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.

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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!


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Car Rental Guide For The Holiday

Car Rental Guide For The Holiday

Planning to rent a car this holiday? Here are some car rental tips for the holiday

1. Book Your Vehicle Early

During peak periods, car rental prices will increase due to additional surcharge. The surcharge amount is usually an additional $100 on top your rental fees. To avoid these charges, you should always try to book your vehicle early.

2. Compare Rental Prices

There are so many car rental companies in Singapore. As such, prices for similar car models tend to differ between companies. It can be a daunting task if you were to manually call each company to get the best deal. This is where Drive.SG can help. Drive.SG allows you to easily compare prices for the same car on a single page so that you can get the best deals easily.

3. Keep An Eye Out For Promotion

As we are approaching the year end, car rental companies have begun promoting their Christmas and New Year packages. At Drive.SG, we help you keep a lookout by working with our rental partners to get the best prices. On top of that, Drive.SG is offering additional discounts for early bird rentals. Be sure to visit our Year-End Promotion Page and be notified for any discounts / offers.

Drive.SG will be having a special year-end promotion this holiday season. Book your vehicle on Drive.SG before 30 Nov 2018 and enjoy $0 rental surcharge. In addition, if you book your vehicle by 18 Nov 2018, you get an extra $5 off your daily rental fee ( minimum of $240 rental fee applies ).

So head over to our Year-End Promotion Page and book your year-end ride now to enjoy all the savings!

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Petrol Car VS Diesel Car

Petrol Car VS Diesel Car

The Similarity

The diesel and petrol engines that are used in most cars are highly similar. In essence, they are internal combustion engines that usually works using a 4-strokes cycle. In an internal combustion engine, the power cycle is made up of four phases: intake, compression, power and exhaust; thus it is called the 4-strokes cycle

1st Stroke: Intake Phase

During the intake phase, air is drawn into cylinder through the opening intake valve. This is cause by the vacuum that was created when the piston is drawn downwards.

2nd Stroke: Compression Phase

Next is the compression phase. During this phase, intake valve closes and the piston is drawn up, compressing the air with fuel.

3rd Stroke: Power Phase

At this point, the compressed mixture of fuel and air is ignited to cause an explosion. It is this explosion that causes the piston to be pushed downwards and drive the crankshaft to produce motion.

4th Stroke: Exhaust Phase

During this final phase, the exhaust valve will be opened and when the piston is being drawn up, it pushes the spent air-fuel mixture out of the cylinder through the exhaust valve, allowing a new cycle to begin.

The Differences

The main difference between diesel and petrol engines is that petrol engines usually use spark plugs to ignite the air-fuel mixture, while diesel engines rely solely on heavily compressed air. The temperature of the compressed air could be made to increase high enough to ignite the diesel fuel if the air is being compressed heavily enough.

Petrol Engine

Diesel Engine


Diesel is also considerably cheaper than petrol. However, this comes with a drawback. Diesel engines emit more noxious gases and CO2 per litre of fuel used than petrol-powered cars. Diesel engines also require more raw materials and money to manufacture as well.

This October help save the environment from the noxious fumes of diesel and save your wallet from the cost of the petrol. Book one of our selected cars and you can receive a $10 petrol voucher for every 2 days of bookings.

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4 New Attractions In Good Old Malaysia

4 New Attractions In Good Old Malaysia

New Viewing Tower at Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands
Located in Malaysia at western Pahang, Cameron Highlands is a beautiful place filled with tons of things to enjoy. From farms and tea plantations to temples and museum. Climb up the newly built viewing tower in the Mossy Forest and enjoy the view of the endless greenary. Cameron Highlands is the perfect destination for you and your family to visit for this school holiday.

The Gravityz at Penang
Penang has plenty of beautiful attractions that you should visit with your family during this school holiday. Enjoy the view from the top of Penang Hill, spend a few hours at Escape Adventureland Penang or visit the Penang War Museum. You can also visit the recently opened rope course challenge called The Gravityz. Opened in February 2018, this might be the world highest rope course at at a height of 239 metres from the ground.

South East Asia 1st VR Roller-coaster at Legoland
Malaysia's 1st international theme park is located in Johor Bahru, just across the causeway from Singapore. Home to the first VR roller-coaster in South-east Asia. Prepare to embark on the wildest LEGO ride as you put on the VR headsets, you will enjoy the action from every direction.

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark at Desaru
Opened in July 2018, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark features more than a dozen rides including one of the biggest wave pool in the world. From the most thrilling roller-coaster to the relaxing lazy river. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

You can visit all these places from just $90 per trip with Drive.SG Chauffeur Service. Book a chauffeur to pick you up and get you to your destination with ease.


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