If the recent ridiculous Grab and Gojek prices has brought you here to this article, welcome to the club! It’s time to dig out your license card… and make your BBDC/ SSDC/ Ubi driving school tuition fees’ worth.
I’ve been using car rental and car sharing services for the past year, and have been on GetGo for the past 6 months. So, how is GetGo as a car sharing service? Read on for our comprehensive GetGo review and a comparison of GetGo vs BlueSG vs DriveLah.
- What is car sharing in Singapore?
- What is GetGo car sharing?
- GetGo Price: How much does GetGo cost?
- GetGo Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV (New)
- GetGo Fuel: Do I need to pump petrol?
- How long can I rent GetGo for?
- GetGo Insurance Excess: What if I get into accident?
- Are P-Plates allowed to drive GetGo?
- GetGo Promo Codes
- GetGo vs BlueSG vs DriveLah
- GetGo Review: Summary
1. What is car sharing in Singapore?
If you’re new to the car rental and car sharing scene in Singapore, the first thing to understand is this: car sharing is different from car rental companies. These terms are used interchangeably most of the time, but these two groups of companies function somewhat differently.
Car sharing providers such as GetGo, BlueSG, DriveLah, Tribecar, and Car Club require you to be a member of their community. Most of the time, you will be required to pay a monthly membership fee as well. For car sharing, you’ll usually do a contactless pick up and drop off the car from HDB carparks. The unlocking and locking of the car is usually done via mobile apps.
You could kind of liken car sharing to Airbnb – you book online, access the Airbnb via a digital doorlock, get instructions on the mobile app, or chat online if you need help, and end your booking via the mobile app. People usually book use car sharing services for short drives such as 1 hour, 4 hours, or up to 24 hours at best. Anything more than 24 hours may cost you too much and you should consider getting conventional car rentals instead.
Car rental companies such as Motorway, Eurokars Leasing, Cycle & Carriage Leasing (beware carrot!!) and all the other smaller garages, on the other hand, typically offer you 3-day, 7-day, 1-month, or 1-year-long rentals. These companies are often located at industrial estates, Bukit Batok, Ubi, etc. You have to call the salesperson to make an enquiry, book the dates, go down to their office to submit your driving license, pay up, and sign some contracts and agreements before you drive off with the car.
At the end of your car rental, the leasing companies will check for “defects” such as dents, scratches, and charge you for it (if any). While most rental companies are pretty lenient and understanding, more upmarket and luxury rental companies will charge you $300 to $600 even for a very fine hairline scratch from tree branches/ twigs.
People often rent long-term cars for PHV (private hire car) use, or to do courier and delivery services such as Lalamove or GogoX.
2. What is GetGo Car Sharing?
GetGo is a pretty new Singapore-based car sharing provider that officially launched on 25 Feb 2021. From 400 vehicles upon time of launch, GetGo has since expanded to a whooping 1,300 fleet of diesel, petrol, and electric cars.
While GetGo is typically known for their eye-catching decals on the road… and their fleet of old COE Mazda 3 sedans, SsangYong Tivolis, and Toyota Sientas, the car sharing provider released a series of premium cars on the 25 May 2022: spanking new Mazda 3 hatchbacks, Hyundai Kona EVs, MG ZS EVs, and the super hyped Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV.
One of the things about GetGo is that it’s a point A to point A service: meaning you pick up and return the car at the same parking lot. You have to eventually return the GetGo car to its original spot. With that being said, GetGo only works if you’re going out to buy something (e.g. lunch, breakfast, or sending your child to school in the morning) and coming home right after.
3. GetGo Price: How much does GetGo car sharing cost?
When you book GetGo car sharing, you need to understand that there are 2 fees to pay every time you make a booking:
- Hourly rental fee: Typically $3 before 9am, $6 during normal hours, $9 for peak hours (eg. Evening, weekends, public holidays). Charged upon booking.
- Mileage fee: $0.39 per km will be charged after your booking has ended.
Prices for GetGo’s electric vehicles are slightly different:
- Hourly fees: $4/hour off peak, $7/hour normal, $10/hour peak
- Mileage fees: $0.25/km
Prices for GetGo’s premium electric vehicles are even higher:
- Hourly fees: $12/hour off peak, $15/hour normal, $18/hour peak
- Mileage fees: $0.25/km
Do the fees rack up over time? Yes, unfortunately. Nothing car-related in Singapore is cheap.
