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Santa Ana, CA, United States
24 Oct — 31 Oct
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Santa Ana, CA, United States
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Pick-up locationSanta Ana
Rental locations27
Airport locations18

Santa Ana car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
9 Excellent (114 reviews)
1 location in Santa Ana
Alamo
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2 May 2017
service was great
6.4 Good2 May 2017
No accommadation for drive up customer only for airport customer. I will not use this location again.
8.0 Excellent1 May 2017
car was great but they didn't honour the price at which the car was bonice cari booked it for $46 and some cents(I pre payed for the car)...but when I returned it they charged be $47 and some cent.....although not a big difference in the amount...but still they should honour what they agreed for...its the most basic principle of any business transaction
10.0 Excellent28 Apr 2017
FantasticThey were great to deal with easy and quick processing collection and drop offNothing
10.0 Excellent24 Apr 2017
Nice and easyNo problem rental, unlimited millage, flexibility in pick up and drop off locations, excellent employees, great all the way around
10.0 Excellent24 Apr 2017
new clean car that performed welltaxes
7.2 Good18 Apr 2017
The easy way to rent, pick up and drop the car
4.0 Okay11 Apr 2017
Car with broken radio and overcharged for GPS unitFord Fusion had a non working entertainment system that they should have known about since nothing was working. return counter was closed at 11pm at airport and car had to be left with no confirmation and next day had to call to get final receipt which showed we had been charged for GPS unit that we did not rent..
10.0 Excellent10 Apr 2017
Keys stayed in my pocket lights went off when lockedNeed better windshield wipers
5.6 Okay4 Apr 2017
Not cleanGood price, nice new car.Baby food in the cup holders got inside my phone charging port, dirty tissues stuffed in between the seats, crisps and gummy bears all over the place.
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Rated no. 2
Enterprise
8.9 Excellent (171 reviews)
2 locations in Santa Ana
Enterprise
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 8.8
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
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10.0 Excellent10 Aug 2021
Fast pick up and fast drop off
7.9 Good11 Jul 2021
Rental car rates are ridiculous right now, of course. Enterprise has a confused situation at LAX that could use better signage, and also a bit of confusion on pickup at SNA. Service was very good, but ditch the up sell. Get me in and out as fast as possible.
2.0 Mediocre16 May 2021
This rental did not happen, they did not have the car available I was attempting to renf
10.0 Excellent2 Mar 2021
Staff was very accommodating and helpful. Got me a good fair deal, and the customer service was excellent.They overbooked the car I rented, but they made up for it 10 fold. No complaints.
10.0 Excellent3 Feb 2021
How quick they can get you out of there with your rental car, especially during Covid times. No need to step inside the office.Overall it was well done. Limited vehicle choice but I was at a smaller office location. Also customer service said we could get a 4x4 but the office staff were more up front and honest about that. So I’m glad I called ahead.
10.0 Excellent30 Dec 2020
Nice car and friendly service.Price could be less.
10.0 Excellent25 Oct 2020
The staff at the rental counter and the auto check out were very friendly and professional. It could not have been simpler.They probably say the same thing every time there is a new customer, but I would suggest they take a little bit of time explaining the charges when renting a car. The masks don't help, but also the fact that I don't rent cars very often makes it important to explain it fully.
10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2020
Drop off was very easy, just pulled up and got checked in and wasn’t far from my terminal. Also it was cheaper than getting one not at the airport.I got there really late at night and two attendants were busy for quite awhile. Only one girl at the counter. She ran into a couple snags and anyway it was 20 min before I was greeted...but well taken care of after.
10.0 Excellent31 Aug 2020
The car we wanted wasn't there so they upgraded us to something better. Very nice guy who helped us!
10.0 Excellent20 Aug 2020
Staff members were very helpful at all times. We picked up a vehicle that was just slightly too tall for the garage at the place we were staying. We brought the vehicle back the next morning and traded for a size smaller and the representative was most gracious and efficient. Very good rental experience across the board.
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Rated no. 3
Dollar
7.9 Good (354 reviews)
1 location in Santa Ana
Dollar
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
  • 7.9
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3.9 Mediocre22 Aug 2021
Dollar did not have my car at time of reservation and said it was in another lot that would take at least 20 minutes. 20 minutes later they said they did not have the car at all. The car they offered was smaller and was still expected to pay the same price as the extra large suv that I had rented through kayak. This is not what I payed for and was not able to take all the things I needed to for my sons college move in, which is why I rented the biggest car. I did not have a choice with no other options so I took the smaller suv at the same large suv price. I feel ripped off.
1.9 Horrible16 Aug 2021
Waited over two hours to receive a car. Staff was OK to deal with but they did not have enough cars to cover the number of rentals.
5.9 Okay16 Aug 2021
