Singaporean's Ultimate Guide: Chinese New Year (CNY) Car Rental Price Comparison 2019
 
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Singaporean's Ultimate Guide: Chinese New Year (CNY) Car Rental Price Comparison 2019

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It’s about time we started planning for this year’s Chinese New Year.

Assuming you’ve already:

This article will tackle arguably one of the more troublesome checklist items – car rentals/sharing

TL;DR – The only car renting comparison you need

To make your life easier, just go to the following sections for your relevant needs!

  • Rental Packages –  For extended rental periods during Chinese New Year
  • Car Sharing Platforms – Tribe Car, Smove, Car Club, BlueSG

Note that while most cars can be driven into Malaysia, there maybe additional fees to top up.

Additionally, make sure to check if additional insurance needs to be paid for and if fuel costs are included in your rental charges.

Personally, I enjoy the off-peak price model offered by Tribe Car. Plus, opting for an hour long rental (Sedan+) during off peak hours gives the most value for my time in terms of per hour expenditure (Currently at $5.35/hr).

CNY Promotional Rental Packages (7 – 10 Days)

1. Sedan & Sports Rental Packages

ModelPriceBooking PeriodCompanyLocationRemarks
Toyota Vios (Current Gen)$6924 - 7 FebSIXTChangi Airport3 Days
Toyota Vios$8881 - 8 FebSG Rent A CarBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Camry$8904 - 7 FebSIXTChangi Airport3 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mazda 3$8991 - 8 FebIDEAL Rental CarsBukit Timah7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Kia Cerato Forte$928.021 - 8 FebInflux RentalWoodlands7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mazda 3 (Current Gen)$9381 - 8 FebRoset Limousine ServicesUbi7 Days
Chevrolet Aveo$9501 - 11 FebYM Car LeasingBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Nissan Sylphy$987.981 - 8 FebMova AutomativeQueensway7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mazda 3 (Current Gen)$987.981 - 8 FebMova AutomativeQueensway7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Peugeot 308 Turbo$987.984 - 11 FebMM Car LeasingSin Ming7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Altis$9881 - 11 FebSerangoon Car RentalSerangoon10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Kia Cerato (Manual)$9881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Kia Cerato Forte (Manual)$9881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mazda 3$1,028.031 - 8 FebInflux RentalWoodlands7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Volkswagen Jetta$1,087.971 - 8 FebMova AutomativeQueensway7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Accord$1,088Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Mark X$1,088Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Camry$1,088Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Nissan Teana$1,088.021 - 8 FebLCH Car RentalHougang7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Civic$1,088.034 - 11 FebJJ GarageChinese Garden7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Subaru Legacy$1,187.991 - 8 FebCL LeasingBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Mark X$1,187.991 - 8 FebCL LeasingBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Hyundai Avante$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda City$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Civic$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Vios$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mitsubishi Lancer EX gls$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Altis$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mitsubishi Lancer CS3 glx$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Nissan Sunny$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Altis$1,1881 - 11 FebWoodlands Car RentalWoodlands10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Vios$1,1881 - 11 FebWoodlands Car RentalWoodlands10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Subaru Impreza$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Accord$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Civic$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 525i XL$1,288Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Hyundai Avante$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Nissan Teana$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Nissan Sylphy$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Lexus IS250$1,288Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Camry$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Citroen C5$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Mark X$1,3534 - 11 FebJJ GarageChinese Garden7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes-Benz C180$1,414.981 - 8 FebOptima WerkzRedhill7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes-Benz C180K$1,480.021 - 8 FebEazi Car LeasingBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes-Benz C180 CGI Sport$1,488Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Audi TTS Roadster Quattro$1,488Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Audi A4$1,498.021 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 320i$1,588Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Audi A3 Cabriolet$1,588Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 520i$1,711.981 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 320$1,7881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 323$1,7881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes C180$1,7881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Audi A6$1,797.601 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 520i$1,8881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 525i XL$1,8881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 523i$1,8881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes E200$1,8881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 528i$1,888Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Porsche Boxster 2.7 Tiptronic Auto$1,888Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes-Benz E250 CGI AMG$1,888Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mercedes-Benz$1,888.021 - 8 FebDream DriveBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Jaguar XF$2,032.981 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW 730i$2,2471 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Porsche 911 C42 Cabriolet$2,888Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)

