Car rentals in Bristol: All you need to know
A Bristol car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even see what else the rest of Virginia has to offer. We've gathered the most popular questions about car rentals in Bristol. Read on to see the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where do I find a great deal on a car rental in Bristol?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to grab budget-friendly deals. Simply type in your travel dates and go down the list of rental suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Bristol. You should also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel 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 companies have retailers in Bristol?
From global names like Enterprise and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Bristol?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Virginia town means you're certain to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and sightseeing||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||Planning a big trip with a large group of friends or family members||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Bristol?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Bristol is 21. Please note, you may find that there is an added fee if you are under 25 or for higher category vehicles. Read over the supplier's terms to find what the exact price will be before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Bristol?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy interim insurance through the rental car company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will offer coverage. But there may be limitations, like not covering larger vehicles such as trucks or SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Bristol.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your vehicle. Use as much gas as you want and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Several providers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you bring back the car||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
We encourage a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you will want to return it with a full tank. If you want to keep your expenses lower, fill up your tank before bringing the rental. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do a little sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over Bristol. You can drive as much as you like and not incur extra charges. Go over your rental agreement to find out if there are any limitations.
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the lot on your Bristol adventure. You should:
- Check out the car and make sure there is no damage or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on the 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Bristol car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Bristol has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Bristol.