Costa Mesa car rentals

Costa Mesa car rentals

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Costa Mesa, CA, United States
30 Jan — 6 Feb
Same drop-off
Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Sun 30/1
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Sun 6/2
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Pick-up locationCosta Mesa
Rental locations15
Airport locations6

Costa Mesa car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Fox
Best rated
6.1 Good (394 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Fox
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 6.1
  • 6.4
  • 5.9
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay20 Jan 2022
Prices are very reasonable. The service was diabolical. No worse than that, it was the indifference with which I was treated that irked me the most.
10.0 Excellent19 Jan 2022
Great service, You all went above and beyond our expectations
10.0 Excellent10 Jan 2022
Was super easy and fast! No problems whatsoever.
10.0 Excellent3 Jan 2022
Excellent service
2.0 Mediocre21 Dec 2021
They didn’t have a car for us
10.0 Excellent16 Dec 2021
Fast, efficient. Note thst we drove (taxi) directly to car centre not took their csn from Airport
2.0 Mediocre10 Dec 2021
Horrible car that broke down. Customer service horrible. Don’t use Fox
10.0 Excellent29 Nov 2021
With the very minor exception of the distance from the John Wayne Airport to the car rental facility, my experience was excellent. Instant pick up, very quick service, good clean car, and friendly customer service. I will definitely go with Fox again next time.
10.0 Excellent28 Nov 2021
great overall experience, affordable car rental, friendly staff, easy transaction. I would recommend Fox rental to friends and family.
10.0 Excellent23 Nov 2021
There was a man/customer complaining and was NOT wearing a mask and the manger allowed him to remain in the building even after I asked that he put a mask on. This is the LAW!! Not a managers choice. Her job is to protect the customers and her employees and follow the rules. Please take care of this confusion with your manager. Other than that, every was great.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
9.5 Excellent (9 reviews)
2 locations in Costa Mesa
Enterprise
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Jan 2022
Staff meme bets were very accommodating and got us on our way in no time.
10.0 Excellent5 Oct 2020
Everything was easyEverything was perfect!
10.0 Excellent18 Feb 2020
The staff were amazing, both the representatives i dealt with were super professional, friendly and went above and beyond to make me satisfied
Rated no. 3
Airport Van
9.2 Excellent (13 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Airport Van
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 8.6
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 9.3
  • 9.5
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay22 Oct 2018
Closed at 12 on weekendsNot muchWas not informed of a $25 after hours drop off fee, or a $50 different drop off location fee. Was not informed that Costa Mesa closed before scheduled drop off time, and that drop off subsequently was at airport. I needed special instructions for the airport drop off.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul 2018
Great Job Frank and Staff.Great Customer Service From All the Staff.
10.0 Excellent28 Apr 2017
Love it
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2017
Great van at the best price we could findI would not hesitate to use this company again, and when we go back to this area I will definitely look here first for my rental van. The staff members we encountered were friendly and attentive. When we lost a cell phone Milton the General Manager personally attended to having it overnight shipped back to us, and Raphael, the one who found the phone in our returned van, searched the entire van to find it, which was no easy task because the phone was black on a black mat and under a seat.This isn't the rental company's fault, but the city imposes a restriction upon rental pickups, so they have to go to a special parking lot, and I wasn't aware of this.
10.0 Excellent19 Jan 2017
So pleasantWe worried after reading some reviews, but this rental company was awesome. Friendly service from pick up, to drop off. Quick, clean, and total steal! The van was clean and ran beautifully. If you rent to experience a brand new car with all the bells and whistles, this won't suit you. But we loved it and hope others give them a try.It was a little unclear what we needed to do once we got to the airport and even the airport info people hadn't heard of the company. Perhaps a bit more explicit instructions on how to get a ride to the rental facility would help.
9.2 Excellent9 Jan 2017
Best bang for your buckI needed a van to carry 8 people (including 3 car seats with kids) and renting a kia sedona from here did the job! Great people, fast service, and overall a pleasant experience.Since it's a smaller, outside-of-the-airport shop, the rentals are a bit older and sometimes worn-down. (i.e. color stained but clean seats) No odor problems or anything like that, but you can tell when you get a van that someone used for camping/ snowboarding. Regardless, the price and service makes up for all of that!
8.8 Excellent16 Dec 2016
the value. You get a large van cheaper then the car.
9.6 Excellent17 Nov 2016
Great people to work withThe drop off and pickup team were great to work with. Very helpful staff. The van ran great and had some serious get up and go. Pretty painless experience.I would like to see some newer and higher quality car seats. The van was a little dinged up, but ran fine. It was clean, but it wasn't spotless if that makes sense.
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Rated no. 4
Budget
9.1 Excellent (8 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Budget
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 9.2
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent9 Mar 2019
Small office in Costa Mesa, CA with no wait to pick up my car!Everything went well with my car rental
10.0 Excellent4 Dec 2016
No waiting
9.6 Excellent30 May 2016
Very friendly staff, a bit of a waitVery friendly and helpful staff, would definitely rent here again.Only one person in the office checking in / out cars, so any time there's more than 2 people there you might be waiting 30-45+ mins to get checked out.
