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Car Sharing in Singapore vs Grab/Taxi: Which is Cheaper?

profileJoel Koh

We all know that owning a car in Singapore is outrageously expensive.

Source: SPH

We estimated that to comfortably afford one of the cheapest cars on the market, you will need need a gross monthly income of about $7,511.23.

As such, to say that owning a car is a big financial commitment would be an understatement.

But, if you still want to enjoy the convenience and flexibility of owning a car without the financial commitment of owning one; you can always choose to rent a car in Singapore.

That is still quite the commitment, as you will need to be tied down by a week or month-long contract.

Alternatively, more affordable, flexible and lower commitment options including taking a private hire car (e.g. Grab), a Taxi (e.g. ComfortDelGro) or using car-sharing services.

But which option is more affordable and hassle-free?

Here’s our comparison of Car Sharing in Singapore vs taking Grab or a Taxi!

Information accurate as of 25 June 2021. Do note that car-sharing options, prices and promotions are subject to change without prior notice.


TL;DR: Car Sharing in Singapore vs Taking Grab/Taxi

ServiceWeekday Errand Cost
(8am -11am)
Weekend Errand Cost
(11am - 1pm)
Additional CostsReturnLocations (Islandwide)Promos
Grab$40.60$40.60
Taxi (Comfort DelGro)$42.75$38
Car Sharing
BlueSG
(Basic Plan)
$18.80
(Includes subscription fee)
From $8/month for subscription fees


Point A to B380+First month's membership fee is waived for new customers
Car Club
(Basic Plan: Economy)
$49.20$52.20Point A to A
220+
Car Lite
(Tier 1: Self Pump)
$13.90$25.90Top up amount ($10- $99): $1 fee
Top up amount ($100 - $199): $2 fee
Top up amount ($200 - $299) $3 fee
140+
GetGo (Standard)$37.20$46.20360+
Shariot
(Saver)
$16178+Top up $100 and get $200 in your Shariot wallet
TribeCar
(Super Economy)
$15$21.50525+
WhizzCar
(Whizz-Ezzy)
$55.68$107 registration fee56+New customers get up to $200 off if they sign up with DBS/POSB cards or are a Sembcorp Power Member

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Comparison Methodology

For this comparison, here is our methodology and assumptions.

We will be using this standard scenario and comparing prices for each car-sharing service vs the price of taking Grab or Taxi.

Disclaimer: the numbers and figures here are all based on assumptions and estimations, so feel free to adjust them accordingly to better reflect your situation.

Average Annual Mileage for Private Motor Vehicles in Singapore

According to the latest data from SingStat and the Land Transport Authority, the average annual private vehicle owner in Singapore drives 17,500km a year.

This means that on average, they drive about 48km (17,500/365) a day.

Assuming they take two trips a day, the average journey will be about 24km per trip.

This would mean a trip from Pioneer Place to Raffles Place MRT.

Comparison Scenario

As everyone’s use case is different, we will be calculating a standard scenario for:

  • Weekday (Mon -Fri) Errand: 8am to 11am
  • Weekend (Sat-Sun) Errand: 11am to 2pm

The weekday errand will be run in the morning from 8am to 11am to simulate things like going to sending the kids to school etc.

While the weekend errand will be run in the evening from 11am to 2pm to simulate a lunch outing on the weekend.

For the weekday and weekend errand, we are assuming that you rent the car for three hours and take two 24km trips back and forth while spending the rest of the time running the errand. As you cannot return the car, you will have to pay for the full three hours.

The only exception to this is BlueSG as they are currently the only Point A to B car-sharing provider.

This means that you can rent a BlueSG car take one trip and park somewhere else, go run your errand and go back to the same point to rent another BlueSG vehicle. This will help you save on costs as you are only paying for what you use.

We will then compare it to booking a Grab or a Taxi with two 24km trips back and forth.

As far as possible, we will go for the most economical (read cheapest) option.

Disclaimer: the numbers and figures here are all based on assumptions and estimations, so feel free to adjust them accordingly to better reflect your situation.

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GrabCar Pricing Singapore

According to Grab, a booking using GrabCar will cost about this much:

Source: Grab

Applicable/Displayed Fees
Minimum Fare$6.00
Base Fare$3.50
Per km Rate$0.50
Per Minute Rate$0.16
Demand SurchargeBased on demand-supply ratio of taxis and cars in the area (capped at $100)
Platform Fee$0.30

Source: Grab Singapore

For the comparison, we use the example of a trip from Pioneer Place to Raffles Place MRT a trip which is 24km long and will take about 27 minutes.

