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For my trip this summer I also plan on purchasing the plan from insurance4carhire for that extra coverage but got my rental from (and I hesitate to admit this since it seems others have had troubles in the past) Hertz. I went through the Aer Lingus site and got what I think/hope/pray is a fair rate from them. $365 (this is USD) for 13 days including CDW. This is the smallest stickshift that they have (which is now listed as a Ford Ka but used to say Fox). Also, I selected the prepay option which gave a discount.Got a little nervous thinking they might not like that I wasn't actually flying into Shannon on Aer Lingus (where I'm picking up the car) but then wound up having a shuttle flight with them midway through my trip so not as concerned now.
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Steve, Welcome to my forum. The car rental debate goes on and on. I rented from Budget last year and was hit with the 2,000 deposit because I declined CDW insurance. Evidently they had just added it to their website between my booking with them and picking up the car. Mind you, it was not a "hold" on my credit card, but an actual charge. Since I was in Ireland for so long I had to pay that on my credit card bill halfway through my trip. It was credited back to my card at the end of the rental but it was a terrible surprise and inconvenience. If I can be blindsided then anyone can! I will not rent from Budget in Ireland again unless they change their rules. As you can see from this three page discussion, the car rental companies in Ireland all make up their own rules. That is why it is so complicated. If there was one set of rules for them all it would be easy. Unfortunately you must look at each one on an individual basis, read all the fine print, add up all the various charges to get your total price and then make your decision. There is also a problem this year with reduced fleets at the car companies. Those going in high season may have some problems if tourism goes up this year. On my last trip I used Dooley. It is one of the very few companies that give you all charges up front. There were no surprises. The price quoted is what I paid with no extras. I was happy with the whole experience. I have also heard of people who were not happy with Dooley. I suppose no company can have a 100% success rate.To sum up, there is no one best car company in Ireland. You must find the one that is best for your purposes and pocketbook. I suggest you call Dooley to ask them your questions. Their operators are helpful and will walk you through the process. Phone number on their website: http://www.dandooley.com/Bob is right that all the insurances can easily double or triple the cost of renting a car in Ireland. Those in the know and who have the time try to get a World MasterCard (in the US) that covers insurance in Ireland. But your time is short and you will probably have to pay the CDW and Super CDW. Michele
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