Car rentals in Iowa: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to get around Iowa whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Check out the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Iowa. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Iowa. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I get a bargain rental car in Iowa?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to snag budget-friendly deals. Simply type in your travel dates and go down the list of rental car suppliers, pick the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Iowa has to offer. You can also:
- Read the mileage policy to prevent any surprise expenses
- Reserve your rental car as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they usually are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more with a longer rental
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Iowa.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Iowa?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Hertz and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Iowa?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Iowa metropolis means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Iowa||Infiniti, Mercedes Benz, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Large groups that need room for all their suitcases||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Couple or two friends heading to the beach and back||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Iowa?
Normally, to rent a car in Iowa you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to review the rental agreement to figure out any additional fees is before you book your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Iowa?
When driving around Iowa or the rest of the U.S. of A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your automobile. Many countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance with the rental supplier. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will typically provide some coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Iowa.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find a gas station close to your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your automobile. Use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you bring back the car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Most suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We encourage bringing your car back topped off. For a cheaper rate, find a gas station before bringing the vehicle.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Iowa?
If you want to explore all that Iowa and maybe even the rest of Iowa offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Iowa. Review the fine print to make sure they are truly "unlimited."
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot on your Iowa adventure. You should:
- Walk around your vehicle and make certain there is no damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Iowa rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Iowa has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the well-known restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the fantastic sites in Iowa.