2. MPV & SUV Rental Packages

ModelPriceBooking PeriodCompanyLocationRemarks
Honda Vezel$988Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Ssangyong Tivoli$1,016.521 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota C-HR Hybrid$1,088Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Rush$1,1881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Wish$1,088.031 - 8 FebAllswell Leasing & LimousineLavender7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Volkswagen Touran$1,230.481 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Subaru Forester$1,2881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Estima$1,2881 - 8 FebM RentalSembawang7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Stream$1,288.031 - 8 FebInflux RentalWoodlands7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Ssangyong Stavic (7 Seater)$1,358.881 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota C-HR (New Gen)$1,390.981- 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days
Toyota Wish$1,4001 - 11 FebY M Car LeasingBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Chevrolet Captiva$1,4001 - 11 FebY M Car LeasingBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Estima$1,480.011 - 8 FebEazi Car LeasingBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Estima$1,480.011 - 8 FebEazi Car LeasingBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Alphard$1,488Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Harrier$1,488Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Vellfire$1,488Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Alphard$1,583.581 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Estima$1,583.581 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Ssangyong Stavic (9 Seater, New Gen)$1,583.581 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Volvo XC90 2.5T$1,588Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Odyssey$1,588.011 - 8 FebSGRentACarBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Previa$1,588.021 - 8 FebSGRentACarBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Estima (8 Seater)$1,680.011 - 8 FebEazi Car LeasingBukit Batok7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Stream (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Picnic (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Wish (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mazda 5 (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Kia Carens (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Vellfire$1,6884 - 11 FebJJ GarageChinese Garden7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Mitsubishi Grandis (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Odyssey (7 Seater)$1,6881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Estima (8 Seater)$1,7881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Lexus RX450 Hybrid$1,8881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Toyota Vellfire$2,075.821 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Volvo XC90 T5 R-Design$2,088Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
BMW X3$2,2471- 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)

3. Hatchback Packages

ModelPriceBooking PeriodCompanyLocationRemarks
Honda Fit (2012)$688Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Fit (2018)$788Collection on 31 Jan, 1/2 FebAce DriveUbi7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Kia Picanto (Manual)$8881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Hyundai i30$928.021 - 8 FebInflux rentalWoodlands7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Suzuki SX4$928.021 - 8 FebInflux rentalWoodlands7 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Volkswagen Golf$1,069.981 - 7 FebMotorway Car RentalsTiong Bahru6 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Fit$1,0881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Honda Jazz$1,0881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)
Suzuki Swift$1,0881 - 11 FebRide NowBukit Batok10 Days (Malaysia Entry)

Hourly Rate Car Rental Service: Tribecar vs Smove vs Carclub vs BlueSG

If you intend to rent a car for a short period of time, then car sharing is the perfect alternative for you!

Instead of being held down by a week/month long contract, these plans allow you to rent for shorter, more flexible periods.

That being said, certain car sharing etiquettes should be maintained among the community.

For starters, although these are short term rentals, we should still make it an effort to keep them adequately clean and functional – no food wrappers, drink cups etc.

Secondly, while these are strictly speaking rentals, users should still take due consideration in maintaining the car.

So! What are the car sharing options available for you?

4. Tribe Car

From $2 per hour and at no other hidden costs, convenience never felt so good before!

The essentials:

  • 270+ locations to pick up/drop off cars
  • Required to return cars to the same pick-up point
  • Most cars allowed into Malaysia
  • Minimum Rent Period: 1 hour

Economy Cars

PeriodSedan, Manual VanSedan+, Sedan+ (Hybrid), VanMPV
Super off-peak$2.14/hr$2.68/hr (Promo)$2.14/hr (Promo)
Off-peak$4.82/hr$5.35/hr (Promo)$4.82/hr (Promo)
Peak$6.96/hr$7.49/hr (Promo)$6.96/hr (Promo)
Mon - Thu (Daily)$69.55$74.90 (Promo)$69.55 (Promo)
Fri - Sun (Daily)$96.30$101.65 (Promo)$96.30 (Promo)
Weekly$460.10$492.20 (Promo)$460.10 (Promo)
Late Charges$10.70$10.70$10.70

Standard Cars

PeriodSedan, VanSUV, Sedan (Hybrid)
Super off-peak$4.28/hr$4.82/hr (Promo)
Off-peak$6.42/hr$7.49/hr (Promo)
Peak$10.70/hr$11.24/hr (Promo)
Mon - Thu (Daily)$90.95$96.30 (Promo)
Fri - Sun (Daily)$112.35$123.05
Weekly$642.00$695.50
Late Charges$10.70$11.77

Premium Cars

PeriodSedanSedan+MPV
Super off-peak$4.28/hr (Promo)$9.10/hr (Promo)$6.42/hr (Promo)
Off-peak$6.42/hr (Promo)$9.10/hr (Promo)$9.63/hr (Promo)
Peak$10.70/hr (Promo)$9.10/hr (Promo)$12.84/hr (Promo)
Mon - Thu (Daily)$90.95 (Promo)-$123.05 (Promo)
Fri - Sun (Daily)$112.35 (Promo)-$144.45 (Promo)
Weekly$642 (Promo)-$856
Late Charges$10.70$10.70$12.84

5. Smove

With Smove, you can sign up for a variety of their savings plans which would then entitle you to different car categories.

