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Car rentals in Johnston, Des Moines: What you need to know

Des Moines, Iowa, is full of diverse neighborhoods like Johnston. It's in these communities where you can get a true feel for a region like Des Moines. But after you're done checking out all the great things to do in Johnston, you'll want some wheels to discover everything that Des Moines provides.

Grabbing the bus is a cheap way to get around Johnston and the surrounding neighborhoods, but then you have to stick with a tight schedule and make sure you have exact amount of money. Taxis and rideshares can be more convenient, but the costs can add up. Plus, they may not be readily available when you want a ride right away. A Johnston car rental is the easiest way, so you can experience the entirety of the neighborhood and other areas of Des Moines on your getaway. Read below to learn all that you want about renting a car in Johnston.

Frequently asked questions

What's the best way to get an inexpensive rental car in Johnston?

If you are searching for some of the best car rental rates, then you are in the right place. Make sure you get the most savings on your tip to Johnston by doing a few things:

  • Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees
  • Reserve your rental as far in advance as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
  • Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer

Make sure you read the supplier's policy so you can ascertain the total cost before you reserve your vehicle.

What kind of rental car should I get in Johnston?

With a number of types of vehicles to choose from, it could be tough to decide what vehicle is the best for your holiday. However, consider your needs and the number of people you're driving with. Look at the table below to help you choose the best vehicle for you.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Johnston?

In most areas, you can rent a vehicle in Des Moines if you are at least 21. Please note typically you'll be charged an additional fee if you are under 25 years of old. Make sure to check the supplier's policy to determine if there is an additional cost for you.

Does the United States require car insurance?

In United States of America you do need to have insurance before you rent a car. You might also be able to buy additional insurance through the supplier, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental.

Many of the major credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover) typically offer coverage. However, many have limitations, such as not covering large vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Des Moines. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can book Collision Damage Coverage with at checkout.

Should I return my car rental with a full tank?

We encourage a "full-to-full" policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank. However, if you return your rental with less fuel than you began with, the company may charge a premium to top it back off. To avoid any added expenses, you'll want to find a gas station before you return the car to the supplier. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Can I book a one-way rental in Johnston?

Many car rental companies offer one-way rentals. Depending on your itinerary, you may find it more convenient to drop off your vehicle in a different city. Please note that there is usually an additional fee for choosing a one-way car rental.

Do I need unlimited miles when I drive in Johnston?

Most suppliers will offer unlimited miles, but you need to make sure it is part of the package. It's helpful to think about how much driving you will be doing on your trip to Johnston. You don't want to be hit with any surprise overages if you don't have unlimited miles, so make certain to understand the company's policy. You may need unlimited miles if you're thinking of taking some road trips to find out everything that Des Moines or even Iowa has to offer.

What is there to do around Johnston?

Once you've checked out Johnston, you'll be happy that you have your own vehicle. There are some worthwhile stops around Des Moines that are just a drive away. Need a suggestion of where to start your trip? The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden can make for a fascinating afternoon. has Your Johnston, Des Moines Car Rental

Stop worrying about matching up your holiday to a train schedule. Once you have reserved a rental car in Johnston, Des Moines from, you'll be able to drive around Johnston and the rest of Des Moines with ease. Peruse our inventory of cars from some of the best rental car suppliers in the country and choose the perfect car for your Johnston vacation! The perfect ride is only a few clicks away.