Republic of Ireland Terms and Conditions

Driving Licence

Drivers must present a full valid unendorsed driving licence which they have held for a minimum of two years. The license should be issued in the drivers country of permanent residence and an English language translation should be provided where appropriate. 

UK driving licence holders should note that the paper part of your driving licence is no longer valid. We require all UK licence holders to present evidence of their driving record (entitlements/endorsements) before the vehicle can be rented. This can be obtained by printing it out from the DVLA’s ‘Share Driving Licence’ section - before you collect your vehicle. This must be printed within 21 days of your pickup date.

We reserve the right to ask pre-qualifying questions on your insurance history. You may be refused a vehicle based on the answers you provide.

Drivers with 2 or more unspent driving convictions or one unspent driving conviction from the list below will not be eligible to rent.

  • Careless, reckless or dangerous driving
  • Driving or attempting to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks
  • Theft or unauthorised taking of a vehicle

Drivers who have been disqualified (or anything similar) in the last 10 years will not be eligible to rent.

Failure to disclose any driving convictions may mean you are fully liable for damage caused to the rental vehicle or any third party.

Drivers must also have been eligible to hold a valid driving license for at least the number of years specified:

Mini 2 Door
Economy 2 Door
Compact 4 Door
Intermediate 4 Door
Fun Intermediate 4 Door
Full Size 4 Door
Full Size 4 Door (Guaranteed Diesel)
Economy Automatic 4 Door
Compact Automatic 4 Door
Intermediate Automatic 4 Door
Full Size Automatic 4 Door
Station Wagon
8 years
7 Seater People Carrier
Full Size 7 Seater People Carrier
Automatic 7 Seater People Carrier
10 years
Luxury Intermediate 4 Door
Luxury Full Size 4 Door
Audi Series A4, Q3 or similar
Intermediate SUV
Full Size SUV
Luxury SUV
Minibus
Minibus Automatic
12 years

Customers over 75 years are eligible to rent with the following specific conditions:

  • They must drive regularly
  • They must provide us with a letter from their insurance company proving that they hold a current motor insurance policy and that they have been driving without having an accident for the last 5 years.
  • They must provide us with a letter from their doctor stating that they are in good health.
  • They may be required to undergo a driving assessment accompanied with a Budget representative.

Customers requiring further clarification of our licence requirements please email us at reservations@budget.ie or call our reservations department at +353 (0) 90 66 27711.

Payment

Budget Car Rental accept all major Credit Cards. The renter must present their Credit Card at the time of picking up the car. PIN enabled cards will require your PIN for authorisation. Debit Cards or specified value pre-paid Credit Cards will not be accepted.

Rates

Budget Car Rental reserves the right to amend price structures without notice. Prices quoted at time of booking however are guaranteed. Internet rates cannot be used in conjunction with any offline offers.

VAT (Sales Tax)

All prices quoted for car rental and/or additional products/services include VAT (Sales Tax).

Cancellations and No-Shows

To cancel your booking use the websites "Manage Booking" facility, email  us at reservations@budget.ie or call our reservations department at +353 (0) 90 66 27711.

If you cancel 48 hours prior to your pickup time there will be no charge. Cancellation after this time or if you do not pick up the car will incur a fee of EUR €30.00

Booking Amendments

Use the websites "Manage Booking" facility to make booking amendments. There is no charge for this facility and a cancellation fee does not apply.

Rental Extension

Renters who wish to extend their rental may contact our reservations department at reservations@budget.ie or +353 (0) 90 6627711 to confirm availability. Renters may be required to visit a rental station to sign the updated rental agreement. Extra days will be charged based on the local rate at the time the extension is made.

Fuel

For your convenience your car will be supplied with a full tank of fuel which you will be asked to pay for when picking up the car. If you return the car full you will be refunded the cost of the fuel.

Availability

Vehicle models illustrated on this site are for guidance only. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that a vehicle from the group reserved is available, we reserve the right to substitute an alternative similar model.

GPS / Satellite Navigation Systems

Garmin GPS Satellite Navigation Systems can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €15.00 per day. This charge will be included in your total quotation.

Child Seats / Booster Seats

Child Seats (1-4 years) and Booster Seats (5-12 years) can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €45.40 per rental. This charge will be included in your total quotation. Parents of children younger than 12 months are recommended to bring their own infant seat.

Additional Driver

Additional drivers can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process for EUR €11.35 per driver per day.

Basic Cover - Included

When you hire a vehicle from Budget, the price you pay automatically includes a basic level of cover should you be involved in an accident or breakdown.

Please familiarise yourself with the below areas of cover, including cover for any damage or injury you may cause to a third party, and the excess amounts you will be liable for. It is our goal to make all our products and services transparent for our customers.

Third Party Cover (TPC)

By law, this is compulsory and is included in your rental price, covering the driver or additional driver's legal liability for bodily injury or property damage to others.

Also known as: Third Party Insurance, Motor Liability Insurance or Legal Liability Insurance.

Roadside Assistance

When you rent a vehicle with Budget, you automatically receive a basic level of roadside assistance included in your quote. Should you experience any mechanical difficulties with the vehicle, we will get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

However, Budget also offer additional services to support renters when common issues such as flat batteries or locked-in keys arise. Click here to find out more about Roadside Assistance Plus.

