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Why book with Stress Free Car Rental?

We don't call ourselves Stress Free Car Rental for nothing! Our mission is to make the car rental procedure as simple as possible.

Just let us know and we'll do the rest - it really is that, well, simple!

When you complete your booking on the website you'll receive a booking confirmation email with all of your rental information included. Confirmation emails include directions to the car rental collection desk and opening hours. If your rental includes car hire insurance, all of the documentation will be included with the email

When you book a rental vehicle with Stress Free Car Rental you will always know how much you're spending in advance - no scary fees, no hidden costs.

We don't hide any charges, we are transparent from the get-go.

Would you like to hire an SUV, a people carrier, minivan or convertible at Costa Rica?

At Stress Free Car rental, we compare deals on a large range of vehicle categories. Whether you’re looking for a small car to run around town, or perhaps a large SUV, a people carrier or a convertible for a road trip around | Costa Rica, we’ve got you covered.

Trying to find a car rental that's a bit special when you’re in Costa Rica? The Prestige Car Hire category compares prices for premier car manufacturers such as Range Rover, Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

Driving with a lot of luggage? Want to transport a lot of stuff with you but not quite enough to justify a van? It could be that one of our estate cars will meet your requirements. We include estate car prices from all of the brands you can trust in Costa Rica.

If you're travelling with 2 large suitcases, we suggest looking at a rental in the Large Car category. These cars come with plenty of space for 4 or 5 passengers and several bags.

We compare a wide selection of small cars, including Fiat 500s, Ford Kas, Nissan Micras and many more, ideal for navigating narrow streets but keep in mind that you’ll be restricted on luggage space so be sure to pack light. .

Picking up your Costa Rica Car hire with a debit card and other payment options.

You can pay with Visa, American Express or a Mastercard debit card or credit card issued by a bank or credit card company when booking your rental on our website.

One thing to think about when deciding if you want to use a debit card when collecting your car, car rental companies frequently block an insurance excess on the lead drivers credit card, the credit card hold can be a large amount of money and if you decide to pay using debit card this will be debited from your bank account and not refunded until a couple of weeks after you've returned the car.

When you include Essential or Basic Cover with your rental, it usually means that you’ll need to present a credit card in the name of the lead driver on collection of the car. You will usually be given the option to pay for a top up policy by the hire partner on collection, this then enables you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.

You can book using a number of currencies including US Dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR), South African Rand (ZAR) and Canadian Dollars (CAD).

It is practical to understand the alternative payment and currency options for your car hire in Costa Rica, as some payments for extras (like GPS and extra drivers) might need to be settled in local currency (by credit card or debit card) on collection.

Car rental excess, security deposits and insurance

We get how daunting picking a hire car excess cover product can be. The charges that make up the price of hiring a car are often very confusing, these can include:

  • The cost of hiring the vehicle
  • Any extras (e.g. child car seats & sat nav)
  • Insurance costs

Stress Free Car Rental offers three levels of car hire excess cover, basic, essential and premium and we help you find the hire car that suits you, your family and your trip. You're able to view the details of these on the extras page of the site when making a booking.

Many car hire websites mask the insurance excess and security deposit prices in the small print. Customers are then shocked when the amount is taken from their debit card account or the amount is held on their credit card. We think this is wrong and can really hinder your holiday plans which is why we work differently at Stress Free Car Rental.

Stress Free Car Rental's Premium cover

Premium insurance is the highest level of car hire cover we provide.

So that you're able to make an informed decision regarding which car rental insurance product is best for you, we work closely with our car rental partners to give you the option to purchase a Premium cover product.

Choosing Premium Insurance is completely optional, you can also opt to purchase Premium Cover at the collection desk, It can be cheaper to book this up front on our website at the same time as you make your car rental booking.

Lots of our clients decide to choose the Premium Cover option when they're are renting a vehicle because it usually brings the excess down to zero meaning that the customer has no large security deposit or car hire insurance excess risk. You can also often collect the car using debit cards with Premium Cover if using a credit card is a problem.

On our website it's possible to buy Premium Cover alongside your vehicle rental, so that you understand the full price of everything before you pay.

What are we all about?

We work hard to make sure that car rental on holiday is stress free!

To be listed on the site, all cars have to include a full to full fuel policy and complete transparency regarding pay on collection costs.

We offer a variety of small family cars to twelve-seater MPVs along with convertibles and hatchbacks.

Our range of cars have cover for theft, damage and third party claims.

Review the cheapest car hire prices in Costa Rica from brands you can trust, including National, Thrifty and Europcar.

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Frequently asked questions about car rental in Costa Rica

For my car rental in Costa Rica, how can I reduce the insurance excess?

Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier in Costa Rica. You can easily find the lowest security deposit options using our search filters

Can I cancel my rental in Costa Rica if I change my mind?

Yes, you can cancel your booking with a full refund anytime up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

Is the car hire fully insured?

Car rentals in Costa Rica are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.

What do I need when I collect the car in Costa Rica?

To collect your car the lead driver should present a Valid driver's license, Passport or National Identity Card, Credit or debit card in the lead driver's name, Home and local (hotel, villa etc) address and a Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection will be clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.

Are there any hidden charges in your prices for car rental in Costa Rica?

We work diligently to make sure that the prices you see on our website for your car hire include all costs. Including anything you need to pay when you collect the car in Costa Rica

Why Stress Free Car Rental is different

There's a wide variety of reasons why we're different from our rivals but to start, it's important to recognise that Stress Free Car Rental exists because of our own frustration with the process of hiring a car.

Stress Free Car Rental checks millions of cheap car hire deals at 1000s of car hire locations to source the best offers and ensure that booking them on our website as fast, simple, simple, fast and Stress Free as possible

Stressfreecarrental.com work hard to ensure that we provide customers with all of the best car hire prices in Costa Rica with no hidden fees.

The reason we decided to do things a bit differently is because we got frustrated with seeing people getting shortchanged and felt like we could provide a better service.

Car hire providers we work with include the main car hire companies like Enterprise and Hertz there are some companies we know will not give you the price or experience that you deserve - so we do not include these on the website.

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