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Costa Mesa, CA, United States1 Nov — 8 Nov
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Costa Mesa, CA, United States
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Costa Mesa car rental information

Pick-up locationCosta Mesa
Rental locations13
Airport locations5

Costa Mesa car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Fox
Best rated
6.2 Good (284 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
  • 6.1
  • 6.5
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2020 Oct 20
Pros: Drop-off was very quick; I did not need to go inside the office.Cons: I matched my expectations to the lower price point, so was not unhappy. I do wish they could have provided a second key for the car. Losing the only key, maybe 2,000 miles from home, was never far from my mind.
4.0 Okay2020 Oct 20
Pros: Easy drop offCons: Faster! It took 2 hours from the time that I got there to get my car. There is no sense of urgency. The only two people that seem to care what is the guy that Went over the car with me when I was leaving and the guy that received the car when I brought it back.
4.0 Okay2020 Oct 12
Pros: The staff wasn't friendly and the car wasn't in the best shape, scratches, and received the car at a quarter of the tank when we were ready to go on a road trip.Cons: Customer service and quality in car
8.0 Excellent2020 Oct 06
Pros: Great car @ a great price.Cons: The car should have at least a half tank of gas. 1/4 tank is a joke!
8.0 Excellent2020 Oct 04
Cons: Car was not washed before rental and had strong smell of smoke.
4.0 Okay2020 Oct 02
Pros: ValueCons: Policy did not disclose geographic limitations even though it stated unlimited mileage
2.0 Mediocre2020 Sep 30
Pros: Drop off guy was nice.Cons: Car needed maintenance and was unsafe to drive (tire pressure issues). Customer service was unhelpful about this issue.
5.6 Okay2020 Sep 24
Pros: Pick up was a breeze, other customers all around me were mad though - car worked fine for 2 days of my 5 day rentalCons: The car smelled terribly of cigarette smoke, the AC broke (Freon leak in the 2020, spent tons of time the day of my grandmothers burial on the phone with roadside assistance, 3 hrs waiting for a live chat attendant, on hold 40 min for a phone operator, 1.5 hrs at a mechanics) in 103 degree weather in Palm Springs California... we returned the car and didn’t risk taking another car from them. The seatbelt was supposed to be fixed (car was returned from the shop the same day I rented it) and it wasn’t fixed so it made noise when nobody was in the seat and the seat belt wasn’t closed. The car had a ton of body damage when I rented it. A mess. Nasty. The Fox reps waived the early car return fee since ours was broken and there wasn’t a good reason to keep doing business with them. Never again.
10.0 Excellent2020 Sep 21
Pros: The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pick up and drop off was quick especially with during covid 19Cons: excellent service
2.0 Mediocre2020 Sep 20
Pros: NothingCons: FOX should close their doors
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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
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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 Excellent2020 Oct 05
Pros: Everything was easyCons: Everything was perfect!
10.0 Excellent2020 Feb 18
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 Okay2018 Oct 22
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 Excellent2018 Jul 16
Great Job Frank and Staff.Pros: Great Customer Service From All the Staff.
10.0 Excellent2017 Apr 28
Pros: Love it
10.0 Excellent2017 Feb 15
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 Excellent2017 Jan 19
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 Excellent2017 Jan 09
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 Excellent2016 Dec 16
Pros: the value. You get a large van cheaper then the car.
9.6 Excellent2016 Nov 17
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 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 9.1
  • 9.4
  • 9.4
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2019 Mar 09
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 Excellent2016 Dec 04
Pros: No waiting
9.6 Excellent2016 May 30
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 Mediocre2017 May 04
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 Good2017 Apr 25
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 Excellent2017 Apr 12
Pros: Angel, our rep was really helpfulCons: slow service recommend later in the day when not busy
6.0 Good2017 Apr 11
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 Mediocre2017 Apr 03
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 Excellent2017 Mar 15
Good valuePros: Good priceCons: Not the most polished experience, car was a bit dirty but acceptable.
3.6 Mediocre2017 Jan 18
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 Good2016 Nov 27
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 Excellent2016 Sep 28
Nice experiencePros: Good rental ratesCons: It was hard to find phone to call for shuttle pickup
6.0 Good2015 Dec 14
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
Hertz
5.7 Okay (3 reviews)
3 locations in Costa Mesa
Hertz
Locations in Costa Mesa
2706 S. Harbor Blvd #a+1 714 556 4473
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
3130 Harbor Boulevard+1 714 434 3721
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00
3130 Harobur Blvd+1 800 654 3131
Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
  • 6.6
  • 6
  • 5.3
  • 5.3
  • 5.3
Recent reviews
4.8 Okay2020 Sep 09
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 Excellent2019 Apr 23
Pros: Friendly and helpful staffs
4.4 Okay2017 Apr 26
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
Rated #7
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 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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  • 6
  • 6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre2020 Sep 10
Cons: They could have a car! They said there’s no car. Messed up a job interview.
9.2 Excellent2016 Dec 15
Easy and inexpensivePros: Easy in and out for pickup.
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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Silvercar
1 location in Costa Mesa
Silvercar
Locations in Costa Mesa
375 Bristol St+1 855 359 2227
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Recent reviews
368 travelers who rented a car in Costa Mesa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

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