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Irvine car rental information

Pick-up location Irvine
Rental locations 9
Airport locations 6

Irvine car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
9.5 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in Irvine
Hertz
Locations in Irvine
51 Auto Center Drive Ste A-4
+1 949 470 6016
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday
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Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
26 Jul 2017
Great service
Pros: Pick-up was easy, staff was super helpful and friendly, fast process!
8.4 Excellent
21 Mar 2018
Pros: Great value.
Cons: Was surprised to find out that the car did not have cruise control, as every other car that I have ever rented has had that feature. Would have been nice for our long trip.
10.0 Excellent
21 Apr 2018
Super easy transaction. Great rate. Surprisingly good car (Mazda 3)
Pros: Hertz was very professional and efficient. Simple in and out process. I dealt with three employees in total and one was more helpful than the next. Good group of guys.
Cons: The location is a bit cramped.
10.0 Excellent
14 Apr 2019
Pros: The staff were very kind and helpful. They made it a very smooth and pleasant experience.
Cons: Everything was perfect. Thank you!
9.6 Excellent
16 Apr 2019
Pros: Staff was super friendly! Anthony was super helpful and patient when picking up the car.
Rated no. 2
Enterprise
6.6 Good (8 reviews)
2 locations in Irvine
Enterprise
Locations in Irvine
18700 Macarthur Blvd
+1 949 250 4294
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
9881 Research Dr
+1 949 753 0149
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Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
7 Feb 2017
This guy is a rip off - Douglas Lauer - He charged
Cons: This guy is a rip off - Douglas Lauer - He charged me $500 deductible - He charged me for something I didn't do. The damage was already there when I rented the car and Jason told me we don't need to put that in the contract. When I returned the car, Douglas told me that he has to file a claim and Jason ignored his comments at the time of rental. Stay away from these guys. They just want to repair their cars with your money!
10.0 Excellent
26 Sep 2017
Pros: nice service
10.0 Excellent
30 Aug 2016
Pros: Very good
2.0 Mediocre
17 Jan 2017
Pros: booked a car at Enterprise out of John Wayne airport , when we arrive we were told that our Enterprise office was closed at 6pm, and that we needed to book another car at a different Enterprise open office , that ended up costing over 100$ more
10.0 Excellent
13 Mar 2017
Pros: The pick up process was fast and great. They got me the exact car I needed.
Cons: Everything was great!
10.0 Excellent
13 Oct 2018
Cons: The place is a little difficult to find, and very limited parking for people who are picking you up. The person who helped us was friendly but very much in a hurry.
6.4 Good
13 Apr 2019
Cons: Had to travel to multiple location for pickup. Delayed my trip 45 minutes. What purpose did making a reservation serve?
2.4 Mediocre
28 Apr 2019
Cons: Car was filthy, battery in both keyfobs were low, only had 1/4 tank gas which only gets you to a gas station in Orange County California. Wait time was an hour and I was the only customer in office. Don’t do it! However, staff at return were friendly.
Rated no. 3
Economy Rent a Car
5.0 Okay (11 reviews)
1 location in Irvine
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Irvine
18800 Mac Arthur Blvd
+1 800 201 8088
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Recent reviews
3.6 Mediocre
6 Nov 2017
Unorganized drop-off
Cons: When we dropped off our car, there was a paper sign on the door saying they had 'stepped out' and to leave the keys at the front hotel lobby desk. We relied on them for a shuttle to the airport. and they were no where to be found so we had to quickly uber, pushing our flight. They then later charged us for the entire tank at $5/gallon plus a $15 fee, even after we requested to have the option where they filled it for us, so we returned it empty. Customer service was terrible on the phone, saying the 'agent didnt remember you saying you needed that option' and that was their grounds for the charge. Total scam.
4.4 Okay
21 Dec 2016
First time...will also be my last time.
Pros: The price, eventually, was good. It fortunately ended up being the same price in my reservation.
Cons: When I arrived, it was not clear where to go, or that the company was even there. No employee was in the office, but there was another customer. When the employee did arrive 10 minutes later, she took another customer who arrived with her, but supposedly was there first. She helped him, and then assisted the man ahead of me. When he declined insurance, the employee stated that he needed to provide his insurance policy number. That made me leery, and i asked if that was only because he was using a debit card. She said I would have to provide the name of my insurance company. In the 10 years I've rented cars, dozens of times, that has never happened to me. I finally was assisted, and walked to my vehicle after I had been there (at Irvine, California) for 40 minutes. On the walk-around, I noticed several scrapes and paint drips. Why? The car had been in an accident and repainted. The car drove poorly, shuddering occasionally and locking up/having trouble with traction when going from a stop. The whole reason of renting a car was to have a functional vehicle while mine was in the shop. It didn't feel very safe, and I drove it very little, putting off a trip to LA to visit family. On the return, I was told by the same enployee that it would have to wait while she drove the previous customer back to the airport. I told her I didn't have time for that, and she said she could email me my receipt. It was a bit disconcerting waiting the two hours for the email, but it was correct, fortunately.
8.0 Excellent
13 Mar 2017
Pros: SNA really nice car - it must have been nearly new friendly staff reasonable price
Cons: you have to take a shuttle off-site so it takes some time depending on your viewpoint - they are over zealous checkiing the car for every nick and scratch before and after
2.0 Mediocre
15 Mar 2017
Be Ready for Ups and Extras
Pros: There wasn't anything that I liked
Cons: Small stuffy room in a hotel was hard to find. Staff was not customer friendly and were used to people having the same reaction I did of being a palled when they became aware of the fine print that was not advertised and was not well it was contracted for. Extra fees for this and that did not result in making this any kind of economy kind of transaction. Stay away would be my suggestion. Use a first rate, name, company.
10.0 Excellent
8 Jul 2017
Good deal good service
Pros: Easy to get car. Service was great
Cons: Car was a bit scratched but ran well.
5.2 Okay
13 Sep 2017
Pros: Car was comfortable.
Cons: Hidden fees and charges.
10.0 Excellent
3 Oct 2017
great experiencde
Pros: affordable
4.0 Okay
7 May 2018
Pros: That's a good question!
Cons: Poor customer service from start to finish; Car had numerous dings and dents; Tank was not full when received.
2.0 Mediocre
7 Jan 2019
They charge me $68 for mileage but when I booked it says unlimited mil
Cons: When I booked on the carrental.com it said unlimited mileage but when I received my final bill they changed me $68 for extra miles.
2.0 Mediocre
20 Feb 2019
Pros: Nothing good to report
Cons: Customer service was almost the bright spot, but the gentleman who picked me up was griping about how his coworker was late, which I totally understand, but it's not really my business. When she arrived, he reprimanded her within earshot of me, which was a bit uncomfortable. I am out of space
Allied
alliedcar
1 location in Irvine
Allied
Locations in Irvine
18800 MacArthur Blvd
+1 800 201 8088
Silvercar
silvercar
1 location in Irvine
Silvercar
Locations in Irvine
17752 Sky Park Circle STE 150
+1 855 359 2227
Stop Then Go Rent A Car
stopthengo
1 location in Irvine
Stop Then Go Rent A Car
Locations in Irvine
18001 Sky Park Cir
+1 949 222 0100
Super Cheap
supercheap
1 location in Irvine
Super Cheap
Locations in Irvine
18017 Sky Park Circle, Suite P
+1 949 752 6499
United Auto Rental
unitedautorent
1 location in Irvine
United Auto Rental
Locations in Irvine
18601 Airport W. North
+1 949 222 0222
24 travellers who hired a car in Irvine gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.5

