8 Great Auto Europe Car Rental Advantages

My 25 day trip exploring Ireland and Northern Ireland included a seven day Auto Europe car rental. Using public transportation was great but driving a car gave us freedom and flexibility to go where and when we want.

8 Great Auto Europe Car Rental Advantages


First off, Auto Europe has been a leader in Europe car rentals for over 60 years. The history and stability of Auto Europe gives me tremendous consumer confidence.

Auto Europe Rates

Face it, after vehicle reliability, price is my primary factor for car rentals. Auto Europe guarantees the lowest rate. If I find a lower rate after making my reservation, Auto Europe will match it. No fuss. If plans change, cancel your Auto Europe Car Rental reservation up to 48 hours before picking up the car.


Auto Europe searches the inventories of several companies—including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. By working with many car rental companies, Auto Europe offers more than 20,000 pick up and drop off locations. Optimize your European road trip by researching whether one-way trips will save time, stress, and money.


With over 20,000 locations in their system, Auto Europe certainly has a spot for your next European road trip. The trip planning process is more convenient since they automatically search among several agencies. That saves me time and stress, and ultimately money.

Piece of Mind

Auto Europe provides 24×7 customer service. Even though there were no problems with my Auto Europe car rental, knowing I could contact someone at any time was reassuring.

8 Great Auto Europe Car Rental Advantages by Charles McCool for McCool Travel. Article and photo by Charles McCool.
Causeway Coastal Route with Auto Europe Car Rental

Travel Resources

In addition to rental cars, Auto Europe provides resources to research and book flights, hotels, motorcycles, campers, luxury cars, and chauffeured services and a convenient road trip planning tool. One stop travel planning!

Better Vacation Experience

Compared to public transport, an Auto Europe car rental allowed us to see more of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I drove on small roads that buses do not dare go on—the Torr Scenic Drive off of the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland is magnificent!

We visited castles, Game of Thrones locations, and the McCool ancestral homeland from the 1660s. We used pull outs when oncoming vehicles could not get by, zoomed by countless hedgerows (me humming Stairway to Heaven like all the time), and waited patiently until sheep crossed tiny, curvy roads. Rush hour in Ireland has a different meaning than in the US.

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See that wee house on the hill in the distance? That is the famous McCool homestead from the 1660s. Yes, it is that old. I cannot claim a connection to any 11th century castle, well other than staying in one. My #McCool #genealogy points to this spot and the earliest Northern Irish #Quakers. Driving from @bushmillsinn to Dublin yesterday through the worst Irish storm ever in my lifetime was treacherous but I HAD to stop to at least see the house. Thank goodness I had a reliable and sturdy car from @autoeuropecarrentals to navigate the small fun roads in #Ireland. For your next #EuropeanRoadTrip, check them out. . . . #travel #autoeurope #toberhead #mccoolesroad #familyhistory #loveisouttherecontest #ancestrytravel #ancestry #tourismni #igireland #discoverni #exploreni #visitnI #northcoast #igeurope #roadtrippin #tbexireland #europetrip #castledawson #magherafelt #failteireland

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So, not all of the following happens for every Auto Europe car rental but several surprises delighted me.

First, my reservation upgraded from manual to automatic transmission at no extra charge. I prepared myself to drive a stick shift but the automatic transmission meant one less thing to worry about.

Second, Auto Europe made my reservation with Hertz, one of my preferred car rental companies.

Third, my Auto Europe car rental included zero liability insurance. On prior vehicle rentals in Ireland, insurance was a hassle so this was wonderful feature. At pick up, the agent said the insurance covers everything except tires.

Finally, fourth, the checkin agent upgraded our vehicle class. I waited a few extra minutes for the vehicle to clear the car wash.

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NOTE: The agent offered an upgrade to SUV for a small extra fee, which I considered. Then I remembered previously driving around Ireland and how tight the roads are. Reserve a vehicle large enough for your crew and stuff, but not too large.

===> Check Auto Europe rates and details for your next Ireland road trip.

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