Ireland: Renting a Car in Ireland


Renting a Car in Ireland

The range of cars and models on offer by the various car rental companies in Ireland are very similar. The key points to remember when picking a car rental company are if it is cheap, is it a reputable brand and does it have a location where you need it.

Choosing the right car

Choosing the right car for you

It is very tempting to choose the cheapest car on offer, however this isn’t always the best option. Choosing the type of vehicle is important, for example, if you are planning a weekend of city driving with one or two people in the car, the smallest car will suit fine. However, if you plan to hit the open road and drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, for example, the level of comfort from a slightly more expensive car will be worth the additional cost.

Those prefer a luxury car rental to drive in style will be able to hire luxury vehicles such as BMWs or an Audi.

Another key consideration is the number of people and the amount of luggage your car will have. Being realistic four people and luggage needs a bigger car than four people with no luggage.

Road Size

Road Size

There is a perception that the roads in Ireland are very small and difficult to drive on. This may have been the case 20 years ago, but today Ireland has motorways between all major cities, and small and narrow roads are optional. For example, if you want to leave the main roads to drive through the valleys of Kerry, narrow roads are to be expected.

Automatic / Manual Gearbox

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Cars in Ireland are in the main, manual. Automatic cars, particularly among smaller car classes are very much the exception in Ireland, and therefore cost more to source and to rent. It is in your best interest that you choose the transmission that you are most comfortable with, even if it means paying more! Renting a car in Ireland is not the place to learn to drive manual or stick shift!

Insurance / Coverage

Optional Coverages

When you rent a car with Car Rental, the price includes basic cover called Collision Damage Waiver. This means, the car has insurance should it be damaged, but you will need to leave a deposit for the duration of the rental. Your maximum liability is the amount of the deposit.

In addition, customers can purchase additional coverages when picking up the rental car that will reduce this deposit amount down to a very low minimum. This is optional coverage that will be offered.

The only exception to this rule is if you rent an exclusive car. This is where your credit card will cover the insurance for the duration of your rental in Ireland. This makes hiring a car very economical however, a greater level of deposit is required, and you will need to have a letter from your credit card confirming you have cover.

Additional Products / Services

Additional Car Rental Products

All car rental companies will offer customers a range of additional products and services at the time of collection. These range from a GPS to additional drivers, and a wide range of products in between.

One Way Drop Off

One way drop off charges for car hire varies in the car rental companies’ policies. In Ireland, there is no one way car rental without one way drop off fee. When you rent a car with Car Rental Ireland, there are different charges for one way drop offs depending on the location you are collecting from and dropping off.

Please visit the FAQs section for one way rentals information.

Fuel Options

Fuel Options

Car Rental Ireland offers two fuel options for customers. The first is full to full which means you take the car full of fuel, and return the car full. Very often this means having to stop and refuel on the way back to the rental station. The other option is full to empty which offers discount rates on the fuel. Fuel saving tips can be found here.

Renter's age

Drivers must meet the age rental requirement for licence eligibility. If the number of years is 8, this does not mean that the driver must have held their licence for 8 years - it means they must have been eligible to hold their licence for 8 years.

Those aged over 75 will need to provide a printed medical certificate which states that they are fit to drive and a letter from their insurance company stating that they are currently driving and have not had an accident within the last 5 years. This information must be received at least 5 working days in advance of your rental.