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My husband and I will be renting/hiring a car in May for our trip to Ireland. I have read the postings on insurance, but they are four years old or older. Does anyone have more up-to-date information? Anyone have an idea of how much it will cost to rent an SUV with insurance for a month? My husband has been looking at the rental sites, but I wanted to find out about insurance from someone who may have personal experience before we committed.
Thanks for any help,
If you look at the Dan Dooley website http://www.dandooley.com/ they have 'boxes for 'DECLINE CDW' and "EXCESS WAIVER" If you select 'NO' for DECLINE CDW and 'YES' for 'EXCESS WAIVER' you will have a quote for all major insurances. Other than THOSE, you could be offered 'Window, Tyre and Glass' and 'Personal Injury' -- Tyre and Glass can come in handy (usually 8 - 12 Euro per day), but 'Personal Injury' only covers you if you are in the car and have an accident. If you already have Travel Insurance (or valid Medical coverage while in Ireland), that coverage usually isn't needed.
I ran a 'Test' Quote, from 2 May - 31 May and came up with this:
Now -- That's for an AUTOMATIC transmission and they are typically much more than for a Manual transmission. Like-wise, an Intermediate Sized CAR -- lists out for $2221.33 for an Automatic , but a Manual Intermediate is only $1,408.37 for a Petrol Engine and $1,473.41 for a Diesel. I don't usually reserve a Diesel, yet am almost always given one when I arrive. The extra 'Fee' is presumably just to Guarantee that a Diesel fueled vehicle is available.
I don't know if Dooley has the best vehicle choice / price for YOUR rental, but this should give you a 'Starting' point.
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Thank you, Judy. This is good info. We had not looked at Dan Dooley, but will see what is available. We also drive an SUV and thought it would be good to have. Mostly what swayed us is that we want to be able to take little roads into the countryside without having to worry about getting into someplace that would be difficult with a small car.
Thanks, Italian Chauffeur, for the detailed quote. We would be happy enough with a manual and will probably go with that. Our budget is a little flexible, but we know it will be a shock as we are accustomed to paying about $1.50 US for a gallon of gas in Ecuador. :)
We are going to do more research tonight and then move on to finding B&Bs. When I was there a very long time ago, it was easy to find signs in windows offering a bedroom and breakfast from a family with an extra bedroom. I know things have changed, but that memory of meeting such nice folks still lingers with me and I hope that it might be possible to experience that a few times on this trip.
Have a great evening, Everyone.
For what it is worth..... We have rented a Volkswagen Golf (Hertz) through Auto Europe for 11 days in May. Much smaller car with manual shift....and includes full zero deductible insurance for $460. Pick up in Dublin (non-airport) and drop off at Shannon Airport. We have used Auto Europe for all seven various country trips in the past.
Tim, you must have gotten quite a deal. The cheapest I found on an initial search of AutoEurope was $735 for economy and $971 for a mini. Surely, there must be better deals. Do you have ay search tips?
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Tim's quote is for a compact -- for 11 days.
Judy's quote is for a Qashqi -- for 14 days.
My 'Test Quote' was for a Qashqi, for 29 days.
AutoEurope is a 'Consolidator', acting as agents for Enterprise, Alamo, Avis and Hertz. Their quotes do NOT include 'Location / Airport Surcharge (approx. 30 Euro). Initial Fuel, NOR 'Excess' Coverage for the 2,200 Euro 'Deductible on both the CDW and Theft. The price also does not include coverage for tire, glass, mirrors, lost keys, wrong fuel use, or under-carriage damage. I can't find anything on their website that details cost of 'Excess' cover, nor for tire and glass cover -- or, even if it is available.
Just to help clarify..... I have rented through Auto Europe seven times....Italy.....France....Czech Republic....Spain.....etc. They booked through Avis and Hertz. This reservation that I made quite awhile ago will be through Hertz. The airport surcharge would be the same for any rental company...... and so would there be a different location drop off surcharge. My reservation is for pick-up city center in Dublin since we will be in Dublin for a couple of days before needing the car. Drop off is at Shannon airport and any fee is included. I believe I have the full insurance covering the CWD with zero deductible. The undercarriage and tire coverage I will decide on when picking up the car at Hertz..... most likely I'll add that locally after searching through this thread. I searched on their website but ultimately called them directly for the reservation so I could ask questions. I might add that back in 2010 I had a nightmare experience dropping our rental car off at Avis in Orvieto Italy. The issue was scratches and marks on the car..... I appealed through Auto Europe when getting back home and all charges were credited back on my card. Very glad at the time that I had Auto Europe as an advocate.
