Ireland - Car rental, major confusion

Sep 19th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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I will be leaving for Ireland on 9/30 for a week and am still looking for a rental car. Very confusing and very expensive!!

It sounds to me that it is a must to get all the additional coverage....

I found Avis for $259 but after adding in all the coverage it's $504....WOW!!!!

Thrifty charges and extra $41 to take the car into Northern Ireland.

Why is it so difficult/confusing to rent here?
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Sep 19th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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I just checked Irish Car Rentals and got a quote of $222.

Included:
What is "ALL compulsory insurances"?

Does this cover everything I need in case of damage/accident?

Also, is it better to rent from one of the bigger companies (Avis, Budget, etc.) or on of the Irish companies?
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Sep 19th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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Aunt D,

I use AutoEurope which is Kemwel's sister company. I have ever had any problems or hidden extras using them. They also price match, so if you find a lower price, they will match or beat it.

You will appreciate the Micra or whatever compact car they give you, as they are gas efficient and the perfect size for the narrow Irish roads.

Before you book your rental, go to Irelandyes.com and access Kemwel through Michele's car rental page and see if there is a price difference.

Jedi,

Car rental in Ireland is expensive. It is the nature of the beast, I suppose, as tourism becomes their bread & butter.

That being said, I have never been charged extra for traveling into Northern Ireland when using either AutoEurope or Kemwel.

The last time I rented a vehicle, through AutoEurope, for 17 days the cost was $2146 but that was for a van. My auto rental the month before that in London was $1300 for 12 days and it was a compact.

Slan Beo,

Bit
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Sep 19th, 2007, 07:51 AM
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I don't know what else the website says - but I'd guess "ALL compulsory insurances" would only be the required minimal insurance. You protecting yourself probably isn't cumpulsory anywhere. I'd be very careful.
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Sep 19th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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I had trouble with car rental also. It was the worst thing to figure out.

So that you can compare your rate, I rented our automatic car(you pay extra for that) with 2 drivers(extra driver is about $90) for 9 days and paid about 300euros--about $400. I had a World Mastercard so I didn't need the extra insurance but that would have added $50. Seems expensive but I never beat that rate. Many rental companies do not include the location and road fees--so beware.

We rented from Dan Dooley in Shannon. there is also an 800 number you can call to talk to a rep.

You do have to pay for gas (65euros--about $91)but can bring the car back empty. If you fill it, they refund the gas charge.
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Sep 19th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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I checked Irish Car Rental and got a quote of $222 USD + $35 for airport pick-up (total: $257).

Website states included:

*Free Mileage - Unlimited Free Mileage.

* VAT @13.5% (Local Government Tax).

* 24 Hour Roadside assistance

* All compulsory insurances (* CDW insurance, Theft Protection and Third Party Insurance)

* Free Road Map of Ireland on collection.

* unless you specifically choose a rate exclusive of CDW insurance and Theft by choosing to "Waive CDW" in the booking process.

This sounds good to me. Do I need any other kind of coverage?

I've also checked:
Thrifty = $305 (airport + NIRE fees)
Argus = $309

Also: on the Irish Car Rental website, there is a special offer "End of Summer Sale Book NOW and save on bookings in September"

When I click on this, it adds a promo code to the rental. My rental is for October 2-7 but it still recognizes the offer code even though it's outside of September and gives me a price of $115.5 USD.


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Sep 19th, 2007, 03:38 PM
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what isn't included is the "excess" - what Americans call the "deductible". What is the excess? Often it is around £500 or so, plus CDW doesn't cover glass or tires which are the two most likely things you might damage.
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Sep 20th, 2007, 04:53 AM
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So what do you need to do about the excess?

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Sep 20th, 2007, 06:02 AM
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This is taken from the Irish Car Rental website: (sorry...so long!)

CDW Insurance. (Collision Damage Waiver):
Collision Damage Insurance covers damage to the rental car and limits the liability for damages to a vehicle whilst on hire. Irish Car Rentals include this insurance in the quoted rate (unless you specifically choose a rate exclusive of CDW insurance and Theft). However - In case of an accident resulting in damage to a rental vehicle the Customer is liable for the first EUR 900 of damage to the rental car. This liability of EUR 900 can be reduced to EUR 100 at an additional charge of EUR 9.95 per day. The excess on luxury cars, minivans and minibuses is EUR 1500 and can be reduced to EUR 100 for an additional charge of EUR 15.00 per day. These charges are collected at the point of collection by the rental agent.

