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After re-reading my above post, I got to thinking about the scenerio at the Rental Car Lot in Shannon. There were 5 total cars sitting side by side, one of which was ours, when we arrived to pick it up. I was initially surprised by the amount of damage on our particular car. (I don't recall seeing that on the cars in the Dublin lot, in 2006.) I did a close inspection of the car, and found that all of the half a dozen major blemishes were noted on the documents we were given. I took close up pictures of a couple of minor scratches that were not documented, since the lot attendant had vanished. I did a quick walk around of the the other 4 cars, all the same make, model and color. and it was very noticable that the other 4 cars were in much better shape....body-wise. I am now starting to wonder, if the rougher looking cars, are not intentionally given to those who decline CDL or have credit card insurance coverage....in hopes that they might get more damage repaired if and when a fender bender occures? Has anybody else had a similar experience? Just curious. Dan
Hi!The Hertz price was very competitive and they seemed to include everything in the price that I thought they should but I've never actually rented with them before so kept reading every last review and offhand comment that I could find for the last several months. Really, the only 'sticking point' for me was the surprise charges that seemed to pop up for people. With Dan Dooley there seemed to be almost no charges that weren't expected so I just switched for a little more peace of mind. And the basic charge was the same for me with Dooley as Hertz so since there was a better exchange rate than there was back when I made my original reservation with Hertz- then that helped sway me a bit, too. I'm sure Hertz will be *absolutely fine* for you, especially since you are a Gold member. I also have gone with insurance4carhire for the excess. Hoping I won't need to find out if the claim process is a simple one!
It was through AutoEurope/Kemwel and Murray/Sixt that I had my first truly horrid car rental experience. I know that Murray petioned the courts for reorganization in July of last year. Perhaps that is what my "license & taxes fees" of $500+ went toward, their legal fund...Dan Dooley may look a tad more expensive on the onset. However, it is a small price to pay for having everything in black and white and, hopefully, no surprises.It is amazing to me that in these tough economic times for Ireland, when the rest of the tourist industry is doing all it can to make Ireland travel affordable, that the Car rental industry isn't following suit.I was assisting a friend in her trip planning for a September trip. She has postponed it after seeing what the auto rental costs would be.
Boomer, if you've not yet booked your flights, AerLingus just announced a summer sale... you might give it a go.
Safe Travels to all heading "home"