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Apr 22nd, 2009, 08:53 AM
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I haven't had the patience to work through all these posts, but I did use the World Mastercard to cover the CDW in Ireland. It worked like a charm. I don't recall anything about coverage for theft, though.

We got our car through the Avis company at the Dublin airport, and I don't recall any special hassles.

I do recommend either removing hubcaps or tying them on the wheels. We lost three and had to replace them. We had to do a bit of hunting to find a set that fit our car.
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 09:00 AM
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To continue, I don't think there was hold on the credit card, but then I usually use another card--my mileage plus card--for everything possible, so I wouldn't have noticed.

I didn't have an accident in Ireland. However, in 2001 I had an accident in England. Avis was very cooperative and gave us another car without blinking. (I was kind of surprised.) My recollection is that they sent a bill for the charges, and I paid with my credit card and was later reimbursed. No big problem, but then I have several credit cards and wasn't inconvenienced.

By the way, I was told that the World Mastercard should begin with the numbers 5466, and when my card arrived, it did indeed begin with those numbers.
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 12:12 PM
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Thanks, Peg, I appreciate your info! It's good to know that you were eventually reimbursed for the accident in England.
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 01:33 PM
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shturner: I have driven in Dublin a coule of times and I don't recommend it to anyone who doesn't know their way or have experience.

If you drop the car at the Dublin Airport, there are numerous options via bus or taxi back into City Center. The Airlinkis about 8 euro return, per person, I think whereas a taxi will run 30-40 Euro each way, depending on traffic and exactly where in Dublin you are going.

If you drop the car at Shannon, there is a bus to Limmerick, a CityLink bus to Galway (both of which offer train service to Dublin) or a shuttle service to either destination, OR Dublin. Dunno about rates, but here's a link to the info:

http://www.shannonairport.com/to-from/bybus.html

As to WHICH option? It would depend upon your itinerary and what you felt most comfortable with ...

I would drop the car at Dublin Airport, after stopping by Cashel, and maybe Cahir enroute, but if you've already seen them, or aren't interested and have NO compelling interest in Kildare, (the Stud Farms, Curragh, Japanese Gardens, Newbridge Silver) either, then it MIGHT be relaxing to just sit back, and leave the 'driving' to someone else.

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Apr 22nd, 2009, 02:07 PM
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Been following this with interest...

If I rent a car in Northern Ireland, drive into ROI, and then return it back into Northern Ireland, am I covered with my credit card insurance, then?
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 02:17 PM
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To the best of my knowledge, you ARE.

However, vehicle must be returned to N.I. as I was quote a 200 GBP 'Drop Off' fee -- and that was when Sterling was going for $2.06!!

Dunno if all charge (or that much) but you wold DEFINITELY need to check that out, first.

I've seriouslyconsidered such, as flights INTO Belfast can be had pretty cheap, but DEPARTING a UK airport usually entails a HEFTY premium.

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Apr 23rd, 2009, 06:13 AM
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Thanks, IC!
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 08:00 AM
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Itallian_Chauffer, thanks again. From your comments, it seems best to drive back to Dublin airport to turn in car and take bus to city. I checked on Shannon bus and never could get the timetable to open. We will already have driven from Dublin airport to Kildare to Cahir seeing as many sights as time allows, then on to Killarney. I have printed driving routes on everything including our last leg - Bunratty to Dublin airport so will stick with this.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 08:09 AM
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Hello everyone, I just stumbled into this convo so apologies if I sound a little lost---but we are coming to Ireland in August from the US, and are going to rent a car etc, was wondering why everyone is talking abut renting at Dooley or AutoEurope since there seem to be so many issues- at times? why not just go with something more global like hertz..am I completely missing something?. The prices in US dollars did not seem that different to me..
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 08:26 AM
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Mythical, when I checked a few days ago, Dooley had the best price. And I noticed that some of the more global ones seemed to have more "catches", like a 25 Euro fee for waiving the insurance. But there are posters here who've rented from Hertz, Avis and the like and been very happy with their experience. Your best bet is to check around and see who gives you the best price for what you want on your dates.

You mentioned the prices in dollars, so a heads up, just in case. When you're dealing with a company overseas, it's best to pay in the local currency. Otherwise you get slammed with an extra conversion fee.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 12:15 PM
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Mythical, I had an absolutely horrid experience with Hertz Shannon in '03.

It's hard to compare apples to apples with these auto rental websites, and with the brokers thrown in it's even more confusing.

CAPH52, I wonder about DCC when renting in the US from an Irish company. My credit card charges me a 3% transaction fee for converting from euros (or any foreign currency) to dollars, so I have to factor that in and check what conversion factor Dan Dooley, for example, is using. Sigh...
When I'm in Ireland I always opt for (and sometimes annoy the clerks) local currency even with the 3%. That's why I use cash whenever possible.

Just curious...do we pronounce IC as ice-y or ick? Bob is a friend of mine so I'll just call him Bob, I guess.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 02:40 PM
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jaja, I've been told that it's always best to pay in the currency of the business you're using. But I understand your confusion. I have that problem too when I'm ordering something here for a trip. For instance, when I booked Aer Lingus tickets for Ireland to Barcelona, I got confused and opted for dollars (when you're ordering the ones from the US to Ireland, they don't give you a choice). I later realized (and had it confirmed here at Fodor's) that I should have chosen Euro. But, as a result of that mistake, I think I'll remember from now on!
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