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Warning: Car Rental Rip-offs!! Some Require €2,000 - €15,000 Deposit to Decline CDW


Has anyone notice the changed look of the Dan Dooley websites?   https://www.dandooley.com/     and    https://www.dan-dooley.ie/

In the past, they offered a box to 'Tick' to Waive CDW AND, another to 'Waive Excess'.  The option to choose the 'Excess' on the initial quote request has disappeared.  Granted, they DO offer the 'Excess Cover' if you choose a car and then begin the booking process -- but, there is NO detail given as to why you should need to purchase it -- Nor, is there any details given as to what the consequences are, if declining to.    furious  furious

 Which has the potential of 'hiding away' what MANY renters consider the 'Hidden Fee' -- and providing that 'Unpleasant SURPRISE!' at the counter.  Something associated with Irish Car Hire in general that Dooley has proudly avoided.  hmm  hmm

 

 



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As if renting a car needs to be made more confusing!



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I guess the Dooley transparency is a thing of the past now that they have been sold. Just more work for the consumers.

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Concerning Enterprise and Dooley, less completion is never a good thing.



-- Edited by Roy on Sunday 11th of June 2017 02:42:34 PM

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FYI -- Just got off the phone with 1 800 MC-ASSIST to secure my Letter of Coverage.  While the letter still states that it is valid for 60 days, the helpful Rep (Carl) advised that Irish Car Hire companies were now insisting that the letter be issued within 21 days of the rental's commencement.  

I have NO other verification of that, but I also have no reason to doubt the veracity of the statement, either. 



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Back to the old days when you needed a letter within 28 days of the end of your rental. Temporary insurance has a clause that it is only valid for 28 days, day 29 you would be uninsured.

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Been a while since I've hung out with you folks. I just wanted to add, and maybe someone else has done so, my United Mileage Plus just sent me a notice of coverage and states that they now cover rentals in Ireland. Bit of a surprise. I was also surprised I remembered my password for the site here.

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Welcome back!   biggrin  biggrin  

I -- for one -- would love to hear what you've been up to.  wink  wink

There's been a LOT of changes to Ireland car Hire in the past few months.  A number of VISA cards (most notably, those offered by CITI and CHASE) and, even AMEX are now covering Ireland.  Dooley sold out to Enterprise -- and, although nothing much changed -- AT FIRST -- Dooley has recently ceased to accept Debit Card rentals and I just heard that they are closing their Belfast office, as well!  furious  furious

Hertz still insists on requiring a 5,000 Euro 'Hold' if you use CC coverage -- yet, STILL insists on charging a fee, if you PAY with a CC???  confuse   confuse  

Do you have any upcoming visits planned???



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Hi Bill/Liam, Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the update on your United card. Things are definitely changing.

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I have a question. Im rentng a car in Belfast and will be traveling back and forth across the boarder. The chase card that I will be using covers both Ireland and Northern Ireland. To avoid the excessive cross border fees I was only going to state that my plans were to stay in Northern Ireland. My question is does anyone know if they track the rentals car locations?

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The 'Cross Border Fee', IF applied (not all companies charge it) covers things like Breakdown service, so failing to notify the Company is both a Contract Violation AND could result in significant costs in the event of a breakdown or accident.

The GOOD NEWS is that the Fee (If applied) is a One-Time charge and is good for the duration of the rental.  It doesn't matter how many times you cross the border.  



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Thank you for the reply. It is my understanding that all companies in the north now charge the cross border fee. The fee is usually a daily fee and Europcar for example charges 15 pounds a day. If you are renting for a three week period that is a significant charge. So for this reason I ask does anyone know if they actually track the car destinations. Europcar and other major rental companies work on both sides of the boarder and the fee is just another rip off charge.



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That's a new one on me.  Check with Hertz. Budget or Avis.   As of this morning, the budget.ie website's N.I. Terms and Conditions state: "If you wish to drive the car into the Republic of Ireland your rental will be subject to a cross border coverage fee of GBP 23.  Budget cars may not be taken outside the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland"  Note that it does NOT say, "Per Day", so it is a one-time (single) charge.

SEE:   https://www.budget.ie/terms/northern-ireland/

Neither the Hertz.ie nor the Avis.ie websites specifically address Cross border travel, which suggests that there are no additional fees -- but you would need to check with their Customer Service to be certain.





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At 15 pounds a day I would not book with Europcar. Try some others. Or you could take a bus or train to Dublin and rent a car there. Many of the Republic car rental companies do not charge a cross-border fee but you must check with them to find out as it is in the small print (or no print!).

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