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Costa Mesa, CA
May 18 — May 25
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Costa Mesa, CA
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Costa Mesa car rental information

Pick-up locationCosta Mesa
Rental locations14
Airport locations5

Cheap car rentals in Costa Mesa

$42/dayEconomy
$42/dayCompact
$44/dayIntermediate
$46/dayStandard
$39/dayFull-size
$63/dayMinivan
$82/dayFull-size SUV
$62/dayPremium
$39/dayCompact SUV
$41/dayStandard SUV
$43/dayIntermediate SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Costa Mesa car rental reviews and directory

From $27/dayRated #1
Fox
Best rated
6 Good (344 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
  • 6.4
  • 5.9
  • 5.9
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 10 2021
Cons: Clean car nice car
8.0 ExcellentMay 4 2021
Pros: changed advertise insurance from 11 online to 17 at officeCons: i felt that there was a bait and switch
4.0 OkayApr 21 2021
Pros: Staff was friendlyCons: More staff
2.0 MediocreApr 14 2021
Pros: Michael the drop off driver was veey friendly.Cons: Fox Rent-A-Car at John Wayne airport is the absolute worst lease to get a car rental. Unless you like to wait two hours for your car. In one hour wait for a shuttle, another 45 minutes at the counter wirh one rep and dozens of renters, and rhen shockingly another 20 minutes while they wash the car. In attempt to contact customer service, I was on hold for almost an hour and then I gave up. Spend your money elsewhere, this Rent-A-Car company is terrible. Priceline should be more stringent in their selection of “secret price” car conpanies. Otherwise, I don’t trust priceline and will seatch elaewhere.
10.0 ExcellentApr 13 2021
Pros: Fairly quick check-in process and on the road.Cons: Our rental vehicle was a little on the abused side (rock chip on windshield right in drivers view, broken handle passenger door, dent on hood), but overall I can’t complain about the price.
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2021
Pros: Car drop off was easy.Cons: Check in process took a long time with only one person working the counter. The car I was given had several maintenance issues and warning lights that appeared during my trip.
8.0 ExcellentApr 12 2021
Pros: The drop off was the easiest I have ever experienced....anywhere. The staff was very friendly(I only had interactions with one person at drop off but she was great).Cons: The time it took to actually get the car when I rented it. It was very time consuming(not sure why but seemed as if the person in charge of helping me was preoccupied with other things).
8.0 ExcellentApr 4 2021
Cons: Checking in is not automated enough.
6.0 GoodApr 4 2021
Cons: Pick up took 1:5 hours and only had one person at the counter. Staff the appropriate labor.
2.0 MediocreApr 2 2021
Pros: The attendant that handled my paperwork was nice. Even though she tried to pull the “we can fill up the tank for you for less” scam before I asked her to clarify if they charge for the entire tank no matter what level it is at. I’m guessing she is required to try to trick people like that as part of her job.Cons: Literally everything else. I brought the car back after 4 hours and am now trying to get my money back for the remainder of the time. It was unsafe for me and my 3 kids to be driving in.
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From $29/dayRated #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
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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
From $39/dayRated #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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From $32/dayRated #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 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 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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From $33/dayRated #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 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
  • 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.
From $23/dayRated #7
Hertz
Most popular
Cheapest deal
5.4 Okay (5 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 - 12:00
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 - 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
  • 5.6
  • 5.2
  • 4.8
  • 5.2
Recent reviews
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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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
430 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

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$33/day

Good deal

$26/day

When to book a rental car in Costa Mesa

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Costa Mesa

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Costa Mesa for $26 or less
  • Book your rental car in Costa Mesa at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Costa Mesa are around 52% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Costa Mesa

  • Some car rental companies in Costa Mesa which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Alamo

  • On average a rental car in Costa Mesa costs $33 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Fox ($41/day), Avis ($42/day) and Enterprise ($64/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Fox 325 E Baker Street 92626 (3 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Costa Mesa is Fox (6.2, 367 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Costa Mesa is $3.25 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $52, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty, Hertz, U-Save, Fox, Sixt, Dollar, Airport Van, NU Car, Ace and Budget.

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

  • 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 $33 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Costa Mesa costs $24 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Costa Mesa costs $32 per day, on average.

  • In Costa Mesa, cars are most frequently rented at Fox 325 E Baker Street (3 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Costa Mesa costs $232 per week ($33 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Costa Mesa costs $993 per month ($33 per day).

  • Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).