I had to rent a car in Washington DC and was doing the rounds of the rental websites. I discovered this somewhat startling anomaly:
Depending on whether you use hertz.ie or hertz.com you will be offered different prices for the exact same rental.
Since this is more than a bit odd I have screenshots of both offers of a rental at Washington Dulles:
Using www.hertz.com I was offered US$2674.80:
And the same rental at www.hertz.ie was EUR1387.72:
Even assuming a back of the envelope exchange rate of 1.25 that's still only US$1734....
From what I can tell the issue is with the additional insurance(s) that I selected - CDW or LDW.
My guess is it works like this:
- Almost all US rentals are domestic. Www.hertz.com works on this assumption.
- US Drivers almost always insure rental cars on their own car insurance.
- Too rich to care (price insensitive)
- Don't own a car (A bit of a red flag from an automobile insurance viewpoint...)
- Don't pay attention (ditto)
Note to People who know about this as opposed to having opinions: Am I right? If not, correct me!
So if you're Irish consider this: The next time you spend 8 hours on a plane into Dulles, get to the rental counter at around 2am Irish time, rent a car and trundle nervously out of the Hertz lot in your Buick Zipcode or whatever-the-hell-it-is-they-are-renting-this-week while simultaneously trying to disarm the radio which is stuck on something called the 'Kojo Nnamdi Show', get the mirrors to show something other than sky without opening the trunk (again), identify which of the 12 different Marriotts in your destination city you are actually staying in and find your driver's license for the dude at the exit consider this:
Hertz corporation regards you as a safer bet than a US driver who buys CDW....