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Rental Cars and Itinerary any advice?

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Rental Cars and Itinerary any advice?

So just some advice if anyone can provide. I’m new to the forums and have never really had to post anything as I usually use my own travel agent well, long story short my wife and I are taking our honeymoon in Ireland come Sept-Oct of this year and we really wanted to plan something that was personal and had “our” own touches on it so here is our itinerary and if anyone could give some advice as far as places to see/visit and or advice we would be grateful!

We have no idea who we’re renting a car (car hire) from as I have seen so many mixed reviews on this site and others. I’m fully aware of the CDW/CDI and excess insurance. I was leaning on Dan Dooley but it’s tough to judge as I have heard nightmares from other forums. I do get discounts on Avis and Hertz from my company but Dooley seems to have far better rates. Any advice on this?

Our itinerary goes as such:

We Fly into Shannan on Sept 30th stay in Limerick for the night at the Absolute hotel. We will head to Killarney and will be staying at Algret House Bed & Breakfast we plan on seen the ring of Kerry, we will be staying there for 4 nights. Then we will heading to cork and staying at the Crawford house and enjoy nearby attractions such as the town of Blarney. We will head from Cork back to Limerick and spend our last two nights at the Limerick Strand Hotel where we will take in some sites in the city.

We honestly don’t have any sites really planned and just want to enjoy some free time and the freedom of enjoying Ireland. However we fear the rental car process, is it truly as bad as everyone says? As I stated before we’re thinking of Dan Dooley out of Shannan and just paying for the CDW and Exess and just hope for the best.

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1. Re: Rental Cars and Itinerary any advice?

Recent posts re Thrifty car rentals might be worth a read " Warning About Thrifty Car Rental Ireland

by TravelingProfessor". Most recent entries today

Edited: 22 May 2014, 21:55
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I have used Budget travel with no problems in the past (http://www.budget.ie/). The main gripe people seem to have is over the complete damage waiver. Budget charge roughly 17 euro per day for this. It means that should anything happen , you will not have to pay for any damage ( tyres excepted). If you decide NOT to take out this EXTRA insurance, a "hold" will be put on your credit card up to the amount stated at time of rental. This "hold" will be released provided that the car is returned undamaged. Thats about it really, I might also mention that automatic cars tend to cost a lot more to rent than manuals. With regard to Dan Dooley, several of the good folk on this forum swear by them and have used them for years.

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Just a couple of things you could do in Kerry

Gap of Dunloe. You can get a bus from Killarney to the gap, walk up through it and down to Lord Brandons cottage ( 2 to 2.5 hours depending on fitness) and then get a boat back across the lakes into Ross Castle

http://www.gapofdunloetours.com/

If you have a rental car, please do not miss the drive around Slea Head near Dingle. The scenery is imo, on a par with anything I have seen anywhere in the world.

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/sleahead.html

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I always used Hertz and never had the slightest problem with them.

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Car rental :

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g186591-c138899/Ire…

Then have a look at these two sites for "fully inclusive" quotes; I've used Hertz for the past few years, no problems at all. Oma, who has just rturned from her latest visit, always uses Dan Dooley:

http://easytourireland.com/

http://www.dandooley.com/

A second recommendation for Dingle, as a day trip from Killarney:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19068-Best_o…

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19854-Dingle…

flickr.com/photos/…

Whilst in Cork, highly recommend you take a day to explore west Cork: gorgeous scenery, pretty little villages, ancient sites :

http://www.westcork.ie/

flickr.com/photos/…

http://www.clonakilty.ie/index.php/tourism/

http://www.skibbereen.ie

http://www.schull.ie/

http://www.mizenhead.net

On your way back to Limerick, you might like to stop at Lough Gur :

http://www.loughgur.com/

megalithicireland.com/…20Circle.htm

flickr.com/photos/…

:-)

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You might want to have a look at this post here: tripadvisor.ie/Travel-g186591-c2757/Ireland:…

Also, I found a very helpful article when driving on holiday in Ireland here: mydiscoverireland.com/blog/…

Loads of other helpful information on that website too!

