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Cheapest Car Rental For Chinese New Year 2021

Cheap Car Rental Singapore: Chinese New Year (CNY) Price Comparison 2022

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As well-connected as Singapore’s public transport system is, there are probably times when you realise that nothing beats the convenience of having a car.

Sure you can rely on ride-hailing services or taxis.

But try getting one when it’s raining, or during the holiday season.

Especially during Chinese New Year, when you have to shuttle your parents, your kids (maybe even a screaming baby), as well as a cousin or two to 12 different relatives’ houses scattered all over Singapore.

And you realise that you can’t fit everyone into one Grab car.

Source: Giphy

The easiest solution to all of this?

Cheap car rental.

Whether you’re planning a road trip to Johor Bahru, or just want an efficient and cost-effective way to transport your family or a group of friends around for the holidays.

Here’s a complete guide to cheap car rental options and everything else you need to know.


TL;DR: Which Cheap Car Rental Is Best For Chinese New Year?

If you’re going to be using the car for a longer period which includes the Chinese New Year festive period.

Then I’d go with the cheapest option you can find from a car rental company.

Based on the rates I managed to find and assuming you’re planning to use the rental car for at least five days (inclusive of the 2020 CNY weekend).

The cheapest rental sedan car should cost you about $538.

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But if you just want to use it for the first day of Chinese New Year — when the bulk of visiting happens — you’re probably better off with a car-sharing service.

For that, you’ll want to avoid services which charge signup or membership fees to keep your cost low.

Assuming you need a whole day (24 hours) to do your visiting, because you have 5 million relatives.

The cheapest rental sedan car would be from Shariot at $72.

Note: prices quoted are estimates and will vary after including other additional fees and GST.


What Is the Best Rental Car Company in Singapore?

Given our kiasu nature, it’s only natural that we want to get our cars from the best car rental company possible.

Why?

Because this means that you’re assured of:

  • the best possible price (read: cheapest)
  • the quality of service
  • the quality of the cars available for rent (read: won’t breakdown after driving it out of the lot)
  • no hidden or sneaky fees

I can’t say which is best because I haven’t tried them all.

But what I do know is for car rental there are two options: car rental companies (international & local) and car-sharing rental companies.

International Car Rental Companies

If you’ve ever gone a self-driven tour in Australia, Europe, or the USA, then you’d be familiar with brand names like:

  • AVIS
  • Hertz
  • Sixt

These reputable names mean that you can be assured that their service and the cars they provide are of a certain quality.

But they are probably the most expensive option available too.

However, if you’ve used their services before, you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Local Car Rental Companies

The prices at Singapore car rental companies are usually cheaper than the international brand names.

And they probably have the widest selection of cars available, combined.

There are way too many local car rental companies to list, but some of the bigger ones include:

  • Asia Express
  • EAZI Car Leasing & Marketing
  • Lion City Rentals
  • My Car Rental

Car Sharing Rental Companies

Good for short term rentals by the hour and you can easily book one through a mobile app.

Local options include:

  • BlueSG
  • Carclub
  • Tribecar
  • Smove
  • WhizzCar

So How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Car in Singapore?

The short answer?

It depends.

Let’s have a look at the car rental companies — both international and local — first.

And because you’re renting a car during this Chinese New Year period, here’s a look at how much the CNY package will cost you:

 Car Rental Chinese New Year (CNY) 2021 Packages

1. Cheap Sedan Car Rental CNY Packages

Best for families who want to travel in comfort.

Car Type (or equivalent)CompanyPeriodPriceLocation
4-Day Package
Nissan TeanaAvis9 to 13 Feb 2021$843Havelock Road

Changi Airport T3
Ford FocusHertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$738 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
Peugeot 508Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$954 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
5-Day Package
Ford FocusHertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$877.50 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
Peugeot 508Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,125 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
1.2L to 1.5L CarETHOZ10 to 15 Feb 2021From $538Bukit Batok

Tampines
Kia CeratoCycle & Carriage LeasingRequired rental period: 10 to 15 Feb 2021From $550Pandan Gardens
Mazda 3 / Kia Forte K3 / Ford Focus etc.Motorway Car Rentals10 to 15 Feb 2021$718Lower Delta Road

