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Des Moines, IA, United States
8 Dec — 15 Dec
Same drop-off
Des Moines, IA, United States
Thu 08.12
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Thu 15.12
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Des Moines car rental information

Pick-up locationDes Moines
Car typesPickup truck
Rental locations17
Airport locations14
Popular agenciesAlamo

Cheap car rentals in Des Moines

Pickup truck₪331/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Des Moines car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.6

Excellent

111 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.7

One location in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

5800 Fleur Dr

+1 844 816 4385

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very helpful picking up and returning. Very convenient location in the airport and the cars are right outside the door in the baggage claim area

6.0 Good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice sized suv

Cons:

The gas gauge was way off. No horse power.

9.6 Excellent

Jan 2020

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Sep 2019

KAYAK

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.

6.0 Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful and gave discount for dirty car.

Cons:

Cleaner car.

10.0 Excellent

Jul 2019

KAYAK

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!

1 out of 14

Enterprise

8.3

Excellent

113 reviews
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

Locations in Des Moines

1545 E Euclid Ave

+1 515 262 2222

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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200 Se 6th St

+1 515 282 8000

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday12:00 - 15:00
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5800 Fleur Dr

+1 844 996 0646

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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2.0 Mediocre

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Everything can't be rated because I got a phone call from Enterprise telling me that they had overbooked and that I would be on a wait list for a car. That was the last I heard from them.

10.0 Excellent

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Jack at the counter is a wonderful asset to the company. He did a,great job getting us into the vehicle that we wanted.

2.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

I spent 35 minutes in line in the hot sun just to get to the counter and be told they didn’t have a vehicle for me even though I had previously reserved one. I thought the point of a reservation was to guarantee it would be there. The employee stated that he had tried to call me to let me know about this but I had zero missed calls and zero voicemails so I do not believe he tried to call me. I will not be renting from Enterprise in the future and will be sharing this experience with everyone I know.

2.0 Mediocre

Oct 2020

KAYAK

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 Good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

the rental guy in Des Moines wasn't very friendly but did his job

Cons:

More friendliness would help. otherwise all is good.

5.6 Okay

Jun 2020

KAYAK

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.

1 out of 18

Hertz

8.0

Excellent

65 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

7.8

One location in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

5800 Fleur Drive

+1 515 256 5839

Monday08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday08:30 - 18:00
Thursday08:30 - 18:00
Friday08:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:30 - 18:00
Sunday08:30 - 18:00
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6.0 Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The vehicle we had reserved had been "given away". We were given an upgrade; however it was not very comfortable. We had reserved a vehicle we knew we would be comfortable in for the long drive. Vehicle was dirty inside - used our own wipes to sanitize. Windshield wipers did not work properly. Was stressful on day 2 of the drive in the rain.

6.0 Good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, at the airport.

Cons:

The person I spoke to on the phone, after my initial flight was canceled, could not have been less helpful, or more condescending.

2.0 Mediocre

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They were not open when I arrived and I had to spend 3x as much getting a car from another company

8.0 Excellent

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car and people.

Cons:

Sirius should be included, especially when one already has a sirius account.

10.0 Excellent

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful!!

Cons:

N/a

10.0 Excellent

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent Service!

1 out of 10

Thrifty

7.5

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

7.2

2 locations in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

5800 Fleur Drive

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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Lc Pending Close Dec 1st

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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8.0 Excellent

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

staff was very friendly. Drop off was confusing as it was no longer Thrifty but Hertz

9.6 Excellent

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The entire experience could not have been easier and more convenient.

2.8 Mediocre

Dec 2019

KAYAK

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 Mediocre

Jul 2019

KAYAK

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 Okay

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Staff was incredibly rude and very unhelpful

10.0 Excellent

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

It as quick and easy

1 out of 6

Payless

6.8

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

6.4

One location in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

5800 Fleur Drive

+1 515 256 5228

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Excellent

Dec 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Thanks y’all are great

7.2 Good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Way too long of a line to pick up the car

4.4 Okay

Feb 2020

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Oct 2019

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Super friendly staff

7.6 Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

drop off was easy.

Cons:

took too long to get a car. Short staffed at our location

1 out of 6

Budget

6.7

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.5

One location in Des Moines

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5800 Fleur Drive

+1 515 287 2612

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Excellent

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Absolutely wonderful experience ❤️

2.0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful

Cons:

Late fees and charges are outrageous as is charges for gas

8.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car had been smoked in.

