Long Term Car Leasing

An alternative to worry free car ownership.

Get 100% driving pleasure and 0% hassle when you lease a car in Singapore. Browse available cars for leasing from our wide network of partners in Singapore. It's the smarter way to lease.

New to Car Leasing?

Know more about long term leasing through our quick guide or frequently asked questions.

What is Car Leasing?

When you lease a car, the car is yours to drive and operate - as you would if you were to buy a car. The key differences between the two are the ownership and maintenance of the vehicle.

When you buy a car with cash, you own it. (In Singapore though, most drivers buy a car on a hire-purchase bank scheme. In actuality then, the bank owns it until you pay off the loan!) When it comes to car leasing, the car leasing company owns the car you drive.

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How do I start a search (for a car lease)?

There are more than 135 car rental / leasing companies in Singapore. Each of them offering a wider variety of models and car services that caters to different needs. At Drive.SG, we spend a good deal of time helping businesses and consumers find the perfect car for their needs. Our customers often tell us that car leasing is one of the most difficult and painful decisions they have to make. We usually share this guide with them in hopes that the process can be enjoyable (and not painful)!

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How do I compare offers (or quotations) from different companies?

Compared to buying a car, there are significantly more choices for drivers like you. Even though there are more choices, the car leasing process is actually quite straight forward since the leasing rates usually includes all the necessary expenses that comes maintaining a car.

When comparing offers from our partners, look out for:

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Why should I use Drive.SG?

Drive.SG partners with more than 30 car leasing businesses in Singapore. We provide an unique customer-oriented prospective on car leasing. To begin, click on some of the cars that you would like leasing rates for and we will assign you a leasing specialist (yes a living breathing human being!) to aid you in your search for a lease.

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How do I begin?

All you need to do is to choose a car from our Drive.SG Long Term Leasing Page or fill out a Drive.SG form where you state your budget and preferred Car Type or Car Model and one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives will contact you shortly!

What do I need to know to search for in a car lease?

What's the purpose?
It is important to know the purpose of your car lease. Is it for a company or for your individual needs? If it is for business purposes, then perhaps you would like a mid-sized sedan capable of ferrying clients to and fro destinations.

What's your comfortable budget?
To ask is on your budget. As car leasing is a much longer liability than short-term rentals, you may want to take a look at how much you are willing to pay per month.

The type of car you should get would first have to fit within your purpose and your budget available. Once we ascertain your purpose and budget, we will recommend you the best cars for your leasing needs.

How do I inspect a car before leasing it?

Ensure that the car has no visible marks when you receive the car. Ensure that the boot, the paint, the windows are not in any damage whatsoever. Lastly, check that this is the car that you are leasing based on the age and mileage of the car.

What are my payment options?

You can pay monthly via bank deposits, cash, and receipts or through automated credit card payments.

What do I do when the car has a breakdown or gets damaged?

Breakdowns?
We provide all maintenance services for any breakdown situations. However, as is provided in all our cars, a spare tire and other equipment are available in the boot. If it is currently not within the best time frame, you may wish to replace the tire on your own, or wait for our technicians to arrive to rectify the problem. Tire punctures are considered minor accidents and most car companies will not repair it. You can call the car company for assistance but they may charge a nominal fee or go to a gas station for assistance.

Accidents?
First off, do not panic. Next, call one of our 24-hour operators for advice and action to take next. Do not admit guilt or exchange particulars. Call your leasing company immediately for advice. If there are any injuries, call for an ambulance. Do not move the car or admit guilt.

Declare the damage and the extent of the damage when you return the car and we will follow-up with the course of action from there. Be advised that a portion of your security deposit may be forfeited to maintain the car. You may have to pay for the 'loss of future use of car' because the businesses cannot rent or sell the car you have leased anymore.

Call the respective car leasing companies up for direct assistance at their websites. If all else fails, you can call our 24 hour-service operators at 6655-7701 during office hours or 9673-3344 after office hours for assistance.

If the car is making strange noises?
For your own safety, please stop driving the car and park it in a safe place. Immediately call the leasing company up for assistance. If they do not pick up, call our 24 hour-service operators at 6655-7701 during office hours or 9673-3344 after office hours for assistance.

Terminating a Lease?

The termination clause will be based on our partner's Terms & Conditions. General practices will be, forfeiting the security deposit or maximum value in the remaining period. There are diplomatic clauses which you can choose to return the car after a certain time period of leasing.

