Rent Direct from a Car Rental Council Member
There are many organisations offering car rental services but avoid confusion and for your own protection make your reservation directly with an approved car rental company. The Car Rental Council does not offer a reservation service on this website. However you are welcome to click on any of the member company links to access company websites where you will find contact details and reservation facilities. All the car rental companies listed are approved by the Car Rental Council of Ireland and operate to an industry Code of Practice.
The car rental fleet is regularly updated and the most of the cars offered for hire are less than one year old. Member companies are committed to providing vehicles that are in a safe and roadworthy condition and as a minimum are maintained in accordance with manufacturers servicing requirements. A comprehensive range of car makes, models and sizes is available including Minibuses, Estates, People Carriers and Space Wagons. Professional valeting, preparation and servicing ensures cars are presented to the highest standards designed to improve your driving experience.
To rent a car in Ireland you will need a valid current driving licence and a credit card. Passports are usually required for ID purposes. Ensure you provide details of any additional drivers that will be driving. Most rental cars have manual transmission so ask about automatics well in advance. If you plan to travel between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland or if you want to pick up the car at one location and return it somewhere else, check out these requirements when you book. Reserve your car as early as possible to ensure you get the car you want at a reasonable price.
You will be required to sign a rental agreement, so spend some time in advance to select the various insurances, waivers and other options appropriate to your needs and understand the costs involved. Value added tax (VAT) will be charged and you should take note of any airport, fuel, refueling or other charges.
Third party insurance is compulsory and will be included in the rental rate. This however only covers you for other peoples injury and damage to their vehicle.
Rental companies will normally also provide:
- insurance cover for theft which limits your financial liability for loss or theft of the rented vehicle; collision damage waiver (CDW) which limits your financial liability for damage to the rented vehicle and Personal Accident Insurance, which covers the driver for personal injuries.
- Visitors, who wish to claim CDW coverage using a credit card facility (e.g US MasterCard Gold or Platinum), are advised to provide documentary evidence confirming the cover for their trip to Ireland. You should note that CDW conditions may have exclusions (windscreen, tyres).
- CDW is subject to a non-waivable excess fee. Car rental companies offer additional cover against the excess fee. Customers who buy separate insurance to cover the CDW excess fee from a third party should note that in such circumstances rental companies will require a security deposit. The security deposit is most often taken, at the point of car pick-up, via a refundable pre-authorised charge to your credit card. A security deposit does not apply if you purchase an excess waiver directly from a car rental company. The following example explains how this works. Take the case of a rented car with an excess of €1,000 which has suffered damage worth €1,500: If you took out cover against the excess fee with the rental company then you either pay nothing or pay a minimum amount depending on the terms of the car rental company’s excess policy. Alternatively, if you got separate insurance to cover the CDW excess fee from a third party then (a) the first €1,000 of the damage comes from the excess insurance and (b) the balance of €500 is covered by standard CDW insurance. In this case, the rental car company will invoke the pre-authorised €1,000 charge to your credit card and you seek redress from the third party insurer for reimbursement of €1,000 on their policy. Renters are advised to check for exclusions in the terms and conditions of excess waiver policies purchased from third parties.
Inspect the vehicle carefully on collection by walking all the way round it looking for any signs of damage. Check the spare wheel and the tools. Make sure that any damage or missing accessories are notified to the rental company before you leave the rental compound. Allow plenty of time, particularly at busy rental sites, when checking the vehicle on return. Make sure that the vehicle is inspected by the rental company and that you both agree, note and sign for any damage on all copies of the damage report. The rental company expects you to take good care of their vehicle. You will be liable for damage to the vehicle arising from misuse, off road driving or other acts of negligence which are regarded as breach of contract. These charges will include loss of income arising from a vehicle not being available for renting. This also applies to the theft of or from the vehicle.
Tolls are payable on some motorways at designated toll booths. However when crossing the M50 near the Westlink bridge you drive under a gantry with an array of cameras. These will take a photo and send it for processing a charge to the rental company if you do not pay the toll by 8PM the following day. Some car rental companies will include M50 toll charges on your account. To avoid penalty charges check with your car rental company how it accounts for toll charges.