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Hello everyone and thanks for all the useful info you post. We will be renting through dandooley.com for a late August trip. It looks like we have to prepay, and the website gives me a choice of paying in euros or dollars. Can you help me understand which to choose, and why? Many thanks for your advice!
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I just booked our car rental for an 18 day rental while in Ireland. After doing much reading here and on other sites I found a rate of $314. basic through Autoeurope. Our rental agreement will be with Avis. This is the information I copied from the Avis websiteMost companies charge you if you don't take CDW (Collison Damage Waiver). Avis does not charge.Most companies will charge from 2,000 to 5,000 on your credit card when you are on rent if you decline CDW (Collison Damage Waiver), which is refunded if you return the car undamaged. Avis does not hold any charges on your credit card.We will be using the Mastercard world, I have to request a copy of the coverage we will have through them within 60 days of our rental which is Sept 8th and I'll show that at the time of pick up.
I am also planning to take out a policy with Insurance4carhire for 49gbp which includes coverage for windows & tires etc which is not covered by any other policy. If needed, that could also become our primary coverage and mastercard our secondary. We usually do want tire coverage when we are driving on the opposite side of the road from the US.In the past we have rented automatic transmissions but from what I've read here, my husband SHOULD have no problem using a "stick" while sitting on the right side of the car but----the tire coverage will be good if he bounces off too many curbs or manages to find more potholes than road!!!Thanks for all the help. As soon as I receive Michelle's book that I just ordered I know I'll have many more questions. Deborah
Update. Tourism Ireland does not give a fig about the car rental crisis in Ireland. Don't bother them with your complaints. Why waste your time to get a form letter back? Yours is sure to go right in the dumper. The ostrich has buried its head in the sand. Crisis? What crisis? I wonder what Tourism Minister Mary Hanifin thinks? http://www.maryhanafin.ie/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Michele
Irishlover, I hope I can remember all that I did and will do regarding the Mastercard waiver. Two weeks or so before a trip I was told to contact Mastercard and they will send me a copy to present to the rental company, if needed, of their insurance waiver. I've booked through Autoeurope (which is also kemwel) and because they are a broker my contract could have been with any number of companies they represent, for me it was Avis, this is in and out of Dublin airport. I plan to contact Mastercard at least three weeks before, just to allow enough time to receive the copy.I was hoping to prepay all my rental fees in dollars before I arrived in Ireland but autoeurope usa told me their contracts with avis do not allow this. I wanted to avoid the hassles of all those add ons/options that could be presented when we pick up our rental.
I'm using www.insurance4carhire.com which is 49 GBP for the year to insure the tires, glass and stuff not carried by our other policies---My husband Ron tends to bounce off the curbs alot when driving on the left so this is our "peace of mind" insurance, although we have never had to use it---the best kind of insurance!!Please don't feel you have to apologize for anything, Irishlover, if you don't understand, it's most likely I haven't been clear enough, but with insurance I find it's all as clear as mud!!! I'll be happy to answer any other questions you might have about the insurance or the rental we are using. Deborah
Please be advised that at this time your reservation would be with Murray's, a very reliable and reputable Irish company that we do the majority of our business with in Ireland. To answer your question, I can confirm for you that the security hold for the insurance and fuel will only be ahold, or authorization, not an actual charge of approximately 6,300 EUR. The money will not be drawn from your account, thus you will not pay any conversion fee or accrue any interest on that amount, and the authorization will be released when you return the car undamaged.We look forward to hearing from you!Best regards,OtisInternet ReservationsKemwel"What do you think?