or driven recklessly or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Check at the counter for additional details and coverages. Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, as a benefit of using the card to rent vehicles. The customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental. Credit cards do not cover liability claims, and for this reason Budget recommends the minimum protection of SLI. Any waiver must be discussed directly with the location upon arrival.

Debit Card Policies

Debit cards are not accepted.