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    Christmas visitors face car hire hikes

    By admin | November 28, 2006

    The Consumers’ Association of Ireland says that car rental companies in Ireland are fleecing visitors who want to hire a car over Christmas. The CAI’s John Cradden compared car hire prices on websites in the days prior to Christmas (5-18th December) with the holiday period (23rd December – 5th January 2007); the companies surveyed were Avis, Hertz, Budget, Argus and National. Most firms doubled their prices over Christmas; Budget is actually charging 225% more for the Christmas rental.

    The CAI also looked at car hire prices in Belfast and Paris over the same weekend. The same companies had more modest increases for Belfast, ranging from no increase to a 57% rise. There was no increase in price for Paris.

    CAI’s Chief Executive Dermott Jewell stated:

    “Yet again we see this sector hike their prices outrageously without any additional benefit to the customer and with a complete disdain for the negative effect upon tourism. It is profit that is the focus but with greed at its core. It is important therefore that we let our family members coming home and friends visiting for Christmas know that they must look at all possible transport alternatives before giving business to these outlets.?

    See the Consumers’ Association of Ireland press release.

    Topics: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Christmas visitors face car hire hikes”

    1. Wedding Cars Says:
      November 28th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

      No comments, I notice. Well, let’s hope situtations improve this year, although with the recession beginning to bite everywhere I think we’re looking at a different ballgame no matter how you might view things.