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76 year old trying to rent car in Ireland?

I've been traveling to Ireland many times in past 20 years getting along just fine with driving. Is it true that rental car companies do not rent to people over 75? Thanks for input.

Posted by
913 posts

Gemut makes a great primer for people who are going to rent a car in the EU.

IMHO you can gain some wonderful insights if you read all they have to say.

Here is what they say about age restrictions:

Age Restrictions
"There is no upper age limit for renting a car
in most countries. However, a few companies in
Ireland, the U.K., Denmark, and certain eastern
countries won’t rent to older drivers, though
exceptions are often possible. Minimum renting
age ranges from 19 to 24 and in almost all cases
drivers in this age category must pay extra fees
and/or purchase CDW."

We usually rent here, and use the broker AutoEurope to find a car. We like the fact that we can
1. read the complete contract
2. cancel at any time.
3. buy here and pay here.
Many people have had great luck with Dan Dooley Irish rental agency. Others like to use a search engine like Kayak to find the best prices and coverage.

Whatever you do, make sure that you totally understand your "CDW" coverage i.e. the "excess" or "deductable" that most auto rental agencies don't cover without charging you a huge fee.

Posted by
16769 posts

Car rental web sites or call centers will normally ask the driver's age right up front, which should then reveal any restrictions or fees that they apply.

Posted by
62 posts

Thanks. I actually found the answer through EasyTourIreland, my last rental company. 79! Can't wait to travel!