The wait for a car when I arrived was over an hour. There were only two employees to handle Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty. Apparently they are all owned by the same company? Regardless, they need to staff that counter better.
7.9 Good7 Aug 2021
Car was decent. Cheaper price would be great. Thank you
7.9 Good28 Jul 2021
Loved the car provided. Check out process had long wait. While dropping the car, one employee asked to wait for receipt from another employee. However after sometime the other employee comes and says no need to get receipt since reservation is already pre-paid. Other than that great experience. Water indicator came up towards the end in the car. However we were able to drive the car till the end.
10.0 Excellent13 Jul 2021
The people were great (big thanks to our rep Peter who was a great help) however be aware that the rental car facility at OC/John Wayne is in a cramped basement parking garage area that is way less than ideal - it is very surprising that the airport doesn't have a state of the art location given how busy they are.
8.0 Excellent18 Jun 2021
Small choice of vehicles.
10.0 Excellent23 May 2021
The staff was helpful and the line was short.I actually needed help finding the car, which a staff member eventually did.
10.0 Excellent7 May 2021
Yes For sure despite heavy rush .Definitely more work force were needed to handle the heavy rush
4.0 Okay15 Mar 2021
Staff was super friendlyIf there are hour long waits, there should be special accommodations to make people comfortable. They had 20 people waiting for Cars and only sitting areas for 3-4 people
Rated no. 4
Budget
7.6 Good (159 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Ana
Budget
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
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10.0 Excellent12 Oct 2021
the travel insurance was a bit steep, especially since we are tourists and have no car insurance in the country
10.0 Excellent4 Oct 2021
Excellent services thank you
3.9 Mediocre1 Sep 2021
I liked the value and the drop off. The issue I had was while I rented the car. The agent told me to go outside and wait for the car, it will be here in a few minutes. I asked for the keys and he escorted me out. Two other budget employees asked to see the keys. At which I asked for the keys again. A d was told to wait outside. After 30 minutes, I spoke to another budget employee who looked into the matter and the rental vehicle arrived. I feel sorry for all the customers who have to deal with him.
1.9 Horrible12 Jul 2021
Car had 33,000 miles. Radio did not work. No FM stations at all. Rear hatch lock had mind of its own. Right front tire rubbed when making RT turns and clicking sound when driving straight. Could not get anyone at customer svc, phone. Kept disconnecting or giving busy signal. Finally gave up and parked car until end of vacation. Thought I could remedy at drop off but was told to call. So, again I called once we got home. Was on hold for 56 min before was able to talk to live person. Remedy was they (Budget) gave me coupon for one free day for up to full size car, but i still have to pay the taxes. I have worked at a major airline now for 30 years and have traveled extensively. Budget, Avis, Enterprise and National were always my go to companies. Since Budget and Avis merger, seems like Budget is falling off the map. Still have had good experiences with Avis. I understand getting a dud car, but the total lack of customer service availability is enough for me to not rent with them again. Going forward, I recommend Avis or Enterprise.
8.0 Excellent15 Jun 2021
The car I rented had quite a few scratches and there was a cigarette burn in the seat. Turning on the air conditioning in 95° heat revealed someone had smoked in the car and being an ex-smoker I'm a pansy these days as it drives me nuts. But being a Toyota Camry it ran great and got terrific fuel economy with no other issues
2.0 Mediocre23 May 2021
When it takes 2 hours for Budget to get a car for you at twice the normal rate. Ya, that could of been better.
10.0 Excellent8 May 2021
The employees were very pleasant and accommodating. Dropoff was simple and straightforward.Newer more comfortable vehicle
10.0 Excellent31 Mar 2021
The staff was very helpful and made sure we left with a car even when we were presented with obstacles they were quick on their feet with solutions to help us.I was unsure were to leave the keys because we dropped it off before they were open so maybe a clear spot to leave the keys although I left them on the wall where they hung the keys.
8.0 Excellent27 Mar 2021
car was greatdrop off process
10.0 Excellent5 Nov 2020
Pick-up was efficient, and staff was very helpful. Thank you for the mask!Drop-off was very easy. Parked, handed over keys, received receipt. Done.
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Rated no. 5
Hertz
7.5 Good (235 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Ana
Hertz
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
7.9 Good17 Sep 2021
I got the wrong car at pickup, which required me to come back the next day and wait over an hour to get the correct car. However, I understand errors do happen, all's well that ends well
5.9 Okay7 Sep 2021
We stood in a long line with Dollar and Thrifty folks at the John Wayne airport...over 1 1/2 hours long to get our rental car. They said they were short staffed.
5.9 Okay22 Aug 2021
Said we had to wait for 2 1/2 - 3 hrs for a car , or get and upgrade and paid additional $$
1.9 Horrible19 Aug 2021
Over 1 hour wait for car.
1.9 Horrible18 Aug 2021
They were short staffed and had to wait 1.5 hours before I could get my car.
1.9 Horrible17 Aug 2021
40 min in line to get car and then had to pay $22/day extra or wait another 1-2 h! Horrible. Never again Hertz
7.9 Good9 Aug 2021
The staff was friendly, and the process for pick-up was easy. The biggest challenge was that there was a long line of customers and only a few staff members available. Overall I appreciated the service from the staff, it just was a long wait.
