Our History - About Carl's Van Rentals

Carl’s Van Rentals is proud to be celebrating over 30 years of being a family-owned and -operated van rental company in the state of Florida. Starting out as a used car lot just south of downtown Orlando, Florida, Carl’s Van Rentals had only a few vans, but slowly built a local reputation for having the best prices and service in Orlando! Call us at (800) 565-5211 to learn more about our local company.

Carl (yes there is really a Carl!) came up with the idea of opening a van specific rental company when his son’s Little League baseball team qualified to play in a State Championship game. The game wasn’t in Orlando and the entire team needed to go on the trip. After looking all over the Orlando metro area, Carl was unable to find any vehicles that could accommodate over seven people.

Since Carl was operating a used car dealership, he began to stock vans on his lot and in June 1993 started offering the vans for rent. Though there were only three Ford Aerostar vans, it was the start of what is now Carl’s Van Rentals. Since then, we have expanded with locations throughout the state of Florida serving most large metropolitan areas & a majority of Florida’s largest international airports.

Our first location was Orlando in June of 1993. In 2002, Tampa, Florida was the next location followed by Jacksonville in 2008.

Why Choose Carl’s?

Carl’s Van Rentals is one of the largest van-specific auto rental companies in the Southeast. Carrying everything from cargo vans, 7-, 8-, 11-, 12-, and 15-passenger vans, and Mercedes Sprinter vans, Carl’s is sure to have what you need for your travels, whether traveling in Florida or out of state! We also encourage you to check out our loyalty program and other amazing specials!

The thing that sets Carl’s Van Rentals apart from the other rental companies lies in our tagline, “Home of the Guaranteed Reservation.” It’s our motto and a large part of what has made Carl’s successful. Every reservation that we accept is backed with a deposit towards the cost of the rental. Carl’s then guarantees the vehicle booked to ensure that when customers arrive to get their vehicle that it’s just what they expect. Call us today at (800) 565-5211, get your instant quote now, or make a reservation online.