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    Ireland Car Rental FAQ

    Auto Europe has over 60 years of experience in the travel industry. With over 20,000 car rental locations in Ireland and around the world, Auto Europe has the expertise to answer any and all questions about your Ireland rental car.

    If there is a question or concern you have that we haven't addressed on this page, we invite you to check out our general car rental FAQ. Don't forget that you can always call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555. Our team of award-winning travel experts is available 24/7 for your convenience and we are always happy to provide you with the information you're seeking.

    What side of the road do people drive on in Ireland?

    Like the United Kingdom and other former territories of the British Empire, drivers in the Republic of Ireland drive on the left side of the road. This tradition evolved from days before cars were common. Driving on the left side of the road allowed riders on horseback to have their sword hand (right hand) available at all times. See our driving tips in Ireland page for more information and recommendations on preparing yourself to drive on the left-hand side of the road (sword not included in rental).

    What type of car is best for touring Ireland?

    When selecting a rental vehicle for your vacation in Ireland, it's important that you take into account your travel plans and what exactly you're looking for in a vehicle. If you're traveling with the family, a group of people, or planning on taking long trips, a full-size wagon, SUV, or mini-van rental is likely your best choice to carry your passengers and their luggage comfortably. If you're spending most of your driving time in large cities or congested towns, a compact-sized car is likely more appropriate as it will allow you to park easily in compact spaces. Ultimately, the best vehicle for your vacation is the one that fits your travel needs and your budget.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Ireland?

    To rent a car in Dublin or elsewhere in Ireland, the driver must be at least 21 years old and he or she must have had their license for a minimum of one year. The majority of rental companies in Ireland charge a young driver surcharge to anyone under 24 years old that rents a car in Ireland. While this fee isn't typically very high, make sure you ask your Auto Europe reservations agent to clarify any charges you may incur as a young driver. Additional information is available in the Ireland driving age section of this guide.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Ireland?

    The easy answer here is yes, you need a credit card to rent a car in Ireland. Technically, there are some car rental suppliers that will allow a rental car to be rented with a debit card, but if they do allow such a rental, you are likely to be required to provide a LARGE cash deposit and reclaiming this deposit will typically take longer than simply removing an authorization from your credit card would.

    If you're looking to rent a car in Ireland and have a credit card, our advice is to utilize it. If you only have a debit card and you want to rent a vehicle in Ireland, give one of our reservations agents a call at 1-888-223-5555 and we'll find an agency that will allow you to rent with a debit card. Some cardholders will have rental car insurance coverage included when they use their card. Consult the rental car insurance in Ireland section of this travel guide for more information regarding rental car insurance and what type of policy makes the most sense for you.

    Can I drive my rental car into Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK?

    Most rental suppliers will allow their rental vehicles to be taken into Northern Ireland for a cross border fee, which varies greatly by supplier. Fewer suppliers allow their vehicles to be driven to the rest of the United Kingdom (Scotland, England, and Wales), and those that do will require additional insurance. If you want to acquire a rental car in the Republic of Ireland and plan to drop it off in either Northern Ireland or the rest of the United Kingdom, you will be required to pay an international one-way fee in addition to any supplemental insurance the rental agency might require..

    Can I extend my car rental contract while I'm traveling in Ireland?

    Yes, you can extend your car rental contract while traveling in Ireland. If you'd like to keep your current vehicle for additional days or if you find that you need to upgrade to a different model for a longer stay in Ireland, simply contact Auto Europe via our toll-free number from Ireland: 00-800-223-5555-5. Our travel experts are available 24/7 to field your call and arrange an extended rental.

    What if I find a better deal on a car rental in Ireland?

    If you do find a better price on a car rental in Ireland, Auto Europe offers a best-rate guarantee, which means that if you do find a lower price for a comparable rental, we invite you to complete our Guaranteed Best Rate form and we will give you a better deal. Not only does this arrangement provide you with a better price, it also gives you the peace and mind of knowing that you've received the best deal in the travel industry.

    Where should I keep my paperwork while driving in Ireland?

    Auto Europe recommends that renters keep all of their paperwork and documentation in a safe place within their rental vehicle. This includes the signed rental agreement, fuel receipts, and any relevant insurance documentation that could be needed should you run into a disagreement with the supplier or get into an accident while driving in Ireland. A little time spent keeping your paperwork organized and in one place could save you a lot of time and aggravation hunting for documents while on the road.

    What do I do if I get into an accident or have any problem with my car rental in Ireland?

    For accidents, immediately contact the local authorities, and then contact Auto Europe toll-free at 00-800-223-5555-5 (our international number when calling from Ireland); agents are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you with any issues you may be having with your rental. Whether you're contacting us because you've gotten into a collision, or you're having a disagreement with an agent at the pick-up desk, contact us immediately for assistance. One of the biggest benefits of booking with Auto Europe is our award-winning customer support - we're here to help with any issues you may be having and we are able to act as a go-between to resolve any disputes you may have during your trip.

    Can Auto Europe help me make arrangements for my other travel needs in Ireland?

    Of course we can! With over six decades in the travel industry, take advantage of Auto Europe's expertise to assist you in making arrangements for hotel accommodations and flights,as well as private chauffeurs and luxury car rentals.


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