About to sign a contract lease?

When signing a lease, always ensure that the model number, license number and configurations are as the car that you have requested for. Also check if there are any defects or damage found in and around the car. Ensure that the handover process is done properly and drive on!

Car Rental - The act of borrowing a car from a company for a period of time.

Car leasing - The act of borrowing a car from a company for a long period of time (typically 6 months or more)

2+1 - Used to measure upfront payment and the security deposit required to lease a car. The first number represents the upfront payment and the second number represents the security deposit required. The numbers usually mean in terms of months.

1+1 - As above.

Security deposit - The amount of money held in hold up when you lease or rent a car. It is returned upon retrieval of the car by the company from you.

Entry to Malaysia - The minimum amount of money that is required for payment before coverage by the insurance. For example, if you have an insurance excess cost of $2000, the insurance company will only cover all costs above $2000. The client pays the initial $2000 or less.

Collision damage waiver (reduces insurance excess) - A type of waiver that reduces Insurance Excesses.

Traveling to Malaysia or Thailand?

Before you travel to Malaysia, you have to make sure that there is insurance coverage by your respective leasing company and ad hoc insurance. Call up your rental company to make sure that these are in place. Since you are unfamiliar with Malaysian roads, please park in well-lit areas and do not stray into dark alleys. Alternatively, you can also inform us of your travel so we may be ready to assist whenever necessary.

Under our car leasing scheme, our insurance coverage only covers a car up to West Malaysia. You are strongly advised not to use the leased car to drive into Thailand. Check for your leasing company's policy on this.

Who is liable for the Fines or the Accidents?

Depending on the offence, you will be receive it within 2 weeks through mail, or 1 week if you check for the records online. Not to worry, the payment grace period starts from the date that you have received the physical mail. If you receive a fine in Malaysia, expect to see the fine about 2 months later.

The person who was driving at the moment of time will be liable for breaking the traffic code. However you may receive additional fines from the partner company if he or she is not the named driver as was signed in the contract.

Do I pay for Road Tax/ Car Insurance/Radio Tax/Maintenance?

No, the cost of leasing the car has already factored in all the required annual taxes for your convenience.

The leasing company will check for your availability for the scheduled maintenance. A replacement car will be provided during the maintenance period.

Why are car prices/leases so much higher than other countries such as Autralia, UK or the USA?

Singapore has in place many different fees in place for cars. Below is a list.

Registration Fees - Basic administrative fees of $140

Goods & Services Tax (7% GST on Excise Duty + OMV) - A form of consumption tax that is imposed based on the value of goods.

Excise Duty (20% of OMV) - Additional form of tax imposed. Like the ARF, the Excise Duty is also calculated based on a % of the OMV of the vehicle

Open Market Value (OMV) - Assessed by the Singapore Customs, OMV takes into account the purchase price, freight, insurance and all other charges incidental to the sale and delivery of the car from the country of manufacture to Singapore. The OMV is not the selling price from the manufacturer to local authorized dealers.

Certificate of Entitlement (COE) - Consists of five categories: Cat A (Cars 1600CC below & Taxi), B (Cars above 1600CC), C (Goods Vehicle & Bus), D (Motorcycles), and E (Open).

Additional Registration Fee (ARF) - 100% of the OMV based on the previous ruling. As of the next COE bidding in March 2013, a new tiered ARF structure will apply. Cars with OMV of up to $20,000 will not be affected but the next $30,000 ($20,001 - $50,000) will be taxed 140% of incremental OMV while cars with an OMV above $50,000 will be taxed 180% of incremental OMV.

Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) - Vehicles with low carbon emissions of less than or equal to 160g/km are entitled to a rebate of $5,000 to $20,000. On the other hand, car owners will be penalized with a surcharge of $5,000 to $20,000 if their vehicle emits carbon more than or equal to 211g/km.

Can I sublet/rent my car to someone else?

No. It is signed under your name and hence no insurance will be provided for someone else. In addition, the leasing company has only agreed to lease the car to you and only you. To loan the car to someone else will most likely incur a penalty from the leasing company. This is especially true for high end sports cars.

Employment Pass(EP) Holder/Permanent Resident (PR)/Traveler. Can I lease or rent a car?

Yes. As long as you are legally allowed to drive in Singapore by way of license, you are allowed to rent a car.