How to Avoid Car Rental Scams

Car rental scams is on rise. According to SPF, victims of car rental scams had lost at least around $25,000 between January 2019 and November 2019.

So we are here to tell you about how can you identify and avoid being a victim of a car rental scam.

1)     Avoid car rental ads using generic photos & is unable to show a photo of the actual car

All car rental company should be able to easily produce a photo of the actual car if you asked for it since the car will be parked at their premises when it is not being rented out.

If the company refuse to show you the photo of the car or only show you stock images when you asked for it, it is a huge warning sign that it could be a scam.

 

2)     Beware of rental cars with unusually low prices

Owning a car in Singapore is not a cheap task. That goes the same for car rental companies. Every car has an upkeep cost and nobody would run a business that doesn’t earn any money. So if you spot a car that is much cheaper than expected (eg, a 7 years old sedan at $30/day or a brand new sedan at $50/day), do be careful as that is another warning sign

 

3)     Beware of rental company with no reviews

Singaporeans like to complaint & give their feedback regardless if the experience is a positive or negative. So if you have a hard time finding reviews for a particular company, do be careful as the company might not really exist.

 

A company with 5 1-stars review is still more trustworthy than a company with 0 reviews.


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Get Best deals on Chinese New Year goods

Get Best deals on  Chinese New Year goods

Chinese new year shopping can get a little crazy during this time of year. There are so many things that need to be bought: from new pyjamas and clothes, to snacks and mandarin oranges. As a bargain hunter, where do people go to get the best or even cheapest deals in Singapore? 

Here, Drive.SG would like to help you with these little tips:

1. Head to Malaysia

Get your clothes at the cheapest price possible by shopping at the Factory Outlet Store (F.O.S.) in Malaysia. Drive a car into Johor Bahru and head for the nearest shopping mall. How about shopping at the KOMTAR JBCC? Or JOHOR BAHRU CITY SQUARE, conveniently located about half an hour from Singapore?

If you want something on the nicer end of things, drive to JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLET (JPO) where you can shop from renown brands at a cheaper rate (the exchange rate is now SGD1: RM3.06!) 

Take note: DON’T go on a weekend! You will not want to get caught in the traffic jam coming back to Singapore.

2. Industrial estates - Food factories

Looking to buy Chinese new year snacks real cheap? Did you know that industrial estates have companies selling directly from out of their warehouses at cheaper rates? Get your Chinese new year goodies in bulk from these warehouses if you want to spend less for more. The most popular spot in recent years would be the Woodlands industrial estate. The roads along WOODLANDS TERRACE and WOODLANDS LINK houses many food factories where you can get your CNY snacks at discounted prices.

You can get the ever popular Chinese New Year staple, Bak Kwa, at a discounted price! Just look at these mouthwatering CNY goodies! 

Do note that not all food factories are open for retail, but just keep a lookout for those that do.

As the Woodlands industrial estate is quite out-of-the-way for people who do not live in the north (there is only one bus servicing the area!), we suggest driving a car in. You can store all your “groceries” in the boot and go back for more!

3. Chinatown Singapore

Last but definitely not least, we suggest having some patience. Why? We’ve always known that Chinatown provides the greatest deals on Chinese new year goods in Singapore, but did you know that it gets more discounted the NEARER it is to Chinese New Year Day? If you’re willing to brave the crowd in Chinatown, the last few days before Chinese new year’s eve would be the optimal time to give Chinatown a visit for those CNY goodies like mandarin oranges and pussy willows (that flower you buy for Chinese new year).


Travelling to all these places requires some form of transport. For those who do not own a car, it is not advisable to try squeezing in the buses back from Malaysia carrying bags of your shopping haul (what if you end up having to stand the whole way?)

Why not rent a car with us during this CNY period to do all your shopping? With 7-days packages as long as $688, there is something for everyone!

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Chinese New Year 2020 Car Rental Guide

Chinese New Year 2020 Car Rental Guide

The guide has been updated for Chinese New Year 2020. Check out Chinese New Year 2020 Car Rental Guide below!

It’s that time of the year again in Singapore where everyone of Chinese ethnicity prepares for the New Year and heads home to celebrate with their families.