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Rated no. 5
Avis
7 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Avis
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 7.3
  • 6
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre10 Sep 2020
They could have a car! They said there’s no car. Messed up a job interview.
9.2 Excellent15 Dec 2016
Easy and inexpensiveEasy in and out for pickup.
Rated no. 6
Payless
6.5 Good (15 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Payless
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 6
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre4 May 2017
Never got the car. In fact, was swindled and lied to when picking up the vehicle, was told they had no more cars to rent out because they were tired and didn't want to help anymore people since they were closing. Instead they lied to us and then put us on a shuttle to go find a car at Avis in the airport and said they would refund the difference. Well now I am disputing the charge because they lied to me and said they don't honor reimbursing the difference because they are not affiliated with Avis when the representative at Payless said they were. STOP offering deals to pick up rentals from Payless in Costa Mesa.
7.6 Good25 Apr 2017
INEXPENSIVE RENTAL!It was cheap, easy to rent, no line, not busy. Away from the airportThe Kia I had rented smelled like smoke and the car had multiple stains on the interior on all seats.
10.0 Excellent12 Apr 2017
Angel, our rep was really helpfulslow service recommend later in the day when not busy
6.0 Good11 Apr 2017
Condition of vehicles below standardExcellent priceFirst vehicle offered had severely damaged bumper and dented passenger door (through paint to bare metal) which I refused. Took 2nd vehicle, which I then discovered after leaving on trip to AZ had two tires with slow leaks that I had to inflate daily; left front & right rear.
2.0 Mediocre3 Apr 2017
SurprisedGot to the counter and was told a debit card was no good. Payless agent made a call and a third party offered me a rate twice as much as the contract price and a $200 deposit whe I refused they offered another $20 discount. I was insulted and walked away.
8.0 Excellent15 Mar 2017
Good valueGood priceNot the most polished experience, car was a bit dirty but acceptable.
3.6 Mediocre18 Jan 2017
Beater car rentals -- change their name!Not much. Slow slow check in. Marginal customer service. Best part? I turned car on early and they gave me money back (2days) That was unexpected but appreciated.
6.0 Good27 Nov 2016
You get what you pay forPrice was far less than the majorsDidn't have the car I reserved, so had to switch to a black mini van. Gave me paperwork though for a red economy car, so had to go back and get correct papers. Upon returning can, printer was not working so it took 10 minutes to get a receipt.
8.0 Excellent28 Sep 2016
Nice experienceGood rental ratesIt was hard to find phone to call for shuttle pickup
6.0 Good14 Dec 2015
PaylessCheap price and friendly shuttle drivers.Car was sort of a beater - lots of scratches, loose trim on the outside, transmission was not smooth.
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Rated no. 7
Hertz
4.4 Okay (7 reviews)
3 locations in Costa Mesa
Hertz
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 4.8
  • 4.5
  • 4.2
  • 3.9
  • 4.2
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible31 Jul 2021
Hertz called me to unilaterally cancel my prepaid reservation 24 hours before my vehicle pickup . With no car, hertz told me they can not provide a refund because it is a kayak reservation. There is no way to contact kayak customer service other than email, to which kayak has yet to respond 7 days after I emailed. Family vacation ruined. I have yet to hear back from either kayak or hertz. If your family is important, avoid kayak and hertz. Dehumanizing to be treated so poorly.
1.9 Horrible18 Jul 2021
It has been an unpleasant and very regrettable experience. On July 15 we rented and pay for a Van for July 17. We received the confirmation number J82440815F2. On the 17th they called in the morning to inform us that they were oversold, that they did not have cars, that they were completely sold out. We asked them to send us an email explaining this situation in writing and they replied that the system did not allow them. We requested our refund and they gave us a different phone number to request it. In that number they informed us that it took 10 days for the refund. It is a shame. Both Hertz and Kayak have acted very badly.
2.0 Mediocre31 Dec 2020
They lied and said they had the car there, but they had no car available at the pick up time and place. The manager lied and said he called me but phones records show this man was just lying.Every possible thing could have been better.
4.8 Okay9 Sep 2020
They provided the incorrect address on the confirmation, they never have staff to come and pick you up or drop you You off after dropping off the car. When I called and told them that the address provided is incorrect and my Uber driver had to drop me off else where they didn’t even bother trying to help me, I had to pay for two Uber meanwhile I live bout 3miles away but they just kept saying they don’t have drivers.Get more staff that works during operations hours and not after 1pm. Not sure how you can run a business like that.
8.0 Excellent23 Apr 2019
Friendly and helpful staffs
4.4 Okay26 Apr 2017
Not GreatPicking up and dropping off was nice and easy.Took forever to get somebody to actually help me. The car smelled like vomit Staff was rude
American Eagle
1 location in Costa Mesa
American Eagle
Locations in Costa Mesa
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Europcar
1 location in Costa Mesa
Europcar
Locations in Costa Mesa
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in Costa Mesa
Goldcar Rental SP
Locations in Costa Mesa
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Rhodium
1 location in Costa Mesa
Rhodium
Locations in Costa Mesa
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Silvercar
1 location in Costa Mesa
Silvercar
Locations in Costa Mesa
Recent reviews
485 travellers who rented a car in Costa Mesa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.3

