Food Drive 2022

Over the last month our staff members have been running an internal Food Drive in support of Knights Table in an effort to help alleviate hunger. We were thrilled to fill a cargo van full of food that was delivered on December 21st. To match the efforts of our tremendous staff, Bristol Car and Truck Rentals topped it off with a $2500.00 cash donation.

For over 27 years Knights Table has served the needs of people dealing with issues of poverty and homelessness in the Peel Region along with delivering social support programs.
The Knights Table assists clients regardless of colour, culture, religion, economic status, gender, sexual orientation or social condition. They are supported by various levels of government, businesses, charitable foundations, groups, churches and individuals. With their assistants the Knights Table is open 365 days a year and serves over 79,000 meals annually.

Bristol is proud to support and donate to an organization that helps people to achieve their full potential. As well as, providing a food bank, hot meals and other services to the people of Brampton who deal with the daily issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness.



For more information on Knights Table and how to donate visit Knights Table website.




Bristol’s New Careers Page

Introducing Bristol’s new career page!  It has a slick new design and you can now apply directly online. Add your resume to our talent pool!

All current openings across our 10 rental branches will be posted here. Our hiring managers are looking forward to reviewing your resume!

If you have a passion for customer service and want to move your career forward, our hiring manager want to talk to YOU!  Consider joining our team!

Bristol Moving Tips


Plan Ahead

Packing a rental truck has been compared to playing a game of real life Tetris, trying your best not to turn it into a game Jenja! So be sure you are not leaving any open spaces to allow for shifting or moving of boxes causing them to fall during transport. Be sure all boxes are labelled to which room they go to and if they’re fragile.  Know which boxes are heaviest to lightest before packing the truck, therefore heaviest ones can go on the bottom, with lightest stacked on top.

Handy Tip – take pictures of all your computer wires, tv wires, or complicated appliances at your currently residence. Then come moving day, you can refer to these pictures for quick set up!

Buy Moving Boxes and Supplies

Having moving boxes of all the same size makes for much easier stacking. Bubble wrap is not just for popping…it saves your most valuable of possessions. Purchasing plain newsprint for wrapping causes less mess and won’t leave behind ink on your dishes and breakables. For a nominal rental fee, renting dollies for appliances and boxes takes away many multiple trips back and forth to the rental truck, on an already exhausting day.  Rent a dolly, it’s worth the investment.

Distribute Contents Evenly

This is a must!  It makes for easier loading and unloading, but more importantly makes driving the truck easier and safer.  Fill any gaps between furniture and appliance with smaller boxes. Take a step back after each layer to see if items can be packed tighter.

Appliances First or Last?

Movers are split on which practice is best. Some believe packing them first ensures you have the room for them all. Others believe stacking all your boxes in first, up against the backdoor of the truck will create a neatly stacked wall capitalizing on as much space as possible, either way can be effective. We suggest that if you have a gas fitter or plumber coming to your new place on moving day to install your appliance, put the appliance in last, this way the appliances come off the truck first. This way allows for your installers can get to work as you are unloaded all other items.

Mattresses and Box Springs

These big items should be used to line the side walls of the truck to maximize space.

Disassembling of Furniture

If space is an issue, disassembling all tables and bed frames before loading them on the truck. Tip – place all hardware for each furniture item in a plastic bag, then tape the bag to the headboards or tables for easy re-assembly.


Don’t pack empty ones, fill them!  Also, depending on how long a move you are making, packing suitcases as an overnight bag is a great idea. Pack them with towels, toiletries, and fresh clothing this way once you get to your new home you can easily get ready for another day without having to unpack all your boxes at once.


If possible, and if not too heavy, keep clothing in dressers, and tape drawers shut.  Wrapping dressers with blankets once in the truck is a good idea to prevent scratches.

Fragile and Odd Shaped Items

These odd shapes items like lamp shades etc., should be positioned on the truck last and on top, and secured with ties.


Items like daily medications, heirlooms, jewelry and important documents should stay with you in either the front of the truck or with you in the car while driving to your new home.  This way, they won’t get mixed up with all your other items, and you know where they are at all times.

Other Quick Tips

  • Pack couches on their ends, if possible. Couches packed on the truck horizontally take up a lot more trucks space. Tie them to the sides of the truck.
  • Rugs – roll them up, tightly and tape them up. You may want to pack these in the truck after the furniture. That way they come off the truck before the furniture so you’re not having to move the furniture again at the new house to make way for the rugs.
  • Televisions and monitors – the back of these are just as important as the front, wrap them both.
  • Mirrors and Glass – after wrapping in bubble wrap, these can be placed in between mattress and box springs in the truck for additional protection.
  • Bookcases – once loaded on the truck, maximize space by stacking smaller boxes on their shelves.
  • Artwork – bubble wrap, bubble wrap…also tape the hanging hardware to the back of artwork and pictures. This goes for curtain rods too, put hardware in a bag and tape it to the rod.
  • Tape all cords to the back of all small and large appliances.
  • All-purpose tools – keep some of the tools for assembling your furniture handy, like in the glove box of the rental truck.

Hopefully we’ve given you enough tips to make moving day a lot less stressful. Congratulations, and enjoy your new home!


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