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Car rentals in Des Plaines, Chicago: What you need to know

Whether you are in Des Plaines on business or for a getaway, having the option to go anywhere you want is key to a great trip. Using Des Plaines buses may be an inexpensive way to explore the neighborhood, but if you are trying to get to another part of Chicago, you might be left waiting a long time. Taxis and ridesharing, like Uber or Lyft, can be faster, but if you are going to check out as much as you can in Chicago, the cost can start to add up. Additionally, they may not be immediately available.

If you want to make the most from your trip to Des Plaines, then being able to jump behind the wheel of your own car is the best way to do everything you want to do. CarRentals.com can help you get an affordable rate and the auto of your choosing. Peruse through our tips to learn all that you need to know about car rentals in Des Plaines.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get a cheap car rental in Des Plaines?

If you are searching for some of the best rates on a car rental, then you're in the right place. To get the most savings on your trip to Des Plaines you can do a few things:

  • Compare and contrast daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
  • Be aware of any cost for an added driver, fuel policy, and mileage limits. That way you can make sure you know the total cost before you rent
  • Don't get more car than you need. Usually, the smaller the car, the lower the rate

Before you book, make sure you read the rental policy.

What kind of vehicle should I rent while in Des Plaines?

With so many vehicle types to select from, it may be tricky to figure out which type is the best for your trip. Nonetheless, keep in mind your needs and the number of you're traveling with. Our table below can help you select which vehicle is the best one for you.

Do I have to be a certain age to rent a car in Des Plaines?

In most areas, you can rent a car in Chicago if you are at least 21. Make sure to check the rental company's policy, as there may be added fees if you are under 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Take time to read through the supplier's policy to know if there is an additional cost before you book.

Does the U.S. of A. require car insurance?

Many countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage with the car rental company. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.

Many of the major credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover) usually offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering larger vehicles, like trucks or SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Des Plaines.

What fuel policy should I go for in Des Plaines?

We recommend a "full-to-full" policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you will want to fill it back up before you return. If you want to keep your expenses lower, it is best to fill up your tank before you bring it back.

Do most suppliers offer one-way rentals in Des Plaines?

Many car rental companies offer one-way rentals. It may be more convenient to drop off your car at a different location. Keep in mind that there is generally an extra fee for one-way drop offs.

Why should I get unlimited miles in Des Plaines?

The majority of suppliers provide unlimited miles, but you want to ensure it is part of the package that you are purchasing. It's useful to know how much you want to drive and plan your trips in advance. Although most rental car companies offer unlimited mileage, if it isn't part of your package those miles can pile up and so can the extra cost. You may need to get unlimited miles if you are hitting the highway to discover everything that is in Chicago.

What is there to do around Des Plaines?

Once you've checked out Des Plaines, you'll be happy that you have your own vehicle. There are some worthwhile stops around Chicago that are just a drive away. You'll be happy you have your rental car because there are a number of things to explore around Des Plaines. Looking for an activity to fill an afternoon? Then jump in your car rental and head to:

  • Interact with a bit of local history with a visit to the Columbus Park
  • Art Institute of Chicago can give you an intriguing look into some Illinois history
  • Frank R. Lillie House is an Illinois landmark that could make a good starting point for a day trip
  • Take in even more Illinois culture at the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

of course, there are a lot more things to do in and around Des Plaines. Get in your car rental and find what's out there.

CarRentals.com has Your Des Plaines, Chicago Ride

Stop worrying about coordinating your vacation to public transportation schedules. Once you've reserved a rental car in Des Plaines from us, you can cruise throughout the neighborhood and the rest of Chicago on your own schedule. Check out our selection of automobiles from some of the best car rental agencies in the nation and choose the ideal automobile for your Des Plaines adventure. The perfect set of wheels is only a few clicks away.

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