Using Grab’s formula, this trip will cost:

  • Base fare: $3.50
  • Per km: $12 ($0.50 x 24)
  • Per Minute Rate: $4.30 ($0.16 x 27)
  • Grab Platform Fee: $0.30
  • Total: ~$20.30

We will be using $20.30 as the baseline.

This means that a round trip will cost around $40.60.

This should be roughly the same price on the weekdays and weekends

However, it does not account for Grab’s dynamic surge pricing algorithm which would be hard to quantify. But, if you want to read more about this algorithm, you can see what Grab has to say about it here.

Also, I will be referencing another article about car rental prices that we wrote recently for this comparison.

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ComfortDelGro Fares

Source: The Simpsons | Giphy

Alternatively, you might want to take a taxi when the price of the cab is too damm high.

Here are ComfortDelGro’s metered rates.

ComfortDelGro Non-Peak Prices

Hyundai Sonata TaxiHyundai i-40 TaxiToyota Prius / Hyundai Ioniq & Kona TaxisLimosine Cab
The first 1km or less (Flag Down)
$3.20$3.70$3.90$3.90
Every 400m thereafter or less up to 10km
Every 350m thereafter or less after 10 km
Every 45s of waiting or less
$0.22$0.22$0.22$0.30

ComfortDelGro Surcharges

Peak Period Late NightCity AreaChangi AirportMarina Bay
Cruise Centre Singapore
Seletar Airport,
Gardens By The Bay and Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore Expo Centre
25% of metered fare50% of metered fare$3.00$5.00
(Fri-Sun: 5pm - 11.59pm)

$3.00
(All Other Times)

$3.00 per passenger
for more than 4 adults
passengers or equivalent
$5.00
(Mon - Sun & Public Holidays:
7am - 10.59am)

$3.00
(All other times)
$3.00$2.00
Mon - Fri (except Public Holidays): 6am - 9.29am

Mon - Sun & Public Holidays: 6pm - 11.59pm
Midnight - Before 5.59amMon - Sun & Public
Holidays: 5pm - 11.59pm

Every Trip Starting From:

Changi Airport, Changi Air Freight Centre, Airport Police Station And Airport Logistics Park Of Singapore
$3.00
(All other times)
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For the comparison, we use the example of a trip from Pioneer Place to Raffles Place MRT a trip which is 24km long.

  • The flag down fee for a Hyundai Sonata Taxi is $3.20
  • For the first 10 km thereafter, the fee is $5.50
  • For the next 10 km, the fee is $8.17
  • Accounting for the waiting time for about 450 seconds, that is another $2.20 to the fee
  • In total that is about $19

Non-Peak Pricing

We will be using the price of about $19, which means a round trip will cost about $38.

Peak Pricing

If your account for peak-period pricing, a round trip will cost $47.50.

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BlueSG Car Rental Price

Concerned about reducing carbon emissions but still want to get around with ease?

Then you might want to give BlueSG — Singapore’s first electric car-sharing service — a try.

How Does BlueSG Work?

  • Pick-up: 380+ self-service locations (1,000 cars in the fleet)

    Source: BlueSG
  • Return: To any of BlueSG’s 1,200 self-service locations islandwide.
  • Minimum rental period: 15 minutes
  • Driver Age Requirement: 20 years old and an above with at least one year on driving license
  • Fuel Requirements: N.A.
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): N.A.
  • Can Drive to Malaysia: No

BlueSG Fees

PlansBasicPremium
(6 months commitment)
Subscription Fee$8 per month$18 per month (Usual : $24.20)
Rental Fee$0.36 per minute$0.36 per minute

Note: free 45 mins per month
Petrol ChargesN.A. (BlueSG uses electric vehicles)
Driver Criteria20 years old and above with driving license held for more than one year
Commitment PreiodNone6 months

At selected stations, you may be required to pay reservation fees for a car or parking spot. The reservation fees will be displayed next to the Reserve button on the app. This fee is non-refundable and will be charged to you once your reservation is made.

BlueSG Comparison Scenario

Here are the comparison scenarios.

For Grab, you will need to fork out about $40.60 for a round trip.

For taxis (Comfort), you will need to fork out about $42.75 [$23.75 (peak hour) + $19] for the weekday errand.

