Renting a car – how to do it?

What are the requirements to rent from car rental?

All drivers must have held a full unendorsed driving licence for at least 2 years which they must produce at the car rental location on commencement of the rental. The driving licence must be from the country of permanent residence. If the licence is not in English, an International Drivers Permit is also required. An International Drivers Permit/Licence is not acceptable on its own. Drivers with a UK licence must have both parts of their licence with them on collection of the vehicle.


Age: Drivers must be at least 25 years of age on commencement of the rental to drive groups A/B/C/J/K. For groups D/E/F/L the minimum age is 27 years and for groups H/N/O/P/R the minimum age is 28 years. The maximum age is 74 years for all drivers. Drivers aged 71 – 74 years inclusive must pay an insurance surcharge and additional optional insurances will be limited.

Credit Card: The main renter must be the holder of a major credit card. Payment must be made with a credit card as we do not accept cash, debit cards or the credit card from a third party. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.

What do the online rates include?

Elite Auto Rent online rates include VAT, third party insurance, collision damage waiver insurance, unlimited mileage, 24 hour roadside assistance and road map and are based on 24 hour rental periods. If you choose to waive CDW, you must hold a US issued Gold/Platinum MasterCard or a Canadian issued Gold/Platinum Visa Card.


Can I buy additional insurance to reduce my excess?

When CDW insurance is included in your rate, the following insurances are available to further reduce the renter’s financial liability:

Theft Protection Insurance (TP)
In the event of a break in, attempted break in or actual theft of the vehicle, the renter is liable for the value of damage or the full value of the car if stolen, unless Theft Protection Insurance has been purchased.

Exclusions: Renter is liable for excess, tyres, windscreen, undercarraige, roof, trims and hubs
Please note: Theft Protection Insurance does not cover personal items/baggage

Supplementary Liability Insurance (SLI)
When purchased, the renter has no liability for crash damage and the excess is reduced to zero.

Incidental Insurance (INC)
When purchased, the renter has no liability for tyres and windscreens.

Super Damage Waiver Insurance (SDW)

Northern Ireland Insurance (NI)
If travelling to Northern Ireland, there is a fee. This is to cover any accident or breakdown charges. Cars may not be taken off the island of Ireland.

Can I have additional drivers?

Additional drivers can be insured on all car groups and must satisfy the same conditions as the main renter. See table below for rates.

Can I book a specific make / model?

Car rental will make every effort to supply the reserved model of car. However it is impossible for them to guarantee that a specific model will be provided. If the make/model of car that you have booked is not available then rentals will supply a suitable alternative from the same car group classification.