Central Hire - Car & Van Hire - est 1972

Car and Van Hire - Paulton - Midsomer Norton - Radstock

Phone: ​ 01761 416465 01761 416465


Affordable Car & Van hire for Paulton, Midsomer Norton, Radstock and the Bath and Bristol region with a NO Upfront Insurance Deposit, NO Hidden Mileage Charges, Flexible Hire Terms, NO Re-Booking fee and Free Second DriverThe Best Car & Van Hire Agency in the Midsomer Norton & Radstock area! 

IS YOUR VEHICLE IN FOR REPAIRS ? NEED A HIRE CAR OR VAN? we offer up to 50% off our hire vehicles whilst your car or van is in for repair with us, subject to availability.

Local Car and Van hire near me?

Looking for Van hire local to Midsomer Norton Radstock? Central Hire is the agency for you. Located in Paulton (BS397PL), only 5 minutes from Midsomer Norton and Radstock and only 15 minutes from Bath and Bristol.


Phone: 01761 416465 01761 416465

About Us.

Central Hire opened in 1981 due to the demand for car and van hire in Midsomer Norton Radstock making us the MOST Established Car and Van Hire Agency in the area. We aim to offer our customers a transparent Hire service with NO hidden charges. We have a fleet of Self Drive Hire Cars and Hire Vans available for Daily, Weekend and Weekly Rental. The Hire Vehicles come Fully Insured, with AA Nationwide Breakdown cover, Parking Sensors on all Vehicles and NO mileage charge.


How do i arrange booking?

We like to keep Booking easy for our customers, no over complex online booking systems, we ask that you kindly Call us on  01761 416465 01761 416465 ​or Alternatively you can fill out the contact form below. We will complete all the relevant paperwork when you collect the vehicle, its that simple!


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How much does it cost to Hire a Van or Car for a day? 

There is a basic rate set for a 24 hour hire period which includes Breakdown cover, Insurance and VAT, however further discounts are available for longer hire periods.




(5dr KIA SOUL)

£55 £100 £225
SUV Car Five door (Peugeot 2008) £60 £110


MWB Transit custom van £85 £150 £335



£95 £170 £380
Low loading Luton/Box Van £105 £190 £425



Van hire, Bath and Bristol

Phone: 01761 416465 01761 416465


Q - Must i pick the vehicle up at a specific time?

A - We aim to keep the vehicles going out at 8.30am in 24hr windows, however we understand that you may want to set off sooner or later in the day so we are flexible.


Q - If i book and pay for a Van, can i change the date in the event that my moving date changes? 

A - YES, and there is no rebooking fee! we do ask that you give us as much notice as possible, however we do understand this date can change on the morning of a move.


Q - Can i leave my car at your site when i collect a vehicle?

A - YES you can leave your own vehicle in our yard, however it is left at your own discretion.


Q - Can i drop a vehicle back to you outside of working hours?

A - YES you can bring the vehicle back and fourth throughout the hire period, please be aware that you are held responsible for the vehicle throughout the time stated on the hire agreement.


Q - Is there a mileage limit?

A - There is NO mileage limit on any of our vehicles, NO hidden fair usage charges.


Q - What happens if the hire vehicle breaks down?

A - All vehicles come with comprehensive AA nationwide breakdown recovery,  please contact us and the relevent breakdown recovery as soon as possible, Do not attempt to drive the vehicle.


Q - Can i add another driver to the hire?

A - Yes you can add one other driver at no extra charge, however we will need to see them at the time of the hire along with all the relevent paperwork.


Q - What about deposits and insurance excess?

A - There is NO deposit held by us at the time of hire, we use a pre authorisation style policy where we check that in the event of any damage occuring to the vehicle that subsequent funds are available within your account. In the event of damage, the hirer will be called upon to contribute the first £1000 towards the repairs. Excess protection is an optional extra that allows the hirer to reduce the excess reasonability to £250. The Insurance reduction does NOT cover damage to Wing Mirrors, tyres, above cab height or damage sustained through contact with stationery objects for example, contact with a parked car or wall/gate post. 


Q - How much is the Excess Protection?

A - The optional excess reduction is as follows, 24 hr - £12 inc vat, weekend - £18 inc vat and weekly - £30 inc vat, made payable at the time of hire.


Q - What paperwork do i need bring with me?

A - We will need to see your driving license, National Insurance number or the DRIVING LICENCE SHARE CODE along with proof of address.


Q - What about fuel?

A - We run all our vehicles from empty to empty. So we ask that you only fill up to the amount of fuel required by yourself for the period of hire.


Q - What happens if i want to cancel my booking or terminate the hire contract early?

A - Cancellation over 48 hrs before the start of the hire period will incur a 50 % cancellation fee. If the Hire contract is cancelled less than 48 hrs before the start period, the customer will forfeit the full cost of the hire period. 


If you are within the Agreed Hire period and wish to return the vehicle early then there will be an early termination fee that will be the total hire charge for the period.


Central Hire reserves the right to calculate a fee on a case-by-case basis by taking into consideration the length of the contract. All terminations of contracts will need to be in written form, either by letter or email. 


(Short and long term hire available)


Call us on  01761 416465 01761 416465


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Midsomer Norton

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Peasedown St John




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Central Garage (Paulton) Ltd

Ham Lane



BS39 7PL


Tel: 01761 416465 01761 416465

Tel: 01761 413374


Opening times

Monday                8am-5.30pm

Tuesday               8am-5.30pm

Wednesday          8am-5.30pm

Thursday              8am-5.30pm

Friday                   8am-5.30pm

Saturday                   Closed

Sunday                     Closed


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