This article was first published on 17 April 2019 and updated with the latest pricing and after SMOVE’s exit from the scene after during Circuit Breaker.
Owning a car is undeniably a luxury for the average Singaporean and perhaps a goal for some of us who do not already own one. Having a car at our disposal means no more jostling on public transport during peak hours or worrying that we’ll miss the bus which only comes once every 30 minutes.
But with total cost of car ownership still out of reach of many, one alternative we now have to enjoy the freedom and utility of car usage is to turn to car-sharing services.
Here is an overview of popular car-sharing operators in the market, what they offer, and how much they cost.
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BlueSG is the only operator in the market right now that offers environmentally-friendly Electric Vehicles (EVs). The EVs run only on electricity. Hence, there is no petrol required and you don’t have to worry about excess mileage. Blue SG’s fleet of EVs are a standard make which can seat four adults comfortably.
They offer point-to-point service and EVs can be returned at any of their more than 300 stations, which you can choose to reserve in advance through their app. If the Blue SG station near you is already occupied (i.e. they are not spare lots), you will have to find another lot and usage fees will continue to be charged until the car is returned.
Car rental is a fixed rate, depending on your membership, and the fees are the same whether it’s a weekday, weekend, peak or off-peak hour.
There are two different types of memberships offered – Basic and Premium. Both memberships have the same rental fees, 24 hour customer relations assistance, Multiple Queue-POP reservations and usage of rental packages.
However, Premium membership comes with an exclusive BlueSG membership cars, Free rental for 45 minutes every month and exclusive access to events. However, Premium membership will need a 6 month commitment period.
|Membership Type||Membership Fees (per month)||Rental Cost||Commitment Period|
|Basic||$8||$4.95 for first 15 minutes, $0.33/minute for each additional minute||None|
To join Blue SG, you need to be at least 21.
Tribecar has the most diverse fleet of vehicles for rental including motorcycles, vans and lorries. Vehicles come in three different classes – economy, premium, standard – to suit the needs of different drivers. The operator also extends their fleet to drivers for commercial usage and there are over 270 car stations islandwide. Do note that cars can only be returned to the station that it was taken from.
There is no membership system but fees can vary from $0.54 to $13.91 per hour depending on the period of rental, category of vehicle, and promotions or special offers available. Daily and weekly rates are capped for drivers who require the car for a longer period of time.
Petrol rates are excluded from the cost of rental but have to be borne by the driver. Certain car makes require a full tank of petrol when returned, and the rest require fuel that’s enough to not turn the fuel level light on.
For price comparison, we’ve taken the charges for a standard sedan.
|Super off-peak||$4.28 per hour|
|Off-peak||$6.42 per hour|
|Peak||$10.70 per hour|
To join Tribecar, you have to be between the ages of 23 and 65. Newer drivers who are below 23 years old or have less than 2 years local driving experience will be subjected to additional security deposits and an additional surcharge of 30% for each booking.
Under the Grab PowerHour programme, drivers can enjoy a lower rental rate without any long-term contracts if Tribecar is rented to drivers who are intending to provide Grab services. Grab drivers registered with Tribecar can book Standard Sedans and Economy+ Cars from $3.90 to $5.90 per hour on weekdays.
Car Club is Singapore’s pioneer car-sharing company and has had more than 22 years of experience in the industry. There are 110+ Car Club stations across Singapore and more than 230 cars up for selection. Cars have to be picked up and returned at the same location.
Car Club pricing comprises of two components – rental and mileage charge – and varies according to the category of car and membership plan you’re on. The value plan is for drivers who require the car for a few select days in a month and the standard is for occasional car rentals. Membership fees are the same for all three plans but the value requires a monthly pre-payment of $50 for use as credits throughout the month.
Note that the credits do not carry over to the next month if not used up and hence being on the value plan will only be worth it if your rental cost exceeds $50 monthly. The distance charge also includes petrol costs. Take note that in the below table, we are using rates for the Economy Vehicle Category
|Membership Fees (per month)||
|Mileage Charge (per km, after any free allowance)||$0.30||$0.40||$0.30|
|Rental Cost (Weekday)|
|First Hour (Minimum)||$9||$10||$9|
|Every 15 Minutes After||$2.25||$2.50||$2.25|
|Daily (24 Hours)||$65||$80||$65|
|Owl Special (9pm-6am)||$26||–||$26|
|Rental Cost (Weekend & Public Holiday)|
|First Hour (Minimum)||$10||$11||$10|
|Every 15 Minutes After||$2.50||$2.75||$2.50|
|Daily (24 Hours)||$98||$132||$98|
|Owl Special (9pm-6am)||$26||–||$26|
Businesses who require car-sharing can also sign up for a corporate plan which offers a more competitive pricing than the consumer plans.
