Thank You to our Staff

A huge thank you to our amazing staff who are working hard to support the supply chain across the GTA, and keeping our vehicles clean and sanitized after each use.
We appreciate you and all that you’ve done to keep our vehicles, facilities, and customers safe.

Shop Canadian, Shop Local

Bristol is proud to be 100% Canadian car and truck rental company. Our slogan has always been…Canadian Owned…Canadian Driven! We recognized how significant it was then and now more than ever it’s imperative that we all support Canadian owned businesses.
Why does this matter?
  • Local businesses are the largest supporter of local charities, local events, sporting teams and sponsorships.
  • Keeping local businesses vibrant creates better services locally all around in a community.
  • Retains more employment locally.
  • The taxes paid by local businesses are significantly more than those paid by corporations. In turn, this is what supports the operation of our hospitals, public works, emergency workers, and education.
  • Profits stay local and are then invested locally, not internationally!
All around supporting local business is a win-win for everyone. Besides, it makes you feel good and we all need that right now.
#rentcanadian #supportlocalbusiness #supportlocal #buycanadian #shoplocal #shoplocalcanada

Temporary Business Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our business hours have been modified.

All locations’ operating hours are:

Important Message to our Customers – We Remain Open

During the COVID-19 crisis many of you still need to move your homes, essential service personnel need vehicles to get to work, and we continue to provide trucks and vans to those businesses delivering essential goods. Rest assured, all of our vehicles have been thoroughly sanitized after each rental use. Additionally, all of our locations have implemented changes to our rental procedures to adhere to all social distancing recommendations.

We are continuing to work hard to support our local businesses, essential workers, and those who are in need of an alternative transportation solution. Contact any of our locations to make individual arrangements for your rental needs.

An Important Announcement to our Customers Regarding COVID-19

The safety of our customers and the well-being of our staff continues to be our top priority. We are taking extra precautionary measures to help you stay protected when renting from Bristol.

Disinfecting of our rental branches’ door handles, rental counters, reception areas, washrooms, credit/debit machines, and all customer/staff touch points is taking place continuously throughout the day.

We are committed to providing clean and sanitized vehicles to all our customers. We utilize commercial grade disinfectant to thoroughly clean each rental vehicle from top to bottom of our interior surfaces. This includes, however is not limited to, the complete steering wheel and controls, door handles and automatic buttons, climate controls and radio, cup holders, seat adjustments, arm rests, glove box, seat belt buckles, and more.

To make renting easier, we can deliver to you within the city limits we do business, call one of our locations directly to make these arrangements.

If you need us, we’re here for you.  This is an uncertain time for us all and we will continue to support our customers and communities.

Take a Drive to see the Fall Colours

In case you needed another reason to rent a vehicle and get in touch with nature, then fall comes along to give us all its glory. Ontario has some amazing drives and vistas to enjoy this time of year, and provides some amazing Instagram-able photos!

Did you know that our Ontario Parks has a Fall Colours report?  It helps you to plan the optimal time to drive out and experience the Fall at its finest.

Click on the link below to check out what the Fall Colours look like around Ontario.

Book a your rental with Bristol Car and Truck Rentals here at our Reservation Centre.  We’ll get you going before the leaves are gone!

Peace of Mind Rental Coverage

Bristol’s Platinum Plus Coverage+ offers driving a rental vehicle with peace of mind.

Renting a vehicle can be stressful.  Like many that rent a vehicle, you were not planning on it at all that day.  You were either involved in an accident, now your car is in the shop, or you brought your car in for some mechanical repairs and now it will be in for a few days.  Either way, you are now driving a vehicle that’s not your own, and you’re in unfamiliar territory with rental coverage.

In many cases your own collision coverage may transfer over to the rental vehicle while your vehicle is in the shop.  However, there are many minor incidents or damages that may can happen while you drive the rental that your insurance company will not cover.  Therefore, Bristol Car and Truck Rentals has coverage for that gap between what your insurance company will cover and where you’re left responsible upon returning the rental. This is where Bristol’s Platinum Plus+ coverages comes in!

