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Costa Mesa, CA, United States
14 Dec — 21 Dec
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Costa Mesa, CA, United States
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Pick-up locationCosta Mesa
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Rental locations15
Airport locations6

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Fox

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.9

Comfort

6.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.7

Value for money

6.2

One location in Costa Mesa

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325 E Baker Street

+1 714 874 5322

Monday06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:30
Friday06:00 - 23:30
Saturday06:00 - 23:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:30
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8.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff outside in the lot was very helpful and friendly.

Cons:

Car could have been a bit cleaner

8.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Check in was a little long due to no other representatives being on desk.

2.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very bad customer service only 3-4 people are working inside and outside long wait my car was not ready on time

Cons:

Customer service

2.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Waited well over an hour for the car to get cleaned before I picked it up, making me very late for a couple meetings. The checkout counter was also incredibly slow, with no urgency shown by the staff.

8.0 Excellent

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was excellent and a very good value.

Cons:

Pick-up and drop off were slow and drawn out. Stood by for 15 minutes waiting to check out while one agent worked and two others walked in and out without a word. Finally someone noticed me standing there and said someone would soon help me. Another 5 mintes with no attention!

2.0 Mediocre

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

They canceled my rental AFTER i called them and emailed them that i was arriving late due to flight cancellations and wearher. When i arrived the next morning the counter guy said my trip was canceled and theres nothing i can do about it. I want a refund.

1 out of 70

Enterprise

9.6

Excellent

10 reviews

Cleanliness

9.4

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

9.4

2 locations in Costa Mesa

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2036 Harbor Blvd

+1 949 515 7624

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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2855 Harbor Blvd

+1 714 556 3800

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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10.0 Excellent

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was easy

Cons:

Everything was perfect!

10.0 Excellent

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were amazing, both the representatives i dealt with were super professional, friendly and went above and beyond to make me satisfied

8.0 Excellent

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Constantine was very professional and provided outstanding service.

10.0 Excellent

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Staff meme bets were very accommodating and got us on our way in no time.

1 out of 2

Payless

8.0

Excellent

15 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

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325 East Baker Street

+1 310 645 2100

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30
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2.0 Mediocre

May 2017

KAYAK

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 Good

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was cheap, easy to rent, no line, not busy. Away from the airport

Cons:

The Kia I had rented smelled like smoke and the car had multiple stains on the interior on all seats.

10.0 Excellent

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Angel, our rep was really helpful

Cons:

slow service recommend later in the day when not busy

6.0 Good

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent price

Cons:

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 Mediocre

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

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 Excellent

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Good price

Cons:

Not the most polished experience, car was a bit dirty but acceptable.

1 out of 4

Budget

7.6

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.3

One location in Costa Mesa

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1989 Harbor Boulevard

+1 714 557 0532

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Oct 2022

KAYAK
They allowed the booking but had no cars, leaving me stranded.

8.0 Excellent

Mar 2019

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

No waiting

9.6 Excellent

May 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

1 out of 2

Airport Van

7.0

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

7.0

One location in Costa Mesa

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2073 Harbor Blvd

+1 949 485 4747

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4.0 Okay

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Not much

Cons:

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 Excellent

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Great Customer Service From All the Staff.

10.0 Excellent

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Love it

10.0 Excellent

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

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 Excellent

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

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 Excellent

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

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!

1 out of 3

Avis

6.8

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.8

One location in Costa Mesa

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1989 Harbor Blvd

+1 949 200 6425

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They could have a car! They said there’s no car. Messed up a job interview.

9.2 Excellent

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy in and out for pickup.

2.0 Mediocre

Jan 2022

KAYAK
They randomly charged my credit card today for $40. Months after my rental

1 out of 1

Hertz

5.2

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

5.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.5

Value for money

5.1

3 locations in Costa Mesa

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2706 S. Harbor Blvd #a

+1 714 556 4473

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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3130 Harbor Boulevard

+1 714 434 3721

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
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3130 Harobur Blvd

+1 800 654 3131

Monday09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday09:00 - 13:00
Thursday09:00 - 13:00
Friday09:00 - 13:00
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2.0 Mediocre

Dec 2021

KAYAK

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 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

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 Excellent

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and helpful staffs

4.4 Okay

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

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

10.0 Excellent

Jul 2022

KAYAK
This was in fact, a "non rental" situation. A last minute meeting was scheduled in San Diego, I don't own a car with more than two seat belts, so called over to Hertz for a reservation. The next morning, the scheduled meeting was cancelled, there was no need for the rental car. I call over to Hertz, spoke with a well versed representative, the transaction was cancelled without an issue. This was service beyond expectation and greatly appreciated. Thanks, Hertz!

1.9 Horrible

Jul 2021

KAYAK
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 Horrible

Jul 2021

KAYAK
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.

1 out of 3

American Eagle

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

One location in Costa Mesa

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Lobby Of Travelodge Hotel

(714) 432-1313

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Europcar

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

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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

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

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325 Baker Street E Off Airport Costa Mesa Ca

+1 714 874 5322

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Rhodium

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

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Orange County Airport. Off-airport. 325 E Baker Street

+1 714 874 5322

Monday05:00 - 22:30
Tuesday05:00 - 22:30
Wednesday05:00 - 22:30
Thursday05:00 - 22:30
Friday05:00 - 22:30
Saturday05:00 - 22:30
Sunday05:00 - 22:30
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Silvercar

No score is available

Cleanliness

-

Comfort

-

Pick-up/Drop-off

-

Value for money

-

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1275 Bristol St

+1 855 359 2227

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:30
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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380 travelers who rented a car in Costa Mesa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.0

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Top tips for renting 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 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

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