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Des Moines, IA, United States
8 Dec — 15 Dec
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Des Moines, IA, United States
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Des Moines car rental information

Pick-up locationDes Moines
Rental locations14
Airport locations12

Des Moines car rental reviews and directory

From ₪109/dayRated #1
Alamo
Best rated
Cheapest deal
Most popular
8.9 Excellent (105 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Alamo
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr+1 844 816 4385
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
  • 8.8
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  • 9.1
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
6.0 Good2020 Aug 30
Pros: Nice sized suvCons: The gas gauge was way off. No horse power.
9.6 Excellent2020 Jan 06
Pros: Staff was super helpful. Class of vehicle rented wasn't available so they provided an upgrade and reduced the price for the trouble. Would highly recommend!
10.0 Excellent2019 Sep 16
Pros: Outstanding service. They were swamped when we got there, but they dealt with the long quickly. They did not have our size of car so they gave us a choice of upgrade that would suit us and gave us free gas to compensate the mileage. And they were very happy to do it. So we are very happy!Cons: It was as good as it could have been.
8.4 Excellent2019 Sep 02
Rav4Pros: Fuel economyCons: No mapping capability turned on. Drivers seat wouldn’t recline
6.0 Good2019 Aug 12
Pros: Staff was helpful and gave discount for dirty car.Cons: Cleaner car.
10.0 Excellent2019 Jul 14
Pros: My flight was delayed 3 times. I arrived at the counter 3.5 hours past my reservation. Alamo had my information ahead of time and everything was ready for me. Staff was very friendly & helpful!
6.4 Good2019 Jan 23
Pros: The space. I was able to fold down all the seats and it worked out perfectly for my usage.Cons: I found trash in the car at pickup - frozen Dr. Pepper soda. The car seemed like it could of been cleaned better.
9.6 Excellent2019 Jan 01
Ford rentalPros: The heating seats!Cons: The car had crumbs
8.0 Excellent2018 Dec 03
Pros: Nice agent! Good value!Cons: Poor cleaning, Strange smell in vehicle. Much pet hair.....
10.0 Excellent2018 Nov 26
Pros: Ease of process. Service was excellent.Cons: Nothing to not like.
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Rated #2
Hertz
8.6 Excellent (39 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Hertz
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 256 5839
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
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Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2018 Aug 23
Pros: Nice car and people.Cons: Sirius should be included, especially when one already has a sirius account.
10.0 Excellent2018 Jul 13
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful!!Cons: N/a
10.0 Excellent2018 Jun 28
Pros: Excellent Service!
8.0 Excellent2018 May 29
Pros: brand new vehicle, easy to check in and outCons: ac wasn't very cold. charge to fill up was a bit extreme. $93.00 for 1/2 tank of gas.
10.0 Excellent2017 Oct 09
Pros: Price was right. Got the car I ordered. Prompt service at airport.
10.0 Excellent2017 Jun 19
Super easyPros: This was probably the most pain free rental I've ever done
10.0 Excellent2017 Jun 12
Happy camperPros: Hertz' employee Ryan was professional: efficient and courteous. The rental car was in excellent condition. All good.
10.0 Excellent2017 May 21
All good!Pros: Cleanliness and ease of pickup
6.8 Good2017 Mar 30
Pros: The people were very pleasant.Cons: The car was an older model which had more than 40,000 miles on it. It was very worn.
10.0 Excellent2017 Mar 19
Pros: Gas mileage was great!. Car was clean and comfortable to drive. No problems.
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Rated #3
Enterprise
8.3 Excellent (88 reviews)
3 locations in Des Moines
Enterprise
Locations in Des Moines
1545 E Euclid Ave+1 515 262 2222
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
200 Se 6th St+1 515 282 8000
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 15:00
5800 Fleur Dr+1 844 996 0646
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
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  • 8.2
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2020 Oct 06
Pros: I didn’t even have a car when I had placed a reservation well in advance.Cons: The pick up time for my car was set for 5pm, the location closed at 5pm. I called first thing the following morning to pick up my rental & they told me they no longer had the vehicle available because I hadn’t showed up to pick up the car at my scheduled appointment time— even though I did, they were just closed by that time. I was told theyd call me later on that same afternoon to give me an update & I never even got a call, no apologies for the inconvenience, nothing. Frustrating to say the least.
6.8 Good2020 Jun 12
Pros: the rental guy in Des Moines wasn't very friendly but did his jobCons: More friendliness would help. otherwise all is good.
5.6 Okay2020 Jun 08
Pros: Pick up was easy, drop off was just a drop box since it was a Sunday evening.Cons: The whole 3 hour drive we kept having large ants crawling on us! So gross and annoying.
3.6 Mediocre2020 Apr 28
