I have looked into car rental costs for a trip to Ireland in July through the major American car rental companies and then found through the dochara web site an Irish company called Dooley's. They gave me a much better rate (and car)including the CDW and the super CDW that brought the deductible down to 100 euro. Also if you type in the word dochara for the discount coupon when renting the car you get another 10% off! I know nothing about this company however and was wondering if anyone has used them. Thank you
I haven't used Dooley myself, but I know that they are a large and reputable company.
I've rented cars through the consolidator AutoEurope in both Ireland and France and have been well pleased. AE will find you the best rate from among the companies with which it has contracts. It will either match or beat any rate you find on your own. See www.autoeurope.com. Call their US toll-free number and ask about specials that don't appear on the Web site.
We have used Dooley's 2 different times and found them to be very good and easy to deal with. We picked up a car once at Shannon and the other time in Dublin. We are planning on renting from them again on our next trip to Ireland. Have fun.
The last time I priced Dooley's, I found them to be more expensive than Irish Car Rental (www.eirecar.com). I've used Dooley's once, and Irish Car Rental twice because of the better price.
FYI: If you are travelling via Aer Lingus. You can get really good rentals thru Hertz(europe)& get better deals thru the Aer Lingus website then the Hertz europe website.
My feelings on Dan Dooley are very mixed we use to use them all the time when we would go home for a visit until our nightmare expierence in 2003. I have used Hertz my last three trips home. All booked thru Aer Lingus and no complaints. Each of my trips I do check irish rental companies, but cannot beat the price, service and car coverage. *(& peace of mind)
I couldn't find anyone that could beat Enterprise pricewise. Dooley's was one of the higher priced
Thank you for the tips - every dollar saved this year is a help. I looked into enterprise and their price for a smaller (economy) car without the CDW or the super CDW was the same as Dooley's with a bigger car (one with 4 doors) with both damage waivers. So at least for this summer Dooley's beat enterprise by about $20 per day. Irish car rental quoted me the exact same price that Dooley's did for the car and CDWs. I looked at Hertz and got a higher price but I'm not flying with Aer Lingus so I may not be getting the best price. Clare, is the nightmare 2003 story bad enough that you would recommend using a different company or one of those random bad things that could happen with any company? Thank you
Also, with the dollar so weak against the Euro it is sometimes cheaper to book rental in dollars than Euro's. I found that trick in 2005, and have pre-booked in dollars.
The interstingly enough the opposite is true for using your credit cards in Ireland. If you are given choice of paying in dollars and not Euros, when using you credit cards to pay for hotel, in shops or out to eat in Ireland, pay in Euro's; as you will get a better rate paying in Euro's than dollars.
I know that sounds wacky, but it is true. The shops, hotels and rest. are using this eruo to dollars system which actually can add up rather quickly.
We rented with Dooley's in Sept. 2007. The price was right, the car was a mass of bumps and bruises. I looked around this time and found a better rate with AutoEurope. I have heard good recommendations from other AutoEurope customers, so I hope this was a good choice.
Enjoyed my Dooley rental last week (Feb. 10-17) which was part of a fantastic Aer Lingus deal (though now I notice the airline web site lists a Hertz connection).
The pickup line in the Shannon Airport was exceelingly long -- must have been a bunch of Aer Lingus deals!) but the return went quickly. Pickup and drop off is off-site with a shuttle provided.