Costa Mesa car rentals

Costa Mesa car rentals

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Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Aug 9 — Aug 16
Same drop-off
Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Mon 8/9
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Costa Mesa car rental information

Pick-up locationCosta Mesa
Rental locations15
Airport locations6

Car rental insurance in Costa Mesa

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car rental 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 Costa Mesa car rental.

Costa Mesa car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Fox
Best rated
6 Good (363 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Fox
Locations in Costa Mesa
325 E Baker Street+1 714 874 5322
Monday05:00 - 23:30
Tuesday05:00 - 23:30
Wednesday05:00 - 23:30
Thursday05:00 - 23:30
Friday05:00 - 23:30
Saturday05:00 - 23:30
Sunday05:00 - 23:30
  • 6
  • 6.4
  • 5.8
  • 5.8
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
3.9 MediocreJul 30 2021
10.0 ExcellentJul 25 2021
3.9 MediocreJul 18 2021
2.0 MediocreJul 7 2021
Pros: Worst experienceCons: My cost started at 185 then ended at 550 because of hidden fees.
2.0 MediocreJul 7 2021
Pros: Drop off was good and easy. The pick up was the a nightmare. took over an hour. there was only 4 people in front of me. Two workers moving slower then I can believe with no sense of purpose. Other workers seemed to just be standing around. I will never use Fox again. I would rather pay extra and go to a place with reliability.Cons: The work ethics of the employees. they were not rude. They just moved with no care at all. as I stood in line I only watched it grow behind me and never seemed to move forward. It took an hour just to get a car. I was number 4 in line. How is that possible??? I was grinding my teeth the whole time.
4.0 OkayJun 29 2021
Pros: They were not busy. I ended up liking the Wrangler Sahara they gave me. I saved $5. The people were nice.Cons: Almost everything. I reserved a hybrid car because gas prices are so high and it was the same price. Paid for it up front through Priceline which was a different fiasco. Email I received gave an address for Baker St but I picked and know it said SNA. Tried to call and verify where to go. No one ever answers. Got dropped off at SNA gate 3 and walked around for a while until I was told there is a shuttle from the same location the taxis are at. Got to the offsite office after a long tour to the exact other side of the runways. No cars left but a tiny one and the Wrangler. Told me I could ask for a refund. Took forever. Then they informed me there was a $500 deposit which they failed mention when you book. Their process is basically cumbersome and a mess. Car outside was filthy and inside it smelled like French call girl. Guy walked around and marked all the damage and gave me a Yellow sheet which showed where. When I returned I had cleaned they car and did not have it like the guy in front of me.. That was a big deal and involved the whole staff for a while. There was some damage on the bumper and was initially told they would have to reconcile the last 3 rentals regarding the damage and then I could get my deposit back. When they saw that the car was not filled or cleaned they just closed everything out. Besides that, everything was mediocre.
10.0 ExcellentJun 28 2021
Pros: Yolanda was awesome!Cons: Inventory on hand
4.0 OkayJun 15 2021
Pros: Yes the staff was very nice and helpful.Cons: Your cars are unclean and high mileage.
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2021
Pros: Yes to allCons: Nothing
2.0 MediocreMay 31 2021
Cons: Dishonesty with rental details.
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Rated #2
Enterprise
9.4 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Costa Mesa
Enterprise
Locations in Costa Mesa
2036 Harbor Blvd+1 949 515 7624
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
2855 Harbor Blvd+1 714 556 3800
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 5 2020
Pros: Everything was easyCons: Everything was perfect!
10.0 ExcellentFeb 18 2020
Pros: The staff were amazing, both the representatives i dealt with were super professional, friendly and went above and beyond to make me satisfied
Rated #3
Airport Van
9.2 Excellent (13 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Airport Van
Locations in Costa Mesa
2073 Harbor Blvd+1 949 485 4747
  • 8.6
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 9.3
  • 9.5
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayOct 22 2018
Closed at 12 on weekendsPros: Not muchCons: Was 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 ExcellentJul 16 2018
Great Job Frank and Staff.Pros: Great Customer Service From All the Staff.
10.0 ExcellentApr 28 2017
Pros: Love it
10.0 ExcellentFeb 15 2017
Great van at the best price we could findPros: I 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.Cons: 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 ExcellentJan 19 2017
So pleasantPros: We 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.Cons: 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 ExcellentJan 9 2017
Best bang for your buckPros: I 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.Cons: 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 ExcellentDec 16 2016
Pros: the value. You get a large van cheaper then the car.
9.6 ExcellentNov 17 2016
Great people to work withPros: The 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.Cons: 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 #4
Budget
8.9 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Budget
Locations in Costa Mesa
1989 Harbor Boulevard+1 714 557 0532
Monday08:00 - 13:00
Tuesday08:00 - 13:00
Wednesday08:00 - 13:00
Thursday08:00 - 13:00
Friday08:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 9.1
  • 9.4
  • 9.4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMar 9 2019
