There are numerous options for rental cars in Puerto Vallarta. Below is a current list of companies servicing the PVR airport.
A few of the major rental car companies in Puerto Vallarta advertise low rates online to draw you in and get you to commit, but once you’ve landed at the airport, are weary from hours of traveling, and have your family and luggage in tow you are given the very upsetting news that the rental fee you have already paid does not include everything. You unfortunately discover that the rental car company will be tacking on fees for taxes as well as liability and collision insurance. These extra fees can often bring your final cost up to almost twice the online advertised rate. Unfortunately, it’s much too late to change your mind now, as your family is standing there tired and wanting to hurry up and get going to the resort so you can all begin your holiday. And if you’ve booked online through a third-party site like Expedia, even if you wanted to just cancel and walk out the door you would be out the money you had already paid. And good luck trying to get a refund after your vacation. So even though you are upset you finally agree to sign the rental contract, take the keys and drive away. And believe me, that’s not a good way to start off your vacation in Puerto Vallarta. There is nothing more frustrating than thinking you’ve been taken advantage of during your first few hours in a foreign country.
When it comes to rental cars, from our own personal experience Gecko out of Bucerias is the most honest and reputable company we have dealt with in Puerto Vallarta. When you go online to their website to reserve a vehicle and ask for a price quote, the rate they give you includes all taxes and insurance. THERE ARE NO HIDDEN COSTS for their rental cars. On the day of arrival you will need to leave an $800 security deposit on your credit card. The $800 is actually the insurance deductible that will be needed if there is a collision or if you damage the vehicle. On the day you return the car without damages you will pay the rental fee and you will receive a refund for the security deposit. Adam and Lalo and the rest of Gecko’s bilingual staff are some of the nicest and most helpful people we’ve come to know. After getting burned by a few of the other rental car companies, we finally heard about Gecko from neighbors in our condo complex and we’ve been renting from Gecko ever since. And although they have a large inventory of rental cars, most especially during the high-season months their rental cars do tend to book up quickly. We recommend reserving your rental car with Gecko as soon as you purchase your airfare to Puerto Vallarta.