Tanjong Pagar MRT
Continental CarsAce DriveMust cover or cross CNY period (11 to 15 Feb 2021)From $888Ubi
Hyundai AvanteEAZI Car Leasing 10 to 15 Feb 2021$518Bukit Batok
Mitsubishi Lancer GLXEAZI Car Leasing 10 to 15 Feb 2021$518Bukit Batok
Kia CeratoTay Automobiles10 to 15 Feb 2021$518Lavender
Nissan LatioTay Automobiles10 to 15 Feb 2021$518Lavender
6-Day Package
1.5/1.6L CarComfortDelGroMust cover or cross CNY period (11 to 15 Feb 2021)$690205 Braddell Road
2.0L CarComfortDelGro$870205 Braddell Road
Ford FocusHertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$999 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
Peugeot 508Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,269 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
7-Day Package
Ford FocusHertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,102.50 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
Peugeot 508Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,354.50 (Use code 'CNY2021 for 10% off)Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
Mazda 3Lion City Rentals11 to 15 Feb 2021$799Carros Centre
Japanese Cars Ace DriveMust cover or cross CNY period (11 to 15 Feb 2021)From $688Ubi
Mazda 3 / Kia Forte K3 / Ford Focus etc.Motorway Car Rentals10 to 15 Feb 2021$798Lower Delta Road

Tanjong Pagar MRT

2. Cheap Hatchback Car Rental CNY Packages

Best for couples and small families.

Car Type (or equivalent)CompanyPeriodPriceLocation
4-Day Package
Peugeot 3008 Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$990Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
5-Day Package
Mazda 2Motorway Car Rentals10 to 15 Feb 2021$550Lower Delta Road

Tanjong Pagar MRT
Suzuki SwiftSG Rent A Car10 to 15 Feb 2021$518Bukit Batok
Peugeot 3008 Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,170Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
6-Day Package
Mazda 2Motorway Car Rentals10 to 15 Feb 2021$658Lower Delta Road

Tanjong Pagar MRT
Peugeot 3008 Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,296Alexandra

Changi Airport T2
7-Day Package
Peugeot 3008Hertz7 to 18 Feb 2021$1,386Alexandra

Changi Airport T2

3. Cheap SUV Car Rental CNY Packages

Best for larger families.

Car Type (or equivalent)CompanyPeriodPriceLocation
2-Day Package
Honda CR-VEAZI Car Leasing10 to 12 Feb 2021$490Bukit Batok
5-Day Package
Kia StonicCycle & Carriage LeasingRequired rental period: 10 to 15 Feb 2021$550Pandan Gardens
Mazda CX-5Avis 9 to 13 Feb 2021$882Havelock Road

Changi Airport T3
Chevrolet OrlandoAvis9 to 13 Feb 2021$960Havelock Road

Changi Airport T3
Honda VezelMotorway Car Rentals10 to 15 Feb 2021$768Lower Delta Road

Tanjong Pagar MRT
7-Day Package
Toyota SientaLion City Rentals11 to 15 Feb 2021$899Carros Centre
Mazda CX-5Avis 9 to 13 Feb 2021$1,496Havelock Road

Changi Airport T3
Chevrolet OrlandoAvis9 to 13 Feb 2021$1,629Havelock Road

Changi Airport T3
Honda VezelMotorway Car Rentals10 to 15 Feb 2021$858Lower Delta Road

Tanjong Pagar MRT

Why Are Car Rental Company Packages Usually Five to Seven Days Long? Are There Any 1-Day Rental Options?

I know what you’re thinking, “Why can’t I rent a car for one day or less than three days?”

Source: Giphy

Well, you can probably do so on a regular day.

But you’d still have to sign some kind of package that requires you to rent the vehicle for much longer than just a few hours.

Also, since you’re renting your car during a holiday period like Chinese New Year.

You’ll notice that the majority of car rental companies offer minimally a 5-day or 7-day package.

And this is because they all have different dates which they’ll be away for the Chinese New Year period.

This means that if Company A’s Chinese New Year vacation period is from 10 to 15 February, you cannot opt to pick-up your rental car on 10 February, or return your car before 15 February (for obvious reasons).