If you’re looking to rent a car to head home to go on a holiday, here’s a quick primer on what you need to know about renting with us during the Chinese New Year period.

Quick Background on Car Rentals during Chinese New Year

As everyone heads home to visit their relatives and friends, there will be an influx of people heading to Malaysia or visiting in Singapore with their families.

That typically means two things when it comes to getting around during the Chinese New Year period if you don’t own a car.

  • First, it’s hard to use public transportation or get a cab during this period as well, many drivers and taxis are also doing their own visitations. On top of that, the frustration of getting transport is compounded if you are making multiple trips usually.

  • Second, the demand for rental cars during this period will be at an all time high for this period. Many peolpe will be looking to to avoid public transportation to transport their family.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of the top questions that we have receied from our customer.

Q1. Why are they all 5-7 day packages? Are there any 1 day rentals?

Majority of the Car Rental companies in Singapore sell 5-7 day packages as these packages help to cover manpower constraints. This will give their own staff to do their own visitations. As a result, they will not be operating during the festive period.
It’s rare to find a single day rental company that is open on Chinese New Year. There may be unlicensed private rentals but we advise against it due to a couple of reasons.

  • Unclear service agreements - It's fine when nothing goes wrong but it is unclear who is liable and what damages are to be paid if something does. Being unclear on what you've agreed on also leaves it to interpretation and they may hold it against you.
  • Insurance coverage - The risks of accidents and costs of repairs should already be calculated and accounted for as a business risk for all legitimate car rental companies. Hence, insurance helps them to mitigate the risks. Private rentals may not have the required insurance and it's also unclear how much damage would you be liable for.

Q2. Why are prices so high? Why is there a surcharge compared to normal days?

  • Packages from car rental companies are sold in 5-7 day packages, increasing the total cost.

  • Demand during the period is overwhelming hence all car rental companies increase their prices during these periods. Eg. Peak Hour Surcharges in Taxis.

Click here to view Chinese New Year Cars in One Page 

Car Rental Tips Renting During Chinese New Year

Tip #1 Book Early

Booking Early means a wider variety of car models at all price points. More popular models or cheaper packages tend to get snapped up early.

Drive.SG early-bird discount is now live! Be the 1st 10 Customers and get up to $48 off your rental!

Tip #2 Ensure you’re clear on what you’re renting 

On top of the confounding complexity for first time rentals, there are also additional considerations when it comes to Chinese New Year. Here’s what you should specifically look out for especially when renting during Chinese New Year.

  • Car Specifics

    • Does it cater to Probation Drivers? Does it allow Malaysia Entry?

    • Due to insurance reasons, some rental companies do not rent out to probation drivers or allow Malaysia Entry. Eg. Probation drivers are considered at a higher risk of accident, hence increasing the cost of insurance.
  • Package Dates

    • While majority of Companies only do week long packages, there are slight variations in their dates, usually a difference of one or two dates.

    • Be clear on what type of package dates are available. Eg. 22nd Jan to 29th Jan 2020 or 24th Jan to 31st Jan 2020

  • Package Prices

    • The prices quoted would be based on a list that these companies should publish publicly. Always ask for the list, it’s usually priced based on car categories of that car rental partner.

    • Prices vary from partner to partner but usually are upwards of $788 for a base class sedan.

Tip #3 Be Clear on Additional Surcharges

  • Heading to Malaysia? Need a child seat? Having a second driver?

  • Be aware that these add ons are typically not included for most rentals and are payable on collection of the car (that way you can still change your mind if you decided not to go to Malaysia)

  • Premium partners may include some add-ons. eg. Second Driver but it's still a good practice to factor them when evaluating the different cars.

 

There are over 100 Car Rental Companies in Singapore, to call every car rental company on the models and rates available to make a full comparison is hard.

Of course, you can find most of these information consolidated on one website at Drive.SG’s Chinese New Year’s page, that would make it easier for you to decide which cars you’re looking to book.

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Car Rental Guide For Chinese New Year 2019

Car Rental Guide For Chinese New Year 2019

The guide has been updated for Chinese New Year 2019. Check out Chinese New Year 2019 Car Rental Guide below!

