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Des Moines car rentals from $31/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Des Moines with a pick-up date of 8/23 and drop-off date of 8/27. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Des Moines

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Mitsubishi Mirage car
Mitsubishi Mirage
or similar SMALL
2
2
2/4
$35/day
Nissan Versa car
Nissan Versa
or similar SMALL
4
2
2/4
$37/day
Toyota Corolla car
Toyota Corolla
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
2/4
$31/day
Volkswagen Jetta car
Volkswagen Jetta
or similar MEDIUM
5
3
4-5
$33/day
Chevrolet Malibu car
Chevrolet Malibu
or similar LARGE
5
2
2/4
$42/day
Toyota Sienna car
Toyota Sienna
or similar VAN
5
5
4-5
$52/day
Nissan Pathfinder car
Nissan Pathfinder
or similar SUV
5
2
4-5
$54/day
Nissan Maxima car
Nissan Maxima
or similar LARGE
5
5
2/4
$48/day
BMW 5 Series car
BMW 5 Series
or similar LUXURY
5
5
4-5
$48/day
GMC Terrain car
GMC Terrain
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$42/day
Nissan Rogue car
Nissan Rogue
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
$44/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Des Moines

  • From the breathtaking rolling landscapes to a rich history and culture, Iowa's capital city has so much to offer travelers. The best way you can enjoy all these spectacular sights and sounds is by having a rental car which gives you complete control to cruise around the city at your own pace. Forget the expensive taxi rides and instead find cheap car rentals in Des Moines so you can have the freedom to visit the Living History Farms Museum, about 15 minutes from the city. Other popular attractions include the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, which you can visit in less than an hour by car, or the Historic Hills Byway, located less than 2 hours away. You can tour these places and more on your to-do list with cheap car rentals in Des Moines.
  • Once you land at the busy International Airport of Des Moines, go to the baggage claim area and find several renowned Des Moines car rentals. Avis, Dollar, Alamo, and Hertz are a few examples of Des Moines car rentals with on-site offices and others located in different parts of the city. Then, having booked your rental car through KAYAK, take a 15- minute drive to the city via Fleur Drive to your various destinations.
  • During winter, Des Moines naturally experiences heavy snowfall, making your driving experience uncomfortable. If your visit coincides with the winter season, we recommend safe driving at all times. Before hitting the road, keep your windshield and headlights clear of excess snow. It would be best to observe safety precautions at all times and always be prepared should you get stuck in snow for some time. Otherwise, while it is safe and legal to make right turns at red lights, be sure to yield the right of way to other road users before you make a turn. Finally, having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% and above can land you in trouble with the law. If you plan on drinking, don't get behind the wheel; instead, get a designated driver to move you around.
  • 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 rental 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 rental 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 $62 or less
  • Book your rental car in Des Moines at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Des Moines are around 4% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in Des Moines are around 5% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Des Moines

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Des Moines?

    A 4-wheel-drive car is definitely a wise choice to make when renting a vehicle for Des Moines, especially in the winter. When venturing out of the city, a 4-wheel-drive will give drivers the essential traction for icy roads or dirt tracks. Talk to your agency about insurance and what is covered, and always check your car beforehand for scratches you did not cause.

  • What’s the speed limit in Des Moines?

    In residential areas, 25 mph is permitted and up to 65 mph on rural roads. On highways, the state of Iowa allows drivers to speed up to 70 mph, but remember to always take the weather and street conditions into account and slow down when necessary.

  • Where are the best places to park in Des Moines?

    There is on-street parking available all throughout Des Moines, with charges around $0.25 to $1.25 per hour, depending on how close to the center you are parked. Fees usually apply Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm, and parking is free on Sundays. Parking garages are another alternative, and there are seven garages in and around Downtown, charging an approximate daily limit of $10 or around $1 per hour.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Des Moines?

    On average a rental car in Des Moines costs $81 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Des Moines found in the last 2 weeks is $58.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Des Moines?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($31/day), Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($35/day) and Alamo ($43/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 5800 Fleur Drive 50321 (4 miles from city center).

  • What is the best rental car company in Des Moines?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Des Moines is Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.1, 54 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Des Moines?

    The average gas price in Des Moines is $3.82 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $61, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Des Moines?

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Des Moines.

  • Which car rental companies are at Des Moines airport (DSM)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Des Moines airport include Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Payless, Budget, Avis, National and American Rent-A-Car.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Des Moines airport (DSM)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Des Moines airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, Payless, Budget, Avis, and National.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Des Moines?

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Des Moines?

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

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Des Moines?

    An Economy car rental in Des Moines costs $101 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Des Moines?

    A Compact car rental in Des Moines costs $170 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Des Moines?

    On average a rental car in Des Moines costs $549 per week ($78 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Des Moines?

    On average a rental car in Des Moines costs $2,353 per month ($78 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Des Moines?

    Most car rental providers in Des Moines offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Des Moines, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Des Moines?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 13 car rental agencies in Des Moines.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Des Moines?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Des Moines?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Des Moines so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What is the speed limit in Des Moines?

