Car Rental Guide For Chinese New Year

Car Rental Guide For Chinese New Year

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.

Drive.SG early-bird discount is now live! Get up to $48 off your rental when you use the voucher code CNY19!

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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Car Rental 101 (Car Model)

Car Rental 101 (Car Model)

 

Sometime it can be hard to differentiate the types of cars and what they can be use for. We have prepared a guide to help have a better idea of how to differentiate the different types of cars and help you to find your perfect car.

1) Sedan

Sedan is the most common passenger car. Usually featuring a large truck and able to sit up to 5 people. A sedan is the most popular vehicle among car renters.

Subaru Impreza
$64/Weekday
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Toyota Altis
$64/Weekday
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2) Hatchback

The main difference between a hatchback and a sedan is the cargo space and the cargo access. A sedan has a trunk and window in the rear where the hood of the trunk is hinged below the window. A hatchback also has cargo space and a rear window, but the trunk lid hinges above the rear window. By folding down the rear seats, the cargo space is nearly tripled of a sedan. This makes it popular vehicle among families or individuals who would like to carry a lot of gears into the vehicle.

Honda Fit
$64/Weekday
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Mazda 2
$64/Weekday
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3) Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

MPV  or more commonly known as the family car, is taller than a Sedan and is more spacious with more legroom for passengers. While the smaller MPV has enough seats for 5 people, the larger MPVs can sit up to 7. So if you are planning an outing with your all your friends or family members, you can't go wrong with a MPV.

Honda Stream
$104/Weekday
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Toyota Wish
$107/Weekday
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4) Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV)

SUV are large types of cars, which looks likes a mini truck compared to the van-like MPV. SUVs are commonly fitted with four doors, high ground clearance, bigger tyres, higher power with high load carrying ability and large legroom. If you are going to be driving on rough textured roads or having a heavy load, a SUV is the car for you.

Toyota Rush
$64/Weekday
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Nissan Dualis
$128/Weekday
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5) Luxury

Luxury car is usually the most stylish and comfortable vehicle out on the road. Sporting higher quality equipments and better performance, if you are looking for a comfortable and stylist fast drive, a luxury car will be the best for you.

Honda Accord
$94/Weekday
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Toyota Camry 2.4
$109/Weekday
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Now that you know how to differentiate the different types of cars. You can now choose the perfect car for yourself. To help you to make a decision, we are having a promotion now. Choose and rent a car from alarge selection of vehicle for just $50 a day.

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What Is Car Leave?

What Is Car Leave?

When you lease a long term vehicle, you will be paying rental everyday even when you are not driving. 

Lease a car from Drive.SG to be entitled annual leave (free rental) so you can enjoy your holiday with a carefree mind when you are not using the vehicle!

 

Step 1. Lease a car from Drive.SG selected car rental

Step 2. Inform our car rental dates you like to take leave and how many days at least 2 weeks in advance.

Step 3. Return the car back to car rental office.

Step 4. Car rental will reimburse your daily rental cost.

 

LEASING CONTRACT

Leasing Duration

Leave entitled / Free rental

1 month leasing

1 day

3 month leasing

3 days

6 month leasing

6 days

12 month leasing

14 days

 

*T&Cs Applies

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Drive.SG's Quick Guide to Renting a Car for Chinese New Year

Drive.SG's Quick Guide to Renting a Car for Chinese New Year

The guide has been updated for Chinese New Year 2017. Check out Chinese New Year 2017 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

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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.

Some Common Questions

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

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

Majority of the Car Rental companies in Singapore sell 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 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 

Tips for 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.

Plus, Drive.SG tend to give earlybird discounts 2 months before Chinese New Year. (Update: Earlybird discounts live now!)

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. 26th Jan to 2nd Feb 2017 or 27th Jan to 3rd Feb 2017

  • 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 $888 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 Terms, Jargon & Terminology Explained

Car Rental Terms, Jargon & Terminology Explained

Part 3 of how to Rent a Car in Singapore

Part 1: Making the booking

1. Background on Renting

2. Finding a car for your needs

3. Choosing a Rental Company

4. Booking the Car

Part 2: Collecting & Returning

5. Collecting the Car

6. Driving

7. Returning

8. Specific Scenarios

Here’s some of the more confusing terms you might probably encounter in the course of you renting a car in Singapore. Worry not, we’ll explain each term so that you’ll know what you’re getting into when it comes to the terms & conditions of renting a car.

Collision Damage Waiver
  • Option for users to lower the insurance excess.
Insurance Coverage
  • 3rd Party Insurance is the bare legal minimum under Singapore Law. It covers damage to others(people and property) in an accident deemed to be your fault. Any damage to the rental car and yourself will be borne by you.
  • Comprehensive Insurance provides the most complete car insurance coverage. It covers damages to others (people and property) and damages to the rental car and your injuries (check with rental agency).
Insurance Excess
  • The maximum amount to which you are liable for when you do get into an accident with the rental car. Any reparation email above this excess is covered by insurance under the terms of the insurance coverage.
Mileage
  • Dictates the travel distance. Not so much of an issue locally but more so when you do head into Malaysia or when driving in big countries. Eg. US, Australia.
Malaysia Surcharge
  • Additional daily cost for driving into Malaysia. This charge typically covers the additional insurance of driving overseas in Malaysia. Most companies charge it, some don’t.
Named Driver
  • The name of the one driving the rental car. Of note because the insurance often only insures the named driver. 2nd drivers might be added.
Petrol Policy
  • The common petrol policy is to return the petrol at the same level as upon collection of the car. Any petrol above or below what was received should be compensated to you in fair amount by the rental company.
Security/Rental Deposit
  • A sum of money held on top of the rental rate to ensure the cost of repair/damages in the case of any damage to the car by the renter during the time of lease. For car rentals, it’s almost always refundable.

Did we miss any terms that you’re looking for OR have an idea how we could improve this article? Let us know in the comments or email us at [email protected]

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