Car rentals in Mason City: All you need to know
A Mason City car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of Iowa has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most popular questions about car rentals in Mason City. Read on to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a great deal on a rental car in Mason City?
We always strive to get you the best deal. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming rental. Be sure to:
- Compare daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get your car of your choice and save more
- Be aware of any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. This way you will know the actual cost before you book
- Don't rent more vehicle than you'll need. Usually, the smaller the class the lower the rate
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Mason City rental car.
What rental companies have retailers in Mason City?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Avis and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Mason City?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Iowa town means you're certain to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you want to travel Mason City in style||Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|SUV||Family vacations where you need the extra room||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||For those looking to save the most on their trip||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Mason City?
Generally, the age limit for car rentals in Mason City is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to review the rental agreement to determine any additional charges will be before you book your vehicle.
Does Mason City require rental car insurance?
When cruising through Mason City or the rest of the U.S.A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your vehicle. Most countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you think your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the United States. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will typically offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large vehicles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Mason City.
What is the fuel policy for Mason City rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your vehicle. Use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental dealer. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've 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 shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Many rental car companies 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||You usually pay a more expensive rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to explore all that Mason City and maybe even the rest of Iowa offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Mason City. Review the fine print to make certain they are truly "unlimited."
Know before you go
Before you get going on your Mason City trip, make sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:
- Walk around your car and determine if there is any 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
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Mason City car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Mason City has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the well-known restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Mason City.