This means that for the weekend errand, you will have to fork out about $38.

Weekday Errand and Weekend Errands

In comparison, you will only have to pay about $18.54 ($0.36 x 27 minutes x 2 trips) to rent a BlueSG car to run the weekday or weekend errand.

In addition, I am factoring in the Basic Plan membership fee of $8 and dividing it over the days of the month which works out to about $0.26 a day.

In total, you will be charged $18.80 for the weekday or weekend errand.

But on a side note, you should consider the premium plan as the free 45 minutes per month is worth about $16.20, which means the membership almost pays for itself.

However, do note that the premium plan requires you to commit for at least six months.

Another good thing about BlueSG is that you will not have to return the car to the same location. Instead, you can return it to any of the 380+ self-service BlueSG locations.

BlueSG Promo Code

Also. BlueSG is currently running a promotion where new customers who sign up for the Basic Plan will have their first month’s membership fee (worth $8) waived.

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Car Club Rental Price

With Car Club, you get access to a fleet of vehicles that is only for private rental use.

Out of the whole fleet of vehicles, the most popular rental choices by Car Club customers include the Nissan Note, Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Vios, Honda Vezel and Toyota Wish.

How Does Car Club Work?

  • Pick-up: 220+ self-service locations

    Source: Car Club
  • Return: Back to same pick-up location
  • Minimum rental period: One hour (subsequent timings can be done in blocks of every 15 minutes and up to a maximum of 72 hours)
  • Driver Age Requirement: Aged 22 and above with at least two years of driving experience
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are included and can be topped up using the Esso Speedpass attached to the key. Also, the hirer needs to ensure that the fuel tank is at least 1/4 full before returning the car
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): $100 for Singaporean/PR and $200 for foreigner
  • Can drive to Malaysia: Yes (for select vehicles)

Car Club Fees

Here is a breakdown of Car Club’s fees.

Do note that signing up for Car Club is free. But, Car Club requires that you put in a fully refundable deposit of $100 for Singaporeans/PR and $200 for Foreigners before you can use their services.

This deposit will be refunded upon the termination of your account.

Car Club Basic Plan

Vehicle GroupEconomyPlusPremiumLuxury
Weekday
First hour$10.00$11.00$12.00$14.00
Next 15 mins$2.50$2.75$3.00$3.50
24 hours$80.00$88.00$96.00$198.00
Weekend/Public Holiday
First hour$11.00$12.00$13.00$15.00
Next 15 mins$2.75$3.00$3.25$3.75
24 hours$132.00$144.00$156.00$238.00
Addtional Distance Charge
Diesel Vehicle$0.30/km
Petrol Vehicle$0.40/km

Car Club Value Plan

Vehicle GroupEconomyPlusPremiumLuxuryFree km (Does not apply to luxury category)
Weekday
First hour$9.00$10.00$11.00$13.008km
Next 15 mins$2.25$2.50$2.75$3.252km
24 hours$65.00$74.00$83.00$168.0060km
Owl Special (9pm - 6pm)$26.00$29.00$32.00-29km
Weekend/Public Holiday
First hour$10.00$11.00$12.00$14.00-
Next 15 mins$2.50$2.75$3.00$3.50-
24 hours$98.00$110.00$122.00$208.00-
Owl Special (9pm - 6pm)$26.00$29.00$32.00-20km
Additional Distance Charge (Includes Fuel)
Diesel Vehicle$0.20/km
Petrol Vehicle$0.30/km

*For this Value Plan, you will need to commit to buying a minimum of $50 in driving credits monthly.

Car Club Lady’s Plan

Vehicle GroupEconomyPlusPremiumLuxuryFree km (Does not apply to luxury category)
Weekday
First hour$9.00$10.00$11.00$13.008km
Next 15 mins$2.25$2.50$2.75$3.252km
24 hours$65.00$74.00$83.00$168.0060km
Owl Special (9pm - 6pm)$26.00$29.00$32.00-20km
Weekend/Public Holiday
First hour$10.00$11.00$12.00$14.00-
Next 15 mins$2.50$2.75$3.00$3.50-
24 hours$98.00$110.00$122.00$208.00-
Owl Special (9pm - 6pm)$26.00$29.00$32.00-20km
Additional Distance Charge
Diesel Vehicle $0.20/km
Petrol Vehicle $0.30/km

Car Club Comparison Scenario

Here is the comparison scenario for Car Club.

