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Old 11-14-2021, 11:00 AM
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We bought our tickets for Ireland! My husband will be our driver. We are looking at an automatic transmission. Does anyone have recommendations for car rental companies and what insurance wed need? Thank you all!


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Old 11-14-2021, 11:33 AM
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What an amazing trip you have planned! I have no idea about the car rental, but wanted to say how exciting it is to have this trip in your future
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Old 11-14-2021, 12:52 PM
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Maybe this link will help.
https://ie.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen...ng-in-ireland/

If you belong to AAA, they are usually good at answering questions like these.

On your trip
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Everything go right, and nothing wrong.
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Old 11-14-2021, 01:27 PM
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I've only rented a car in Canada and it was from a well known American company (National, I think?) You should check with your insurance company to see what they recommend and what they cover during international travel. That being said, I bought the full coverage on my Canadian rental because I didn't want to take any chances on international legal problems.

And have fun! I'm jealous!
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Have a great trip! Enjoy!
Old 11-14-2021, 01:32 PM
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This up to date article may help you.

https://carrental.deals/blog/best-ca...d/#/searchcars


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Old 11-14-2021, 04:47 PM
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We've rented through a variety of companies. I remember we used Sixt which has a location at the Reykyavik Airport which is a brand I don't hear much about in the US. Have so much fun!
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Old 11-15-2021, 05:08 AM
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You will have so much fun! It is a whole new experience to drive on the left; and while there are freeways, many of your travels may be on narrow country lanes (with sheep crossing in front of you)!

We travelled to Ireland in 2018, and flew in and out of Dublin. We rented from Dan Dooley, and had a wonderful experience with them. I would check them out.

The insurance situation is a little different in Ireland than many other parts of Europe, as they won't accept the insurance you may already have with your credit card. I would suggest buying the most inclusive type of insurance possible. Just accept it will be a necessary expense to give you peace of mind.

They gave us a brand new car at the rental. Unfortunately, we had a close call on a narrow bridge with stone walls, and an oncoming truck travelling into our lane. Dh had to pull sharply over to avoid being hit, and scraped the car a little on the stone wall.

When we returned it, the attendant just said, "Oh, that's nothing. We expect when our vehicles are driven by Americans there might be minor damage". There was no charge.

Look on tripadvisor, on the Ireland travel forum. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForu...8-Ireland.html On the right there is a "Most asked questions" column, and the sixth one down covers all you need to know about car rental and insurance.
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Old 11-15-2021, 07:09 AM
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Ireland is the only country we got the additional insurance. The country roads are very narrow and somewhere we put a dent down the whole side of the car. The additional coverage was worth it.
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Old 11-15-2021, 07:18 AM
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If you plan to drive into Northern Ireland ask if you need additional insurance.
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