A Look at Car Rentals for 2010
Our friend Bob is no stranger to Irish car rentals. This year marks his twelfth self-drive trip in eleven years. Yet, he still finds himself banging his head against the computer screen when it comes time to research car rentals.
His frustrations mirror the list of irksome car rental practices we published in the post 5 Things You Should Know When Renting a Car.
Bob shared the car rental “cheatsheet” he created, and we thought you might want to take a look for yourself. He did his best to compare “apples to apples’ (not an easy feat when dealing with multiple car rental companies in Ireland), so this list compares rentals from the same pick up/drop off locations, same car class, regular insurance (CDW) and same dates (Aug 1-17, 2010).
You’ll notice one of the big players is missing from the list, Dan Dooley. That’s because for these particular dates, the Dooley prices were too high for Bob to even consider them (Bob notes that in the past, he has found Dan Dooley to be very competitive with upfront pricing in their online quotes). Bob was also interested in
renting without CDW, so he included those rates when available… and in the case Hertz, that is the only rate he posted.
A Snap Shot of Bob’s Car Rental Options
|•||CAR||# of DOOR||FEATURES||QUOTE in EUROS||(No CDW)|
|ARGUS – a car rental consolidator|
|Golf||4/5||A/C – automatic||886|
|Avensis||4||A/C – automatic||1,225|
|KEMWELL – a car rental consolidator|
|Focus||2/4||no A/C – 1.4 litre||(951)|
|Mazda 6||4/5||A/C – automatic||(1,337)|
What does this all mean?
- Car rental prices vary greatly (Bob’s quotes ranged from euro 448 – 2,952).
- Despite Bob’s efforts, some of his quotes might not include all the extra costs – some companies simply do not provide all the information.
- Quotes generally DO NOT include “Local Charges and Fees” and fees for a full tank of petrol.
- Bob didn’t book the cheapest rate he found – he ruled out companies that were unclear about fees and rates.
Bob posted even more information about his experience at http://ireland.activeboard.com/forum.spark?aBID=65127&p=3&topicID=35215597.