Weekday Errand

For Car Club’s cheapest basic plan and the economy tier, you will have to fork out $30 [$10 + ($2.50 x 8)] for renting the car on a weekday for three hours.

In addition, you will have to pay another $19.20 (48km x $0.40) for petrol after making the trips.

This works out to $49.20 in total.

Weekend Errands

For CarClub’ cheapest basic plan and the economy tier, you will have to fork out $33 [$11 + ($2.75 x 8) for renting the car on a weekend for three hours.

In addition, you will have to pay another $19.20 (48km x $0.40) for petrol after making the trips.

This works out to $52.20 in total.

Also for Car Club, you will need to make a round trip booking.

In other words, you will have to return the car to the same spot you picked it up from.

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Car Lite Rental Price

Car Lite provides station-based car sharing islandwide with 24/7 availability.

The company aims to provide accessible and convenient car sharing throughout Singapore for your selection, with a wide range of car models spread across the island for variety.

How Does Car Lite Work?

  • Pick-up: ~140 locations to pick up/drop off cars

    Source: Car Lite
  • Return: Back to same pick-up location
  • Minimum rental period: 15 minutes
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are not included. Also, the hirer needs to ensure that the tank is minimally 1/4 full before returning the car
  • Driver Age Requirement: Aged 22 and above. For drivers below 22 years old and/or those with less than 2 years of driving experience, certain cars will not be available
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): $200 for drivers below age 22 and/or those with less than 2 years driving experience and $100 for the rest
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: Yes (Chargeable @ $26.75 per Calendar Day (00:00 – 23:59) for all tiers. Collision Damage Waiver Insurance is compulsory

Car Lite Charges

Here is a breakdown of the fees.

 TIER 1 (Self Pump)TIER 2 (Self Pump)
TIER 3 (Self Pump)TIER 4 (Self Pump)
TIER 5 (Self Pump)
Per 15minsMon - Fri: 12am - 5pm: 
$0.60 (Promo)

Any Other Timings: $1.60
Mon - Fri: 12am - 5pm: 
$0.80 (Promo)

Any Other Timings: $1.60 (Promo)
Mon - Fri: 12am - 5pm: 
$1.00 (Promo)

Any Other Timings: $1.80 (Promo)
Mon - Fri: 12am - 5pm: 
$1.35 (Promo)

Any Other Timings: $2.00 (Promo)
Mon - Fri: 12am - 5pm: 
$1.50 (Promo)

Any Other Timings: $2.20 (Promo)
24 hours: Day rateMon - Thurs:
$54 (Promo)

Fri - Sun:
$68 (Promo)
Mon - Thurs:
$54 (Promo)

Fri - Sun:
$78 (Promo)
Mon - Thurs:
$65 (Promo)

Fri - Sun:
$88 (Promo)
Mon - Thurs:
$73 (Promo)

Fri - Sun:
$93 (Promo)
Mon - Thurs:
$73 (Promo)

Fri - Sun:
$98 (Promo)
7 days: Weekly rate$420$450$520$550$620
Car ModelsFit (2nd Gen)
Jazz (2nd Gen)
Vios(2nd Gen)
Mazda 3 (2nd Gen)
Allion
Attrage (New)
Elantra (5th Gen)
Altis (10th Gen)
Civic (8th Gen)
Mazada 2 HB(New)
Tank(New)
Hiace Manual(New)
Fit (New)
K3 (New)
Lancer Ex (New)
Axio (New)
Vios (3rd Gen)
Mazda 2 (New)
Hiace Diesel(New)
Fit Hybrid (New)
Swift (3rd Gen)
Vezel (New)
CX-3 (New)
Sienta (New)
Altis (New)
Honda Stream
Mazada 3 (Skyactiv)
Mazada 3 HB (Skyactiv)
CX-5 (New)
Wish (New)
Mazda 6 (New)
Vezel Hybrid (New)
Late Charge Per 15 Minutes
$10$10$10$10$10

Car Lite Comparison Scenario

Here is the comparison scenario for Car Lite.

Weekday Errand 

For Car Lite’s Tier 1 plan, you will have to fork out $7.20 [$0.60 x 12) for renting the car on a weekday for three hours from 8am to 11am.

Do note that this is a promo rate that will revert back to $1 when the promo expires.

For petrol, we used this fuel cost calculator from LTA to get the fuel efficiency rating for a Toyota Vios (2nd Gen) you can rent from Car Lite.