10.0 Excellent1 Aug 2021
The drop off was awful. They couldn’t give me a receipt, they said we had excessive dog hair in a car we turned in clean and didn’t seem to understand how billing works, except to charge for a bogus thing and then say the person who cleaned it wasn’t there to speak to. Just awful.
5.9 Okay26 Jul 2021
The car I rented wasn’t available. Only car available was an upgrade. My card has no chip therefore had to cancel my original rental, call Hertz 800# and put the more expensive car on my daughter’s card. Hertz staff was helpful however the overall experience was VERY FRUSTRATING and time consuming!! Will go back to Enterprise next time for sure!!
4.0 Okay30 Jun 2021
Way too busy and disorganized. If you have a rental all ready hooked up, you should be able to get to your car right away. I had to wait in line for over an hour with people who just landed then decided to get a rental...they didn't have a credit card, wanted to pay cash, weren't sure when they would be returning the car etc...Really? How about us business travelers who already paid? do I need to go somewhere else to get to my hotel after a long flight?
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Rated no. 6
Avis
7.8 Good (80 reviews)
3 locations in Santa Ana
Avis
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
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1.9 Horrible21 Sep 2021
Check out line of about 20 people and only one agent. Close to 1 hour in line.
10.0 Excellent17 Aug 2021
The guy at the counter was very helpful and provided great customer service.
7.9 Good4 Aug 2021
Pickup @ Santa Ana Airport: Only one attendant at desk to serve more than 10 customers in line! Poor management of resources during the weekend busy travel time! Liked: free upgrade to better car Dropoff @ Santa Ana Airport: Direction for car drop off inside the Rental parking floor could be better - it was very confusing in the last part before parking the car! Signs were pointing in wrong directions causing confusion!! Liked: quick check-out procedure!
4.0 Okay1 Apr 2021
Staff was friendly & niceWe had reserved a mini van only to be told it was not available an hour before. We then accepted the alternative since we were pressed for time. Everything seemed ok until we loaded all our luggage, kids & grandma buckled up ...within minutes there were trails of ants all over!! Totally disgusting...this has never happened before. I called to complain but was told by the agent that this happens when cars are parked in grassy areas. When I first got in the car , I noticed some crumbs & just brushed it off. Looking back there is absolutely no excuse for this neglect in properly & throughly cleaning a car . This was unacceptable & we then drove to another location to swap the car for the minivan I reserved in the first place 😫 This whole ordeal set us back over an hour & in turn we missed our evening reservation. This caused so much inconvenience. That I will definitely think twice about renting from this company again :(
2.4 Mediocre24 Feb 2020
Upgraded me to a larger car because they didn't have what I wanted in stock then billed me for it. Will never do business with this company again.
4.0 Okay28 Jan 2019
The way Inwas treated at drop off. Also the extra charges that they tried to charge - filled up gas tank with receipt across st and they tried to charge me 20 extra then a drop off fee, and extra taxes after drop off. Dont think I will rent from them again. Bad experience dont honor what employees say
10.0 Excellent1 Jan 2018
great price, and great service.
10.0 Excellent9 Dec 2017
How fast the rental and return processing was. Price. Avis very easy to work with, better than Enterprise; they are very uptight. Your people are friendly.
4.0 Okay31 Aug 2017
the size of car was what I requestedstaff was rude. finding car rented not easy. Car was filthy and smelled terrible.
10.0 Excellent26 Aug 2017
Good experienceThe staff at both locations were wonderful - my flight was running late on my pickup date and the man at the location (Jason) was really helpful and offered to wait for me if I was close to their closing time - it wasn't necessary since I made it in time, but I truly appreciated his willingness to accommodate me - it definitely relieved some stress and made my travel day much more enjoyable. The car was new and nice and clean.
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Rated no. 7
National
8.6 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Santa Ana
National
Locations in Santa Ana
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
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8.0 Excellent23 Nov 2015
Pick your car is greatLove the Pick your car and the no paper work.
Allied
2 locations in Santa Ana
Allied
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Santa Ana
Sunnycars
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Advance Car And Truck Rental
1 location in Santa Ana
Advance Car And Truck Rental
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Avr
1 location in Santa Ana
Avr
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Easirent
1 location in Santa Ana
Easirent
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GREEN MOTION
1 location in Santa Ana
GREEN MOTION
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MAGGIORE
1 location in Santa Ana
MAGGIORE
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Midway
1 location in Santa Ana
Midway
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Rent-4-Less
1 location in Santa Ana
Rent-4-Less
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Thrifty
1 location in Santa Ana
Thrifty
Locations in Santa Ana
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Zeeba Rent-A-Van
1 location in Santa Ana
Zeeba Rent-A-Van
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1116 travellers who rented a car in Santa Ana gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car rental locations in or near Santa Ana

