Whether it’s for convenience, privacy, or just because we want to travel in style, there are many reasons to want to drive a car of our own. However, it’s no secret that buying a car can be expensive (or not!) and we might want to save up these funds for a rainy day.
This is why more and more Singaporeans are turning to car rentals to have the best of both worlds.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all hard, with the unemployment rate skyrocketing within the first quarter of 2020. As a result, many Singaporeans are turning to jobs within the food delivery and private transportation industries to tide them over.
Renting a car provides those of us who have lost our rice bowls with the ability to find jobs within these industries, without the commitment and monetary expense of buying a car.
Also, renting gives us the chance to experience driving a certain car before we make a decision. After all, a car is a big investment, and we all want to make sure that our car is just right for us!
What if I still want to buy a car?
At UCARS, we are committed to assisting you through your entire car-buying journey. With our user-friendly website offering tools such as a loan calculator to help you make the best decision, we’re confident in our ability to land you your dream car.
Considering renting a car? Here are the Top 6 Car Rental Companies in Singapore we have picked out for you based on affordability, reliability, and customer service.
1. ETHOZ Automotive Leasing
With 40 years of extensive experience since 1981, ETHOZ provides a comprehensive range of Automotive Solutions in Singapore. At ETHOZ, their Automotive unit is a trusted one-stop centre for both corporate clients and individual customers.
ETHOZ provides vehicle rental for both Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles. The experienced team at ETHOZ is well equipped to advise and customise rental packages tailored to your needs and budget. Their vehicle rental services are supported by 24/7 breakdown assistance and their very own in-house workshop, with a team of experienced mechanics. For affordable car rental with reliable aftersales service, ETHOZ is one of the top choices in Singapore.
ETHOZ also supports the government in providing MICE chauffeured service for dignitaries. In partnership with several insurance companies such as AXA Insurance and Sompo Insurance, they are also an authorised Accident Reporting & Claims Centre. With decades of experience servicing their own fleet, they have recently extended their Car Servicing to individual customers, specialising in Mercedes Benz Servicing at the moment.
2. Lion City Rentals
The recently revamped Lion City Rentals is known for leasing vehicles to private hire vehicle drivers, having previously been owned by Uber.
As a current Grab Fleet Partner, Lion City Rentals is the perfect choice for Singaporeans looking to venture into private hire vehicle careers, as they receive Grab Relief Shield benefits when renting from them.
The company prides itself in its large rental fleet (the largest in Singapore!), full service and repair services, as well as affordable and flexible lease plans.
3. MyCar Rental
MyCar Rental boasts over 15 years of business, both short and long-term leasing options, as well as a “Full-Service Leasing Programme”.
Popular with corporate customers and expatriates, this programme allows customers to use a car or a fleet of vehicles for a period of time at a set rate which covers most costs associated with car ownership.
On top of that, customers swear by their impeccable customer service, and they even offer hybrid and electric vehicles!
4. Ace Drive Car Rental
Image source: Ace Drive Car Rental via FacebookTrue to its name, Ace Drive Car Rental is truly an ace among car rental companies. With prestigious awards such as Singapore Tatler’s Best Car Rental Company Award for both 2013 and 2014 under their belt, this company is as prestigious as the many luxury cars in its fleet.
Friendly and efficient service, top-condition vehicles and a fuss-free rental process are just a few of the things customers love about Ace Drive Car Rental.
This company is a popular choice for wedding car rental, boasting an impressive selection of gorgeous cars perfect for anyone’s special day.
5. Alpine Car Rental
Image source: Alpine Car Rental on Facebook
Alpine Car Rental has built a great reputation among its loyal base of customers for their fast and efficient service, as well as their affordable prices.
Offering Singapore’s first zero down payment, zero deposit car subscription plan, 24-hour emergency assistance, and door-to-door service. Alpine Car Rental is at the forefront of convenience and reliability among local car rental companies.
Alpine Car Rental also offers chauffeur driver services, with a well-maintained fleet of luxury vehicles at your fingertips..
6. Prime Limo
Prime Limo hails from an award-winning group of companies with over 40 years in the automotive industry.
This well-respected company offers competitive rates, flexible long and short-term packages, as well as an in-house workshop that operates daily until 3am to minimise turnaround time.
Additionally, Prime Limo’s vehicles can be driven to Malaysia, perfect for those considering a road trip.
What should I consider before renting a car?
Before you decide to rent a car, however, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
- Age: Most car rental companies in Singapore require you to be between the ages of 21-65 years old. However, there are a few companies that allow those below 21 years of age to rent cars.
- P-Plate drivers: Probation drivers, those who have had their driver’s license for less than one year, may be turned away by most car rental companies due to the increased risk of damages. Those who do lease to P-plate drivers may charge additional costs as a result.
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- Expatriate status: If you are an expatriate in Singapore, you need to produce a driver’s license provided by your country that is officially translated to English, or an International Driving Permit (IDP) approved by authorized bodies such as the Automobile Association (AA). With this, you can drive for one year in Singapore. If you’d like to drive for longer than a year, you will need to convert your foreign license to a local one.
We hope that this article has helped you decide whether you’d like to rent a car! For more about car rentals, be sure to check out our other articles.
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Good luck and happy renting!