Renting a Car in Ireland 2017

All car rental companies in Ireland hiring process is about meeting their requirement for insurance policies and the common mistakes experienced by customers. Below gives clarity on what do you need to know about renting a car in Ireland.

Can I use a debit card to rent car?–

There is a confusion and surprise when renters turn up the car rental desk and expecting to be able to pay with a debit card. The requirement of bringing a credit card is highlighted on the website and stated on Terms & Conditions.

For Ireland, the car rental companies will require a credit card in the main driver’s name and credit limit to hold excess. The credit bank helps the pre-authorization when the rental car is returned, the hold amount will be released to your card. This authorization isn’t a real transaction.

You get the same model you booked -

Although the car size will be the same, there is no guarantee, that you will get the same model you booked for due to availability. The number of the doors and the seats will be the same and other features may be different however you don’t get a smaller vehicle than booked. The car rental companies don’t give a promise for color or model and list their fleet with “BRAND or similar” based on like for like basis.

They always charge for damage –

This is a common complaint with renters, there are car rental agreements and checks in place to vet the vehicles to ensure existing damage (if any) is marked prior leaving the depot. What you should check when renting a car - renters are in present in front of the agents during these checks and it is advised to check the vehicle yourself also and raise any concerns with the agents.

You get the same service with every rental company –

All car rental companies offer similar packages, however, do often have different packages or car rental inclusions at the rates advertised. It is advised to check with the rental companies’ policies and compare what is included with the vehicle hire.

For example;
Irish Car Rentals offers inclusive rates which mean they offer car rental, full tank, collision damage waiver (CDW), theft waiver, third party insurance, unlimited mileage, no location surcharge and tax.

Dan Dooley rates include car rental, full tank, collision damage waiver (CDW), theft waiver, third party cover, unlimited kilometers, cross-border fee, one-way rental fee, no location surcharge and tax.

This article is part of “Renting a Car in Ireland guide series.