  • Saver – Toyota Aqua Hybrid or Mitsubishi Attrage
  • Saver Plus – Toyota Aqua Hybrid or Toyota Axio
  • Value – Mazda 3 or similar
  • Value Plus – Mazda 8 MPV
  • Premium – BMW 320i or BMW 335GT

The essentials:

  • 80+ locations to pick up/drop off cars
  • Allowed to return cars to a different pick-up point
  • Not allowed into Malaysia
  • Minimum Rent Period: 1 hour (Excluding 15 mins booking promotion)
PlansWeekday CostWeekend CostRemarks
Saver$50/3hrs

$60/6hrs

$90/12hrs

$100/day
$50/3hrs

$90/6hrs

$120/12hrs

$150/day
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Saver Plus$52.5/3hrs

$63/6hrs

$94.50/12hrs

$105/day
$52.5/3hrs

$94.5/6hrs

$126/12hrs

$127.50/day
-
Value$55/3hrs

$66/6hrs

$99/12hrs

$110/day
$55/3hrs

$99/6hrs

$132/12hrs

$165/day
-
Value Plus$8.50/hr

$80/12hrs

$130/day
$9.50/hr

$90/12hrs

$140/day
-
Premium$18/hr

$130/12hrs

$190/day

$980/week
$21/hr

$160/12hrs

$220/day

$980/week
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Per 15mins$2.00Booking has to be ≤ 2hrs

6. Car Club

Car Club’s model works slightly differently from the rest above.

At $10.70 a month (1 year membership required), members are entitled to an array of cars that are less than 2 years old. Plus, their car fleets are only used for private purposes rather than for rentals for the purposes of private hire (Grab) drivers.

  • Economy – Mitsubishi Attrage, Mazda 2, Nissan Almera, Nissan Note, Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Golf or Renault Kangoo
  • Plus – Honda Jazz, Honda City, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer EX, Nissan Sylphy, Renault Clio, Suzuki Ciaz, Toyota Vios, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Golf or Volkswagen Polo
  • Premium – Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Sienta, Toyota Wish, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Touran

The essentials:

  • 120+ locations to pick up/drop off cars
  • Required to return cars to the same pick-up point
  • Most cars allowed into Malaysia
  • Minimum Rent Period: 1 hour

Standard Plan

Car GroupWeekday CostsWeekend / Public Holiday CostsRemarks
Economy1st Hour (Free 4km) - $11

Next 15 mins (Free 1km) - $2.75

24 hours (Free 40km) - $78

9pm to 6am (Free 10km) - $29
1st Hour - $11

Next 15 mins - $2.75

24 hours - $110

9pm to 6am (Free 10km) - $29
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.40
Plus1st Hour (Free 4km) - $12

Next 15 mins (Free 1km) - $3

24 hours (Free 40km) - $88

9pm to 6am (Free 10km) - $32
1st Hour - $12

Next 15 mins - $3

24 hours - $122

9pm to 6am (Free 10km) - $32
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.40
Premium1st Hour (Free 4km) - $13

Next 15 mins (Free 1km) - $3.25

24 hours (Free 40km) - $98

9pm to 6am (Free 10km) - $35
1st Hour - $13

Next 15 mins - $3.25

24 hours - $134

9pm to 6am (Free 10km) - $35
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.40

Value Plan

Car GroupWeekday CostsWeekend / Public Holiday CostsRemarks
Economy1st Hour (Free 8km) - $9

Next 15 mins (Free 2km) - $2.25

24 hours (Free 60km) - $65

9pm to 6am (Free 20km) - $26
1st Hour - $10

Next 15 mins - $2.50

24 hours - $98

9pm to 6am (Free 20km) - $26
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.30
Plus1st Hour (Free 8km) - $10

Next 15 mins (Free 2km) - $2.50

24 hours (Free 60km) - $74

9pm to 6am (Free 20km) - $29
1st Hour - $11

Next 15 mins - $2.75

24 hours - $110

9pm to 6am (Free 20km) - $29
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.30
Premium1st Hour (Free 8km) - $11

Next 15 mins (Free 2km) - $2.75

24 hours (Free 60km) - $83

9pm to 6am (Free 20km) - $32
1st Hour - $12

Next 15 mins - $3

24 hours - $122

9pm to 6am (Free 20km) - $32
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.30

Business Plan

Car GroupWeekday CostsWeekend / Public Holiday CostsRemarks
Economy1st Hour (Free 8km) - $7

Next 15 mins (Free 2km) - $1.75

24 hours (Free 80km) - $52
1st Hour - $11

Next 15 mins - $2.75

24 hours - $110
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.40
Plus1st Hour (Free 8km) - $8

Next 15 mins (Free 2km) - $2

24 hours (Free 80km) - $62

1st Hour - $12

Next 15 mins - $3

24 hours - $122
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.40
Premium1st Hour (Free 8km) - $10

Next 15 mins (Free 2km) - $2.50

24 hours (Free 80km) - $82
1st Hour - $13

Next 15 mins - $3.25

24 hours - $134
Per Km Fee (Inclusive petrol) - $0.40

7. BlueSG

Desire a convenient way to travel around while reducing carbon emissions?

You can give BlueSG’s car sharing platform a try! Their cars are 100% electric, while still giving you the same comforts as an ordinary diesel running engine.

PlansCosts
1 Week$0.50/min

$0/month
1 Year$0.33/min

$15/month

$180/year

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