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Trip To Ireland: Renting A Car, Dates Uncertain  
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11951 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 3 days ago) and read 1799 times:

Hi, folks!

Since we have so many folks here in the airline business, I'd like to ask a question.

My cousin is a flight attendant and she's getting buddy passes for her mom and my mom to travel to Ireland in a few weeks.

The exact dates can't be nailed down because they are using a form of non-rev travel and can easily get bumped.

So, is there a way to set up a car rental (hire) for my mom in advance without knowing the exact dates of arrival and departure? I'm willing to guarantee the company a minimum number of days of business, but I can't say exactly which ones. I want to be able to lock in the price and deal with as much of the paperwork in advance so my mom and aunt don't have to deal with it all at the airport.javascript:autosave_body('new')

Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

You might check the airline's help desk for employee and buddy pass users, they may offer special arrangements for short-notice and discounted rental rates. You could also go to the websites of various broker companies and directly of rental car companies for short-notice special rental prices. Also check the websites of minor or Ireland only based companies.

I would also note 2 important issues in renting in Ireland. Ireland last I knew does not allow foreign nationals to use their credit cards to waive Loss Waiver Insurance requirements, you will have to purchase it. Check with your credit card issuer at their websites as to cardholder benefits or contact cardholder services. Some rental companies may limit the use of their cars to only within the Republic of Ireland if picked up there, you cannot enter Northern Ireland as part of the UK.


User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1702 times:
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The family and I were in Dublin a few years ago. I had considered on renting a car, but suddenly I remembered that they drive on the "wrong" side of the road. Not being comfortable with that fact, I abstained from driving there. It was just too weird when I was taking a taxi, not having a steeringwheel in front of my seat like I used to.

But if your mother feels comfortable with being on the "wrong" side and is sure that she can handle a sudden emergency the correct way, by all means -get that rental car.

Scooter01   



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User currently offlineThrottleHold From South Africa, joined Jul 2006, 651 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

Try www.carhire3000.ie

I always use them when I'm home in Ireland. 99% of the time better rates than through the rental agencies themselves.
Also, most of their options have a free cancellation policy if cancelled up to 24 hours beforehand.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11951 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Thanks for the tips, folks!


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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 2):
But if your mother feels comfortable with being on the "wrong" side and is sure that she can handle a sudden emergency the correct way, by all means -get that rental car.

I never had a serious problem when driving on he "wrong side" though it was a bit queer using the wrong hand to shift gears with. The most common problem is turning on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal. I've gotten a few laughs from that. The most important thing to remember is the difference when you make a turn onto a new street. (I've also gotten a few laughs from other drivers at times.)


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11951 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 5):
The most important thing to remember is the difference when you make a turn onto a new street. (I've also gotten a few laughs from other drivers at times.)

I did that and got nothing but screams from my passengers!  

Luckily it only happened once, in a place where there was no oncoming traffic...



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User currently offlinelapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1558 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Don't forget to take an international drivers permit. they might not understand the language yours is written in     

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5577 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 2):
I had considered on renting a car, but suddenly I remembered that they drive on the "wrong" side of the road. Not being comfortable with that fact, I abstained from driving there. It was just too weird when I was taking a taxi, not having a steeringwheel in front of my seat like I used to.

It's not as difficult driving on the wrong side of the road at all: I've done it often on the Continent and the US and after an hour or so you get used to it. When driving on narrow roads, all you have to do is remember to keep yourself next to the centre line and you can't go wrong. This is particularly useful when turning corners: if you find yourself next to the kerb you're most definitely on the wrong side of the road.

I only got it wrong twice. Once was during a heated row with my mate and I pulled out onto an empty road. My mate quietly turned to me and said "Do you realise you're driving on the wrong side of the road?". In the heat of the argument my mind went onto autopilot, so any serious distraction should be avoided when pulling out (or any time while driving, for that matter). The other time was when I came home after three weeks driving around Italy: I pulled into a petrol station (again on a quiet road) the day after I came home. After filling-up I got back into the car and without thinking drove out onto the wrong side.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 5):
The most common problem is turning on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal. I've gotten a few laughs from that. The most important thing to remember is the difference when you make a turn onto a new street

This depends on the manufacturer: Asian cars and European cars tend to have the indicators and windscreen wipers on opposite sides, for some reason.


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