The College and Enterprise Rent A Car are working together to provide efficient, low cost transportation for one-way airport trips for College employees. Our former system of providing drivers and cars to transport College staff persons was more expensive, difficult, and time consuming to manage, especially when flights were canceled or delayed, and posed a greater transportation liability for the College.
Enterprise Car Rental for Employees
This service is for College employees to use for one-way airport trips. The College has made a commitment to provide a vehicle and driver to transport guests (speakers, consultants, some job applicants), to and from campus. Guests to campus can use this service if departments consider this appropriate. If a guest to campus is to use this service, the arrangements with Enterprise will need to be made by College personnel. All who drive Enterprise rental cars must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid drivers license. If you are asked to make regular reservations for specific persons, forward Enterprise in Grinnell the following information for each driver: full name; home/work address; drivers license number and expiration date; and driver's birth date. This information will help to expedite the reservation process. The Grinnell Enterprise office FAX number is 236-3039.
The one-way service is for trips from Grinnell College to the Des Moines Airport or Cedar Rapids Airport OR the Des Moines Airport or Cedar Rapids Airport to Grinnell College.
Directions on making an Enterprise reservation online are as follows: Go to the Pioneer Web (link is provided below). Please log in, click the "Services" tab and you will find the links for either a one-way or round-trip reserveration. This is Enterprise's preferred method since the office is not manned all the time, but they need a 2-hour window for reservations booked online. Pioneer Web The first window, after selecting either business or personal, will ask for location. If this trip is originating out of Grinnell, enter Marshalltown, Iowa. Enterprise will know the vehicle needs to be delivered to the Security office on campus. Personal rentals can be made with the Marshalltown office; however, you need to mention you are an employee of Grinnell College. If this is a one-way trip to Grinnell from the airport, enter the airport location and proceed from there. If you don't have a 2-hour window or need to make your reservation by phone for another reason, you may call the Enterprise office in Marshalltown at 641-752-1000 or 800-257-1136. If you are unable to reach anyone at this number, you may call 515-262-2222. You must provide date of trip, time of departure, specify size of car (our College carpool cars are in the "intermediate" size category, larger cars will cost more money), and you must provide the account number to which the trip will be charged. Enterprise will NOT make a vehicle reservation unless an account number is provided.Indicate the direction of the one-way trip--either to or from the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airport. Enterprise can make arrangements for transportation in both directions with one phone call if you know those details. It is a good idea to double-check these transportation arrangements with Enterprise, particularly if these arrangements are made well ahead of time. Always ask for the reservation confirmation number for ease of future reference, and keep good records of reservation requests and cancellations to clarify later or future billing questions. We strongly urge you to check to make sure your vehicle has been delivered during Enterprise office hours if your trip is time-sensitive.
The Enterprise office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, closed Saturdays and Sundays. They must deliver vehicles on Friday for a Saturday, Sunday or early Monday departure time. There will be a one-time $10 early pick up fee. You may want to check your invoices carefully to make sure the billing is correct.
Yes. In fact there are links on Facilities Management's website for your convenience - see above. Remember an account number is required to make a reservation.
For trips TO the airport, Enterprise vehicles must be picked up at Security at 1432 East Street. Pick up the keys and sign the appropriate paperwork at the Security office. Drop the Enterprise vehicle off at the Enterprise Rent A Car return lot at the airport. Follow the arrows to this lot once you enter the main gate. Cars for personal use can be picked up and brought back to the Security office at 1432 East St. However, if you are calling for a reservation instead of making it online, you will need to tell them you are affiliated with Grinnell College. For trips to campus FROM the airport, pick up the Enterprise vehicle from the Enterprise office in the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airport terminal. Follow their instructions at the desk to pick the vehicle up. Take the vehicle and keys to Security on campus. You can pick up a car at the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airport after the Enterprise desk is closed. Ask Enterprise how this can work if necessary.
No. For insurance purposes, the Enterprise cars need to remain in the Security parking lot until you are ready to leave and it must be returned to Security immediately upon your return.
No, it is not necessary to refuel the Enterprise vehicle, but the college will be charged for fuel. All Enterprise Rent A Car vehicles provided for these one-way airport trips will have at least ¼ tank of gas. This will be adequate to get to or from Grinnell.
There will be no delivery fee charged for rental vehicles delivered to the Security office for Grinnell College business or for personal use of vehicles for Grinnell College employees. If your reservation is for personal use, please let Enterprise know you are affiliated with Grinnell College.
Yes. Cars picked up at the airport have an additional airport charge. Enterprise has been charging this additional fee for quite some time. There can also be a refueling charge and another reason could be that you chose the optional collision insurance. Grinnell College business trips are covered under the College insurance and therefore the optional insurance is not necessary. The academic and administrative offices, as well as Security, have copies of Proof of Insurance cards to be carried with you while driving a rental car. Proof of Insurance is required by the State of Iowa.