A friend ("S") JUST gave up living in Costa Rica (for Latvia) & returned a car she had been leasing from Budget Car Rental at SJO Airport (they also have one in Liberia Airport).
When "S" told me she was paying around $650/month (prices have since gone up) - my first reaction was “That seems quite high” but when you consider how EXPENSIVE buying a car is here, to say nothing of what a pain in the tush maintenance (finding let alone installing new parts!!), YOU don't need to do the marchamo or retive, maintenance - NADA!!!! To me, those things ALONE would make it WELL worth leasing!
Here’s what I pulled together after speaking to Helen in the office a few minutes ago:
MINIMUM PERIOD OF LEASE:
Maintenance (they even include pickup/return &/or switch out the new car), inspections, marchamo & retive are covered PLUS THEY do it for you - PLUS - going on a trip? You can leave the car at their SJO or Liberia Airport location when you’re traveling & they’ll check out the car while you’re away!!! plus they provide you with an airport shuttle. It includes Deductible Coverage (meaning you only pay the deductible which is $1,300 for an Accident & $2,000 for a Theft), normal wear & tear, insurance (3rd party coverage), etc.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Foolish driving (drunk, drugs, fools [like driving across rivers, dirt/off-road, pot holes - these are my words/thoughts not Budget’s]).
Varies on if it’s a new or used car & for new cars, length of lease.
Used: $720 (Toyota Yaris) to $1,602 (Toyota Prado-automatic, seats 7).
New: 12 months $728- $2,231. The price goes down on 24/36/48 month leases. (all subject to change)
PERK: When leasing a NEW vehicle, you get a FREE GPS (MUCH MUCH MUCH NEEDED in Costa Rica!!!)
Used Car: 1 extra months deposit.
New Car: 2 extra months deposit.
(of course you loose this deposit if you don’t honor your contract)
Individual/Private: Credit CARD (NO Debit Cards), Copy of all driver’s Passport, each Driver’s License & last 6 months credit card statements.
Corporate: Cedula Juridica, last fiscal period statements & Driver’s License of all who are driving it (extra drivers are free but you’ll need their driver’s license).
Helen Esquivel speaks GOOD English & is at Budget’s SJO airport location (2-436-2000 / HEsquivel@Budget.co.cr).
***Make sure to tell Helen that Vicki with Costa Rica Resource Guide sent you & she’ll take GOOD care of you!!!***
Vicki in Escazu