Pros: YesCons: i booked and have always use my bank of america debit card for my car rentals and was denied my reservation cause i dont have a major cc when i have done it for years and thru enterprise before.
6.8 Good2020 Apr 13
Cons: The car I was offered wasn't what I reserved or one that I would have chosen.
9.6 Excellent2019 Dec 31
Pros: Pick up and drop off were very smooth. Staff was very friendly and helpful.Cons: If I had to nitpick, the inside of the windshield was hazy. Everything else was great.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Oct 04
Cons: When the agency called to confirm the reservation it would have been nice for them to mention when they closed. Reservation was for 12:00PM and the agency closed at 12. When i arrived at 12:15 they had already closed and I was unable to get the rental.
8.4 Excellent2019 Aug 13
Pros: The staff for Pickup in Des Moines was very nice and helpful.Cons: There was only one Customer Service Agent & there were a LOT of us in line.It took over 30 min to get the vehicle that I had pre-reserved on-line. I was supposed to "vett" the vehicle for damage and then turn in a paper if I found any prior to leaving, however, there was no lot attendant.
9.2 Excellent2019 Jun 04
Cons: Better price
10.0 Excellent2019 Apr 04
Pros: Best customer service around.
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Rated #4
Thrifty
8.3 Excellent (37 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Thrifty
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 877 283 0898
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
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  • 8.3
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8.0 Excellent2020 Jul 06
Pros: staff was very friendly. Drop off was confusing as it was no longer Thrifty but Hertz
9.6 Excellent2020 Mar 22
Pros: The entire experience could not have been easier and more convenient.
2.8 Mediocre2019 Dec 19
Cons: My car stopped working. Had to get an uber to get where I needed to go. The lyft they got me didnt even bring me to the right place to pick up my car at first. I had an extremely disappointing experience.
2.0 Mediocre2019 Jul 23
Cons: I reserved a 7 passenger and after my card was scanned and I walked outside, I noticed I was given a 5 passenger. Transaction was supposed to be avoided but there continues to be a hold on my account
5.6 Okay2019 Jul 10
Cons: Staff was incredibly rude and very unhelpful
10.0 Excellent2019 Jun 21
Pros: It as quick and easy
9.2 Excellent2018 Nov 24
Good job Thrifty.Pros: Efficient, friendly staff!Cons: Difficult to find my car in the lot at pickup at DSM.
10.0 Excellent2017 Dec 29
Cons: Pick up and drop off was a breeze. Counter agents were very pleasant. Vehicle was in excellent condition.
10.0 Excellent2017 Oct 28
Pros: Customer service and priceCons: Availability of cars
9.6 Excellent2017 Oct 17
Pros: Very efficient and good price.
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Rated #5
National
9.6 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
National
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr+1 844 816 4384
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
  • 10
  • 9.3
  • 10
  • 10
  • 8.6
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Rated #6
Dollar
8.3 Excellent (29 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Dollar
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Dr+1 866 434 2226
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2018 Jul 02
Can’t Use Debit CardCons: I booked through Kayak and they took my debit card number and the reservation was made. When I got to Dollar rental they said I needed a credit card. I was never told during the booking process that I needed a credit card to make this reservation so I was extremely inconvenienced. Now I have to try to get a refund for the insurance I paid for.
10.0 Excellent2018 Jun 01
Pros: Lots of room, great gas mileage, very comfortable, great customer service.
8.0 Excellent2018 Mar 28
Dependable, Clean Vehicle At A Good PricePros: We requested an intermediate SUV to drive from Iowa to California and back. Dollar gave us the Ford Escape. It was comfortable, handled really well, had good pickup, and many features you'd find in a more expensive car. Gas mileage was reasonable and the price Dollar charged me was more than fair.Cons: I had to get an oil change once I reached California. However, Dollar reimbursed me for my cost when I returned. Dollar also said that any Hertz or Dollar outlet will handle that type of maintenance when needed on the road.
8.8 Excellent2016 Jun 28
Watch out for lose cables!Pros: The car itself was a good choice they made.Cons: The key fob cable came apart it was stressful when it came to possibly losing a key. When git the keys the cable was frayed and later came apart.
3.6 Mediocre2016 Feb 10
Stinky CarPros: The car didn't break down.Cons: Besides having no modern amenities (usb outlet/bluetooth), the car smelled terrible. At one point I even searched the car to see if anything had been left behind... like a bag of poop. I bought two car air fresheners, but the stank overpowered them. Nasty 3 days.
10.0 Excellent2016 Jan 31
Problem and hassle freePros: Easy drop off and pick up
9.2 Excellent2016 Jan 17
