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Costa Mesa, CA, United States5 Nov — 12 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 no. 1
Fox
Best rated
6.2 Good (288 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
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  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.0 Good28 Oct 2020
Pros: The value of the rentalCons: Waiting time to pick up the vehicle is too long (20-30min)
2.0 Mediocre28 Oct 2020
Pros: I liked dropping the car off. Fast and efficient.Cons: Horrible wait times. Location not at the airport. Only three people in front of me but took an hour. They don’t start washing the car until you have the paperwork. Cars were still extremity dirty b
8.0 Excellent20 Oct 2020
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 Okay20 Oct 2020
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 Okay12 Oct 2020
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 Excellent6 Oct 2020
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 Excellent4 Oct 2020
Cons: Car was not washed before rental and had strong smell of smoke.
4.0 Okay2 Oct 2020
Pros: ValueCons: Policy did not disclose geographic limitations even though it stated unlimited mileage
2.0 Mediocre30 Sep 2020
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 Okay24 Sep 2020
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.
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Rated no. 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 Excellent5 Oct 2020
Pros: Everything was easyCons: Everything was perfect!
10.0 Excellent18 Feb 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 no. 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 Okay22 Oct 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 Excellent16 Jul 2018
Great Job Frank and Staff.Pros: Great Customer Service From All the Staff.
10.0 Excellent28 Apr 2017
Pros: Love it
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 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 Excellent19 Jan 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 Excellent9 Jan 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 Excellent16 Dec 2016
Pros: the value. You get a large van cheaper then the car.
9.6 Excellent17 Nov 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 no. 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 Excellent9 Mar 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 Excellent4 Dec 2016
Pros: No waiting
9.6 Excellent30 May 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 no. 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 Mediocre4 May 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 Good25 Apr 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 Excellent12 Apr 2017
Pros: Angel, our rep was really helpfulCons: slow service recommend later in the day when not busy
6.0 Good11 Apr 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 Mediocre3 Apr 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 Excellent15 Mar 2017
Good valuePros: Good priceCons: Not the most polished experience, car was a bit dirty but acceptable.
3.6 Mediocre18 Jan 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 Good27 Nov 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 Excellent28 Sep 2016
Nice experiencePros: Good rental ratesCons: It was hard to find phone to call for shuttle pickup
6.0 Good14 Dec 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 no. 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 Okay9 Sep 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 Excellent23 Apr 2019
Pros: Friendly and helpful staffs
4.4 Okay26 Apr 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
Rated no. 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
  • 6
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  • 6
  • 6
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre10 Sep 2020
Cons: They could have a car! They said there’s no car. Messed up a job interview.
9.2 Excellent15 Dec 2016
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
Recent reviews
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
372 travellers who rented a car in Costa Mesa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

Car rental locations in or near Costa Mesa

Good to know

Most popular car type

Economy

When to book a rental car in Costa Mesa

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
  • Economy rental cars in Costa Mesa are around 19% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Costa Mesa

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Costa Mesa.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Costa Mesa is Fox (6.3, 310 reviews).

  • Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Fox, U-Save, Avis, Sixt and NU Car.

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

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

  • A Economy car rental in Costa Mesa costs ₹ 2,172 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Costa Mesa costs ₹ 2,696 per day, on average.