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Top tips for hiring a car in Costa Mesa

  • You’ll want to consider a car rental in Costa Mesa to check out all that Orange County has to offer, as nearly all travel in Southern California is done by car. You can spend time in Newport Beach, walking around the harbor or lazing on the beach. Be sure to check out the first permanent settlement in the area at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, a little over a 20min drive away. Maybe Disneyland is on your agenda, and with your car rental, you’ll be just a 15min drive away. Take a drive up the coast along Highway 1 to Seal Beach in Long Beach or continue even further north to the epic Manhattan Beach boardwalk, just south of sunny Los Angeles. No matter what you want to do and see while you’re in Costa Mesa, your own set of wheels with your car rental in Costa Mesa will give you all the freedom and comfort you need.
  • There are plenty of airport options to get to Costa Mesa. The closest is the Santa Ana Airport which is a mere 4 miles away. If you’re flying into the Santa Ana Airport, there are a number of car rental companies that have on-site car rental services directly at the airport terminal, just outside baggage claim.
  • The main roadways in Costa Mesa include the I-5 and the scenic coastal route known as Highway 101. Two state routes, 73 and 55 also end in Costa Mesa, and the San Diego Freeway, I-405 also serves the city. Pedestrians and cyclists are not common in Costa Mesa, with the only exception being around Highway 101 which has some tourist shops and beach access. Drive more carefully around this highway as you may be sharing the road with cyclists or have a pedestrian suddenly cross the street without expecting it.
  • Traffic is notoriously congested during rush hour throughout this stretch of Southern California. If you’re heading north towards Los Angeles, expect the I-405 and the I-5 to be backed up starting from 7am until 9am. Heading south along those same freeways, it starts to get congested around 8am until 9am during the week and then again at 4pm to 6:30pm. During the weekend, heading south, especially during the summer, expect traffic to be heavy from 11am to 3:00pm.
  • Book your rental car in Costa Mesa at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Costa Mesa are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average

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