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Keen to get a cheap car rental but don't know how and what to expect? This beginner's guide to car rental services in Singapore is all you need.
Category: Miscellaneous Advice
We get it, Singapore's public transportation system is excellent (when there are no breakdowns), but it's not always convenient. So, here's where car sharing options and authorised car rental services come in handy.
To ensure that your first car rental journey is a smooth one, make a checklist of these five steps:
- Choosing the preferred company and vehicle
- Registering and making the deposit
- Committing to a package
- Collecting your vehicle
- Returning the vehicle
Choosing the preferred company and vehicle
Here are some considerations to assist you in your decision-making process:
How old are you, and what's your driving experience?
If you're below 23-years old with less than two years of driving experience, your options are limited. Car rental companies like Tribecar will only let new drivers rent its car for an additional security deposit and surcharge on bookings.
It's not the end of the world for fresh drivers though. Here are other car rental companies that offer affordable services for P-plate drivers.
What is the average time your trips would take?
Car rental rates vary by the minutes, by the hour, by the day or by the week. Select one that best suits your intended driving duration. Since every car rental company has its cut off time for the various off-peak, super-off peak and peak hours, be sure to stick to them, or you'll be paying for more than you planned for.
What type of vehicle do you need?
If you're on a budget and any car will do, opt for the super saver car rental options. Alternatively, you can upgrade your car to something more comfortable and family-friendly. For special events and more fanciful vehicles, look out for car rental companies that specialise in bridal car rentals and luxury car rentals.
Are you willing to spend on fuel?
If no, then opt for electrical car rentals. There's no tank to fill, so you don't have to factor in fuel prices. Plug the vehicle up for charging, and you're good to go.
If yes, then you must ensure that you fill up the tanks before returning the rental car, or you'll incur a surcharge (rates vary).
For a good gauge on how much you'll need to spend on fuel, check out the latest fuel prices of 2020.