An AA survey of 12,000* adults finds that one in three motorists choose to rent a car on holidays
According to a recent survey conducted by AA Travel Insurance, a total of 54% of Irish people have travelled abroad in the last 3 months. Europe and North America were the most popular destinations. One third choose car hire as their preferred mode of transport. A significantly higher proportion of males (35%) chose to rent a car while abroad than females (27%).
46% of those who travel to the US chose hire car, 31% who journey to Europe travel by hire car and 20% of those who travel to the UK chose car hire as a mechanism of transport. 45-55 year olds predominated car hire use at 35% in contrast with only 11% of 17-24 year olds. 10% rented car hire abroad despite the fact that they had no travel insurance.
AA Ireland investigates the cost of car hire abroad. The table below outlines the basic costs of car hire abroad using motorists most popular destinations depicted in a recent study by AA Ireland. Motorists must be prepared for significantly higher prices abroad this year. Hiring a car in Paris will cost over double the price as at home.
Average car rental prices abroad (based on one week, March 2010)
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Your car hire agreement generally covers you for Collision Damage Waiver and Theft. However, In most agreements you are still liable for the first portion of the repair or replacement costs (the excess) A high excess can apply to a small scratch on a car, a chip in a windscreen and damage to tyres or mirrors. Excess fees range from €600 to €1500 per week depending on the model of the car and chosen destination. Motorists need to be aware that charges above exclude Personal Accident Insurance. Often motorists end up paying additional costs for Personal Accident Insurance (ranging from €30 to €70), Supplementary Liability Protection (€50-€80), Super Collision Damage Waiver (up to €100), Super Loss Damage Waiver (€80-€130), and Super Personal Accident Insurance (up to €125). These additions significantly drive up the cost of car rental.
Issues concerning motorists about car hire, at home and abroad, include the cost and quality of child seats, and confusion over insurance, excesses and waivers mentioned above. There have been numerous charges reported for damages on return, additional charges and unfair fuel policies. It is important to be prepared before you travel to avoid these risks.
The AA’s annual multi trip policy offers great deals right now, you can travel as many times as you like throughout the year up to 45 days per trip. To ensure you are protected while abroad, AA offer comprehensive travel insurance policies to suit all your needs. Call the AA on 01 617 99 88 for further details or go to http://www.aatravelinsurance.ie/
*AA online survey carried out as part of AA Motorists’ Panel research, 12,000 responses received between 26th February to 26th March 2010