Saturday, December 22, 2018

Car Rental: Smove vs Tribecar (2018 Dec Edition)

I wrote a post regard to Smove vs Tribecar in Feb 2018 (Link).
It is time to update this since the last post is almost 1 year ago.

If you havent heard of Smove and Tribecar, both are car rental companies where you can rent their cars for personal use or to drive for Grab.

Smove have this "Super Short Rental" booking with min 15mins per booking.
This is very useful / cheaper option if you are going home and there is a high surge in Grab price or no driver is available.

You can easily identify a Smove car by its 2 blue side mirror.

As for Tribecar, by its big ugly sticker

Let take a look at the Pro and Cons of these 2 companies.

Newer car (Typically less than 3 yrs old)
Min $50 per booking
Keyless (Only require Ezlink to lock/unlock car)
110+ pickup locations only
Booking fee included petrol (Unless you exceed the mileage caps which is unlikely for normal usage)
More costly than Tribecar
No payment required for petrol topup at all Esso station as every car is equip with Esso Speedpass
Upfront payment for first 3 trips
Able to return car at diff location from your pickup location
Min age requirement is 24 years old  (Except their Premium Category which require min 27 years old)
Rent timing in 15 mins block (eg: X:00, X:15, X:30: X:45)
You can unlock and drive the car 15mins before your booked timeslot for free

No upfront security deposit required
Car Fleet include BMW

Min $2 per booking (Exclude Motorcycle)
Older car (Typically 6yrs and above for Economy category)
Min 1 hour per booking
Require to use car key to lock/unlock car  
Cheaper than Smove
Booking fee exclude petrol. Required to pump petrol for every book trip
Car Fleet include Motorcycle and Vans
Unable to return car to diff location from your pickup location
Min age requirement is 23 years old
Rent timing in 60 mins block (eg: X:00)
 230+ pick up locations
You can unlock and drive the car 30mins before your booked timeslot for free only if the previous time slot is not been booked
 $100 upfront refunable security deposit required 
Require to topup cash credit into e-Wallet 

$5 per month fee if account remains inactive for 6 months

1) Car Fleet - Sedan, SUV, MPV 
2) Unable to choose specific car model you wanted
3) Pay per use (No membership fee)
4) Ability to buy Collision Damage Wavier (CDW) insurance to reduce the excess

If you prefer a premium economy kind of car and rental experience, I will recommend Smove.
Else, Tribecar is good enough.

Looking to rent car for upcoming Xmas / New Year / CNY or running errands? 

Use my ref link below to enjoy the following bonus.
Smove: $20 bonus credit when you sign up with my ref link
Tribecar: $15 bonus credit if you topup $50 to your e-Wallet (First Topup only) with my ref link

 PS: You will get nothing if you sign up directly without any ref link

Related post:
1) Life as a 1 week Uber driver during company forced leave (Part 1)
2) Life as a 1 week Uber driver during company forced leave (Part 2)
3) Car Rental: Smove vs Tribecar

1 comment:

  1. Nice post! Keep sharing more informative posts about your services.