For 2020, these are the dates to keep in mind:

  • 11 February 2021 (Friday): Chinese New Year Eve
  • 12 February 2020 (Saturday): Chinese New Year
  • 13 February 2020 (Sunday): Chinese New Year (2nd Day)

Unfortunately, this also means that these rental companies will also levy a Chinese New Year surcharge.

So if your car rental period falls within the rental company’s CNY surcharge period, you can expect to pay a little bit more than usual (think: Grab surge prices when demand is high).


Now, let’s look at car-sharing companies.

Hourly Rate Car Sharing Rental Service: BlueSG vs Car Club vs Car Lite vs Shariot vs Tribecar vs WhizzCar

If you intend to rent a car for a short period of time, then maybe car sharing is a better alternative to traditional car rental companies.

Instead of being tied down by a week or month-long contract, car-sharing allows you to rent a car for shorter, more flexible periods.

Here are your options:

1. 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: 360+ self-service locations (660+ cars in the fleet)
  • Return: to any of BlueSG’s self-service locations
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: No
  • 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.

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

2. Car Club Rental Price

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

Here are the different vehicle groups, which you can choose from:

Type of VehicleModel
EconomyChevrolet Sonic
Mazda 2
Nissan Note
Toyota Prius C
Renault Clio
Renault Kangoo
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagen Pollo

How Does Car Club Work?

  • Pick-up: 110+ self-service locations (280+ cars in the fleet)
  • Return: back to same pick-up location
  • Allowed to drive to Malaysia: Most cars allowed
  • Minimum rental period: 1 hour
  • Driver Age Requirement: Aged 22 and above
  • 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

Car Club Fees

Here is a breakdown of the fees.

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

3. 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: 80+ locations to pick up/drop off cars
  • Return: back to same pick-up location
  • 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
  • Minimum rental period: 15 minutes
  • Fuel Requirements: Fuel fees are not included. Also, the hirer needs to ensure that the tank is minimum 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

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

4. Shariot Rental Price

Shariot is a new player in the car-sharing field, which was launched in October 2020.

It operates on an app-based platform, where users will be able to enjoy short-term car rentals from 15 minutes to as long as they need, without any mileage caps, and from as low as $1 per hour.

Shariot Fees

Here is a breakdown of the fees.

CategoryShariot Saver (per hour)Shariot Standard (per hour)Shariot Plus (per hour)
Super Off-Peak (12am to 5:59am)$1$2.50$4.50
Off-Peak (6am to 5:59pm)$3$6$7
Peak (6:00pm to 11:59pm)$5$9$10

How Does Shariot Work?

Pick-up: 110+ locations with a fleet of more than 250 cars

Return: back to same pick-up location

Minimum rental period: 15 minutes

Driver Age Requirement: 22 to 65 years old, Singaporeans or PRs who possess a valid Singapore driving licence with 2-years of local driving experience, Foreigner/Work Pass Holder with valid driver’s licence or holding an employment pass with valid Singapore Driving Licence of at least 2 years

To start driving: Account has to be activated, activation typically takes 1 to 3 days

Costs involved: Registration requires a security deposit –

  • Singapore Citizen/PR: $100
  • Foreigner/Work Pass Holder: $1,000

In view of COVID-19 precautions, Shariot has also partnered with Erst Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, a leading German-based specialist in sustainable technologies for disinfection, to apply a surface coating in all its vehicles.

In addition to that, Shariot’s fleet of cars will also be regularly sanitised and cleaned to ensure drivers a clean and safe experience.

5. Tribecar Rental Price

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

Car rental starts at $2.14 — during super off-peak hours — and you just pay for what you use.

How Does Tribecar Work?

  • Pick-up: 400+ locations to pick up/drop off cars (350+ cars in the fleet)
  • 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 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 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 the 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

6. WhizzCar Car Rental Price

If you sign up as an Individual 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: 50+ locations to pick up/drop off cars (158 cars in the fleet)
  • 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 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.
  • Safety Deposit (Refundable): $200 for drivers below age 23 and $100 for the rest

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

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