Jody is joined by Stephanie Chastain. Stephanie publishes Infinite Ireland, a site dedicated to helping first-time travelers to Ireland. Join Jody and Stephanie as they discuss the ins and outs of car rental in Ireland.
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InfinateIreland.com is a site to help people plan their first trip to Ireland. The Chastains have been traveling to Ireland for the past decade.
Car Rental in Ireland:
Why Driving is the Best Way to See Ireland:
How difficult is it to drive in Ireland?
It's intimidating. You're driving on the left, on narrow roads and watching out for sheep. It takes some getting used to, but having a good navigator really helps with the adjustment.
Tip: Use Google Maps to check out the streets you will be traveling before you go to give you a better idea of where to go.
Which Car Rental Company do you Prefer:
Dan Dooley is one of the most transparent companies. You know exactly what everything will cost.
Tip: Check out the .ie sites for other car rental companies that you are familiar with such as Hertz, Enterprise, etc. These sites will include the minimum insurance requirements for that country to rent a car. This helps give you a better idea of what it will cost and helps prevent sticker shock.
Tip: Typically it is easier to rent through the actual car rental company instead of through a third-party such as Travelocity. It's a lot less hassel if something goes wrong.
What is CDW and Super Collision Coverage?
Warning on Using Credit Cards to Rent a Car:
Only a handful of credit cards actually cover car rental in Ireland, so call your credit card companies' benefits department beforehand to be sure. Then, 2 weeks before you leave for Ireland, have the credit card company send you a letter, that you will bring with you to Ireland, that will prove that you are covered. The car must be rented with the credit card you are using to cover the insurance.
Warning: Discover Card is not accepted in Ireland. Also be careful with American Express, since they are not always accepted either.
Tip: Take pictures of the vehicle before and after to have proof of any prior damage.
- Ask what the policy is for charges on the toll roads for each car rental company.
- GPS ins't necessary – but a good map is vital.
- Pay attention to your packing- and the trunk size of your rental vehicle!
- Use your turn signal on the roundabouts.
- Follow the brown signs for interesting places.
3 places in Ireland you MUST visit, but need a car:
- West Cork Area
- Northwest Area, County Donegal
- Achill Island
Renting a car in Ireland can be a long and drawn out process, but it really is worth it to explore the country. Just use these tips and do your research.
If you want to connect with Stephanie, check out Infinite Ireland or her Facebook page.
Questions: Contact Jody at [email protected].
SO glad you found the information helpful, Jill!