Stop Getting Ripped Off On Your Car Hire Excess While Abroad


According to a survey carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes in April 2017 on behalf of, over half of Irish holidaymakers now rent a car on holidays and over 40% purchase ‘car hire excess insurance’ cover at car rental desks abroad.

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As displayed in the below table, a traveler renting a small to medium sized car with Budget Car Hire for 14 days in Malaga, will be charged €230.44 at the car hire desk to cover the ‘excess’ of their car rental. Irish holidaymakers can cover the same ‘excess’ with, online before they travel on holiday for only €41.86 – which is an incredible saving of €188.40!

Similar savings can be seen when compared with Hertz and Enterprise*

14 Day Malaga Rental

*Price Comparison conducted by as of date 04/5/17


Ciaran Mulligan, MD at said the following:

‘Anyone hiring a car abroad should be aware of the overpriced additional excess charges from car rental companies. It often comes as a shock to travellers when they get to the car hire desk and are presented with this charge. Many travellers tend to feel that they have no other choice. The reality is, instead of paying these unexpected and overpriced excess charges, travellers have the opportunity to save themselves substantial sums of money and cover the excess with for a much lower cost before they travel.’

Cover for these excesses can be purchased with from as little as €2.99 per day for European rentals or if you hire a car more than once a year, from just €49.99 a year.

When renting a car abroad, holiday makers need to beware that their contract with car hire companies could include excess charges up to and over €2,000. This means that holiday makers will have to pay this amount if their rental vehicle is damaged or stolen during their trip.

For further information or to book a policy, details are available online at or call 0818 444 447


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