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Planning to drive the #wildatlanticway or visit the famous Cliffs of Moher? Then this 2017 car rental guide is for you

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Renting a car in Ireland? driver's Age won't be an Issue anymore

Renting a car is a convenient way to get around in Ireland, but many rental companies have age requirements. Especially if you are under 25 or over 70, you need to ensure that you check with your rental company before you confirm your booking. No one likes the idea that they are not able to rent a car especially when all your plans has been made around you driving to different sights around the country. This usually affect young drivers from American that has been driving from the age of 16 years old. It is a really big deal to be able to drive on your holiday, however, you must realise that driving in Ireland is different when it comes to general requirements. These are the quick things to bear in mind if you are a driver from American looking to drive in Ireland

Minimum Age:

The legal age to drive in Ireland is 17 years this means you can say you are already 1 year driving experience if you started driving from age 16. This means a 24 year old in Ireland officially had 7 years of driving experience but an American has had 8 years driving. Other factors are considered but age is a major factor. So the type of car you want to rent might plays a factor as well. Some companies will only rent vehicles to drivers over 25 in Ireland, while some may not. It is important that you prepare and check in advance if you have to call the rental companies do this eliminates and issues that could arise with possible assumptions.

Young Driver Surcharge:

As a young person you may have faced barriers when it comes to renting a car, which is why there are always ways to ensure you get the best deals available.

You need to know that car rental companies want to ensure that the car they rent out to young driver are handled without incident and the premium on younger drivers are much higher compared to adult driver.

Be sure to go over your excess whenever you are renting a car, this would determine if you should go with that company or their competitor.

Maximum Age:

Most rental companies do not have a maximum age limit for car rentals. Some companies are reluctant to rent out cars if you are over 70. Ireland, Cyprus and Malta are three countries where you may experience such issues. If you are aged over 70, getting a letter from a medical professional confirming that you can drive safely can go a long way to ensure that you are allowed to drive. It is advisable to check with the company before you book your rental to clarify its policies.
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You'll need to be able to prove your age when you collect your rental car. Irish companies accept a valid passport as proof of your identity and age. You also need your driving license. Ensure that all your required documents are available and up to date the chances are getting your car is the first thing on your agenda so ensure you have them within reach it shows that you are very prepared. Also ensure that your documents have an English translation if the language written on the document is not English as the agent could reject the document needs further translation.
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Car Rental in Ireland Made Easy

When it comes to renting a car in Ireland, there are certain things anyone renting a car should know. After all you want to come to Ireland and not only enjoy yourself, you also want to be able to go everywhere possible. Renting a car is the best way to explore Ireland, with every major landmark within driving distance from the countries 3 biggest airports.

So your airline ticket is booked, your hotel is booked now is time to arrange your transportation. Some specific questions need to be answered as they would determine how much you will be paying.

• How old is the renter?
• What class of car do you want?
• What transmission of car would you be driving?
• Would you be needing extra?
• What cover would you be getting?

Age: Once you have the above questions answered, your rental process becomes much clearer and easier to handle. Age, as with most things, is vital and this is especially important with car rental. Your age determines how much you pay for the car rental and your additional cover. In Ireland some rental companies do not rent to anyone under 25 years of age. That is why companies that accept to rent cars to anyone under 25 years generally charge higher. If you are between 25 - 74 years of age you are in the best pricing category and you will really benefit from renting a car as there are usually no restrictions.

Car Class: Cheap cars are good value for money, but you have to think about your needs to pick the right car class to suit your needs. If you are planning to go around the city, then a small car would suit you perfectly but if your plan is to travel long distances then going a class up could be your best option. Car classes range from (Economy – Executive). Also bear in mind that different car classes have different cover so ensure that you factor this into the class you end up choosing.

Car Transmission: For Americans, an automatic transmission would be ideal, but in Europe it is generally not that popular and they usually cost more to rent. Sometimes they double in price of same type of car class so you should think about this. If you have never driven manual transmission car then it would not be the ideal time to start as this would put another learning curve into your perfectly planned holiday. If you have experience driving manual transmission cars then driving one in Europe should be no problem, if not we advise to stick to the automatic cars. The good thing is you can tell the customer service that you wish to test out driving the car before you decide on renting it.This way, you can decide if you're comfortable enough behind the wheel before your rental begins.

Extras: These can sometimes sound like the rental agent trying to up sell you but you should know that all they offer are what most people renting cars forget to bring with them. These common things are usually an extra driver, car seat for children, Booster seat or Sat Nav with each serving its own purpose.

If you are new to Ireland don’t know your way around a Sat Nav would be best suited as that would ensure that you get around without too much hassle. When you think about it getting an additional driver is also worth looking into especially if you are travelling in a group and you will be sharing the driving responsibilities. These extras come at additional cost so you have to consider this as well.

Vehicle Cover: Simply put it is to ensure that the company is insured in case of an unexpected accident and there is usually a mix up when Americans are renting cars in Ireland. Mostly around CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) this can put off a lot of car renters as it can be confusing. So when you are booking a car on a rental website and you accept CDW, it just means that you have agreed to get covered by your credit card issuer. However, it is advisable to check with your credit card company as them simple that you are going to Ireland and you would like to know if they cover you driving while in Ireland.
If the answer is yes its best to get a letter to confirm this as this helps you when you arrive to pick up your car rental. What this means is that you would not need to pay for extra cover when you when to pick up a car. If you are not getting the insurance with car Rental Company, they would have to hold a deposit off your credit card the amount can be between €1000 - €5000 depending on the car class you are renting.
Do not be alarmed about the amount, in the event that the car is returned without damage the full amount is returned to your card within a short time and in case there is an incident, then the amount is held until your insurance clears the invoice based on the invoice provided by the car rental company.
The point where confusion can arise is when an additional cover is purchased from a third-party website, you have to understand that the same type of cover with your credit card company applies and the car rental company will have to take the deposit as well.
In the situation where you do not have a CDW from your credit card company, the car rental company will advise that you go for the cover they offer and that would reduce your excess to almost zero. So if you are in an accident, you will not be liable for the damages. You see why vehicle cover was left till the last so that there is more time to go over it.
If you need more information on any of the above points, do not hesitate to contact Car Rental Ireland and we would be happy to discuss any of your queries with you.
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