Carsharing in Singapore: What you need to know
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Buying and owning a car in Singapore may be one of the most financially strenuous decisions one can make, especially with the prices of COE. 😱
Over the years, the option of carsharing has been becoming more widespread and recognised, as anyone can enjoy the freedom to drive without the financial commitment of car ownership! 🚙 💨
So what exactly is carsharing?
It’s actually as simple as it sounds. Users book cars provided by a carsharing platform for their daily transportation needs. Because the cars are spread across the country, users can easily find a car near them and drive to their heart’s content! 😆
How carsharing works
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The most attractive aspect of carsharing: flexibility. Start your trip at any time of the day or night, according to your own schedule. Book a car near you via a carsharing platform’s website or app, locate the car you’ve booked and hop in! Just like that, you’re on your way.
(Psst… Check out the GetGo app to find a car near you! 🙌)
If the platform you used is a Point A-to-B service, you can end the trip at any designated lot near your destination. If you’re using a Point A-to-A service like GetGo, simply return the car back to its original lot where you found it. 🤩
Is it really cheaper than owning a car?
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Most carsharing platforms charge by time or mileage. This means that you’re essentially only paying for the time behind the wheel and distance travelled. On top of that, you’ll never have to worry about maintaining the car, paying for fuel or insurance – everything is usually covered by the carsharing platform.
So yes, not only is carsharing more cost-efficient than owning a car, you also get a peace of mind knowing that we’re taking care of everything else for you! 💪
When can I use carsharing?
Any time you want, really. Since the cars are unlocked by the users themselves, carsharing services are available 24/7, rain or shine! 🌦
Whether you’re going for a midnight grocery run, late night supper with friends or an impromptu cafe hopping date, the cars are ready for you to take out for a spin whenever, wherever.
Can I use carsharing cars as a Private Hire Vehicle (PHV)?
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As carsharing allows you to book a car for any period of time, some carsharing platforms allow PHV drivers to use their cars for jobs.
However, due to the higher frequency of passengers, cars are subjected to more wear and tear – which will affect the experience of other users of the carsharing platform. As the cars are exposed to more people when being used as PHV, users will have to take additional care with their hygiene and cleanliness, especially with the current unpredictable situation of COVID-19.
Users of carsharing platforms that do not provide their cars for PHV drivers usually utilise the cars more for leisure and as a mode of transportation.
Here at GetGo, our cars are not eligible for PHV – this allows us to provide a higher standard of hygiene and maintenance, as well as availability for GetGoers to experience the #FreedomtoDrive! ✨
Carsharing is a collaborative effort, so do spare a thought for the next user and treat the car like you would treat your own. All you have to do is clean up after yourself and drive responsibly! 😌
Remember to check and take all your personal belongings before ending your booking.
Anything else I need to know?
If it’s your first time carsharing, do keep in mind that you’ll have to decide in advance how long you need the car, as returning the car late may affect other users’ bookings and result in a late-return fee.
You’ll also want to plan out your route beforehand in order to get the most out of your mileage (applicable for carsharing platforms that charge by mileage).
Lastly, do your research on the different carsharing platforms available in Singapore. There are lots of options out there, so you can find a service that best suits your needs.
Why use GetGo?
At GetGo, we strive to provide everyone (above 19, with one year of driving experience or above 25, with no driving experience required) with the #FreedomToDrive. This means that the entire process is hassle-free: from the sign up process, to booking a car and to the drive itself.
- Registering with GetGo is easy and takes less than 5 minutes with MyInfo.
- We take care of the insurance, maintenance and even petrol – just pay for only the time and mileage used.
- With GetGo, you don’t have to worry about parking a deposit or any pesky membership fees – simply #PayAsYouGo!
We also have a cheat sheet that serves as a good guide for first-time users. 😉
Now that you’re equipped with all the information you need, take the first step into the world of carsharing today! 🚙💨
Download GetGo to rent a car from $3/hour and use code GET50OFF to get 50% off* (capped at $8) your first drive.
* Code is only valid for the first booking. Other T&Cs apply.
Happy Carsharing, GetGoers!