Car rentals in Costa Mesa: All you need to know
A Costa Mesa car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of California has to offer. CarRentals.com has gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Costa Mesa. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I get a bargain car rental in Costa Mesa?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to book the cheapest deals. Just enter your travel dates and scroll down the variety of rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Costa Mesa. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which usually cost more
- Know ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Costa Mesa?
In Costa Mesa, CarRentals.com has 5 car rental suppliers to decide from, like Budget. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Costa Mesa?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Costa Mesa. If you're having trouble deciding, make sure to go over the chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you want to travel Costa Mesa in style||Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Sizable groups that need room for all their suitcases||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Compact Car||Easy to park and have great miles per gallon||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Costa Mesa?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Costa Mesa is 21. But, there might be an additional charge if you're under 25 or for higher category cars. Go over the supplier's terms to determine what any additional charges is before you rent your car.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Costa Mesa?
Insurance is always needed, wherever you rent a vehicle. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide total coverage, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Costa Mesa. Look into it before you book and, if it is necessary, you can easily add it at checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Costa Mesa rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for an open gas station near your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you pick up your automobile. Use as much petrol as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the rental car provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Costa Mesa?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you check out a few items before you leave the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Look over your vehicle and be certain there is no damage or scratches. If so, write it down on your paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Costa Mesa rental car today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. CarRentals.com has the ideal car that can suit your requirements and not deplete your travel fund.