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kmrambo wrote:Hello! We are traveling to Ireland this fall for the first time! So excited...except for the car rental debacle. I want to try and go the World MC route but have found not even all of those cover Ireland. Can anyone suggest and actual card they have been able to use for the CDW?
Hello! We are traveling to Ireland this fall for the first time! So excited...except for the car rental debacle. I want to try and go the World MC route but have found not even all of those cover Ireland. Can anyone suggest and actual card they have been able to use for the CDW?
Our World MasterCard is through Chase. We called and verified that they cover Ireland. According to the rep I spoke to, that is new since the middle of 2013.
wckc wrote:We gave in and joined AARP about 6 or 8 years ago. We have both our homeowners and auto insurance through them and received a substantial discount. I'll be curious to hear if the AARP discounts work for Irish auto rentals...
We gave in and joined AARP about 6 or 8 years ago. We have both our homeowners and auto insurance through them and received a substantial discount. I'll be curious to hear if the AARP discounts work for Irish auto rentals...
My hubby and I are AARP members and Avis did give us a 10% discount for our rental in August Via their dedicated AARP phone in the US. I emailed Avis in Ireland just to verify my quote and all was well. They do not honor the additional driver at no cost however Which is an AARP benefit. I am paying $760 for a full size automatic for eight days with no insurance. We will be using our World MasterCard insurance and buying an excess coverage policy from Questor. Have verified all with Avis.ie and know I will need to pay fuel deposit upon pickup and there will be a hold on my card. I will be bringing letters of coverage dated within thirty days of my rental as per my agreement.
Also, we paid the rental in advance to receive an additional discount and joined Avis Preferred in the hopes to have things go a little faster upon pickup.
I have done lots of homework on this and feel confident that I am fully prepared and know what to expect.
I will report in when I get back and let all know how things go.
Keith & Wendy
Feature on the Radio this morning warning about holiday car hire across Europe.. Apparently the European Consumer Council (based in Dublin) has been studying an increased trend of complaints across Europe (not just Ireland).. They have concluded based on whatever findings that 40% of people are less than 100% happy with their experiences.. Most complaints come from people who have booked via on-line agencies (consolidators) who only sell the basic day rate and fail to warn about essential extras like Insurance (I think someone has been saying that for a long time.. wonder who?).. Fuel.. & --- Sole party Damage.. (something I didn't know about..) apparently if you are in collision with another moving vehicle CDW covers you.. If on the other hand you total the car into a tree/wall other inanimate object then you could in some instances be on stony ground as it were.. The worst countries to rent a car are apparently Spain and Portugal.. where more than 1/2 of all complaints originate. Asked if it was better to go with "Brand" names Hertz (I name because they are on my 3 strike List) and Other top E£$ companies the answer was No.. It made no difference at all.. The impression of being safer using these comes down to their marketing and the mind set that paying more you get better.. apparently not.. Any way just thought I would share that compressed version of my hours wait to see the Dr this morning..
Welcome to the forum and the Ireland car rental morass.
Each World MC is different and what they offer to you will be different from what they offer to me. You can try calling the MC number to ask about it. But it is a difficult and time-consuming task. Recently some Visa cards have started covering Ireland too. But always keep in mind one important caveat: the rental car company must accept your particular card to cover CDW. They have the final say.
I started carrying an annual policy from Questor after Insurance4CarHire stopped offering Annual Policies for US residents. My current coverage expires on 6/17/2014, so I'm thinking of renewing -- as this year's trip is from 13 June to 3 July. Total premium was 38.99 GBP. I started buying the extra coverage after having to buy 3 tires, due to striking potholes.
Since THEN, I have not had any occasion to file a claim, so can't speak as to the quality of service . . .
Don't know about AARP -- That would be a question for the Car Hire Company -- Specifically, if their Irish Affiliate will HONOR that discount. I have found (Stateside) that often times, the AARP or AAA rate is NOT the Best Deal available -- pricewise -- at least, when it comes to US Hotel and car rentals.
Basic CDW is actually NOT all that expensive -- as in, the DIFFERENCE in price of the rental. The 'BIG BITE' comes from the cost of the 'EXCESS' coverage. Those of us who 'opt out', in order to avail of our Credit Card coverage, do so because the Credit Card REQUIRES us to decline ALL insurance. I'm NOT sure why, as it would DRASTICALLY reduce their 'exposure' -- if they permitted us to buy the basic CDW???