Almost perfectPros: Fine car, very clean. Service at the counter at pickup and dropoff was great.Cons: Only difficulty is that windshield wipers were terrible. Made for horrible visibility, especially at night, in the snowy/slushy conditions.
3.6 Mediocre2015 Nov 29
Who runs this company?Pros: The employees were niceCons: The seats of the car were absolutely filthy and when I brought it up with the guy at the rental office he said "yeah, we know." And then later talking to the manager, she told me that all the Kias with light upholstery have stained seats, like that was going to make it OK. I don't really understand why the CEO of the company thinks she should make her employees rent out disgusting cars just so she can earn her bonus for the year. It's crazy.
2.8 Mediocre2015 Nov 21
diuble charged me on credit card after car returnePros: Not muchCons: Attitude of customer service rep. Trying to upsell even after being told no. Trying to sell insurance when told insurance was there. Lying to customer in car availability
9.6 Excellent2015 Nov 02
Pros: The rental process was efficiently handled, staff were friendly and helpful, and the car was perfectly adequate for my needs.
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Rated #7
Avis
8 Excellent (12 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Avis
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 256 5623
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
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  • 7.8
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent2019 Aug 26
Pros: Very friendly staff and made the experience interesting.Cons: System issues meant a longer wait time
10.0 Excellent2017 Nov 02
WonderfulPros: Great price, nice big car, great customer serviceCons: NY plates which made me stand out when I was driving. Prefer to have local plates next time.
10.0 Excellent2017 Jun 25
Customer service was excellent!Pros: I received a new vehicle and the service provided was excellent. My flight was delayed and I arrived to the airport four hours later than pickup selected time, but had no problem.
5.2 Okay2017 Mar 28
Bad customer serviceCons: Our pickup lady decided to add $45 to our rental fee by adding on some optional insurance that she did not ask if we would like to add. She never asked up if we would like to add those options. She failed to get any initials from us on the lines that asked for my initials when agreeing to add those insurance options
10.0 Excellent2016 Nov 11
Pros: The pick up and drop off was easy and fast.
2.0 Mediocre2015 Oct 29
totally unsatisfiedCons: mechanical issues...3rd rental in a row.... customer srvc also denied backdating my wizard points to my preferred membership and was rude on the phone and hung up on my face!!!
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Rated #8
Payless
7.5 Good (22 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Payless
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 256 5228
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
  • 8.1
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  • 7.3
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7.2 Good2020 Sep 21
Cons: Way too long of a line to pick up the car
4.4 Okay2020 Feb 06
Cons: Will never use them again. Insane after-the-fact price hijacking and terrible service. I have been renting cars several times a year for years. I had never used Payless before but needed to book something about a week in advance of the date. It was about $300 to book for 3 days which was already expensive but when I picked up the car they tacked on another full day because they charge by the “24 hours” not by the day, which was already absurd. They would not budge on the cost, which was a surprise upon pickup. When I picked up the car the total came to over $600! For 3 days with a car! They wouldn’t explain the Huge increase except that it was a high demand time and that’s just the cost of the car. Awful experience. Will stick with the better name brands that are fair and honest about pricing.
10.0 Excellent2019 Oct 27
Pros: Easy, friendly, clean, and wanted a car that had a trunk so that my luggage wouldn't be obvious. Got just wanted I wanted/needed, thanks!
10.0 Excellent2019 Sep 02
Pros: Super friendly staff
7.6 Good2019 Aug 11
Pros: drop off was easy.Cons: took too long to get a car. Short staffed at our location
2.0 Mediocre2019 Apr 16
Pros: No
9.2 Excellent2019 Apr 07
Pros: There was a line at the check in. But after about 10 minutes more staff came on and the service was then friendly and helpful.
2.0 Mediocre2018 Nov 24
Damaged paint and flat tire - paperwork said no damage at all.Pros: Nothing at all. Never again.Cons: Long slow line, 1 person handling 3 rental car companies. While waiting another customer came back and said their car was malfunctioning, she was in a hurry but still told to go to back of the line. I finally got my keys and paperwork, found the car with an obviously flat tire and very long deep scratch in the rear door, I didn't look any further. I went back in, the lady said back of the line to me as well. Eventually got up towards the front and the person originally ahead of me came back in and said his car was not out there. The lady told him to go look again, he said he had already looked for 20 minutes, and he had. When I got to the front of the line I said I wanted my contract cancelled. I left without a rental car and had to pay to park to boot, and lost almost 2 hours of my life. Never again.