Car Club requires drivers to be above 22 years old with 2 years of driving experience.
Just behind Car Club, WhizzCar comes in with 15 years of experience offering car-sharing services. They have a fleet of 170 cars and 58 stations. Pickup and dropoff needs to be done at the same station.
The rates for rental of a Whizzcar are the same throughout the day and week, except for business hours rental, and include petrol costs. They only differ across the membership plans and type of car.
Whizz car offers three different membership plans – Standard, Extra Value and Whizz-Ezzy. Standard plans do not impose a minimum charge unlike the Extra Value (minimum $64.20 per month). On the Extra Value plan, credits may be brought forward to the next month and consumed within the membership validity period. The Whizz-Ezzy plan is suitable for drivers who requires occasional access to a Whizzcar without any long-term commitment.
For price comparison, we’ve taken the charges for an economy sedan.
|One-Time registration fee||
|Membership Fees (per month)||
|Mileage Charge (per km, after any free allowance)||
|First Hour (Minimum)||$14.07||$11.93||$18.29|
|Every 30 Minutes After||$6.51||$5.44||$8.46|
|Daily (24 Hours)||$143.17||$111.07||$186.12|
|Business Hours (8am-7pm, weekdays)||$71.58||$60.88||$93.05|
Do take note that WhizzCar also has Corporate and Supplementary/Household Memberships. For the Supplementary/Household memberships, the registration and monthly membership fees is halved, but the membership must be tied to a Standard or Extra Value membership. You can contact WhizzCar for more details for both plans.
To join WhizzCar, drivers have to be between 21 and 68 years old, with just one year of driving experience compared to the other operators which mostly require two years of experience.
WhizzCar is also an exclusive Grab partner and there are no membership fees under the WhizzGrab programme. Grab drivers will need to make a minimum of 2 trips per WhizzGrab reservation otherwise the Whizz-Ezzy prices, as above, will be applicable instead.
CarLite is one of the newer players in the market but their rates are competitive. They allow for 15 minute bookings which is great for anyone who only requires the car to go short distances. At the moment however, there are very few stations located only in the West and North-East.
There are 5 tiers of cars to select from. All tiers are self-pump and petrol costs are to be borne by the driver. Entry to Malaysia is charged at $26.75 per calendar day.
|Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Tier 4||Tier 5|
|Per 15 minute costs ( Monday-Friday, 12am to 5pm)||$1||$1.20||$1.60||$1.80||$2.00|
|Per 15 minute costs (other timings)||$1.60||$1.70||$2.20||$2.60||$2.80|
|24 hour Day Rates (Monday-Thursday)||$60||$68||$73||$78||$83|
|24 hour Day Rates (Friday-Sunday)||$80||$90||$95||$100||$110|
|7 Day weekly rate||$420||$450||$520||$550||$620|
Drivers are required to be at least 22 years of age and have 2 years of experience in driving. Certain car makes will be unavailable to those who are not able to meet the requirements.
What You Should Know Before You Decide To Car-Share
There are many factors and cost considerations one needs to make when buying a car.
#1 ERP, Parking and Petrol Fees
When calculating your overall cost, remember to factor in ERP and parking fees. These are excluded from the rental costs paid to the car-sharing operator and have to be borne by the driver. Petrol/mileage fees may or may not have been already factored into the rental cost and it would be prudent to keep these in mind before making your decision.
#2 Late Penalty Fees
Vehicles have to be returned on time otherwise a late penalty fee will be added on to your car rental charges. Some operators (i.e. SMOVE) allow for a grace period, but most others do not. Find out the costs of returning the car late and make a longer booking if required to allow yourself sufficient time to make the return.
#3 Insurance Coverage
All car-sharing operators cover drivers with basic insurance, but you should ensure that you understand what it covers (e.g. personal liability, damages, towing and other costs).
#4 Location And Accessibility
Car-sharing should ease your commuting problems, not make it even more unaccessible. Though some of the car sharing companies may advertise “islandwide” pick-ups and drop-offs, it would be wise to do your due diligence, making sure there are cars and stations near your home or office before you sign up for any membership plan. The ability to return a car at any station should also be a factor to take into consideration as it can significantly affect rental costs.
#5 Child Seats
Child seats are not provided by car-sharing operators and you will have to get your own should you need one.