Yes, Third-Party 'Excess' Cover will 'fill the gap' of the standard CDW and Theft deductible -- and also cover tires, wheels, lost keys and fuel -- BUT -- The car hire company will treat the Coverage in the same manner as Credit Card coverage: A deposit up to the value of the CDW / Theft deductible will likely still be applied and any damage will be billed to the renter and it will be up to them to claim it back from the insurance company.
Since the insurance only covers the 'Excess', they will still need to buy the Basic CDW and Theft coverage. If that comes via the Groupon 'Deal', then they should be set.
Bob..... Please see the attached quote. Does it seem to include the excess and other charges I need to be aware of...... other than the drop off and fuel?
Tim -- You invoice states "0" Deductible, so it certainly appears to include both CDW, Theft and 'Excess' cover. It also states "including roof, glass and undercarriage" -- but I'm curious that it does NOT mention 'tyres and wheels'. I suggest to query them via email for clarification.
Although the 'One Way Fee' of 35.24 Euro is the only charge detailed in the 'Local Charges' "Box", the section titled "Your Rental Excludes" denotes the following additional (Local) Fees:
"Credit Card Fee of Eur 5.00 will be applied to any extras" (This is a standard charge for Hertz, although nonsensical, since you MUST use a Credit Card.)
"Location Surcharge of approximately EUR 30 or EUR 50 at the Baggot Street Bridge location, paid locally." ( I would ask about this, as well. It's a standard fee (BUT, which amount?) I find it annoying that: a) It isn't included in the Base Rental Price; since, b) There appears to be NO location in Ireland that does NOT charge a 'Premium Location' Fee. )
Also excluded is Personal Injury Protection (likely, NOT needed-- assuming you have adequate alternative medical coverage) and Initial Fuel cost.
On the Golf (or equivalent) that charge / Deposit will be roughly 60 - 80 Euro for the 50 liter tank -- depending on fuel type and mark up. Cost will be refunded if you return the car with a full tank.
Hence, your 'FULLY Inclusive Rate' that you pre-paid will be 'Supplemented' by a charge at collection of somewhere in the vicinity of 140 - 170 Euro -- Although the Fuel charge IS refundable.
Bob..... Thanks for your advice...... I'm feeling more comfortable about the rental. I'll be sure to ask and include any additional tires and wheels rider since those items look to get abused quite easily. As you point out this is a pre-paid rental....although I once cancelled a trip and they credited a full refund. I'll try and give an update post trip to help others.
I saw on another web site you can check your MC World coverage --call 1-800-MCASSIST to request the letter of coverage.
I will get this done before I leave and if I don't have coverage then I guess I will pay the rental company.
I've driven pretty much every class / type of rental vehicle in Ireland -- with the exclusion of the 'Mini' or Economy offerings -- Compact, Mid-Size, 5, 7 and 9 Passenger People Movers and even the Qashqai (SUV / Crossover), but I would say that 75% of our rentals have been in the Ford Focus / VW Golf / Renault Megane.
While the larger vehicles DO sit a bit higher and afford SLIGHTLY more ground clearance and visibility, I've visited quite a few 'Off The beaten Path' locations in ALL of them without any serious difficulty -- although parking a Mercedes Vito in the Parking Garage adjacent to the Galway Jury's Inn WAS challenging! ---
When I've opted to choose a larger vehicle for just the two of us, I've always based the decision more on the needs of the trip and the price differential -- rather than the expectation of 'off-roading' -- which, by the way, would Void all insurances, anyway. I've sometimes found that a mid-size is only $20 or $30 more than a compact for a two week rental, so I've deemed it 'worth it' -- given the amount of driving anticipated for THAT trip -- but I've also stuck with the Focus when three of us were traveling . . .
In short -- a Focus class should be fine, but the Qashqai MIGHT be worth considering IF the price isn't too much of an increase over the Focus / Golf. It's really a Judgement Call on YOUR part.
As Tony and Bob said you will be fine with what ever car you get. IMPORTANT NOTE: Driving off-road or onto the various driving beaches voids your insurance if an incident occurs. Be careful with that and check your insurance plan.