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Ames car hire information

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Ames

  • Renting a car from a car rental in Ames is a wise idea if you want to explore the city actively. This is because, with a rental car, you can travel from one attraction to another without relying on the city's slow bus travel. Within Ames, some of the attractions you can easily get to include Reiman Gardens, a botanical garden, and a butterfly pavilion; Brunnier Art Museum, a decorative art museum at a campus auditorium; Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, a well-maintained park suitable for fishing; and Veenker Memorial Golf Course, a top-notch golf course. On the other hand, outside Ames, you can enjoy short road trips to Sakatah Lake State Park, Whitewater State Park, Backbone State Park, and Nelson Dewey State Park.
  • Des Moines Airport (DSM) is the main airport that serves Ames. If you'd like to rent a car once you land at this airport, you're in luck, as it features counters for Ames car rentals such as Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz. These car rental agencies are located in the baggage claim area of the airport's mid-size terminal. Thus, you can simply walk to the counter of your preferred car rental.
  • Ames boasts wide roads with proper road signs and demarcated paths for cyclists and pedestrians. However, when driving your car rental in Ames, it's in your best interest to always keep an eye on your surroundings, maintain a low speed, cut out distractions, and stay in line behind a slower car instead of abruptly changing lanes. Adopting the noted defensive driving techniques is quite advisable, given that not all Ames motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians keenly follow the traffic rules.
  • When driving your car rental in Ames, you'll likely not encounter major traffic, as traffic snarl-ups are not common in this city. However, from 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm, the roads heading to and from this city's center usually have slight traffic. Given that the traffic on these roads is slow-moving, if you intend to drive to the city center during these periods, you need not worry about getting stuck in traffic for too long. However, leaving a bit earlier than necessary will accord you adequate time to get to your destination in time. Other than slight traffic, Ames experiences significant snowfall from November to March. If you plan to drive in Ames this season, you should have your rental car equipped with winter tires. As all car rentals in Ames offer winter tires, you won't have to walk from office to office.
  • Book your car hire in Ames at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Ames

  • How much is the price of fuel in Ames?

    The average price of fuel in Ames is R66,80 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R802 and R1 069, depending on the car size.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Ames?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Ames?

    A Mini car hire in Ames costs R1 079 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Ames?

    A Compact car hire in Ames costs R585 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Ames?

    An Intermediate car hire in Ames costs R761 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Ames?

    In Ames, there are several types of car rentals you can hire. They include economy rentals, luxury rentals, SUVs of various sizes, intermediate rentals, and compact rentals. The car rental in Ames you settle on should be determined by the number of individuals you plan on traveling with. If you intend to travel by yourself or with other companion, you should consider renting an economy rental. On the other hand, if you plan on traveling with four other individuals, you should rent a minivan.

  • What is the speed limit in Ames?

    Different roads in Ames feature different speed limits. If you're on a road in a school zone, a construction zone, or a residential area, you're expected to maintain a speed of 25 mph. On the other hand, if you're on one of the highways leading into and out of the city, you can maintain a speed of up to 65 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Ames?

    Finding a spot to park your car rental in Ames is quite easy, given that this city boasts several parking spots. The said parking lots are available at 500 Kellog Avenue, 340 Main Street, 615 5th Street, 526 Main Street, and 617 Douglas Avenue.

Ames car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,4

Very Good

14 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.8

3 locations in Ames

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1817 E Lincoln Way

+1 515 233 5200

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

5460 Merle Hay Rd Ste D

+1 515 331 1000

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

734 S Ankeny Blvd

+1 515 963 9300

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They allowed me to switch cars after they had completed all the paper work.

Cons:

The car could have been cleaner, I found a used mask tucked into the visor.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

it was great easy drop off clean vehicle

Cons:

nothing it was easy as it could be

6,0 Okay

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Very Good

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Ease of pickup. Employees were very courteous and helpful.

Cons:

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 Good

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

ease of experience, cleanliness, great gas mileage, helpful person at rental site

Cons:

I ordered the wrong size of vehicle so the comfort was an issue.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

Cons:

No problems at all.

1 out of 3

Airport Van

5,3

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Ames

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4410 Merle Hay Road

+1 877 826 4680

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Avis

No score available yet

2 locations in Ames

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5500 Nw Johnston Drive, Ste C

+1 515 393 5453

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

637 S Ankeny Blvd

+1 515 207 5404

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
We had a full size Dodge suv and it had plenty of room in it for us and all our luggage. And drove very nicely.

4,0 Mediocre

Feb 2023

KAYAK
Representative was very nice however, the car had a tire with a moderate leak (I had to add air twice in less than 24 hours), had no windshield washer fluid and windshield wipers were in dire need of replacing. I returned the car as soon as I could and didn’t accept a replacement car offered even though I had another 4 days I needed a vehicle.

4,0 Mediocre

Jul 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

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!

Cons:

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!

1 out of 2

Budget

No score available yet

2 locations in Ames

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5500 Nw Johnston Dr, Ste C

+1 515 393 5455

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

637 S Ankeny Blvd

+1 515 207 6050

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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4,0 Mediocre

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I 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

1 out of 1

Hertz

No score available yet

2 locations in Ames

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1101 Se Oralabor Road

+1 515 964 9650

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

4730 Merle Hay Road

+1 515 276 1177

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
My experience was fantastic & I will be renting from hertz only the next time I need a rental but the real credit goes to Jon & the other young man who made this decision the best ever this world needs more workers who generally care about the customer & not just making a quick buck !

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great. Truck was a beast. Made my trip much easier.

Cons:

The office smelled like mildew. Can't be good for the staff!!!

6,4 Okay

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The representative that served me was very professional and shared his expertise about the cars, the business, and the company.

Cons:

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 Poor

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. 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 positive

Cons:

I 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 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick, easy, hassle free! Professional staff and love the location of pick up!

2,0 Poor

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Awful. Showed up and there was no car. They were unapologetic and said that I was about the 12th person to not get a car that day.

1 out of 2

31 travellers who hired a car in Ames gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

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