The car uses 5.8(L/100km). This means you will use about 2.8L of petrol.

Shell’s Fuel Save 95 petrol costs about $2.40 per litre (nett) which means petrol will cost about $6.72.

This means that for Car Lite’s rental, you will have to spend about $13.90 in total for the whole weekday errand.

Weekend Errands

For Car Lite’s Tier 1 plan, you will have to fork out $19.20 [$1.60 x 12) for renting the car on a weekend for three hours from 11am to 2pm.

In addition, you will have to pay about $6.72 for petrol.

This works out to $25.90 in total.

Also for Car Lite, you will need to make a round trip booking.

In other words, you will have to return the car to the same spot you picked it up from.

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GetGo Rental Price

GetGo is the latest entrant to Singapore’s car-sharing scene. The company was launched in February 2021 and offers a point A-to-A carsharing service which is available 24/7, rain or shine.

The company aims to provide accessible and convenient car-sharing islandwide with car models like the Mazda 3, Toyota Sienta, Honda Shuttle, SsanYong Tivoli leased from Lion City Rentals (previously owned by Uber) available for sharing.

How Does GetGo Work?

  • Pick-up: ~360 locations to pick up/drop off cars

    Source: GetGo
  • Return: Back to same pick-up location
  • Minimum rental period:
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are included
  • Driver Age Requirement: Aged 19 – 69 with at least one year of driving experience.
    For drivers below 22 years old, insurance excess will apply.
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): N.A.
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: No

GetGo Charges

Here is a breakdown of the fees.

Source: GetGo

GetGo Comparison Scenario

Here is the comparison scenario for GetGo

Weekday Errand 

For GetGo’s standard plan, you will have to fork out $37.20 [$6 x 3 hours + $0.40 x 48) for renting the car on a weekday for three hours from 8am to 11am.

Weekend Errands

For GetGo’s standard plan, you will have to fork out $46.20 [$9 x 3 hours + $0.40 x 48) for renting the car on a weekend for three hours from 11am to 2pm.

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Shariot Rental Price

Shariot is the second latest entrant to Singapore’s car-sharing scene. The company was launched in October 2021 and offers short-term vehicle rentals.

Like GetGo, Shariot operates offers a point A-to-A carsharing service which is available 24/7, rain or shine.

The company does not charge a membership fee, but you will need to fork out a $100 deposit that is refundable.

As for cars, Shariot offers the following cars to its customers:

  • Shariot Saver: Toyota Altis, Volkswagen Polo, Suzuki Hustler, Toyota Allion, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Toyota Wish
  • Shariot standard: Honda Vezel Petrol, Audi A1, Kia K3, Toyota Vios, Toyota Altis, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Axio
  • Shariot Plus: Toyota Sienta, Toyota Vellfire, Audi A3, Toyota Prius, Honda Vezel Hybrid, Honda Grace Hybrid

How Does Shariot Work?

  • Pick-up: ~178 locations to pick up/drop off cars

    Source: Shariot
  • Return: Back to same pick-up location
  • Minimum Rental Period:
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are not included
  • Driver Age Requirement: Aged 19 – 69 with at least two years of driving experience with a Singapore driving license.
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): $100
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: Yes ($20)

Shariot Charges

Here is a breakdown of Shariot’s fees.

Source: Shariot

Shariot Comparison Scenario

Here is the comparison scenario for Shariot.

Weekday And Weekend Errand 

For the Shariot Saver plan, you will have to fork out $9 [$3 x 3 hours) for renting the car on a weekday for three hours from 8am to 11am.

For petrol, we used this fuel cost calculator from LTA to get the fuel efficiency rating for a Toyota Altis (1.6 Standard).

The car uses 6.1(L/100km). This means you will use about 2.92L of petrol for the 48km travelled.

Shell’s Fuel Save 95 petrol costs about $2.40 per litre (nett) which means petrol will cost about $7.

So in total, you will have to pay $16 for the weekday and weekend errand.

Shariot Promo

For a limited time only, Shariot customers who top up $100 and will get $200 in your Shariot wallet using the promo code: MQHPHA.

Do note that the promo is valid while stocks last!

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Tribecar Rental Price

The best thing about Tribecar is that there is no yearly membership or signup fee!

Car rental starts at $0.54 per hour during super off-peak hours. And, you just pay for what you use.

How Does Tribecar Work?

