According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore, there were 29,369 rental cars by the end of 2015. There are now far more thanks to the likes of Uber and GrabCar.
Many instances may necessitate renting a car in Singapore. Your friend may be visiting and you need to drive him around to have a taste of the vibrant city life. You need to drive around to meet customers. You need to transport your family around during the festive season. Or you want to drive up West Malaysia for a bit of sightseeing.
All these activities require you to move around and how better to do it than with a rented car. You will save time and enjoy your privacy in a rented car. Taxis may not provide the same level of convenience as a rented vehicle.
So you have decided that you need your own set of wheels for the next few days or weeks. The following handy tips will help you save money on vehicle renting.
Some websites allow you to compare the best rental car deals available by airport or city pick-up points. When you compare offers provided by different companies in Singapore you will be able to identify average prices for each type of a car. A few minutes of research can save you money on your car rental.
Do not rent at the airport
Renting a car at airports in Singapore may look convenient at first, but due to the high taxes and fees charged to vehicle renting companies to allow them set up shop in these airports there rental services are exorbitant because they need to recover in rents, parking and staffing. Avoiding airport car rental can save you up to 40% on your car rental.
Consider the time and weekly rates
In Singapore, peak periods for rental cars are typically in the festive periods (Hari Raya Puasa, Christmas, Chinese New Year) and also weekends and holidays that are on a Friday or Monday, making it a long weekend. Renting during weekdays may, therefore, prove cheaper than weekends or holidays. Check out for special offers and remember that daily rates may be more expensive than weekly rental rates.
Fill up the tank prior to returning your car
Ensure to top up the gas tank before returning your car to avoid extra charges. Most car leasing agencies simply charge the market rate, but some charge you for extras that may be up to 2 to 3 times price of a full tank regardless of the amount of petrol in the tank. Top up with the lowest grade of petrol to save that extra dollar.
Last but not least, inspect your car for any damage before taking possession of it. It is strongly recommended that you take pictures and insist the rental company staff acknowledge defects in the paperwork. Call the rental company to ask if it is cheaper to pay late fees or extend your rental if you delay returning the car. Check for charges tied to Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), GPS and add-ons. If you bring your own GPS device or other equipment you may actually save quite a bundle. Visit http://www.gal.com.sg/ for pocket-friendly and professional car rental services.