I mainly use GetGo to ferry my elderly mother around to grandchildren and jalan jalan appointments with her friends. She used to Grab or Gojek because old people problems… but the PHV surge prices have been ridiculous recently.
Here’s an actual log of my GetGo trips over April and May:
|13 May 22||3:45pm – 7:45pm||$39.78|
|11 May 22||3:45pm – 7:45pm||$15.90|
|10 May 22||4:30pm – 7:30pm||$37.82|
|5 May 22||6:00am – 7:15am||$18.45|
|30 Apr 22||9:30am – 12:30pm||$35.15|
|28 Apr 22||10:45am – 12:45pm||$15.50|
|25 Apr 22||1:30pm – 4:30pm||$23.90|
|18 Apr 22||4:45pm – 7:15pm||$22.95|
|15 Apr 22||7:45pm – 11:45pm||$52.10|
|10 Apr 22||9:00am – 1:30pm||$59.40|
|7 Apr 22||12:30pm – 1:30pm||$11.95|
|4 Apr 22||4:30pm – 6:30pm||$17|
In April 2022, I spent a total of $237.95 on GetGo. So far in May, I’ve spent a total of $111.95 on GetGo. It’s not a small sum, but comparable to most of your Grab or Gojek bills.
4. GetGo Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV
A total of 10 EVs will be introduced to the GetGo fleet around the Jurong Spring district in the next 6 months. The first GetGo Ioniq 5 was launched on 9 June 2022 at 524 Jurong West Street 52.
The GetGo Ioniq 5 will be charged on ComfortDelGro (CDG) ENGIE’s AC and DC charging network around Jurong. Charging time for the Ioniq 5 is approximately 30 mins from 20% to 80% battery on a 100kW DC charger.
Do note that GetGo’s Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV fleet is the low trim/ low spec variant with 19″ wheels, 480km range, not the high spec Ioniq 5 with the TikTok worthy self-parking features.
Although the Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV comes with a key fob, the GetGo Ioniq 5 fleet will be synced to the GetGo mobile app for users to unlock and lock the car via the app’s smart key function. With that being said, the GetGo Ioniq 5 comes with a Tesla-like retractable door handle. The door handle needs the key fob/ smart key sensor to in close proximity before it flips open.
The GetGo Hyundai Ioniq 5 EVs is priced higher than their usual cars on the GetGo app, too. A 3-hour drive clocking 38.8km cost me $54.70.
Prices for the Getgo Hyundai Ioniq 5 are:
|Getgo Hyundai Ioniq 5 Price||Fee|
All features such as regenerative braking, cruise control, were available for use as of the 9 June when I booked it for a drive. The default setting was set to Medium Regenerative Braking, which is quite aggressive and causes lurching when you lift your feet off the accelerator. You can lower the regenerative braking feature to “Gentle” via the in-car touchscreen dashboard’s “Settings” section.
It’s worthy to note that as of time of writing, Hyundai has yet to bring in the Ioniq 5 EV and requires interested buyers to pay a $500 refundable deposit to secure their interest and test drive when the fleet of Ioniq 5 is made available to Singapore. The incoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV fleet will be produced in Singapore in the soon-to-launch Hyundai Innovation Centre located in Jurong (opposite the former Jurong Junior College site).
Aside from the Hyundai Ioniq 5, GetGo has launched 3 other electric vehicles in their EV fleet this year. The EVs include:
- Hyundai Ioniq Sedan EV
- Hyundai Kona EV
- MG ZS EV
Where to find the GetGo EVs’ locations? I have reached out to a GetGo representative but they said they don’t have a list of the EVs’ locations available. Just gotta find Wally, guys!
5. Do you need to pump petrol when using GetGo?
Not always, but when the fuel tank on your GetGo car is running below 1/4 quarter tank, you will need to drop by Esso to pump petrol.
So, the answer is yes, you will need to pump petrol when using GetGo. It really doesn’t happen too often. In a month, I’ve had to probably refuel the GetGo car 3 or 4 times.
