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Getting a Deal on Your Rental Car

Car Rentals - Irish-Renter - June 27, 2017

Getting a Deal on Your Rental Car

Rental cars can get pricey, especially if you add in all the extra options and insurance.  Getting a deal on a rental car isn’t that hard, so let’s look at the options for getting a great deal.

Do Your Homework

Renting a car is just like any other purchase you make, do some research before you pull out your credit card.  Things like availability, location, size, and rental time are all going to affect the price of your car and what kind of experience you are going to have.

Location and Timing

If you want to get a deal on a rental then timing is everything.  Book your car as soon as you can.  If you’re moving or booking your vacation to Ireland then book your car as soon as you book your plane tickets or sign your new lease.  The further in advance you can book the better your rates will be.  Now bear in mind that your daily rate will also be affected by the time of year.  Last minute reservations and during peak holiday times like Christmas is going to cost you a pretty penny.

Sometimes you can get a better deal with weekend specials rather than during the week.  During the week cars are in demand for traveling business people.  It is also cheaper to pick up a car in town instead of at an airport.  If you’re in town on business, arrange for the car rental company to pick you up at your hotel it’s cheaper than airport car rental rates.  Here are some more tips you can use.

Getting a Lower Rate

If you are using your car for business then you should check into corporate rates.  Large corporations with thousands of employees all traveling all over the world have negotiated better rates with big multinational car rental companies.  Most of the time all you will need to produce is your business card, even if it is for personal use.

Car rental rates are generally charges on a per day basis.  The first thing you want to ask is what they consider “a day”, for some rental companies they base it on 24 hours while others base it on when the business closes for the day.  It may seem like a small distinction but you want to avoid charges for a time you didn’t use or have the car.

Insurance

Car insurance is a must, but do you really need the car rental company to sell you additional insurance?  If you’re paying with a credit card then find out from your card company if rental cars are covered, many are.  Check with your own car insurance too to see if rentals are covered.  You may not even need the expensive add on insurance.

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Touring Across Ireland

Car Rentals - Irish-Renter - June 20, 2017

Touring Across Ireland

Ireland isn’t that large of a country but despite that it has some incredible landscapes, long stretches of beaches and some incredibly quaint rural towns to visit and enjoy some Irish hospitality.  You might be lured to Ireland to see the rolling green hills, castles and historical landmarks, or it just might be the Guinness.  Whatever brought you to Ireland doesn’t matter but if you want to see all those sights the best way to do that is to grab a rental car.

Traveling Across Ireland

To get the best experience traveling Ireland’s coastline and historical sites then your own transportation is best.  The roads in Ireland are wide and connect the smaller rural towns and villages, they may not be the highway systems that you are used to.  This means you can pull over any time you like and snap some pictures or just appreciate the beauty of the country.  If you want to stop and spend the night anywhere along the way, you’re perfectly free to do so.

Renting a Car

If you’re coming across to Ireland from North America the first thing you need to know is that many of the cars that are offered are a stick shift.  If you can’t drive a car with a standard transmission then make sure you talk to your rental car company first so they know you will need an automatic.  There are no shortage of rental car companies in Ireland.  Some are locally owned and operated and others are franchises of the bigger international companies like Enterprise or Budget.

No matter how you choose your car rental company it’s is still going to save you a ton of money compared to taking buses from town to town and then using taxis locally.  Tourist spots are scattered throughout Ireland and not all of them are convenient to get to without having your own transportation.  There is the Holy Cross Abbey, the Blarney Castle and lots of other national monuments that you should take the time to see for yourself.

Picking Your Car

You have options when it comes to choosing your car.  First specify if you need an automatic or not.  If you plan on traveling further than just Ireland than you need to let the rental company know that you need a car that can travel.  Most will allow you to go to Northern Ireland without any additional costs but if you want to cross over to the UK then there will be a charge.

Car rentals Ireland websites allow you to choose the perfect car. You are also given the chance to select a car that is allowed to cross countries. Most car rentals in Ireland are permitted to enter Northern Ireland free of charge, and United Kingdom for a minimal fee added to your rental dues.

Upgrades and Additional Equipment

If you plan on doing any camping or have lots of gear to lug around with you then see if you can book a trailer as well or even look into a van, bear in mind it will cost a little more.  On the plus side most car rental companies in Ireland include unlimited mileage so that’s an additional cost you don’t have to worry about.  Check into the hours and pick up and drop off times so you’re not stuck paying for an extra day for being an hour late.

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