The Irish car hire market has had a very bad press over the years which is most unfortunate as tourism is so important to the country's economy.
I used Economy Car Hire. I carefully checked the fuel policy terms and conditions of each car hire company they put forward on line. I knew we would not be travelling a great distance so having to pay for a full tank of fuel and bring the car park empty without a refund was out of the question.
Budget Car Hire had the deal that meant that you paid them for a full tank of fuel and returned it full to get your money back.
I took out excess waiver car hire insurance with Questor Insurance Services. Just before departing, I received an email from Economy Car Hire saying "
£7.50 will make sure you are covered - Our improved top-up insurance provides reimbursement cover against any loss or damage to the vehicle not covered by the car rental insurance such as wheels, tyres, glass, under body, roof, keys, locks, mis-fuelling, lock outs and battery failure. Insurance also covers mobile phone charges, curtailment, car-jacking, and road rage incidents.