Costa Mesa car rentals

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Costa Mesa, CA, United States
9 Dec — 16 Dec
Same drop-off
Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Thu 09.12
Noon
Thu 16.12
Noon
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Pick-up locationCosta Mesa
Rental locations15
Airport locations6

Costa Mesa car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Fox
Best rated
6.1 Good (386 reviews)
1 location in Costa Mesa
Fox
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 6.1
  • 6.4
  • 5.9
  • 5.9
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Nov 29
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 Excellent2021 Nov 28
great overall experience, affordable car rental, friendly staff, easy transaction. I would recommend Fox rental to friends and family.
10.0 Excellent2021 Nov 23
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.
8.0 Excellent2021 Nov 17
The cost was very affordable compared to other companies. Some people may not like being shuttled offsite to pick up the car but I actually find it easier when I have a lot of luggage.
4.0 Okay2021 Nov 13
The employee (woman) was a bit annoying, trying to desperately sell us a "Road Toll" package, for 12-15 dollars a day, even though we told her repeatedly, WE WILL NOT BE ON ANY TOLL ROADS!!! I ordered a compact car, and Fox had a full size car set up for my rental. I told her that I ordered a compact, NOT a full size car, and she was annoyed. I'm the one who deserved to be annoyed, not her. She finally gave in and got me a compact car. But acted VERY put off that she had to do this. WHY DO I HAVE TO GO THROUGH this nonsense??? I paid a lot of money (per day) for a car, I should get better service.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Oct 30
From beginning to end it was a miserable experience. Waited 45 minutes for the shuttle (with 3 toddlers). Then waited another hour in line. Then waited 30 minutes for car to be cleaned. At the end of the trip (in California by the beach) they told us they will charge $250 to clean the car!! There was not that much sand! The representative was very rude and I will never rent from Fox again.
2.0 Mediocre2021 Oct 23
Worst customer service ever. Waited in line for 30 min and was denied service for not having a mask….No sign at the entrance that says this.
4.0 Okay2021 Oct 19
I didn’t appreciate the first interaction with customer service once I arrived at the airport. I waited 20 minutes for the shuttle before calling, and when I called and asked when I could expect the next shuttle they told me “it runs every 20 minutes” and I responded that I knew that, but I was curious the actual status of the shuttle since I hadn’t seen one in 20 min, he just kept telling me that it runs every 20 min and that I need to wait. He was very rude and incompetent and I got so fed up that I just paid for a taxi to get to fox rental car pickup to pickup my vehicle. I didn’t appreciate the pickup experience at all.
10.0 Excellent2021 Oct 12
I received the same service as the larger rental companies. Great price.
10.0 Excellent2021 Oct 12
Efficiency and service was great! Shuttle pick up was considerate for extremely late fight arrivals near closing.
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Rated #2
Enterprise
9.4 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Costa Mesa
Enterprise
Locations in Costa Mesa
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2020 Oct 05
Everything was easyEverything was perfect!
10.0 Excellent2020 Feb 18
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
  • 8.6
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 9.3
  • 9.5
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay2018 Oct 22
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 Excellent2018 Jul 16
Great Job Frank and Staff.Great Customer Service From All the Staff.
10.0 Excellent2017 Apr 28
Love it
10.0 Excellent2017 Feb 15
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 Excellent2017 Jan 19
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 Excellent2017 Jan 09
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 Excellent2016 Dec 16
the value. You get a large van cheaper then the car.
9.6 Excellent2016 Nov 17
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 #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 Excellent2019 Mar 09
Small office in Costa Mesa, CA with no wait to pick up my car!Everything went well with my car rental
10.0 Excellent2016 Dec 04
No waiting
9.6 Excellent2016 May 30
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 #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 Mediocre2020 Sep 10
They could have a car! They said there’s no car. Messed up a job interview.
9.2 Excellent2016 Dec 15
Easy and inexpensiveEasy in and out for pickup.
Rated #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 Mediocre2017 May 04
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!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 Excellent2017 Apr 12
Angel, our rep was really helpfulslow service recommend later in the day when not busy
6.0 Good2017 Apr 11
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 Mediocre2017 Apr 03
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 Excellent2017 Mar 15
Good valueGood priceNot the most polished experience, car was a bit dirty but acceptable.
3.6 Mediocre2017 Jan 18
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 Good2016 Nov 27
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 Excellent2016 Sep 28
Nice experienceGood rental ratesIt was hard to find phone to call for shuttle pickup
6.0 Good2015 Dec 14
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 #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 Horrible2021 Jul 31
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 Horrible2021 Jul 18
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 Mediocre2020 Dec 31
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 Okay2020 Sep 09
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 Excellent2019 Apr 23
Friendly and helpful staffs
4.4 Okay2017 Apr 26
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
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476 travelers who rented a car in Costa Mesa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.3

Car rental locations in or near Costa Mesa

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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

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