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Rent a car in Bristol

Renting a car has never been this easy. By choosing a car from members of your local community, you can be on your way in minutes. Whether you need a rental car for an hour, a day or longer we've got you covered. Insurance and RAC breakdown cover is included in all bookings, and with contactless car collection, hiring a car in Bristol is now faster and more convenient than ever.

Rent a car in Bristol

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Really innovative new app! Loved the ease of booking and being able to collect the Van without seeing anyone....especially useful in these Covid times!

Jamie Sawdon
We hired a van in Bristol

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Frequently asked questions

Our renter requirements:

  • 21-70 years of age*
  • holding a UK, EU or EEA driving licence for at least two years
  • having max 25% of points deducted or added on the licence, depending on the country (e.g. UK: no more than 3 points added to the licence; Spain: no more than 3 points deducted from the licence)
  • have had no more than 1 at fault insurance claim in the last 3 years

*for drivers aged 21-24 years, have had 0 (zero) incidents since obtaining the licence

You will pay an insurance fee as a part of the price of renting a vehicle. This will fully insure you to drive the vehicle for the duration of the booking.

The standard excess for any rental booking is £750. This amount will be blocked on your card until the vehicle has been returned and the condition of the vehicle has been checked. When making a booking you have the option to reduce this excess down to £250 for an additional fee.


Head to our Help Centre for more FAQs or get in touch!

The list below contains the makes and models of mobile phones which currently do not support our Android mobile application.

If you are a renter on our platform and your device is on the list, please note that it is highly likely that our application will not perform well (or open at all) and you will not be able to rent a car smoothly.

  • Alcatel Pixi

  • Huawei Honor 10

  • Moto G7 (+)

  • Moto G8 Plus

  • OnePlus 8

  • One Plus Nord 100

  • Oppo Find X2

  • Oppo A53

  • RealMe X3

  • RealMe X50

  • Redmi K20

  • Redmi Note (All variants)

  • Reno4 (All Variants)

  • Xiaomi Mi 9T (All variants)

We are working hard on solving these issues, so please do check this list for regular updates. Meanwhile, please contact us at if you need more information.

The best car hire in Bristol, straight from your community

We have made hiring a car in Bristol fast, easy and affordable. With peer to peer car sharing, Bristol now has vehicles available on almost every corner, thanks to our trusted owners looking to share their cars. All you need to do to rent a car in Bristol is download our app and follow the instructions.

Our KarshareGo technology allows you to locate and unlock your chosen rental car using the Karshare App, so no queues, counters or face to face key exchanges are required to gain access.

We offer both long and short term vehicle hire, so you can find a car for an hour, a day or longer!

With car sharing, you rent the car you choose. So whether you’re looking for a budget friendly way to get around or a sportier ride to let your hair down, we’ve got you covered. Our peer to peer car sharing system means that you are not paying the large overheads that traditional car rental companies charge for when storing, servicing and maintaining a fleet of rental cars. This means that we are able to offer Bristol cheaper car rentals.

Car sharing involves two sets of people: vehicle owners and renters. Owners rent their cars to members of the Bristol community, who pay a fee for the usage.

For renters, the benefits are numerous. Your rental car is the car you choose online, the vehicles are located throughout Bristol and insurance and maintenance are all included in the price. This makes it convenient, quick and hassle free.

For owners, car sharing presents a useful stream of secondary income and, without the need to be physically present to hand over keys, it’s a stress-free way of making extra cash.

Bristol is situated in South West England and borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Back in the Anglo-Saxon days, Bristol was called 'Briss Stow', meaning 'the meeting place at the bridge' in old Saxon.

Surprisingly, Bristol has its own currency. The Bristol Pound is a local, community currency launched in September 2012. It was formed to encourage people to spend money with local businesses within Bristol, and is backed by the Sterling.

Bristol’s wealth of culture has made it a popular tourist destination with people coming from far and wide to witness its historical landmarks, thriving arts scene and beautiful scenery. If you are visiting Bristol, rent a car from members of the community and enjoy a stress free, contactless renting experience in the city.

If you are new to Bristol, there are plenty of things to do in and around the city. We have put together five of our favourite sights and activities in Bristol for visitors:

Drive across the Clifton Suspension Bridge: Rent a car in Bristol and head out toward the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Created by the visionary Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it’s truly a masterpiece of design, ingenuity and engineering. Driving across this iconic bridge from Clifton Village to Leigh Woods is an exhilarating experience, no matter how many times done it! This fabulous structure and its breathtaking views never fails to inspire.

Visit the Downs: Covering over 400 acres of land, this wonderful green space is fondly referred to as the lungs of Bristol. Team sports, kite flying, jogging and picnics are all every-day activities that take place on the picturesque grass, helping Bristolians feel miles away from the city for generations.

See a show: Bristol is all about culture – and there’s nothing more enlightening than a trip to the theatre. Delving into dramatics is easy in Bristol: you can choose from the Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, the Wardrobe Theatre and more!

Be photographed with an icon: One of the best things to do in Bristol is explore its most famous cultural exports – street art. The home of Banksy, you will see murals come to life on shop shutters and public walls. Take your pick from one of the street tours available and discover what brings Bristol’s streets to life. 

Take a ferry: Hop on a boat and experience Bristol from the water. The Bristol Ferry Boats operate waterbus services 364 days a year and allow you to jump on and off as needed, from Bristol Temple Meads train station to the SS Great Britain. Bristol Packet Boats also offer guided tours around the harbour.

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