So… how does refuelling work for GetGo car sharing? A little different from pumping petrol for your own car. A GetGo Esso credit card is provided in the car. So, you don’t usually have to fork out any cash. However, once I was at Esso and the GetGo Esso credit card was spoilt. When you run into such situations, you have to Live Chat the customer service (they respond within minutes), and you’ll unfortunately have to pay the $130++ petrol bill first. GetGo will reimburse you after.
Finally, you do get a $6 promo code when you help GetGo to refuel their cars from 1/4 to full tank at Esso. If you refuel 1/4 to full tank at other petrol stations? You get a $3 promo code. It’s kind of GetGo’s way of thanking you for your time to help them refuel. So, I always try to stick to Esso and map myself to an Esso en route to pump petrol to get the $6 promo codes.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to refuelling your GetGo:
- Find the Esso credit card in your GetGo car (usually next to gear stick/ handbrake)
- Check the Esso credit card to see if your GetGo car is diesel or petrol
- Drive to nearest Esso
- Drive into a pump, park, handbrake, switch off, get out
- Open your booking on GetGo app, scroll to bottom, click on “Refuel”
- Use GetGo’s Esso credit card to pay at pump, use Pin Code provided on mobile app to pay
- Always pump full tank
- Get shocked by the receipt, can Instagram or TikTok Esso receipt while you wait to flex
- Done pumping, close diesel or petrol tank cap securely
- Be kiasu and live chat their customer service to let them know you have refuelled the car and you want to get your $6 promo code. Even if you skip this, the promo code will still arrive in a few days’ time
- Live chat customer service will tell you noted, they will email promo code to you in 3-5 business days. Drive off.
6. How long can I rent the GetGo car for?
You can rent an hour, a full day – whatever duration you want on GetGo. However, the hourly rental cost racks up. Most GetGo users rent the GetGo cars for just a few hours to run errands.
If you need the car for the entire weekend for Raya, for example, to go friends and family’s houses for visitation, to pick up grandma, to visit CCK cemetery to pay respects, then GetGo will be way too expensive.
Take for example, 9am to 6pm rental on a Saturday. That’s $9 peak hour charge x 9 hours = $81 in hourly rental fees. Let’s say you drive for 56km across a few locations that day. That’s $0.39/km x 56km = $21.84 in mileage fees. The grand total? $102.84 for just 9am to 6pm.
If you need a rental car for longer hours or days, you should instead consider a 3-day weekend car rental from DriveLah or actual car rental companies instead. You can get cars for $50 to $70 per day, plus one time full tank top up (you pay) for $100 at least. Say you got a $60 car x 3 days = $180. Add petrol, that’s $280 for a weekend.
7. What happens if I hit or get into an accident on the GetGo car?
Good luck to you.
Pay money, lor.
When you book a GetGo car, you are automatically opted into GetGo’s Basic Car Insurance. If you get into an accident on your GetGo car, this is how much you have to pay in cash for insurance excess:
For experienced drivers above 22 years old with more than 2 years of driving experience:
- You damaged GetGo car: $3,210
- You also damaged another car/property: $3,210
- Total payment: $6,420
If you’re a new or young driver aged 22 years old and below, with less than 2 years driving experience:
- You damaged GetGo car: $5,350
- You also damaged another car/property: $5,350
- Total payment: $10,700
Do note that if you’re above 70 years old, you pay the same insurance excess rates as the new and young drivers.
GetGo also has another Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance programme that you can choose when you’re booking your car. Basically you get charged 5% of your booking fee, but it lowers the cash you need to pay if you get into an accident on your GetGo car.
For experienced drivers above 22 years old with more than 2 years of driving experience under CDW:
- You damaged GetGo car: $1,605
- You also damaged another car/property: $1,605
- Total payment: $3,210
If you’re a new or young driver aged 22 years old and below, with less than 2 years driving experience:
- You damaged GetGo car: $2,675
- You also damaged another car/property: $2,675
- Total payment: $5,350
Honestly, if your last drive was your Traffic Police (TP) test 7 years ago… you should probably pay that extra 5% fee for the Collision Damage Waiver since you have a higher chance of getting into an accident or bumping into the wall when you try to reverse park.
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8. Are P-Plates allowed to drive GetGo?
Yes, P-Plates are allowed to drive GetGo cars. However, you will need to bring your own P-Plate to stick to the car (according to TP rules) and remove it after your ride.