  • Pick-up: 525+ locations to pick up/drop off cars, motorcycles, vans and lorries

    Source: Tribecar
  • Return: Back to same pick-up location
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: Most cars allowed
  • Minimum rental period: 1 hour
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are not included. Also, the hirer needs to ensure that the tank is not empty (i.e. fuel light does not come up) before returning the car. If the next hirer reports tank is empty, $20-$50 will be deducted from your account
  • Driver Age Requirement: Between ages 23 – 65. Drivers below 23 will be subjected to an additional security deposit and 30% surcharge for booking
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): $200 for drivers below age 23 and $100 for the rest

Tribecar Fees

Here is a breakdown of TribeCar’s fees.

Timing (Super Economy)Economy MotorcycleSuper EconomyTimingEconomy Sedan
Economy MPV
Economy Sedan (Hybrid)
Economy Van (Manual)
Economy Van (Auto)Standard Sedan
Standard Van (Auto)
Standard SUV
Standard MPV
Standard Sedan (Hybrid)
Standard MPV (Hybrid)
Standard Coupe
Premium Sedan
Premium MPV
Super Off-Peak
Mon - Fri
(12am - 6am)
$0.54/hr $0.54/hr Super Off-Peak
Mon to Fri
(12am - 6am)
$2.14/hour$2.68/hour$3.21/hour$4.28/hour$4.82/hour$5.35/hour$5.89/hour
Off-Peak
Mon - Fri
(6am - 6pm)
$1.07/hr$2.68/hr Off-Peak
Mon to Fri
(6am - 7am)
(11am - 5pm)
(11pm - 12am)
$4.82/hour$5.35/hour$5.89/hour$6.42/hour$7.49/hour$8.03/hour$9.10/hour
Peak
Mon - Fri
(8pm - 12pm)

Sat - Sun
(All day)
$1.93/hr$4.82/hr Peak
Mon to Thu
(7am - 11am)
(5pm - 11pm)

Fri
(7am to 11am)
(5pm to midnight)

Sat and Sun
(All day)
$6.96/hour$7.49/hour$8.03/hour$10.70/hour$11.24/hour$12.84/hour$13.91/hour
Daily (Mon - Thu)$12.84 (Promo)$69.55Daily (Mon - Thu)$69.55$74.90$80.25$90.95$96.30$107.00$128.40
Daily (Fri - Sun)$14.98 (Promo)$96.30 Daily (Fri - Sun)$96.30$101.65$107.00$112.35$123.05$128.40$160.50
Weekly $85.60$428.00Weekly $460.10$492.20$502.90$588.50$663.40$663.40 (Promo)$749.00
Late Charges (every 15 mins)$2.14$10.70Late Charges (every 15 mins)$11.77$12.84$13.91

Tribecar Comparison Scenario

Here is the comparison scenario for TribeCar.

Weekday Errand 

For Tribecar’s Super Economy plan, you will have to fork out about $8.04 ($2.68 x 3) for renting the car on a weekday for three hours in the morning from 8am to 11am.

Tribecar does not state which cars are available for Super Economy. As such, I will be using the Toyota Altis (1.6 Standard) for this example.

For petrol, we used this fuel cost calculator from LTA to get the fuel efficiency rating for a Toyota Altis.

The car uses 6.1(L/100km). This means you will use about 2.92L of petrol for the 48km travelled.

Shell’s Fuel Save 95 petrol costs about $2.40 per litre (nett) which means petrol will cost about $7.

This means that for Tribecar’s rental, you will have to spend about $15 in total for the whole weekday errand.

Weekend Errands

For Tribecar’s Super Economy plan, you will have to fork out about $14.50 [$4.82 x 3) for renting the car on a weekday for three hours in the morning to afternoon from 11am to 2pm.

For petrol, we used this fuel cost calculator from LTA to get the fuel efficiency rating for a Toyota Altis (1.6 Standard).

The car uses 6.1(L/100km). This means you will use about 2.92L of petrol for the 48km travelled.

Shell’s Fuel Save 95 petrol costs about $2.40 per litre (nett) which means petrol will cost about $7.

This means that for Tribecar’s rental, you will have to spend about $21.50 in total for the whole weekend errand.

Also for Tribecar, you will need to make a round trip booking.

In other words, you will have to return the car to the same spot you picked it up from.

