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Vamos Car Rental

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We just returned from a week-long trip to Costa Rica. We rented a 4 x 4 from Vamos in San Jose. I would not hesitate to rent from them again. Their rate was by far the lowest rate we were able to find on a 4 x 4 for the week and their service was great. We were met promptly at the airport when we arrived and were shuttled to the rental office. There was no one else there and the paperwork went quickly. Once back in San Jose for our return, we were again alone in the rental office and the paperwork was promptly processed and we were then shuttled to the airport. Our 4 x 4 was not brand new but it was certainly more than functional for our needs for the week. All the agents we dealt with at Vamos were friendly and efficient and I would recommend them highly.

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Great experience with Vamos Rent-a-Car

My husband, sister and niece visted Costa Rica for the first time from Nov. 6 to 16, 2018. As we were planning to stay in three locations: Playa Hermosa on the Pacific Coast, El Arenal, and Santa Elena/Monteverde, we rented a Mitsubishi Montero. We reserved it well ahead of time, from Vamos Rent-a-Car, because I had read many positive Tripadvisor posts about this company.

A very congenial Vamos representative picked us up promptly at the Liberia airport and drove us the short way to the rental office. The rental arrangements went smoothly. I presented a letter from my credit card (Desjardins Odyssey Visa) stating I had CDW insurance. It was accepted without hassle. The vehicle we received was quite new and in excellent shape.

Unfortunately, the vehicle sustained damage near the end of the trip. We were charged $2,700US, the estimated repair cost, by Vamos upon returning of the vehicle. Collecting this money back from from my credit card insurance required substantial paperwork. This was extra work for Vamos Rent-a-Car, but they came through with everything, and were pleasant to deal throughout. A big commendation to Jose Andres Rodriguez, Fleet Manager, who handled the paperwork, and also to Alex Villalobos, the Operations Manager. I am happy to recommend Vamos Rent a Car, and would certainly rent from with them again.

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would use this company again with no problem. David took care of us and was very professional. All worked out very nice. Hope to see you again David Thanks so much for all you info Dennis and Jeanne walker

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After reading a great deal of negative information about the complications of renting cars in Costa Rica, I researched every option and settled on Vamos. First of all, it is necessary to realize that car rentals in Costa Rica tend to be expensive regardless of what company you use. There are mandatory charges that simply cannot be avoided. If you recognize the fact that car rental is going to be a major expense and you budget accordingly, that will reduce some stress!

Vamos was an excellent choice for us! We knew exactly what we were going to pay because they do not try to hide any charges. What they quote is what you pay. Whenever I emailed them, they got right back to me immediately. They had someone waiting for us at the Liberia airport to transport us the 5 minutes to their office where it took about 20 minutes to get the paperwork done and then we were on our way. Everyone that we dealt with in their office spoke English perfectly. We had to cut our vacation short by a week and they made that alteration in our rental agreement simple for us. They redid our paperwork and were very understanding and flexible.

Vamos takes the guess work out of car rental in Costa Rica. I highly recommend them!

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We rented a Suzuki Vitara (mid-size 4x4) for two weeks in March 2019. Our experience with Vamos was perfect from the airport pick-up, handover of the car, the car itself the return, also knowing the exact cost in advance. Would definitely recommend. Also, if you are going anywhere other that on the main routes you definitely need a 4x4 - some of the roads we went on were very interesting..........

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We just returned from a dental trip to Costa Rica and while there rented a car from Vamos for 3 of the days.It was one of the best car rental experiences ever. I researched beforehand and even contacted Budget. Budget refused to take my insurance even with a letter from my credit card company. Vamos gladly accepted it and made the process easy with no hidden fees. The people in the office were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend Vamos.

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How much did the rental cost through Vamos? I am planning a trip to costa rica with my boyfriend. When I put in the dates I would be their 06/10-06/20 on vamos it said my total car rental cost would be 1700 I thought that was extremely expensive am I doing something wrong on the vamos website?

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If your credit card company will cover insurance(not the mandatory, but the typical collision) , the price should be lower. $1700 does sound high, try emailing to be sure that you didn’t miss something... I guess it depends too, on what type of car you requested. We used Vamos both times we traveled, and it was flawless.

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We used Vamos Rent a Car for our two week vacation. We had a great experience with this company. We asked for the car to be delivered to our hotel and the person that showed up was on time and professional. We paid a small fee for a cell phone that had Waze loaded and it was extremely useful during our trip. The quoted price was exactly what we ended up paying and there were no surprises. We will use them again.

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We went to Costa Rica last December. We rented a 4 x 4 from Vamos in San Jose. I would not hesitate to rent from them again. Their rate was by far the lowest rate we were able to find on a 4 x 4 for the week and their service was great. We were met promptly at the airport when we arrived and were shuttled to the rental office. There was no one else there and the paperwork went quickly. Once back in San Jose for our return, we were again alone in the rental office and the paperwork was promptly processed and we were then shuttled to the airport. Our 4 x 4 was not brand new but it was certainly more than functional for our needs for the week. All the agents we dealt with at Vamos were friendly and efficient and I would recommend them highly. As for getting the GPS package, I would skip it and just use Waze. We had no trouble. The vehicle was quite a little workhorse getting us up and down hills and gullies we weren't sure about navigating.

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I'm glad to see someone from the company responding. You say it's rare that your cars are delivered with less than a full tank, well I just rented a car from you that came with 2/3 tank of gas. This was my first time renting from vamos. No one offered to go fill it while I waited. I don't know what the paperwork says yet. I am returning the vehicle this morning. I plan to return it with the same fuel level I got it, if there is an extra charge we will have a problem.

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