Renting and Driving a Vehicle in Central America

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1. Posted by caguide (Budding Member 15 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

If you are staying for some time and it is in your budget and requirements, renting a vehicle can give one a special freedom to travel and explore..just follow some simple guidelines stated below..I have ommitted all commercial information but the town is Granada in Nicaragua...

"Rental cars

I used ...... rental car for my 10 days of travel here. ......... of
......., at the...... Hotel, was very helpful. The first vehicle was a
Toyota Hilux diesel 4x4 pickup truck. We went 120kph(80mph) on the
Pan-American Highway, and climbed muddy, rocky, steep hills on
Ometepe(using 4L). The truck was comfortable and handled all driving
situations really well. I would buy one. They are about $23,000 new and
$15,000 used(in good shape).
For a 7 day rental, it was $56/day plus the $41/day full insurance that
I am happy to pay. Nothing curbs my fun like worrying about a $2,000
deductible and a presigned credit card slip waiting for me to bring
back a vehicle in not so pristine condition.
There was no mileage charge. We put on 1,300 kilometers(800 miles).
Full insurance coverage included:
Collision and Theft.
Wheel Rims, Tires, and Windshield.
Vandalism and any other minor damages.

The second vehicle was a (Daihatsu) Terios. I think it is Korean. It
was a four passenger, 4x4 that did well on the atrocious road to San
Carlos. I would have preferred the Toyota but is wasn't available.
Still, the D-Terios went through some very bumpy roads, deep
puddles(er' ponds!), and thick mud. It was $53/day for a three day
rental. Same insurance rate as above. Both vehicles had air
conditioning and CD players. 15% tax on the total.
Important Points: (Courtesy of ......)
1. Park in a parking lot, not on the street.
2. If the tank is full, return it full.
3. Additional driver is only $2/day."

from bloq of a friend now traveling in Nicaragua.