8.0 Excellent2017 Jul 05
Pros: Car was nice and cleanCons: Do not have my receipt yet, it was supposed to be emailed
10.0 Excellent2017 Jun 10
Wonderful servicePros: Representatives at Des Moines Airport counter were the BEST I've ever encountered! The car was excellent - would highly recommend this business in Des Moines.Cons: Nothing - was great!
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Rated #9
Budget
7.3 Good (20 reviews)
1 location in Des Moines
Budget
Locations in Des Moines
5800 Fleur Drive+1 515 287 2612
Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00
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  • 7.3
Recent reviews
5.6 Okay2020 Sep 28
Cons: I had no washer fluid which made the ride home in the mist quite dangerous.
2.0 Mediocre2020 Sep 21
Pros: Staff at desk was friendly.Cons: Long lines. Misleading car. Too small. We didn’t fit. Had to cancel our trip.
10.0 Excellent2020 Jun 14
Cons: Nothing. Loved the Chrysler Pacifica. Smooth ride. Accomadated our family of 5.
4.4 Okay2020 Feb 18
Pros: Nothing about the experience was good.Cons: First car we got had a clunk in the right front area. Second car was dirty inside & had no windshield washer fluid. Counter attendants were too busy gossiping to help me timely. When returning, all spaces were full, so parked in another agencies stall.
10.0 Excellent2019 Dec 16
Pros: Everything was great - the service on both ends plus the car, everything was fantastic!
10.0 Excellent2019 Dec 06
Pros: YesCons: Nothing
4.8 Okay2019 Jun 23
Pros: Phone & Des Moines staff were helpfulCons: I got a car with oil level warning and I was dropping off at an airport 250 miles away. So had to return to Airport & switch out cars.
2.4 Mediocre2019 Jan 13
Never againPros: Such a disappointment with Budget. Due to some issues with the van we rented through Budget during our drive from the Midwest to Florida (lack of oil, low air in tires) I called in asking for an extension time to drop off, which they confirmed after explaining the situation. At drop off Budget charges me the additional entire day of $350+ saying there were no notes in their system.Cons: Their lack of professionalism, I feel I have been ripped off from this rental company.
8.8 Excellent2018 Sep 01
Pros: Quick and.easy pick up and drop off. Clean, decent gas mileage.Cons: Very uncomfortable riding vehicle. It was a Mitsubishi SUV. Convinced me to never buy that vehicle.
4.0 Okay2015 Nov 30
Car was reasonable, service was atrocious !!!!!!!!Cons: No attendant at the Budget booth. Sign said go to Avis. Avis attendant said all they had left were SUV'S. Three times she made this statement and the cost would increase by $75 per day in addition to the $39 for the full size car I contracted for online days before and had a certification thereof. After some discussion she said ok lets get you a full size car...and she did. She actually had several full size cars. Why was she lying, stating she did not have any full size, only SUV's? increase sales maybe???
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Airport Van
1 location in Des Moines
Airport Van
Locations in Des Moines
4410 Merle Hay Road+1 877 826 4680
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Easirent
1 location in Des Moines
Easirent
Locations in Des Moines
Des Moines International Airport
MondayInvalid date - 23:59
TuesdayInvalid date - 23:59
WednesdayInvalid date - 23:59
ThursdayInvalid date - 23:59
FridayInvalid date - 23:59
SaturdayInvalid date - 23:59
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Sunnycars
1 location in Des Moines
Sunnycars
Locations in Des Moines
Fleure Drive & Army Post Road
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355 travelers who rented a car in Des Moines gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.4

Car rental locations in or near Des Moines

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

₪132/day

Good deal

₪109/day

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Top tips for renting a car in Des Moines

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Des Moines for ₪109 or less
  • Book your rental car in Des Moines at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Des Moines are around 25% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Des Moines

  • One car rental company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Alamo

  • On average a rental car in Des Moines costs ₪132 per day.

  • Full-size (Nissan Altima or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Des Moines.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Des Moines are Alamo (8.9, 117 reviews), Dollar (8.3, 61 reviews), and Enterprise (8.2, 105 reviews).

  • The only car rental company onsite at Des Moines airport is Alamo.

  • The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Des Moines airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Full-size car rental in Des Moines costs ₪160 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Des Moines costs ₪109 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car rental in Des Moines costs ₪100 per day, on average.

  • On average a rental car in Des Moines costs ₪926 per week (₪132 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Des Moines costs ₪3,970 per month (₪132 per day).