Again, since you’re still on P-Plate, you are considered a new driver. Do note that if you hit the GetGo car or run into an accident, your total cash payment is $10,700. If you are on P-Plate and want to drive GetGo, please pay extra 5% for the CDW to lower your possible cash outlay… and get an experienced driver friend to come along with you.
9. GetGo Promo Codes
There are not many GetGo promo codes floating around, to be honest. The biggest promo code you will ever find is the first-timer promo code.
Do note that you can go to the “Promo” tab on the mobile app, key in your promo code to redeem the coupon, then click on the coupon before you make a booking.
There’s also a promo code field for you to key in your GetGo promo code before you click “Book Now”.
Here are some past and current GetGo Promo Codes:
|GetGo Promos||Promo Code|
|First drive 85% off||GG85|
|First drive 50% off||GET50GO|
|20% Hyundai Ioniq 5 hourly rental fee (until 30 Sep, 500 redemptions only)||IONIQ20|
|Refuel 1/4 tank to full tank at Esso||Receive $6 promo code in email|
|Refuel 1/4 tank to full tank at other petrol stations||Receive $3 promo code in email|
|You’ve completed 5 drives with us||Custom promo code|
|Receive $5 off your next 2 bookings||BETA5 (expired)|
|Limited time refuel promos, e.g. $4 promo code for Hari Raya||–|
|Limited time car promos, e.g. 15% off Ssangyong Stavic||–|
10. GetGo vs BlueSG vs DriveLah
Which car sharing service is the best in Singapore? If you are not a good driver or seasoned driver, trust me, pay more and use GetGo. GetGo’s fleet is pretty well maintained, regularly cleaned, and accessible at HDB carparks. The Live Chat customer service responds to you within minutes and resolves all issues pretty quickly.
Contrary to popular belief, BlueSG cars are not the easiest drive and are really not suitable for new and beginner drivers.
If you’ve never tried driving BlueSG, let me tell you why: BlueSG cars’ acceleration pedals are pretty hard probably due to their regenerative braking feature. But if you’re not used to it, it can be difficult to control since the car slows down immediately when you lift your feet off the accelerate pedal. The car has no idle power, so there’s no creep when you go into Reverse gear. You’ll have to step super hard on the acceleration pedal to start reversing. That might be why you so often find BlueSG accidents all over SG Road Vigilante and Beh Chia Lor.
Then, the BlueSG customer service hotline exists to test your patience. Expect a 10 to 15 minute wait on the line before you reach a I-Hate-My-Job call service personnel.
DriveLah’s fleet are personal cars that the owners rent out when they are not using their cars. So, you will need to be super clean, super careful, and not damage or dirty their cars. And that stress is real if you’re a new driver. Seasoned drivers might actually find DriveLah a fun experience since you get to drive your neighbour’s BMW or Audi for a few hours. You usually end up chatting with the owner of the car as well, so it’s a nice way to meet your neighbours, exchange food recommendations, and try different cars.
Price-wise, DriveLah seems like the cheapest car sharing option over weekends. If you’re driving for long distances, GetGo is the more expensive car sharing service:
|Car Sharing Singapore||Price (Weekends)||Petrol or Electric Vehicles|
|GetGo||$59++ for 4 hours||Diesel, Petrol, EVs|
|BlueSG||$45.90 for 3 hours||EVs|
|DriveLah||$40 + petrol cost for 4 hours||Petrol|
11. GetGo Review: Summary
GetGo makes the most value when you rent on weekday mornings before 9am. I’ve noticed my neighbours using the GetGo to send their children to school in the mornings around 6-7am and it’s actually a pretty clever idea. If you need to go to the gym and do groceries in the mornings, it’s also a pretty good way to get around.
Is GetGo’s Ioniq 5 worth it? Yes! If you’re a car enthusiast, the cruise control, regenerative braking features, and incredible EV acceleration on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is adrenaline pumping. Got $100,000 in your pocket for a Category B COE? Test out if the EV life is for you.
On weekends, DriveLah may be cheaper than GetGo. Anyway, GetGo cars are always booked out on weekends these days. It’s getting way too competitive on the GetGo app man, people book out the GetGo cars on weekends a week or two in advance. So, if you need a GetGo car, expect to camp on the GetGo app to watch if any of your neighbours cancelled their weekend booking. Lol, back full circle to that camping on the BBDC/ SSDC website life.
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