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

When to book a rental car in Santa Ana

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Car hire excess insurance in Santa Ana

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Santa Ana car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Santa Ana.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Santa Ana car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Santa Ana

  • A hire car is the perfect way to explore not only Orange County's largest city, but also other major destinations along the Californian coast. The Santa Ana River is just a short 10-mile ride from the center, and some of the most famous beaches are located about 20 minutes to the south, including Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. Hop in the car to visit the world famous Disneyland theme park, which is only 6 miles away from Santa Ana.
  • All the big car hire agencies can be found at John Wayne International Airport (SNA), which is located about 9 miles from the city center. Car hire services are conveniently situated in the Arrivals hall, which is on the lower level between Terminals A and B. A good point of reference is the John Wayne statue, as the desks can be found right across from it. When returning the vehicle, head to the lower level of Parking Structures A2 and B2.
  • The city of Santa Ana itself is pretty straightforward to navigate, and it's also quite safe. But it is densely populated, and the downtown area is the main entertainment hub, which means it's probably best to avoid driving in that area and try walking instead. Orange County also observes a rise in visitors and outdoor activities during the summer, so bare in mind there will be more people on the road as well as more tourists walking around.
  • Traffic in California is world-famous, but traffic patterns in Orange County aren't as simple because lots of people travel to different places, and traffic heads to different directions at different times of the day, including to Irvine, Los Angeles, and Anaheim. However, if you do avoid driving between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and then again between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m, you should be able to escape the worst jams.
  • Book your rental car in Santa Ana at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Santa Ana are around 29% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Santa Ana

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Santa Ana are Alamo (8.9, 402 reviews), Enterprise (8.8, 230 reviews), and Avis (7.8, 84 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Santa Ana is $5.03 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $60 and $80, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Santa Ana.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Dollar, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, U-Save, Advance Car And Truck Rental, Europcar and Fox.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, U-Save, National and Europcar.

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

  • A Intermediate car rental in Santa Ana costs $49 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Santa Ana costs $47 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car rental in Santa Ana costs $84 per day, on average.

  • If you're just driving within the city or Orange County, a compact car is a good option as it's easy to park downtown. But if you're embarking on a road trip along the Californian coast, a convertible is a fun option, especially when the weather is good. If you're traveling with the whole family, a minivan is a good choice as it provides space for everyone.

  • The speed limit in the city is typically 35 miles per hour, but it may lower to 25 mph in certain residential areas and school zones, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted. Two-lane undivided highways have a speed limit of 55 mph, while most highways have a 65 mph limit. However, some highways allow drivers to go as fast as 70 mph.

  • The average petrol prices in Santa Ana are about $3.45 per gallon. Lower prices can range anywhere between $2.99 and $3.19 per gallon. Take into consideration the fact that, particularly in the summer and on weekends, lots of people travel early in the morning throughout the Californian coast, so skip the lines by avoiding those hours when going to the petrol station.

  • Street parking in Santa Ana is paid from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday, but it is free outside of those hours, all day on Sunday, and on public holidays. The average meter prices are $0.75 per hour in the downtown area (East End), while the approximate rate at parking lots and garages is $1.50 per hour, and $18 for 24 hours.