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KellyDee
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(7/26/05 6:19 pm)

Car Rental Driver Age Restrictions


My friend and I are planning a trip to Ireland and are interested in renting a car. I am 22 years of age, and have not had a problem thus far finding a rental company that will rent a car to me for an extra charge. However, we are both first time drivers in Ireland and wanted to be able to "switch off" while we are touring the country. The problem is, she is 20 years old. Am I going to be able to find a car rental company that will rent to me and allow her as a driver as well? So far, the companies i have found will allow extra drivers, 21 and up. I am almost certain, however, that i read somewhere that for an additional fee, certain car rentals companies will allow a driver over 18, provided they held their license for at least two years prior. Was I dreaming when I read this? I am starting to panic at the thought of having to drive the entire vacation myself. I will, of course, want to follow the rules of the company and want to make sure that she will be included as a driver, if possible. I am beginning to wonder, though, if the law in Ireland for a driver is minimum 21 years old. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you kindly!



Michele Erdvig
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(7/28/05 12:16 am)

Re: Car Rental Driver Age Restrictions


KellyDee,

Most car rental companies will not rent to anyone under 21. However, things have been changing slowly and it is up to the car rental company. Each has individual rules. I suggest you do a good Internet search for Ireland car rentals and see if you can find one that will accommodate you.

Depending on where you are going in Ireland, you may be able to get some day tours from certain places like Killarney, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, etc. That will take the strain of driving off you for a day or two.

Michele



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