Look Who’s 30! Bristol Car and Truck Rentals Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

Thirty years passes so quickly. I am proud of the Managers and Staff at Bristol who have served our loyal customers with such care over the years. As a Canadian owned company we operate 12 local Rental Branches solely in the Greater Toronto Area. It is our way to treat all of our staff and suppliers with the utmost respect and our customers with the highest level of service.
Thanks to you all who shared in helping achieve this milestone.
~ Jory Kesten
President and Owner, Bristol Car and Truck Rentals

Why Renting Is Better Than Buying!

Why Buy When You Can Rent!

Businesses always struggle with whether they should invest in purchasing or signing a long-term vehicle leases vs. renting, no matter their size. There are some real upsides to renting trucks for your business. Here’s a few of the advantages of why renting is likely the perfect solution!

Frees Up Capital Finances

No need to add that depreciating asset to the books! By renting, it frees up those finances to invest in more of your products, people, and technologies that keep growing your business.

No Maintenance Fees

That’s right! No more booking those maintenance appointments and taking care of the bills. By renting a truck the maintenance costs are taken care of for you. This includes licensing of the vehicles and annual safety inspections!

Flexible Fleet Size

Business needs change and change quickly! You may have a seasonal business or going through a busy time. This is when renting really works in your favour! With no long-term commitments, you can scale up your fleet temporarily to meet your needs. It also works when your business slows down and you need to scale down quickly. Renting takes the headaches away of being stuck in a lease or trying to sell your fleet fast and worrying about residual values, you simply return the rental truck.

Are You Prepared if Stranded in the Snow?

It’s been a while since Ontario, and particularly the GTA, has experienced the amount of snow we received early this week. The storm left motorists stranded on many roadways and highways, for hours on end. This is a stark reminder to us all to ask, “Am I prepared?” It’s essential to carry a winter safety kit in your vehicle, no matter if you drive a compact car or a full-sized SUV, when there’s a jack-knifed tractor trailer blocking the road, no one is getting by.

We thought we would remind everyone what a great winter emergency kit contains. Remember, when renting a car be sure to transfer your emergency kit into the rental vehicle!

Here are items to include in your kit:

  • Warm blankets
  • Hat, gloves and boots
  • Snowbrush/Ice scraper
  • Spare tire and a tire iron
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Traction aid – salt/sand or non-clumping kitty litter
  • Flashlight
  • Candles with a deep can and matches
  • Water bottles
  • Food – nonperishable snack foods like; energy bars/meal replacement bars/granola bars
  • First aid kit
  • Portable charging block for cell phones
  • Road flares
  • Toilet paper

In the unfortunate event that you find yourself stranded in your vehicle, it’s a good idea to do light exercises to keep good circulation.  Also, start your vehicle for 10 minutes every hour to maintain heat, however be sure to check that the exhaust is not blocked by snow.

Remember that fuel = heat. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep your fuel tank topped up whenever possible, but particularly in the winter months.

Happy driving and stay safe out there!

Helping Those Helping Others

Shelter Movers is one of a kind in Canada, and Bristol is a proud partner and supporter of their mission.

Their services helps survivors of gender-based violence transition to a better and safer life.

Shelter Movers collaborates with local businesses and community services (e.g. shelters, police, schools, services) who refer clients that have decided to leave an abuser, and have a safer place to go. Shelter Movers makes all the arrangements to move and store survivors’ belongings securely, on the clients’ terms. To learn donate or learn more about Shelter Movers – visit their website at https://www.sheltermovers.com/.

The Gift of Warmth – Winter Coat Drive 2021

This October, the staff at Bristol Car and Truck Rentals kicked off a Winter Coat Drive in partnership with the Salvation Army of York Region. Thank you to our employees that kicked us off  with their donations. This is an important initiative that provides warmth to those in our community that need it most.  We all have a few coats taking up space in our closets, put them to some great use this season through donation.

2021 Dodge Grand Caravans Join Bristol’s Fleet

New to the Bristol rental fleet

Welcome to the Team, 2021 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT!

With light at the end of the Covid-tunnel, Bristol is ready to get you back to what’s in your future! Maybe a weekend get-a-way, summer vacation, a wedding, a golf trip, or a team or corporate events! All do-able in the newly designed 2021 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT.  With its famed Stow ‘n’ Go seating, it allows quick conversions from back row seating to cargo area! Really, the perfect rental vehicle.

2021 Dodge Grand Caravan Rental






Notable features:

  • 7 passenger seating
  • Stow ‘n’ Go seats
  • Reserve back up cameras with touch screen
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • USB ports
  • 3.6 litre engine
  • V6 – Automatic transmission
  • Cruise control
  • ABS system
  • Front seating – front and side airbags
  • Driver select “Fuel Economizer”
  • Air conditioning – front and rear
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks/Doors/Windows/Mirrors
  • Tinted windows

Bristol Adds a 3rd Toronto Location

Bristol is proud to be opening our newest location in Midtown Toronto. This is our 3rd rental location within the city of Toronto and will make picking up a rental from Bristol even more convenient in the city.  This new location carries Bristol’s full rental line up including rental cars, moving trucks, commercial vehicles, and refrigerated vans and trucks!

Reserve by calling (416) 546-1800 or simply book online at Midtown Toronto.




Bristol is Open for Business in Barrie

Bristol is pleased to announce the opening of our newest rental location in the amazing city of Barrie, Ontario. As a Canadian owned and operated company with are excited to be joining the great Canadian community of Barrie. This location carries our full rental fleet; from compact rental cars to SUV rentals, to our whole moving truck line up of cargo vans and cube trucks. Bristol also offers a commercial line of rental trucks ranging from straight trucks, flat beds to refrigerated rental trucks.

You can find us in Barrie at 200 Essa Road, right off Hwy#400, beside the Comfort Inn. Making a reservation is easy by calling us direct at (249) 880-4091 or reserving online at https://www.bristoltruckrentals.com/locations/barrie-car-and-truck-rental/




Coming soon to our Fleet

Here’s a sneak peek of what will be joining our fleet soon. We’re all very excited and our clients will be too.
Stay tuned for their arrival. We can’t wait to post pictures of these babies decked out in Bristol logos!