It’s that time of the year again in Singapore where everyone of Chinese ethnicity prepares for the New Year and heads home to celebrate with their families.

If you’re looking to rent a car to head home to go on a holiday, here’s a quick primer on what you need to know about renting with us during the Chinese New Year period.

Quick Background on Car Rentals during Chinese New Year

As everyone heads home to visit their relatives and friends, there will be an influx of people heading to Malaysia or visiting in Singapore with their families.

That typically means two things when it comes to getting around during the Chinese New Year period if you don’t own a car.

  • First, it’s hard to use public transportation or get a cab during this period as well, many drivers and taxis are also doing their own visitations. On top of that, the frustration of getting transport is compounded if you are making multiple trips usually.

  • Second, the demand for rental cars during this period will be at an all time high for this period. Many peolpe will be looking to to avoid public transportation to transport their family.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of the top questions that we have receied from our customer.

Q1. Why are they all 5-7 day packages? Are there any 1 day rentals?

Majority of the Car Rental companies in Singapore sell 5-7 day packages as these packages help to cover manpower constraints. This will give their own staff to do their own visitations. As a result, they will not be operating during the festive period.
It’s rare to find a single day rental company that is open on Chinese New Year. There may be unlicensed private rentals but we advise against it due to a couple of reasons.

  • Unclear service agreements - It's fine when nothing goes wrong but it is unclear who is liable and what damages are to be paid if something does. Being unclear on what you've agreed on also leaves it to interpretation and they may hold it against you.
  • Insurance coverage - The risks of accidents and costs of repairs should already be calculated and accounted for as a business risk for all legitimate car rental companies. Hence, insurance helps them to mitigate the risks. Private rentals may not have the required insurance and it's also unclear how much damage would you be liable for.

Q2. Why are prices so high? Why is there a surcharge compared to normal days?

  • Packages from car rental companies are sold in 5-7 day packages, increasing the total cost.

  • Demand during the period is overwhelming hence all car rental companies increase their prices during these periods. Eg. Peak Hour Surcharges in Taxis.

Click here to view Chinese New Year Cars in One Page 

Car Rental Tips Renting During Chinese New Year

Tip #1 Book Early

Booking Early means a wider variety of car models at all price points. More popular models or cheaper packages tend to get snapped up early.

Tip #2 Ensure you’re clear on what you’re renting 

On top of the confounding complexity for first time rentals, there are also additional considerations when it comes to Chinese New Year. Here’s what you should specifically look out for especially when renting during Chinese New Year.

  • Car Specifics

    • Does it cater to Probation Drivers? Does it allow Malaysia Entry?

    • Due to insurance reasons, some rental companies do not rent out to probation drivers or allow Malaysia Entry. Eg. Probation drivers are considered at a higher risk of accident, hence increasing the cost of insurance.
  • Package Dates

    • While majority of Companies only do week long packages, there are slight variations in their dates, usually a difference of one or two dates.

    • Be clear on what type of package dates are available. Eg. 1st Feb to 8th Feb 2019 or 4th Feb to 11th Feb 2019

  • Package Prices

    • The prices quoted would be based on a list that these companies should publish publicly. Always ask for the list, it’s usually priced based on car categories of that car rental partner.

    • Prices vary from partner to partner but usually are upwards of $788 for a base class sedan.

Tip #3 Be Clear on Additional Surcharges

  • Heading to Malaysia? Need a child seat? Having a second driver?

  • Be aware that these add ons are typically not included for most rentals and are payable on collection of the car (that way you can still change your mind if you decided not to go to Malaysia)

  • Premium partners may include some add-ons. eg. Second Driver but it's still a good practice to factor them when evaluating the different cars.

 

There are over 100 Car Rental Companies in Singapore, to call every car rental company on the models and rates available to make a full comparison is hard.

Of course, you can find most of these information consolidated on one website at Drive.SG’s Chinese New Year’s page, that would make it easier for you to decide which cars you’re looking to book.

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Drive.SG x LCR

Drive.SG x LCR

Drive.SG is partnering up with LCR to give you the best deals! 

If you are looking for a long-term package with the best value, fill in your details by click on the link below and we will get back to the best long-term packages!

 

What are you waiting for? Get your preferred rental cars now!

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