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newnewenglander I've just returned on Monday from Ireland and as usual used dooley car rental....I buy the insurances and have never had an issue with them at all...their toll free number is 800 331 9301and you can prepay for everything.....you can also pay your fuel deposit before hand if you ask.....then when you return just call their new jersey office, they'll verify that the car was returned full, and your money will be credited back to your card....I called Tuesday and my $90 was back on my account Wednesday...

their price for me has always been lower when dealing with them on the phone instead of booking online.....oh, and they will probably throw in glass and tire coverage (not covered in cdw or super cdw) at no charge.....

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Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply. I guess I have to make a choice between Dooley or Hertz, I do receive discounts as I stated from Hertz so I may go with them. Also any advice on when we should do the currency exchange. A friend of ours who is actually from Killarney said we should wait till we get to Ireland and just take money out of the ATM as the exchange rate is lower. I know my bank does 1% on all charged and 3% on ATMs. That same friend said we should get a prepaid Mastercard and just put the Euro’s on that.

Edited: 23 May 2014, 14:53
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Irish Car Hire suffers from a tremendous IMAGE problem that is exasperated by two serious issues that feed upon themselves -- Lack of transparency on the part of the companies AND Unreasonable Expectations, on the part of their customers.

Full details of pricing, options and fees is USUALLY 'buried' in obscure, 'Pop Up' pages, or in 'Terms and Conditions' that must be searched out, SOMEWHERE on the web site. 'Fully Inclusive' rates are SELDOM that -- which leads to customers complaining of 'Ambush' fees and expenses. Some Companies are better than others in this regard -- but NONE of them are perfect.

Customers -- Particularly from North America -- tend to ASSUME that:

Typical Rental cars all have Automatic, rather than manual, transmissions.

Their Credit Card covers Car Rental Insurance -- without actually CHECKING.

That they somehow are magically ENTITLED to a blemish-free, NEW car. You ARE entitled to a properly working, SAFE vehicle -- NOTHING more. Pretty much everything else is 'Subject To Availability'.

That you are more Important and your needs are more Pressing than the twenty OTHER customers in the queue.

Driving Long Distances after an over-night flight (In an unfamiliar vehicle, over unfamiliar roads, in a FOREIGN country) is 'No Big Deal' -- just because you 'Regularly' drive 2-300 miles a day, 'Back Home'.

Even though choosing to Save Money by NOT purchasing true, FULL coverage, MANY customers seem to take offence when Car Hire Companies opt to protect themselves by requiring large Deposits.

Based upon MY unscientifically based survey of the various Travel Boards that I frequent -- about 98% of all Car Hire complaints seem to center upon the two inter-related issues that I have described.

In that 2%, Most complaints center upon Lost Reservations, surly, or inattentive staff and improperly serviced and inspected vehicles. THOSE are Totally legitimate Faults -- resting squarely on the shoulders of the respective Company and SHOULD be reported upon -- and, Complained about.

If you are preparing to travel to a foreign country and involve yourself in complex business transactions involving costly items (Car Hire) -- It is NECESSARY to 'Do the Work' and exercise, "Due Diligence".

The Irish Government could go a long way toward mitigating MANY of these issues by MANDATING Clear, Consise and Complete Cost Breakdowns from ALL Companies -- but they seem reluctant to do so ...

Edited: 23 May 2014, 15:37
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I'm not sure why you are limiting yourself to Dooley or Hertz? As far as I can tell all the major companies get both good and bad reviews, so no major point of difference. I'd suggest getting an apples to apples quote from Hertz, Dooley, Budget, Avis & Enterprise.

Agree with your friend to get money from an ATM when you arrive. I don't at all agree on the Prepaid Mastercard. There are costs involved, no prepaid card is free, even if the costs are hidden. Then you have the risk if it is lost or stolen, that money is gone!

My bank also charges the 3% / 1%. I opened up a Fidelity Cash Management Account, which is absolutely fee free, no minimums etc. There is no forex fees on atm withdrawl (the 3%) and all ATM fees are refunded. There is 1% on purchases. But using a CC instead of a debit card for purchases is generally a better choice anyways. I understand Schwab offers a similar product. But Schwab hard pulls your credit to open, while Fidelity does not.