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Ames, IA, United States
Oct 25 — Nov 1
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Ames, IA, United States
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Ames car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.1 Excellent (22 reviews)
4 locations in Ames
Enterprise
Locations in Ames
  • 7.8
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  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8
Recent reviews
7.9 GoodOct 14 2021
Initially I was given a car that smelled strongly of marijuana. I mentioned it to the Enterprise employee and she agreed the smell was strong. After another minute of her finishing paperwork and me noticing there was an indicator that one of the tires was low, I finally said: Is there seriously not another car here that doesn't smell? Maybe one that has air in all the tires? She said we'd have to talk to the manager. So we did. He had no problem moving me to the other car. So, why didn't she make it right in the first place?
10.0 ExcellentJul 9 2021
You guys are doing very well!
10.0 ExcellentMar 12 2021
They allowed me to switch cars after they had completed all the paper work.The car could have been cleaner, I found a used mask tucked into the visor.
2.0 MediocreOct 6 2020
I didn’t even have a car when I had placed a reservation well in advance.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.
10.0 ExcellentJan 1 2020
it was great easy drop off clean vehiclenothing it was easy as it could be
6.0 GoodNov 24 2019
The booking system is confusing because everything about the payer's information is on my name, and I only put in another name for the driver because he was supposed to be the one driving. When the staff started looking for a booking under my name they could not find it because it looks like what they could see in their system is only the driver's name and not mine. Also, the policies are weird. They cannot let me rent it because I only have a student permit. I wanted to rent the car for the driver's test. Secondly, the policy would have let us rent the car had I only put in the renter's information under the driver's name and not mine. But of course, I booked it under my name, so they could not let me rent it.
8.0 ExcellentMay 5 2019
Ease of pickup. Employees were very courteous and helpful.The building looks like an old jiffy lube oil change place. Getting in and out of the building was a little challenging but that can't be helped.
7.6 GoodApr 1 2019
ease of experience, cleanliness, great gas mileage, helpful person at rental siteI ordered the wrong size of vehicle so the comfort was an issue.
10.0 ExcellentNov 28 2018
Great customer service!The folks at Enterprise were nice and willing to go out of their way to help me. They communicated with me several times to make sure everything was fine. They were a great group of people to work with.No problems at all.
10.0 ExcellentOct 8 2018
VERY PLEASEDI was given an upgrade, and when I returned the car it was also $30 less than what my original contract stated.The car was on "empty" when I picked it up, so I had to waste time to fill it up before I could use the vehicle. The car should have been filled before I arrived.
Rated no. 2
Hertz
7.6 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Ames
Hertz
Locations in Ames
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 8
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 21 2019
Staff was great. Truck was a beast. Made my trip much easier.The office smelled like mildew. Can't be good for the staff!!!
6.4 GoodAug 3 2019
The representative that served me was very professional and shared his expertise about the cars, the business, and the company.I had to wait about an hour to get out on the road. There was only one person behind the counter. When a second guy showed up, things worked like clockwork.
2.0 MediocreJul 10 2018
horrible experience and staffNothing. This is the 2nd time I've rented with Hertz where they've had no cars abs I've had to make other plans. So NOTHING positiveI made a reservation, had a confirmation email and when I got to the location they said they had 0 cars. The staff blamed just about everything but offered no help, no alternatives, no solutions. They didn't offer to call another location, look up inventory elsewhere or anything. I was provided no future credit, no discounts later or anything, just an I'm sorry. So what's to stop Hertz from doing this all the time?!? In addition, a worker had just pulled in with a vehicle and 1 other was sitting outside I noticed when I left. Worst experience, staff and customer service ever!!!
10.0 ExcellentMar 24 2017
Get your car here!!Quick, easy, hassle free! Professional staff and love the location of pick up!
Rated no. 3
Avis
6.4 Good (5 reviews)
2 locations in Ames
Avis
Locations in Ames
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJul 4 2021
I booked a full size SUV through car rentals.com on May 1 for our trip June 23-July 3. I continued to check with the local Avis because that was my pick up location. I was told that if someone extends their rental I may not have one and pre paid customers are priority. Couple days before the trip Avis told me they had a Ford Explorer for me but my reservation clearly stated full size SUV and had a picture of a full size SUV on the confirmation. I ended up getting a full size SUV through Enterprise but it cost me quite a bit more. I am now working with car rentals.com to get reimbursed for the difference I paid. I most likely won't use Avis again and probably not a third party site. Enterprise was great to work with and put me in what I needed and got me on the road!
6.0 GoodMay 11 2021
The staff member was excellent. However, since the rental came from a third party site, he didn’t have the car I reserved. I reserved a small SUV and he only had a Toyota Camry. He cleaned the one that just came in out and I took it as that was the only option. It was smoked in and banged up on the outside. He went above and beyond to get me something. Im glad our 4 suitcases for our 10 day trip fit in the trunk!since the rental came from a third party site, he didn’t have the car I reserved. I reserved a small SUV and he only had a Toyota Camry. He cleaned the one that just came in out and I took it as that was the only option. It was smoked in and banged up on the outside. He went above and beyond to get me something. Im glad our 4 suitcases for our 10 day trip fit in the trunk!
10.0 ExcellentJul 26 2018
Avis in JOHNSTON.This is a brand new business. We had a 15 passenger van rented, but it was recalled. So we were given two new Ford Explorers for the same price! Excellent customer service.
Rated no. 4
Budget
4 Okay (1 review)
2 locations in Ames
Budget
Locations in Ames
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  • 2
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  • 6
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJul 19 2018
Budget Rental Service Not ActiveI made a reservation through budget and showed up to the Johnston IA location to pick up the car at the scheduled time. Upon arrival the employee present was not authorized to log into the system to rent me the car. Waiting 45 minutes for the manager to return to the location. Once the manager was present I showed my online reservation through Budget in which the manager respond that they were not yet set up to rent cars through the budget system. The manager switched me over AVIS in which they had a car available. I was on my way 1 hour 15 mins later than my scheduled pick up time
Airport Van
1 location in Ames
Airport Van
Locations in Ames
Recent reviews
33 travellers who hired a car in Ames gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,6

Car hire locations in or near Ames

Good to know

Most popular car type

Intermediate

When to book a car hire in Ames

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Ames

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Ames car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Ames.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Ames car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Ames

  • Book your car hire in Ames at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Ames are around 43% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Ames

  • The average price of fuel in Ames is R51,87 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R622 and R830, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Nissan Versa or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Ames.

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

  • A Intermediate car hire in Ames costs R751 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car hire in Ames costs R2 078 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car hire in Ames costs R1 090 per day, on average.