Car hire in Ireland recommendations

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1. Posted by Travelingjennie (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

we are going to hire a car for 2 weeks to tour around Ireland. All the usual companies hire cars as well as a couple of local companies. Does anyone have any recommendations for which company to use? We will pick up and return in Dublin. Thank you

2. Posted by Rhmyers (Budding Member 50 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quit a few years ago, I had good deal/service from a local company out of Dublin.
Don't remember the name.

But more important.
I would suggest you get their insurance.
o Driving on the Other side of the Road.
o A lot of the cars were stick shift...that may have changed
o The roads are often narrow and have LARGE Stone walls Very close to the road.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6661 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Here's an important tip on insurance for car hire - check your travel insurance. Travel insurance usually includes cover for the excess that car hire companies charge in case of damage. And travel insurance is FAR cheaper than what the car hire places want.

Be sure to read up on your travel insurance fine print before you end up at the car hire place and they ask whether you want to pay extra to remove the excess. Even if you don't have travel insurance, there are also specialist excess insurance companies that sell insurance just to lower car hire excess at a fraction of the cost of what the car hire companies want to charge you.

4. Posted by NiamhC (Budding Member 24 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

A friend of mine frequently uses Hertz, and has not had any problems. They have offices in Dublin airport, as well as a few offices within the city centre.

You could also check out - they sometimes offer special deals

5. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Check if the credit card you use gives Insurance for car hire .. mine does.

6. Posted by Travelingjennie (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for the replies so far. I live in Australia so will be driving on the 'correct' side of the road for me. I can also drive a manual car!! I am looking at hiring a small car to cope with the narrow roads.

I have travel insurance but I will definitely check the insurance covers and the excess.

Rhymers, was the local company Dan Dooleys?

7. Posted by padington bear (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

We hired from Enterprise and had great fun in a Fiat 500 which left a 4 x 4 gasping on some of the steep hills - the Fiat climbed them with zero probs. However the Fiat's fuel gauge showed as a warning light on the outskirts of Dublin so we topped it up only to find that it was full to over flowing -- and given that we were handing back the car on an empty basis as part of the contract we'd paid twice for our petrol. It took me 9 months to extract the refund for the fuel we'd put in due to the faulty fuel gauge despite Enterprise admitting that they knew it was a fault of the Fiat's, All the time the Enterprise staff were very apologetic but getting the refund back on the credit card took forever. Do remember to advise any hire company if you're planning to take the car into Northern Ireland which won't be a prob. Enjoy Ireland

8. Posted by Rhmyers (Budding Member 50 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

One thing that is not mentioned by others is PRICE.
Out local company saved us a lot and the car was fine.
Sorry don't recall the name, but it was Irish :)

Soo Dan Dooley's might ? be a possibility.
As I recall, it was right near the Dublin Air Port...don't even remember how we got there.?

9. Posted by Rhmyers (Budding Member 50 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Agree with what others have said about insurance...
but make sure you are well covered.
Those walls can be challenging.

Real Joke.

After a day or two, my wife was complaining of a sore neck.

It turned out that she was sitting on the side of the car nearest the walls.
When I would come close (particularly on curves) she would jerk her head...

I've been to Ireland 3 times and had a wonderful time .
My favorites are : Dublin, Galway, over to the Buren and Cliffs of Morre, Dulin Ring of Kerry,
and Dingle.... Just South of Dublin Mountains was fine ....
Ill try and rember the town between Cliffs of More and Killaarney. Great locals only
with instruments, singing, poetry..

And come with a note book for the jokes you'll hear.


10. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 150 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

We do have good few car rentals and as long as the deal is right they will do fine. I do like Hertz I have to admit. Main think it's the unlimited mileage. The roads are good and it's easy to travel around. Be sure there is no limit on your daily usage. There will be no issue driving to the Northern Ireland part also.

Anything else- just drop me a line.