    The speed limit in Des Moines depends on which roadway you're using. Ensure you maintain a maximum of 25 mph when driving around residential areas and 65 mph on rural highways. The speed limit goes up to 75 mph on city and suburban highways, but you should exercise common sense and precautions when driving under unfavorable weather conditions.

  • What are the best places to park in Des Moines?

    Parking spaces are readily available in most parts of Des Moines, especially downtown. Whether you're looking for on-street metered parking or parking structures, agencies like Center Street Park and Ride and ABM Parking, among others, offer affordable, convenient parking services.

Des Moines car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.1

Very good

54 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.9

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in Des Moines

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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

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

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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10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2024

KAYAK
Staff at service counter was very friendly & helpful.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
They stayed open late so I was able to pick up my rental. Get customer service!!!

2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Everything was terrible.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Very friendly and helpful check in and return.

2.0 Poor

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 Wonderful

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.

1 out of 11

Hertz

7.6

Most popular

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.4

2 locations in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

2800 Mckinley Avenue

Opening times not available

5800 Fleur Drive

+1 515 256 5848

Monday08:30 - 20:00
Tuesday08:30 - 20:00
Wednesday08:30 - 20:00
Thursday08:30 - 20:00
Friday08:30 - 20:00
Saturday08:30 - 20:00
Sunday08:30 - 20:00

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8.0 Very good

Dec 2023

KAYAK
The Hertz team is very laid back and easy to work with. No complaints.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Great staff at the counter. He helped us find a vehicle that was close by for a frail walker. He answered all of our questions and this was a very pleasant rental car experience.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Great, very smooth process

6.0 Okay

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 Okay

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 Poor

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

1 out of 8

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

6.7

One location in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

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 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Absolutely wonderful experience ❤️

2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful

Cons:

Late fees and charges are outrageous as is charges for gas

8.0 Very good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car had been smoked in.

6.0 Okay

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 Fair

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

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

2.0 Poor

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

National

9.6

Wonderful

2 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Des Moines

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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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Alamo

8.6

Very good

23 reviews

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.4

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 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Excellent customer service and friendly staff. Fast easy check in and check out. New rental that was clean and extra disinfectant wipes provided as a courtesy. Will definitely rent again from Alamo.

10.0 Wonderful

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 Okay

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice sized suv

Cons:

The gas gauge was way off. No horse power.

9.6 Wonderful

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 Wonderful

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 Okay

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful and gave discount for dirty car.

Cons:

Cleaner car.

1 out of 4

Payless

7.2

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

7.2

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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8.0 Very good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Gave me the keys and sent me out to the lot. The car was not there, which they didn't believe so they went out and found I was right. Went back to their storage, found a car after while. Wasted a lot of time................

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

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 Mediocre

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 Wonderful

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 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Super friendly staff

1 out of 6

Dollar

6.9

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

7.5

One location in Des Moines

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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 Poor

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 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

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

8.0 Very good

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 Poor

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 Wonderful

Jan 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy drop off and pick up

9.2 Wonderful

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 0

Avis

6.2

Cleanliness

6.1

Comfort

6.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.9

Value for money

6.5

One location in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

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 Very good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Great

8.0 Very good

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 Very good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly staff and made the experience interesting.

Cons:

System issues meant a longer wait time

6.0 Okay

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Returning the car to DSM airport was a bit strange.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The pick up and drop off was simple. The car looked like it had been rear ended at some point. The windows were pretty dirty, However the interior was clean. I got a larger car than I reserved so I was happy overall.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2022

KAYAK
The customer service was not good. Was given a hard time and was not helpful. Wasn’t able to pick up car and had to rent a car with another company.

1 out of 3

Thrifty

5.1

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

4.6

2 locations in Des Moines

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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

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 Very good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

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

9.6 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

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

2.8 Poor

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 Poor

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 Fair

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Staff was incredibly rude and very unhelpful

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

It as quick and easy

1 out of 2

American Rent-A-Car

4.5

Mediocre

8 reviews

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

5.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.7

Value for money

4.5

One location in Des Moines

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5800 Fleur Rd

+1 515 644 5255

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2.0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
I had a reservation and when I got there they told me they didn't have a car for me.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
I wasn’t thrilled that they make you give them a positive online review BEFORE you get your car.

4.0 Mediocre

Feb 2023

KAYAK
Friendly counter staff, but they were making everyone scan a QR code and give them a 5 star review before they would give you a car. Very odd. They also charged way too much for this car but I needed it and they were the only ones with cars. It’s a fine line between charging what the market will bear and price gouging. The car was smaller (and cheesier) than what I ordered. It was like driving a Coke can. Finally, when my plans changed and I needed to return the car early, they would not refund the difference. They cited a paragraph in their contract, which was literally far too small to read. Overall not a good experience.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2023

KAYAK
I showed up to get my rental car and the office was closed. I could never get the car I reserved.

2.0 Poor

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 Poor

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 2

Airport Van

5.0

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Des Moines

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Locations in Des Moines

4410 Merle Hay Road

+1 877 826 4680

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Des Moines International Airport

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Fleure Drive & Army Post Road

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219 travelers who rented a car in Des Moines gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.0

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Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

$81/day

Good deal

$63/day

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