Car Rentals in Ireland

Old Mar 10th, 2004, 12:03 PM
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Car Rentals in Ireland

Anyone know of a reliable, inexpensive car rental agency in Ireland. We are traveling from Dublin to Donegal; 7 of us with luggage so need a minivan - price for 5 days was over 1400$!!!! Yikes!!!
Any other suggestions - trains or bus that anyone is aware of also welcome.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 12:24 PM
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Check with Autoeurope.com
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 12:40 PM
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I just ran a check on a couple of sites for 5 days for a manual trans, 9 seat minivan. Checked Autoeurope, Argus Rentals (where we've rented before) and Nova, which I've seen recommended for other countries, and is a broker like Autoeurope. Just used the same five days and always picked a Dublin city pickup and drop off.

I was really surprised, but Nova came up with an inclusive rental of 548.35Eu for 5 days in a Toyota 9 seat minivan. Way less than the other two sites. At least a third less than the other sites. Included CDW and taxes, but they didn't say how much Super CDW would be, if you wanted to lower the deductible.

www.nova-rentacar.com
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 02:08 PM
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Call AutoEurope. AAA helps. Pay before March 31 helps. Cheaper quote on the phone for us
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we just got back yesterday.While leaving from Shannon we talked with a couple from Ohio who had a terrible experience with a Irish Rental company. They were charged for preexisting damage they didn't catch when they picked up their rental. What ever rental company you pick check the car and notate all damage before you leave the lot.
We used Hertz and received a brand new vehicle with no damage. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time.
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Old Mar 11th, 2004, 12:19 PM
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One thing you need to remember about renting any vehicle in Ireland is that you MUST purchase liability insurance and only Platinum or Gold Mastercards are good for the Collision damage waivers at most companies. This really drives the price way up - Check with whoever you rent to see if they're quoting you the price with insurance.
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Old Mar 11th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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That's an outrageous price. Dan Dooley has a domestic toll-free number, 1-800-331-9301. I talked to them, and they were great, gave me an upgrade and a discount. Give them a try. If you charge to a Diner's Club card or a MasterCard gold or platinum, you may not have to buy collision damage waiver insurance.
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Old Mar 12th, 2004, 01:39 AM
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€1400 is insane. As mentioned previously try autoeurope and I have had good experiences with Dan Dooley. Also in my experience if the have a number in the U.S. They tend to quote higher prices. Call them in Ireland directly or e-mail them.
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Old Mar 12th, 2004, 05:49 AM
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I just got a great rate going through Aer Lingus and Hertz. Have a mini van for 8 days at a TOTAL cost of 289 EUR! My mastercard will cover the damage waivers.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 01:27 AM
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Thanks everyone... the 1400 was with autoeurope!
I checked nova car as suggested and the prices were tremendously lower... a bit leary as I have never heard of this company... Clifton, have you actually used this outfit before. Anyone, have experience with Nova???
I will give Dan Dooley a call as well...
Thanks to all for the help.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 05:17 AM
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I haven't, other than seeing a couple of regulars here recommend them from their experiences in Spain, Germany (those two I know for sure). I've always used Argus, but have been researching deals.

As I was checking them out, I noticed that depending on the country and the pickup point, etc, that the actual rental was either through Europecar or Alamo or one other (forget which). It's pretty much a rental broker like Autoeurope. If Dan Dooley doesn't work out, you may want to try a new thread with Nova Rental car as the title, to see if any of those regulars drop in to contribute.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 07:08 AM
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Swissgirl,
We rented through Nova in 2001 & 2002. They booked us with National and we had no problems at all. For our 2003 trip and the one later this year we found a cheaper rate thru O'Scannlain.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 09:05 AM
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Hi Mealdridge,
Did you use Nova in Ireland or elsewhere?
Also, do you have contact info for O'Scannlain?
Thanks,
Mary
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 09:19 AM
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I rented with NOVA the last two times in Ireland with no problems (2003 and 2001) . Last year was with National and the time before was with Budget. Last year my flight was delayed so I called them and they changed everything so that it was under my friends name with no problems. No problems at all just make sure you print out all your documentation. Also their coverage does have a high deductible.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 09:52 AM
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Last June, we flew into Dublin and rented a car from Sixt rental car, automatic Peugot. We didn't have any problems and they gave us the best price at the time.
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Dan Dooley was great for an auto minivan. The price was good and we had no complaints.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 10:17 AM
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We've got an automatic (Nissan Micra or similar) reserved with Sixt for 13 days in May. Total cost includes VAT and liability insurance (excludes airport fee) of $322 USD. No prepay or deposit required. We will be using Mastercard for CDW. Least expensive I could find...and I have been checking every few days for about 6 months. Looked at AutoEurope and they want $502 USD at the moment for the same rental.
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Hi MileKing:

Did you have any special code for your rental? I had what I thought was a good deal at AutoEurope (for the exact same car)- 12 days at $358 plus $30 airport pick up - but you have a much better deal! Maybe I can do better at Sixt? I have rented thru Auto Europe before, but not Sixt but I would be willing to give them a try.
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If you are a Hilton HHonors program Diamond member, you get 30% off (20% off if Gold and 10% off if Silver) when renting with Sixt. I called Sixt's toll-free number to reserve my car as there is no way you can get the discount on their site. Even so, just today I see that without discounts you can reserve on-line an automatic for $388 USD for 13 days. Still a decent deal.
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Mary,
O'Scannlain is based in Tacoma, WA. Their number is 1-800-828-0826. You can also get a quote on their website www.oscannlain.com To get their best rate you have to pre-pay and you can waive the CDW with a gold or platinum Mastercard.
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