But, they DO -- So, we DON'T!
If you decide to pursue the AARP offer, please advise us of your experience. It's always good to add to our options!
Help Us to Help You. The more you tell us about your plans (dates, interests, budget), the better we can tailor our advice to suit!
Has anyone used an AARP discount program for car rental in Ireland? Their Avis discount is 10 - 25%, plus it indicates that additional driver fee is waived and says that, "as an AARP member your liability is limited to the first $5,000 of damage without purchase of a loss damage waiver." Budget and Payless also offer AARP discounts. I'm figuring CDI would run at least $20 daily, plus $10 for an additional driver. $30 x 15 days is $450 that I could potentially save, even without a discount on the actual car rental.
Also, does anyone have experience using Questor for excess coverage? Seems like I could buy an annual policy for about £40. Daily policy about the same, since I am traveling for 15 days. Definitely less than buying through the rental company... And includes tires and windscreen coverage.
Of course, this only helps those of us who are "more experienced," since younger folks won't qualify for AARP membership - sorry!
If looking at Budget they are currently offering a 10% discount for June Bookings http://www.budget.ie/email_newsletter.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter%2Bemail&utm_content=online%2Bversion&utm_campaign=apr14
Right -- as always, Michele . . .
"So will the car hire companies accept the Citi ThankYou credit card or won't they? That is the question."
Sadly -- Also as ALWAYS -- The Car Hire Companies will have the LAST word . . .
Thanks Bob. The only problem I see is that the clerks at the car rental desks are programmed to only accept "World" MasterCard (for Americans). I actually have a MC business card that is not World and covers Ireland car hire with no fees. However, after fighting with the clerks for hours about it I just use my World card (which adds a foreign transaction fee). It is not worth my time to fight with them over 3%. So will the car hire companies accept the Citi ThankYou credit card or won't they? That is the question.
Just spotted THIS: http://boardingarea.com/rapidtravelchai/2013/03/19/citi-thankyou-auto-rental-insurance-covers-all-countries-yes-even-the-i-countries/
For those of you looking for a Credit Card that covers Irish Car Hire.
So far -- for MY needs -- Hertz STILL has the better vehicle/price combination. Waiting to 'Firm Up' dates of our traveling companions before committing, though!
Yes, Tony. Sadly, ALL of the Rental Companies seem to now charge the 'Paperwork Handling Fee' for those who decline the Insurances. Most are in the 30 Euro range. I understand that they are trying to 'Make Up' some of the 'Lost Revenue', but . . .
STILL -- It seems unconscionable that these companies are still allowed to 'Bury' these additional charges in teeny tiny print -- often, on separate, 'Pop Up' screens that only show IF the customer knows enough to search them out!
It's a bad business practice -- Short-sighted and unethical -- In MY opinion --
Aided and abetted by an Irish Government that INSISTS on trusting various industries to always 'Do The Right Thing'.
Because, after all, that worked out SO well, with the Banks and Insurance Companies -- like Quinn!
Well...That is interesting. One more thing to add to the list. Someone is making money somewhere. Are you sure Ryan Air is not involved?
While researching car hire for June of 2014, I noticed THIS on the www.Hertz.com web site, vis-a-vis, "Terms and Conditions":
"If PlatePass is used, PlatePass LLC will charge you a service fee of $4.95 for each day of your rental including prior or subsequent days on which the PlatePass service is not used (capped at $24.75 per rental month) plus incurred tolls at the Toll Authority's cash toll rate or highest undiscounted toll rate. PlatePass LLC will separately charge your credit or debit card the applicable charges after the close of your rental. Charges typically take 1-3 weeks after the rental closes to appear on your statement, but a longer delay may occur. Cash customers will be invoiced.
Note: Certain toll roads do not accept cash. If you travel on such a toll road without a personal transponder that can be used on the toll road, you will be required to use PlatePass and be billed automatically as outlined above, or incur toll violations for which you will be responsible. "
Now, the way I read this, is that Hertz is charging US $4.95 -- Per Day -- for the M50 Transponder -- REGARDLESS of whether or not you actually USE it! On my 20 day rental, that would add a Hidden Surcharge of $25 ! ! ! --- AND, that is EXCLUDING the ACTUAL tolls (if any). Now, $25 won't keep me from using Hertz, but -- Since this is YET AGAIN, a HIDDEN charge -- It DOES really Frost Me!
Caveat Emptor -- INDEED!