Car rentals in Ames: All you need to know
You need a great car to take you around Ames whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Ames. CarRentals.com has gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in Ames. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where do I get a great deal on a rental car in Ames?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to snag the cheapest deals. Simply type in your travel dates and scroll down the list of rental companies, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Ames has to offer. You can also:
- Check the mileage policy to prevent any surprises
- Book your rental as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Ames rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Ames?
From global names like Enterprise and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to help you figure out which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Ames?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Oklahoma town means you're bound to find an automobile that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Everyone who wants to travel Ames in style||Camaro, Chrysler 300, or similar|
|SUV||Large groups who want to navigate Ames together||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Easy to park and have great gas mileage||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Ames?
Typically, the age limit for car rentals in Ames is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to find what the exact price will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Ames?
When cruising through Ames or the rest of the U.S. of A., you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. Many countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the U.S.A.. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will usually cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Ames.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to find an open gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your car. You can use as much fuel as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank of fuel and return the car with the tank empty. Some suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't need to refill the gas before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Most rental car suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We encourage returning the car filled up. To avoid any added expenses, fill up your tank before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to check out all that Ames and maybe even the rest of Oklahoma offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Ames. Review the fine print to be sure they are actually "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the lot. It's important to:
- Walk around your vehicle and be certain there is no damage or scrapes. 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 operating the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Ames rental car today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal car that can fit your needs and not deplete your travel fund.