Guide to Car Rentals in Singapore

Car rentals in Singapore are a very common service provided by many different companies. You can find them everywhere from Facebook, Instagram, newspapers and even online ads. Here in Singapore, home to the most expensive car prices in the world, where car ownership can cost and arm and a leg - car rentals are increasingly popular with consumers as you only pay for what you use. Plus, you don’t have the added burden of thinking about car maintenance , road tax etc. It’s ideal for those who don’t need to drive often.

Despite its popularity, not everyone is familiar with renting a car. And we understand entirely - that renting a car may be a new experience for a lot of people. You never had a need to rent a car up till now, and we constantly get questions from new customers on the process of renting, hidden charges, and other matters such as insurance. 

FYI, we absolutely hate the practice of having hidden fees and charges. With SG Hired Cars, you know exactly how much your car costs before you book 😎

So, your first time renting a car can be quite confusing and intimidating. So here’s our guide to help you rent a car with a clearer peace of mind. 

1. What do you need the car for?

Firstly, you’ll have to establish what you need the car for. Do you need something practical to bring the family for a fun weekend drive up to Malaysia? If so, then a Toyota Vellfire/Alphard will be the perfect choice. 

Or perhaps you are getting married and are renting a car for your big day. If so, you’ll probably be looking at renting a wedding car, which is luxurious and comes in 2 choices : self drive or chauffeured. 

You can check out our list of self drive wedding cars here, or our list of wedding cars with driver to help you make an informed decision 😅

For about 23k SGD monthly, you can rent a Lamborghini Aventador

For about 23k SGD monthly, you can rent a Lamborghini Aventador

2. Understanding car rental jargon

In every industry - there are jargons used by insiders to simplify communication. Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with such terms - so we have listed down some common ones with regards to car rentals so you’ll know what they mean : 

  • Self Drive - you rent a car and drive it yourself (most common type of car rental in singapore)

  • Chauffeured - you rent a car with a driver. Which means you can lepak in the back seat while the driver drives you around (commonly used for airport transfers, corporates, weddings and for businessmen)

  • Insurance excess - In the event of an accident, this is how much you are required to fork out before the rest of the claims are paid by the insurance company. This is an important amount to take note of, as you’ll have to pay this amount if you are involved in an accident. Typically, this amount is $3,000, but it also depends on the car make and model.

  • CDW - Also known as Collision Damage Wavier. You can pay an additional small amount to reduce the excess amount that you pay above. For example, you can pay $200 more to reduce your insurance excess from $3000 to $2000. this is also dependent on the car’s make and model.

  • Malaysia surcharge - if you are renting the car and driving it into Malaysia, this surcharge may apply since the rental company is taking on more risk by letting you drive the car into Malaysia. The surcharge can be as low as $30 per day, to as high as $100 per day, depending on the car’s make and model.

  • Deposit - this deposit is required to book the car. The reason for this is simple - car rental companies want to weed out serious customers from those who are just playing around. For us, we require a deposit of 50% of the total rental price to secure the car for you. For example, if you rent an Audi A4 from us at $190 per day, you can put a deposit of $95 to secure the car. On collection day, you can pay the balance of $95 plus any security deposit required. 

  • Security Deposit - Most rental companies require you to put down a security deposit of about $200. This security deposit is refunded to you in full as long as you return the car in the same condition as when it was rented out to you. 

  • Limited Mileage - Some luxury sedans or sports cars can only be driven for a certain number of kilometres each day (for e.g. 200km a day). After that, a per km charge will typically apply. Rest assured, most of our cars do not have a mileage cap 😇

  • Collection & Return timing - The collection and return time of your rental car is usually the same, since rental rates are charged based on 24 hours. So for example, if you are renting a BMW 520i for 3 days and you collected your car at 5pm on Friday, you must return the car on Monday at 5pm or earlier. (No refunds are given for early returns and extra surcharge may apply for late returns). If you fall in love with the car and decide to extend the car rental duration, you can inform us as soon as possible. Extensions are allowed if your extension period does not clash with any other bookings

  • Other add-ons - Add-ons such as car delivery to your location, car collection, additional drivers and child seats are available but do check with us on their availability and relevant charges, if any.

  • Named driver - this is the main person driving the rental car. You can also add on other drivers, if any and they will be known as additional drivers

3. Collection Day

On the day of car collection, do bring along the following : 

  • Your Driving License + additional driver’s driving license 

  • Your Identification Card + additional driver’s IC 

  • Security Deposit (if necessary)

  • Credit/Debit Card (if necessary)

**Important : Inspect the car first before driving off !! Take note of the mileage, petrol level, any dents or scratches on the car, any funny noises etc. While we do our best to maintain our cars, sometimes unforeseen circumstances do happen since the cars are rented out to a variety of customers.

If you detect something unusual, or have any doubts, do inform our friendly staff so they can advise. 

 4. Other important matters

Do remember to book your car early to prevent disappointment. Trying to book a car at the last minute is not a good idea, since there won’t be many cars left.

Lastly, remember to adhere and comply with all driving rules and regulations both in Singapore and Malaysia. Any summons or fines racked up during your rental period will be billed to you, and we hate to be the bearer of bad news. So drive safely and carefully , and we hope you have a good car rental experience !