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WhizzCar Car Rental Price

If you sign up as an Individual/Principal member, there’s a one-time registration fee of $107 (ouch) and a minimum 12-month commitment which comes with a monthly membership fee of $10.70 (double ouch).

You will also need to commit a minimum of 12 months for the Standard and Extra Value membership.

To attain the Extra Value membership, you will need a charge a minimum of $60 per month to your WhizzCar account.

We will be omitting the standard membership as although the plan is slightly cheaper, it requires a lengthy 12-month commitment which is rather daunting for first-timers.

If you’re just a casual car rental who just wants to try out WhizzCar, you’ll still have to cough up the one-time registration fee of $107 but it doesn’t come with any commitment or the monthly membership fee.

As I’m focusing on hourly rates with little to no commitment, I’ll just look at the Whizz-Ezzy rates. But, they are a bit more expensive.

How Does WhizzCar Work?

  • Pick-up: 56+ locations to pick up/drop off cars

    Source: WhizzCar
  • Return: Back to same pick-up location
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: Most cars allowed
    • Subject to a 50% surcharge on the usage rates
    • Minimum reservation period for Malaysia usage is 24 hours
    • Excess liability for Malaysia usage is double that of Singapore usage
    • Member must obtain approval from WhizzCar before driving to West Malaysia
  • Minimum rental period: 1 hour
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are included and can be topped up using the Esso Speedpass attached to the key. Also, the hirer needs to ensure that the fuel tank is at least 1/2 full before returning the car
  • Driver Age Requirement: Between ages 21 – 68 and one year of driving experience
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): $200 for drivers below age 23 and $100 for individual members. Whizz-Ezzy members will not need to pay for the deposit.

WhizzCar Whizz-Ezzy Rates

 Super EconomyEconomyEconomy+ExecutiveMPVVanFree km given
First Hour$16.90$18.29$18.29$20.54$22.37$16.9710km
Next 30 mins$7.76$8.46$8.74$9.58$10.53$7.795km
24 Hours$165.26$186.12$188.72$222.13$240.85$166.09100km
Business Hours (8am - 7pm)$86.10$93.05$106.05$139.92$149.47$86.5245km
Overnight Plan (9pm - 6am)$46.53$53.48$66.48$86.44$102.17$46.7430km
Additional per km charge$0.43$0.43$0.43$0.43$0.43$0.43-
PromoFree $100 worth of credits for new customers using DBS/POSB credit/debit cards

Do note that all new WhizzCar customers will have to pay a $107 registration fee.

WhizzCar Comparison Scenario

Here is the comparison scenario for WhizzCar Whizz-Ezzy.

Weekday And Weekday Errand 

As WhizzCar does not differentiate between weekdays and weekend for their hourly rate, the weekday and weekend errand price is the same.

For WhizzCar’s Super Economy plan, here is the price breakdown:

For the first hour, you pay $16.90

For the subsequent two hours, you pay $31.04 ($7.76 X 4).

For the distance charge, you pay $7.74 [$0.43 X 18km (because 30km is free)]

Distance charge: $0.43 X 18km (because 30km is free) = $7.74

For this scenario, the rental will cost $55.68.

Not to mention that for WhizzCar, you will have to pay a $107 registration fee.

But, which can be largely offset if you use a DBS/POSB credit or debit card as WhizzCar are currently offering free $100 WhizzCar credits.

Also for WhizzCar, you will need to make a round trip booking.

In other words, you will have to return the car to the same spot you picked it up from.

WhizzCar Promos

For a limited time only, new WhizzCar customers signing up and paying with a DBS/POSB card or those who are Sembcorp Power Members can enjoy up to $200 free driving credits.

New Individual/Principal members get to enjoy $200 worth of driving credits while new Whizz-Ezz members get to enjoy $100 worth of free driving credits.

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Closing Thoughts

After doing this comparison, I was surprised to find that car sharing in Singapore can be so affordable compared to taking Grab or a Taxi.

Also, compared to taking Grab or a Taxi, car sharing has a few other cost and considerations like:

  • Parking fees
  • Late penalty fees
  • Insurance coverage (Car sharing providers provide basic coverage, do understand what this covers)
  • Location (Please do your due diligence)
  • Child seats are not provided

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Looking to Get Into Car Sharing?

If you are looking to get into car sharing, be sure to remember to use a credit card or to get some cashback, miles or reward points when you make payment.

You might also want to use our handy Seedly credit comparison tool to find the best one for you!

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