Pros: Small office in Costa Mesa, CA with no wait to pick up my car!Cons: Everything went well with my car rental
10.0 ExcellentDec 4 2016
Pros: No waiting
9.6 ExcellentMay 30 2016
Very friendly staff, a bit of a waitPros: Very friendly and helpful staff, would definitely rent here again.Cons: 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 #5
Payless
6.5 Good (15 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Payless
Locations in Costa Mesa
325 East Baker Street+1 310 645 2100
Monday05:00 - 23:30
Tuesday05:00 - 23:30
Wednesday05:00 - 23:30
Thursday05:00 - 23:30
Friday05:00 - 23:30
Saturday05:00 - 23:30
Sunday05:00 - 23:30
  • 6
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 4 2017
Cons: 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 GoodApr 25 2017
INEXPENSIVE RENTAL!Pros: It was cheap, easy to rent, no line, not busy. Away from the airportCons: The Kia I had rented smelled like smoke and the car had multiple stains on the interior on all seats.
10.0 ExcellentApr 12 2017
Pros: Angel, our rep was really helpfulCons: slow service recommend later in the day when not busy
6.0 GoodApr 11 2017
Condition of vehicles below standardPros: Excellent priceCons: First 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 MediocreApr 3 2017
SurprisedCons: Got 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 ExcellentMar 15 2017
Good valuePros: Good priceCons: Not the most polished experience, car was a bit dirty but acceptable.
3.6 MediocreJan 18 2017
Beater car rentals -- change their name!Pros: 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 GoodNov 27 2016
You get what you pay forPros: Price was far less than the majorsCons: Didn'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 ExcellentSep 28 2016
Nice experiencePros: Good rental ratesCons: It was hard to find phone to call for shuttle pickup
6.0 GoodDec 14 2015
PaylessPros: Cheap price and friendly shuttle drivers.Cons: Car was sort of a beater - lots of scratches, loose trim on the outside, transmission was not smooth.
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Rated #6
Avis
5.6 Okay (2 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Avis
Locations in Costa Mesa
1989 Harbor Boulevard+1 949 200 6425
Monday08:00 - 13:00
Tuesday08:00 - 13:00
Wednesday08:00 - 13:00
Thursday08:00 - 13:00
Friday08:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 6
  • 4
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreSep 10 2020
Cons: They could have a car! They said there’s no car. Messed up a job interview.
9.2 ExcellentDec 15 2016
Easy and inexpensivePros: Easy in and out for pickup.
Rated #7
Hertz
4.4 Okay (7 reviews)
3 locations in Costa Mesa
Hertz
Locations in Costa Mesa
2706 S. Harbor Blvd #a+1 714 556 4473
Monday08:00 - 13:00
Tuesday08:00 - 13:00
Wednesday08:00 - 13:00
Thursday08:00 - 13:00
Friday08:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
3130 Harbor Boulevard+1 714 434 3721
Monday08:00 - 13:00
Tuesday08:00 - 13:00
Wednesday08:00 - 13:00
Thursday08:00 - 13:00
Friday08:00 - 13:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
3130 Harobur Blvd+1 800 654 3131
Monday09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday09:00 - 14:00
Thursday09:00 - 14:00
Friday09:00 - 14:00
  • 4.8
  • 4.5
  • 4.2
  • 3.9
  • 4.2
Recent reviews
1.9 HorribleJul 31 2021
1.9 HorribleJul 18 2021
2.0 MediocreDec 31 2020
Pros: 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.Cons: Every possible thing could have been better.
4.8 OkaySep 9 2020
Pros: 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.Cons: Get more staff that works during operations hours and not after 1pm. Not sure how you can run a business like that.
8.0 ExcellentApr 23 2019
Pros: Friendly and helpful staffs
4.4 OkayApr 26 2017
Not GreatPros: Picking up and dropping off was nice and easy.Cons: 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
Lobby Of Travelodge Hotel(714) 432-1313
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Europcar
1 location in Costa Mesa
Europcar
Locations in Costa Mesa
Please Go To Fox Counter+1 714 874 5322
Monday07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday07:00 - 21:00
Thursday07:00 - 21:00
Friday07:00 - 21:00
Saturday07:00 - 21:00
Sunday07:00 - 21:00
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in Costa Mesa
Goldcar Rental SP
Locations in Costa Mesa
325 Baker Street E Off Airport Costa Mesa Ca+1 714 874 5322
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Rhodium
1 location in Costa Mesa
Rhodium
Locations in Costa Mesa
Orange County Airport. Off-airport. 325 E Baker Street+1 714 874 5322
Monday05:00 - 23:30
Tuesday05:00 - 23:30
Wednesday05:00 - 23:30
Thursday05:00 - 23:30
Friday05:00 - 23:30
Saturday05:00 - 23:30
Sunday05:00 - 23:30
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Silvercar
1 location in Costa Mesa
Silvercar
Locations in Costa Mesa
1275 Bristol St+1 855 359 2227
Monday08:00 - 13:00
Tuesday08:00 - 13:00
Wednesday08:00 - 13:00
Thursday08:00 - 13:00
Friday08:00 - 13:00
Saturday08:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Recent reviews
451 travelers who rented a car in Costa Mesa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.2

Car rental locations in or near Costa Mesa

When to book a rental car in Costa Mesa

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Top tips for renting a car in Costa Mesa

  • Book your rental car in Costa Mesa at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Costa Mesa

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Costa Mesa is Fox (6.1, 386 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Costa Mesa is ₱175.73 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₱2,109 and ₱2,812, depending on the car size.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Sixt, Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Advance Car And Truck Rental.

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

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