DeKalb car hire

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DeKalb car hire information

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in DeKalb

  • Renting cheap car rentals in DeKalb offers numerous advantages that can enhance your visit to this vibrant city. DeKalb is home to Northern Illinois University, a renowned educational institution. Having a car rental in DeKalb will enable you to conveniently navigate the campus, attend events, or even visit friends or family who are students at the university. The city's location also makes it a gateway to several scenic destinations. By using DeKalb car rentals, you can easily reach attractions like the stunning Starved Rock State Park, which offers picturesque hiking trails, waterfalls, and stunning views that may not be easily accessible by public transportation.
  • Chicago Greater Rockford Airport (RFD) is approximately 33 miles away from DeKalb and is the closest airport to the city. The rental car offices at RFD are located right outside the baggage claim area of the terminal. Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is approximately 56 miles away from DeKalb. The rental car offices at ORD are located on the lower levels of each domestic terminal (1, 2, and 3) and in the international terminal 5. There are shuttle buses located outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal to take you to the rental car center, which is located off site.
  • DeKalb has a large population of college students and pedestrians, so you should always be aware of and prepared for pedestrians crossing streets when driving your DeKalb car rental, especially around the NIL campus. The city also has a good public transportation system served by buses, so drivers should be mindful of buses when driving cheap car rentals in DeKalb. When approaching a bus with its hazard lights on, it means the bus is about to stop, and drivers should give it the right of way.
  • Rush hour in DeKalb typically occurs between 7:30 am and 8:30 am and from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on weekdays, but the traffic remains manageable even during these times. The main roads that are likely to have more traffic during rush hour are Lincoln Highway (IL-38) and Peace Road. Winters in DeKalb can also be tough due to snow and ice, which can make some of the roads, especially side streets, uneven and slippery, with low visibility that can lead to accidents. Temperatures during winter also tend to be freezing, which could lead to black ice. You should therefore equip cheap car rentals in DeKalb with the right tires during this season.
  • Book your car hire in DeKalb at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in DeKalb are around -49% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in DeKalb

  • How much is the price of fuel in DeKalb?

    The average price of fuel in DeKalb is R71,59 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R859 and R1 145, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in DeKalb?

    Economy (Mitsubishi Mirage or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in DeKalb.

  • Which car hire agencies are at O'Hare Intl airport (ORD)?

    The only car hire company onsite at O'Hare Intl airport is Thrifty.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at O'Hare Intl airport (ORD)?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from O'Hare Intl airport to off-airport locations is Thrifty.

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

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

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in DeKalb?

    An Economy car hire in DeKalb costs R1 227 per day, on average.

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

    An Intermediate car hire in DeKalb costs R1 074 per day, on average.

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

    A Compact car hire in DeKalb costs R491 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving a car rental in DeKalb?

    DeKalb is a city that experiences all four seasons and has a mix of urban and rural driving conditions. Therefore, a mid-size SUV or crossover would be an ideal choice for a DeKalb car rental. These types of vehicles offer a combination of passenger and cargo space, fuel efficiency, and versatility in different driving conditions. An SUV or crossover provides better visibility and handling on rural roads, while also being able to handle snowy or icy conditions in the winter.

  • What’s the speed limit when driving a car rental in DeKalb?

    The standard speed limit within city limits is 30 mph. However, there are certain areas where the speed limit is higher or lower. In residential areas, the speed limit is typically 25 mph. On major streets, the speed limit may be increased to 35 or 40 mph. For example, along Annie Glidden Road, a major north-south thoroughfare running through the city, the speed limit is typically 40 mph. On highways surrounding the city, such as I-88 and I-39, the speed limit is typically 65 or 70 mph, depending on the stretch of road. The speed limit on rural roads outside the city limits is often 55 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park a car rental in DeKalb?

    In DeKalb, there are several parking options available, including free and paid parking. The cost of metered parking will vary depending on the time of day and location.  There are also several parking garages in downtown DeKalb that offer both hourly and daily rates.

DeKalb car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5,8

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.7

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.5

Value for money

7.1

6 locations in DeKalb

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Locations in DeKalb

11015 Route 47

+1 847 669 8686

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1203 E Main St

+1 630 377 7800

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

1810 Sycamore Rd

+1 815 756 5400

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

2055 S Lincoln Highway

+1 630 377 7800

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

2080 Main St

+1 630 377 7800

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

400 S Randall Rd Ste E

+1 847 488 9990

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Truck was clean

Cons:

Nothing

5,2 Fair

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Reserved car on Kayak Showed up and no car was available Will not use Kayak or Enterprise again

10,0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were very helpful and great customer service.

8,8 Very Good

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Attendants were polite and picked us up and delivered us back to the residence.

Cons:

Didn’t like that they couldn’t help me with the toll payment problem. (I didn’t have all the change for a unmanned coins only toll booth on the Illinois tollway. I’m from California. Upon returning the car, I informed the enterprise staff who referred me to the 800# Enterprise problem solver which they said could walk me through paying the toll online, but that person couldn’t help. Also I returned the car with more gas than it had when I received it. (1/4 tank over), I thought they would reimburse me for the difference but just gave me a business card saying I could get the gas credited on the next rental but I rarely rent cars. I dont think the business card would be honored in the future anyway.

7,6 Good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

They had no porter on staff that would detail each car between use. Si the office staff had to clean this is not their forte so to speak

7,2 Good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Very helpful staff and easy to speak with

Cons:

Everything went well. No complaints.

1 out of 3

Easirent

4,6

Mediocre

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One location in DeKalb

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Chicago/Aurora Municipal Airport

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Hertz

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2 locations in DeKalb

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2020 Sycamore Road

+1 815 787 7501

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

2400 E Main St Ste 106

+1 630 762 9034

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

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2,0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
There was no car when I went to go pick up and when I arrived no one had bothered to let me know.

2,0 Poor

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

A week before the reservation, I made an alteration to my reservation directly through hertz website to change to a bigger car and an extra day. I was quoted an extra 30 bucks which is understandable. Within two hours from that change, which is still a week away, i called hertz to change back to my original reservation because I realized I didn’t need that extra day. I was ready to accept the $30 that I was charged because of changing the reservation multiple times. To my surprise, the rep on the phone said that I will be charged an extra 50 dollars for that change. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? But if I cancel the reservation I will not be charged for anything? What kind of business is Hertz running and Kayak backing up? I cancelled everything and called my local Avis and got more for my money. Wait no, I got the same car for 30 dollars cheaper. Call your local dealer, they will have better rates.

Cons:

Never hertz again.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Pre paid online, just drove there and picked the car up.

Cons:

Dark parking lot so it was hard to see the vehicle for the pre trip inspection.

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

It was in my neighborhood

2,0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Ruined my nye Plans got to Hertz añd was informed they had over booked and had no cars available.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The price Kayak was able to give me for Hertz!

1 out of 2

29 travellers who hired a car in DeKalb gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.6

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