Car rental locations in or near Irvine

When to book a rental car in Irvine

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Top tips for renting a car in Irvine

  • From the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in the northeast to the coast line in the south, Irvine has a lot to discover -- and why not pick the most convenient and flexible way to do so by choosing a car? Be at Laguna Beach in less than twenty minutes, or pack up the kids and drive to Disney World in Anaheim -- it is only a 20-minute car ride via the I-5 N. Also remember that California is a car-obsessed state and almost everybody owns one, so embrace the West Coast culture and drive along.
  • The closest airport to Irvine is John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which is about 4 miles away and only an 8-minute drive from Irvine’s center. The airport boasts its own hire car center with on-site agencies like Hertz, Alamo, and Enterprise. The center is located between terminal A and B on the arrivals level, close to the statue of the eponymous John Wayne.
  • Driving in Irvine is not much different than driving in many other US cities, but bear in mind that Californian drivers have a reputation to not adhere to passing in the left lane and simply choose a lane of their taste. Also, when changing lanes the blinkers are often not used, so always stay alert and don’t be surprised when someone cuts into your lane without indicating beforehand.
  • With most Californians owning a car, rush hours in Irvine can mean a fair amount of congestion and waiting times. Try to avoid the morning peak times between approximately 7:30 and 9am and 5 and 7pm. On weekends, there can also be heavy traffic, especially from Anaheim, mostly between 4-7pm when people return from family trips.
  • Book your rental car in Irvine at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Irvine

What is the best rental car company in Irvine?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Irvine are Alamo (8.7, 6471 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 12825 reviews), and Avis (7.6, 2242 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

Car hire companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Thrifty and Sixt.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Thrifty, Dollar, Sixt and Alamo.

How can I find car rentals near me in Irvine?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in Irvine?

The SUV is still the king of the cars in California, and there is a good reason why. The weather in the state can throw everything at drivers, from blithering sunlight, to torrential rains, even to snow, and an SUV can handle all of the above with ease. It is also not too bulky and still a comfortable car to drive in the city as well.

What's the speed limit in Irvine?

When driving close to school or pedestrian zones as well as residential areas, the speed limit is 25 mph. On highways, speed limits are clearly marked on the right-hand side and are usually between 65 and 70 mph. Always adapt your speed to the road and weather conditions and slow down if the traffic requires it.

How are gas prices in Irvine?

Petrol prices in Irvine are fairly high compared to other US cities, averaging in at around $3.50 per gallon. Try to find petrol stations like Costco or Mobil which usually offer lower rates at around $3.15 to save some petrol money. Petrolprices tend to be cheaper altogether between 8 and 10am, before the stations raise their prices.

Where are the best places to park in Irvine?

Parking in red zones in Irvine is prohibited, so always check the signs and curb before parking the car. On-street parking is metered and can vary in time restrictions and prices, so always read the designated sign. Usually Sundays and public holidays are free. Alternatively, there are parking garages like Ace Parking or Irvine Towers where cars can also be parked over a longer period of time.

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