Vehicle Damage Cover

If your rental vehicle is damaged during the rental period, this will cover the cost of repairs. You will, however, have to pay a fixed amount towards the repair costs. This is known as the excess (see Excess Charge for amounts).

Also known as: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Vehicle Theft Cover

If your rental vehicle is stolen, this will cover the cost of replacing it (or parts of it). You will, however, have to pay a fixed amount known as an excess (see Excess Charge for amounts).

Also known as: Theft Protection (TP).

Excess Charge

The excess charge amounts below apply to Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover.

At the time of rental you will have the option to purchase our Excess Reduction product, which lowers the excess amount you are liable for to ZERO, affording you complete peace of mind.

When picking up your vehicle Budget will require a pre-authorisation on your credit card equal to the excess charge amount. Budget will not require a pre-authorisation to be taken from your credit card if you decide to purchase Excess Reduction

Excess charge amount by car group:

Mini 2 Door
Economy 2 Door
Compact 4 Door
Intermediate 4 Door
Fun Intermediate 4 Door
Economy Automatic 4 Door
Compact Automatic 4 Door
Intermediate Automatic 4 Door
EUR €1500
Full Size 4 Door
Full Size 4 Door (Guaranteed Diesel)
Full Size Automatic 4 Door
Station Wagon
7 Seater People Carrier
Full Size 7 Seater People Carrier
Automatic 7 Seater People Carrier
EUR €2200
Luxury Intermediate 4 Door
Luxury Full Size 4 Door
Audi Series A4, Q3 or similar
Intermediate SUV
Full Size SUV
Minibus
Minibus Automatic
EUR €3000
Luxury SUV EUR €5000

Additional Cover - Optional

If you're looking for extra peace of mind when renting a vehicle, Budget also offer a range of additional cover options to supplement the standard mandatory cover included in your quote. Our rental agents can advise you on the benefits when you are picking up the vehicle.

Excess Reduction

Excess Reduction provides peace of mind. The excess charge amounts that apply to Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover are reduced to zero, eliminating any financial liability in the event of vehicle theft or damage (excluding windscreen).

Excess Reduction can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at the rates listed below:

Mini 2 Door
Economy 2 Door
Compact 4 Door
Intermediate 4 Door
Fun Intermediate 4 Door
Economy Automatic 4 Door
Compact Automatic 4 Door
Intermediate Automatic 4 Door
EUR €18.75 per day
Full Size 4 Door
Full Size 4 Door (Guaranteed Diesel)
Full Size Automatic 4 Door
Station Wagon
7 Seater People Carrier
Full Size 7 Seater People Carrier
Automatic 7 Seater People Carrier
EUR €23.00 per day
Luxury Intermediate 4 Door
Luxury Full Size 4 Door
Audi Series A4, Q3 or similar
Intermediate SUV
Full Size SUV
Luxury SUV
Minibus
Minibus Automatic
EUR €27.00 per day

Windscreen Cover

By taking Windscreen Cover, the excess payable on front windscreen damage is reduced to ZERO, removing all liability for any damage caused to the vehicle's windscreen glass.
You can book Windscreen Cover at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €2.50 per day.

Roadside Assistance Plus

You get extra peace of mind when you add Roadside Assistance Plus to your rental. You're instantly covered for common problems like flat batteries, locked-in keys, flat tyres or running out of fuel - and you don't pay any call out charges.
Roadside Assistance Plus can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €3.00 per day

Personal Accident Insurance

Personal Accident Insurance provides extensive benefits in case of injury / death. It can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €8.00 per day


Declining Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) / Theft Protection

Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover reduce your financial liability for damage or theft of the vehicle and are included in your quote by default. 

By declining these coverages you are taking responsibility to arrange your own cover and assume full financial liability up to the value of the vehicle for losses arising as a result of loss or damage to the vehicle. Written proof of Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover in Ireland will be required when picking up the vehicle.

We recommend that you fully understand the conditions of cover provided by your credit card company when using your card for insurance cover.

Customers declining Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover are required to leave a pre-authorisation of EUR €5,000 on their credit card. An administration fee of EUR €28.38 applies for use of this service.

One way rentals

One-way fees are included in your quotation.

Airport Surcharge

In common with many car rental companies a standard airport surcharge of EUR €28.00 will apply to your rental when picking up from an airport location.

City Centre Location Surcharge

A City Centre Location Surcharge of EUR €28.00 only applies to rentals picking up from Dublin City Centre and Galway City Centre.

Barrier Free Tolling on the M50 motorway

It is the renters responsibility to ensure all due tolls are paid within the correct time frame. More information about barrier free tolling is available .

Traffic Violations

Renters are responsible for payment of any speeding, parking or other traffic related fines in addition to a fine administration fee of EUR €30.00

Cross Border Driving

Budget cars can be driven into Northern Ireland without restriction but may not be taken outside the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland.

Unlimited Mileage

Budget have no mileage restrictions.

No Smoking Policy / Valeting Fee

Budget maintain high standards of vehicle cleanliness and operate a no smoking policy in all our vehicles. Customers who return a vehicle that is excessively dirty or that requires valeting due to tobacco smoke will be subject to a minimum fee of €100.00

 
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