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Cheap Car Rentals in Iowa

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What are the car rental prices for popular cities in Iowa?

Below are the cheapest cities to rent a car in Iowa

Price

$39 - $81

Out of all the popular cities in Iowa, Cedar Rapids is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just $39/day. Renting a car in Cedar Rapids is 52% cheaper than renting one in Mason City where the per day rate is around $81. Other fairly inexpensive cities in Iowa to get a rental car in are: Iowa City ($39/day), Davenport ($43/day), and Burlington ($48/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in Cedar Rapids should expect to spend around $39/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in Iowa is Cedar Rapids.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Iowa?

January

$59

February

$62

March

$98

April

$91

May

$57

June

$85

July

$97

August

$69

September

$34

October

$98

November

$110

December

$74

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in Iowa is February. The most expensive time to rent a car is July. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular Car Types in Iowa

Small is the cheapest car type you can rent in Iowa this past week from 14,375 rental locations out of 248 rental agencies. Prices for a Iowa Small rental start from $31/day. Check out available deals for 5 car types currently offered at listed car rental agencies here:

Compare available car types for rental in Iowa

Small Cars

$55 - $248

All Car Types

$66 - $158

To rent a Small car in Iowa, you would pay an average price of $92/day. August is the cheapest month to rent a Small car in Iowa (~$55/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$248/day). In fact, August is about 41% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Small rental for Iowa. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Iowa, renting a Small car is 7% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Iowa Small rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Medium car in Iowa, you would pay an average price of $58/day. October is the cheapest month to rent a Medium car in Iowa (~$30/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is November (~$87/day). In fact, October is about 49% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Medium rental for Iowa. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Iowa, renting a Medium car saves you 34% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Iowa Medium rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Large car in Iowa, you would pay an average price of $79/day. May is the cheapest month to rent a Large car in Iowa (~$62/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$138/day). In fact, May is about 23% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Large rental for Iowa. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Iowa, renting a Large car saves you 9% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Iowa Large rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV car in Iowa, you would pay an average price of $71/day. October is the cheapest month to rent a SUV car in Iowa (~$38/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is April (~$168/day). In fact, October is about 47% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for Iowa. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Iowa, renting a SUV car saves you 19% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Iowa SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a Van car in Iowa, you would pay an average price of $108/day. September is the cheapest month to rent a Van car in Iowa (~$100/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is December (~$194/day). In fact, September is about 8% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a Van rental for Iowa. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Iowa, renting a Van car is 20% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Iowa Van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

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Top rental agencies in Iowa

All major car rental suppliers in Iowa

Enterprise

8.4
Very good
112 reviews18 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.5

Overall

8.4

Pick-up/drop-off

8.3

Value

8.1

Hertz

7.7
Good
138 reviews10 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.0

Overall

7.7

Pick-up/drop-off

7.7

Value

7.7

Alamo

8.6
Very good
45 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.7

Overall

8.7

Pick-up/drop-off

8.8

Value

8.7

Budget

6.9
Okay
55 reviews8 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.5

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.9

Value

7.1

Avis

6.4
Okay
51 reviews8 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.7

Overall

6.2

Pick-up/drop-off

6.4

Value

5.9

National

3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

8.0

Dollar

7.5
Good
11 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.8

Overall

7.3

Pick-up/drop-off

7.4

Value

7.8

Thrifty

7.1
Good
18 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.8

Value

6.8

Best Iowa Car Rental Deals Found

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Car Rental FAQs

What are the requirements to rent a car in Iowa?

You will have to prove that you are a licensed driver by submitting a valid driver’s license to book car rentals in Iowa. Additionally, you must have a minimum driving experience of at least two years. If you are a foreigner who wants car rentals in Iowa, you can produce a valid government-issued license of your home country if it is in English. If it is not in English, you will have to get an International Driver’s permit that you will use together with your driving license. Be sure to carry your identification documents, including your ID card or passport, at all times. Carry your debit or credit card and ensure that you have loaded enough funds to cater to the security deposit. Additionally, make sure that the card you want to use for car rentals in Iowa is valid.

What are the rules for driving in Iowa?

Your seatbelt and that of any other front-seat passenger should always be fastened as you drive. Children must always be restrained in a rear seat or with a seatbelt, especially children under six years old. When exercising your right of way, pay close attention to the road and the habits of other drivers. Just because you are cautious does not mean that other drivers will be. Therefore, always give enough distance between your Iowa car rentals and other cars. The maximum speed limit that your cheap car rental in Iowa can get to is 70mph. Follow up on Iowa weather and road conditions before you drive so that you can always be prepared. Furthermore, ensure that you have checked if the state has updated its driving laws before you book your Iowa car rentals.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Iowa?

You need to consider certain factors before you can book rental cars in Iowa. They include the nature of your trip, amount of luggage and passengers, time spent driving, budget, terrain, and weather. If you are looking for a cheap car rental in Iowa that can accommodate your family and has a lot of storage room for your luggage, then a van such as the Luxgen M7 or Ford Transit Connect will work fine. If you want luxury car rentals in Iowa that will help you make a statement, the Ford Fusion or Cadillac XTS will do the job. Additionally, if you are looking for rental cars in Iowa that are durable and budget-friendly, consider a small car like Toyota Yaris or Volkswagen Lupo that will help you navigate through the busy streets of Iowa.

What is the cheapest rental car found in Iowa?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $62/day when booking a rental car in Iowa. The best deal a user found was for $28/day from Thrifty, booked on Jul. 28.

What car rental company is typically the cheapest in Iowa?

According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in Iowa from the following companies over the past two weeks: Budget ($36/day), Hertz ($41/day), and Enterprise ($44/day).

Which car rental company is considered to be the best in Iowa?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Firefly (10.0 rating), Super Cheap (10.0 rating) and Signature Rent A Car (10.0 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in Iowa.

What are gas prices like in Iowa?

The average gas price in Iowa is $3.63/gallon over the past month, costing you anywhere between $43 and $62 to fill up a car’s gas tank.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Iowa for a week from Thrifty?

Thrifty is a popular option for travelers looking for car rental in Iowa. You can expect the average cost of rental car to be about $470 per week.

How far in advance should I rent a car in Iowa for the best price?

Booking in advance not only ensures a better chance of getting the vehicle of choice, it can save you up to 14% on your car rental. For a below average price in Iowa, Cheapflights recommends booking your car rental at least 14 days in advance.

Can I rent a car for a month in Iowa?

Yes, you can rent a car for a month in Iowa. Check Cheapflights for the latest prices and car type availability.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Iowa for a month?

Prices can be as low as $2,014 if you consider booking with Thrifty. That price represents savings of 66% compared to the Iowa average. The monthly cost of a car rental in Iowa is on average $2,014 ($67/day).

Luxury Car Rentals in Iowa

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Van Rentals in Iowa

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