Car Theft Protection. (Theft Loss Insurance):
This is included in your car rental quotation (unless you specifically choose a rate exclusive of CDW insurance and Theft) and covers the value of the car if it is stolen while in possession of the renter. The hirer is responsible for the excess insurance charges for the vehicle. Customers are liable for the first EUR 900 of damage to the rental car. Excess liability of EUR 900 can be reduced to EUR100 at a charge of EUR 9.95 per day. The excess on luxury cars, minivans and minibuses is EUR 1500 and can be reduced to EUR 100 for an additional charge of EUR 15.00 per day.

Third Party Liability Insurance:
Third party liability insurance is included in the quoted price. This insurance covers damage to people or property whilst the vehicle is under the care of the renter. It is compulsory to have minimum Third party Liability Insurance to drive in Ireland.

CDW Excess - Excess Liability:
If you choose a rate inclusive of CDW insurance, a CDW Excess will apply at all times. All rentals are subject to liability excess, ranging from EURO 900 to EURO 1,500 (depending on the vehicle group rented) for which you are responsible in the event of damage to the Irish Car Rentals vehicle during the rental.

Super Damage Waiver Insurance (SDW):
If you opt for CDW cover, you may also wish to purchase an additional protection, Super Damage Waiver Insurance (SDW) to reduce the already limited liability in case of damage to the Irish Car Rentals vehicle. SDW reduces your excess liability of EURO 900 to EURO 100 for a charge of EURO 9.95 per day on smaller vehicles. The excess on luxury cars, minivans and minibuses is EURO 1,500 and can be reduced to EURO 100 for an additional charge of EURO 15 per day.

I guess from what I've been reading everywhere that it pays to get the Super Insurance?
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Sep 20th, 2007, 06:17 AM
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Here's one vote for getting the Super CDW. We did not because my mom was incorrectly told that her credit card would cover that. The scratch on the side of the mini-bus from one of those famous foliage covered walls in Ireland cost us about $1000.00. We will always get it in the future.
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Sep 20th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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WOW!

Trying to rent a car in Ireland is a headache!!!!

I almost don't want to rent a car now, but without a car, we won't be able to get to certain places.
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Sep 20th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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Good Grief. I had to lie down after reading all of this. I'm convinced that buses and trains and local 'for hire' cars and drivers are for me next trip.
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Sep 20th, 2007, 07:36 AM
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mahlquist,

So you've been to Ireland before?

If so, did you rent and how was your experience?
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Sep 20th, 2007, 08:48 AM
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www.irish-car-rental.com (sixt)

Has anyone ever used sixt?

If you go through the website above, it is a cheap rate. If you go to the main Sixt website, the rate goes up about $100.
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Sep 21st, 2007, 07:37 AM
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If this helps anyone, from Irish Car Rental:

"Glass and tyres are considered wearable items and are not covered by our
insurance policy, they will be your responsibility for the duration of
the hire period"

Thank you and kind regards

Jordana Graham
Irish Car Rentals
Tel 00353 61 206088
Fax 00353 61 326766


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Sep 21st, 2007, 07:41 AM
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Yeah, be careful about those tires! We had a new car with new tires and not a single flat. But I always hear about flats and I think it's because the companies let the tires get terrible and know the renters will just have to replace them. My friend had two flats in a two week trip.
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Sep 21st, 2007, 08:17 AM
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I guess before leaving the lot with the car, I'll have to really examine the tires and if they are not in good condition, demand a different car with better tires.
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Sep 25th, 2007, 04:08 AM
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Well, decided on a rental car company. It was booked with Sixt Irish Car Rental at Dublin Airport. Total USD: $289.

Includes fee for Northern Ireland travel.

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Oct 11th, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Went with Irish Rental Car. I had no problems with the staff or the car during my stay. I did not purchase the Super Coverage, and am glad that I didn't. Had no problems driving around Ireland.

I did have one issue with the company. They tried to give me a piece of junk at first (busted side mirrors, dents, scratches, trunk did not open). Luckily I dod not have to make a stink, the guy just gave us a newer car. Oh yeah....the first car also had 108,000+ miles on it.
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