In Ireland, renting a car can be a tricky operation, with some pitfalls… Nothing insurmountable, but enough to spoil the pleasure of the vacations! We reassure you: it is possible to avoid the obstacles, as long as you follow our advice below… and anticipate! Here is an overview of what you need to know to rent a car in Ireland with peace of mind!
In Ireland, when renting a car, it is necessary to sign a contract in the name of the main driver… and to present a payment card. So far, nothing really shocking or abnormal…
But beware! This is where many travelers get confused about a very important subtlety!
Most car rental agencies in Ireland require that you present a credit card with your first and last name. However, many travelers present a debit card!
The difference may seem insignificant… but not in Ireland! Indeed, the nuance, although fine, can change the fees on your rental, because :
Don’t be fooled by the fact that you have a Visa or a Mastercard: these cards can exist in debit or in credit…
To find out what you have, you’ll need to take out your card and look at the front of the card on the left side, vertically. The word “debit” or “credit” appears in white, in very small letters, and will give you an indication of the status of your payment card.
Let’s say you only have a debit card, not a credit card, you have two scenarios:
We’d rather warn you: rental agencies are pretty strict on this issue and don’t really make exceptions. Even if you have incredible negotiation skills, you can already accept their rules.
But what can you do to avoid these problems? The solution is simple but requires anticipation. We advise you to approach your bank a few months before your departure… to ask them for a credit card.
The process takes a few weeks, but it doesn’t take long to complete.
Once in your wallet, this card will be a precious sesame for a successful vacation in Ireland: freedom and your rental car are yours… without any bad surprises or extra costs!
It’s now up to you to take advantage of the wild Irish roads!