Car rentals in West Branch: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to take you around West Branch 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 West Branch. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in West Branch. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I get a bargain car rental in West Branch?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to get budget-friendly deals. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of rental companies, choose the top rental locations, and find the best offers in West Branch. You should also:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which usually are more expensive
- Determine ahead of time how much fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and book in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in West Branch?
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 West Branch?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit West Branch. If you're having a bit of trouble deciding, make sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in West Branch?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in West Branch is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to determine what the total is before you book your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in West Branch?
When driving in West Branch or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance through the rental supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will typically provide some coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to West Branch.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find an open gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your car. You can use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've 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 won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some providers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you bring back the car||You usually pay a more expensive rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We recommend a full tank policy. You pick up your rental with the needle at "F". However, if you return your rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium to top it back off. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you bring the car back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in West Branch?
If you want to explore all that West Branch 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 West Branch. Read the fine print to make sure your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Before you get started on your West Branch trip, check out a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should:
- Walk around your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scratches. If so, write it down on the paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Familiarize yourself with the 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 radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your West Branch rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels West Branch has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in West Branch.