6.0 Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The budget customer service staff needs to work on their customer service experience. Their behavior is what drives this poor review. If you book a car through any of the travel apps they are not inclined to offer you any information Other than what you received while pre-booking.

5.6 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I had no washer fluid which made the ride home in the mist quite dangerous.

2.0 Mediocre

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at desk was friendly.

Cons:

Long lines. Misleading car. Too small. We didn’t fit. Had to cancel our trip.

1 out of 9

Dollar

7.7

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

8.0

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Lc Pending Close Dec 1st

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Excellent

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Lots of room, great gas mileage, very comfortable, great customer service.

8.0 Excellent

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

3.6 Mediocre

Feb 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

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 Excellent

Jan 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy drop off and pick up

9.2 Excellent

Jan 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

1 out of 3

Avis

6.0

Cleanliness

5.5

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.6

One location in Des Moines

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5800 Fleur Drive

+1 515 256 5623

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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8.0 Excellent

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The service was good. I really liked the car, clean and nearly new. Good experience and better rates than other rental companies.

Cons:

Tried to call the rental location several times and never got someone to answer. Customer service these days is the way to stay ahead of the rest.

8.4 Excellent

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly staff and made the experience interesting.

Cons:

System issues meant a longer wait time

10.0 Excellent

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Great price, nice big car, great customer service

Cons:

NY plates which made me stand out when I was driving. Prefer to have local plates next time.

10.0 Excellent

Jun 2017

KAYAK

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 Okay

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Excellent

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The pick up and drop off was easy and fast.

1 out of 4

American Rent-A-Car

4.5

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.5

Value for money

5.0

One location in Des Moines

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5800 Fleur Rd

+1 515 644 5255

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2.0 Mediocre

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Had to wait for an hour at the counter when we dropped off the car because the company only had one employee working and apparently he was on lunch break. Almost missed our flight because of it. Would not book a rental vehicle with this company again.

2.0 Mediocre

Jun 2022

KAYAK
When I arrived at the counter, I was told that I could not rent a car because I had not arrived on an incoming flight. This was never mentioned prior to my arriving to pick up the car. I needed the car for a family emergency, and no other companies had cars available. I will never try to rent from American again. I will also not likely ever use Kayak again.

1 out of 1

Airport Van

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

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4410 Merle Hay Road

+1 877 826 4680

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Easirent

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

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Des Moines International Airport

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National

9.6

Excellent

4 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

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5800 Fleur Dr

+1 844 816 4384

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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Sunnycars

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Des Moines

Locations in Des Moines

Fleure Drive & Army Post Road

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454 travelers who rented a car in Des Moines gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car rental locations in or near Des Moines

Good to know

Most popular agency

Enterprise

Most popular car type

Luxury

Average price

₪400/day

Good deal

₪364/day

When to book a rental car in Des Moines

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Top tips for renting a car in Des Moines

  • The capital city of Iowa is only waiting to be explored by travelers, and what easier and more convenient way is there to do it than with your own four wheels? Rent a car for your time in Des Moines and discover everything from city attractions to more remote places outside the city, such as the Saylorville Lake, which is about half an hour away by car.
  • When flying into the International Airport of Des Moines, pick up a car from their on-site car hire center to be in the city in less than 15 minutes via Fleur Drive. Located inside the terminal close to the Baggage Claim area, travelers will find various agencies available, such as Avis, Alamo, or National, which offer vehicles in all shapes and sizes.
  • If you’re visiting Iowa during the winter, you may have to prepare for slick and slippery roads due to snow and ice. But good preparation is everything, and driving in the winter is no problem when the hire car has winter tires fixed and even snow chains in the trunk (you may have to rent them separately from the agency). When driving in snow, refrain from braking or accelerating too fast, and bring blankets and warm drinks with you, if possible, in case you get stuck. Also bear in mind that the roads will most likely be narrower due to snow piled up on the sides.
  • Don’t drink and drive during your time in Des Moines. Iowa has very strict drinking laws and hefty fines are enforced if a driver is found behind the wheel with more than 0.08% of alcohol in the blood (BAC). Also try to avoid driving in the daily peak times when traffic is heaviest, usually between 7-9am and 4:30-6pm, as roads can be congested and waiting times will occur.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Des Moines for ₪364 or less
  • Book your rental car in Des Moines at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

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