For just $5.99 per day Platinum Plus+ covers the leading causes of damage to rental vehicles;

  • Windshield chips, damage, and replacement up to $500.00
  • Minor dents and scratches up to $500.00
  • Tire damage up to $500.00
  • Broken headlights/rear lights up to $500.00
  • Broken or damaged side mirrors up to $500.00
  • And, for extra protection, if you are involved in an accident with the rental Platinum Plus+ will cover your own deductible up to $500.00!

Platinum Plus+ is the most popular coverage taken by our customers.  It offers our customers the greatest value in rental coverage and comes with, priceless “Peace of Mind”.

Truck Inspection Stations – When to enter

You’ve rented a truck from Bristol, now you’re driving along the highway and there’s a truck inspection station ahead with the lights flashing to enter, what do you do? A lot of renters are not sure if they need to enter or not.  We’ve made a simple list of those Bristol vehicles that are required to enter for you.

Here are the Bristol vehicles that are REQUIRED to enter truck inspection/weigh stations:

Vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 4,500 kgs or more that are being used for business/commercial use.
For our Bristol fleet that includes;

  1.  Business or commercial use of 20 and 24 foot straight trucks
  2.  Business or commercial use 20 and 24 foot flatbed trucks
  3.  Business or commercial use of 18 and 20 foot refrigerated trucks
  4.  Business or commercial use of 1 ton pick up trucks – all Dodge Ram 3500s and Ford F350s

Renters must note that anyone renting any of the above vehicles for business/commercial reasons MUST posses their own CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration) number.

Here’s Bristol trucks that are NOT REQUIRED to enter truck inspection/weigh stations:

  1. Personal/Residential Moves using a 20 and 24 foot trucks
  2. Personal/Residential Moves/Business/Commercial use of a Cube van
  3. Personal/Residential Moves/Business/Commercial use of a Cargo van
  4. Personal/Residential Moves/Business/Commercial use of a 1 ton, 1/2 ton and 1/4 ton pick up trucks (example Ford F150 and F250)
  5. Personal Use/Residential Moves use of a 1 ton pick truck
  6. Passenger Van Rental (11 & 15 passenger buses)

What Documents are required for an inspection station?

  1. Bristol rental agreement
  2. Valid driver’s license
  3. Vehicle registration
  4. Valid insurance slip
  5. Vehicle safety document
  6. Renter’s CVOR if being used for business purposes
  7. Daily log book (maybe exempt if driven less than 160 kms radius of start of the day and return the same location at the end of the day)

407 ETR Fees to Increase February 1, 2019

Many find driving the 407 ETR a time saver and, according to the 407 ETR, it can save a commuter from 20 – 60 minutes per trip, if you’re willing to pay for the kilometres driven. Also announced by the 407 is the increase in annual trips on the roadway from 71.9 million per year in 1999 to over 125 million per year in 2017.

Over the last year the 407 ETR has completed upgrades to the roadway that includes;

  • Updating its roadside technology
  • Adding new bridges
  • Adding new lands in the east-end
  • Resurfacing many kilometres

Now a fee increase is on its way February 1, 2019. These fees can vary depending on length of trip, the zone your travel, time of day, and other factors.

The increase in fees include the “New Camera Charges”. Those fees are up from $4.15 per entry to $4.20. The annual transponder lease fee is up $1.00 per year from $23.50 to $24.50 for light duty vehicles. Though the most notable increase is in the kms driven and the zones.

This new fee structure along with heavy duty vehicles can be view here on the 407 ETR website.

Reminder to our valued customers, when renting a vehicle and using the 407 ETR, the fees, including the non-transponder fee, toll fee, trip charge, and an administration fee will be added to your rental contract.

Making Bristol a Safer Place

Accidents can happen anywhere at anytime, so we made sure our employees are prepared to help customers or co-workers in need.

Our Managers recently took part in re-certifying and brushing up on their First Aid, CPR and AED skills.

We’re happy to report Bristol locations now have a certified first aider available that is prepared to handle emergency situations.

Here’s our staff involved in some hands on training: