Can I Use 3rd Party Rental Car Insurance in Ireland? | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 162

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Yesterday and today were ‘travel days' as my group made our way north along the Wild Atlantic Way from Doolin to Donegal.

Using 3rd Party Rental Car Insurance in Ireland

Is the zero deductible insurance purchased from an outside source (not they rental car company) as good and hassle free? Several European companies are offering.

 Everything You Need to Know About Car Rental in Ireland

What About Travel Insurance Policies that Cover Car Rental?

Third party excess policies do not reduce your excess to zero. They simply insure the excess. This means that if your excess (the amount held on your credit card) is taken due to damage caused by you during your rental, you can claim this amount back through the company you purchased this policy from. You must have proof of the policy when you pick up the car and it must confirm relevant coverage for the Republic of Ireland. You will be required to leave an excess (often €5000 or more) held on the credit card used to rent the car.

Drivers who arrive without a relevant card and letter, or those who do not have excess available on their card, will be required to purchase SCDW/ Excess/ Super CDW coverage from the car rental company.

Highlights along the Wild Atlantic Way

Poulnabrone Dolmen – the oldest excavated megalithic tomb in Ireland. (See more to do in the Burren here.)

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Clare, Ieland

Sky Road – a dramatic drive with equally dramatic scenery on the farthest west coast of County Galway.

Sky Road, Clifden, Connemara, Galway, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey – quite possibly the most photographed castle in western Ireland. A romantic spot with a tragic tale.

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Galway, Ireland

Croagh Patrick – Ireland's holy mountain where St. Patrick prayed for 40 days and 40 nights of the people of Ireland.

Croagh Patrick beyond Murrisk Abbey, Mayo, Ireland

Famine Sculpture – across the road from Croagh Patrick.

coffin ship famine sculpture, Murrisk, Mayo, Ireland

Carrowmore Megalithic Site – the largest concentration of megalithic monuments in Ireland. (More about Sligo activites in this article.)

Carrowmore, Sligo, Ireland

Lough Eske Castle – fabulous castle hotel; our base for 2 nights.

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