by Venus Zoleta, on category "Car Insurance"
November 4, 2019
This article was originally published on February 19, 2018 and was updated on November 4, 2019.
Looking for the cheapest car rental service in the Philippines? Here’s the thing about saving money when renting a car: the price isn’t the only thing to consider when choosing the best rent-a-car company. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better.
Of course, you need to stay within your budget. But you also have to look at other things that drive car rental prices: service, vehicle selection, hidden fees, inclusions and limitations, and other terms and conditions. The car rental provider’s garage locations and vehicle safety features are important considerations as well.
Check these things between different rent-a-car service providers. There has to be a balance between the price and the quality of service that a car rental company provides.
In this guide, we’ll compare some of the top car rental companies in the Philippines.
When shopping around for car rental companies, the first thing you have to check is each provider’s pick-up and drop-off points. You want to make sure that the car rental location is accessible to you. Ideally, it’s located nearest your home, at the airport where you’ll arrive, or at the hotel where you’re staying. This way, you won’t be as hassled when picking up and returning the rental car.
As you can see in the table below, most companies provide car rental in Manila. Quite a handful of them also offer car rental in Cebu and Davao, as well as key locations in the rest of Luzon. A few others serve only within Metro Manila.
|Car Rental Companies||Metro Manila||Luzon||Visayas||Mindanao|
|(1) Anis||Mandaluyong (with car delivery service)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|(2) Avis||Alabang; Manila Airport Hotel; NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3||Angeles, Pampanga; Clark Airport, Calamba, Laguna; Baguio||Mactan-Cebu International Airport; Lapu Lapu, Cebu||Davao International Airport; Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City; General Santos Airport; East Royale Hotel, GenSan|
|(3) Budget||NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3; Roxas Blvd., Parañaque;||N/A||Mactan-Cebu International Airport; Lapu Lapu, Cebu; Mandaue City, Cebu||N/A|
|(4) Diamond||NAIA 1 and 2, Makati, Parañaque, SM Center Pasig, Quezon City, SM San Lazaro||Calamba, Laguna; SM Clark, Pampanga; SM Angono, Rizal||N/A||SM Davao|
|(5) ECLPI||NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3; Makati; BGC, Taguig; Ortigas, Pasig; Malate, Manila; Marriott Hotel , Pasay; Alabang; Parañaque||N/A||Lapu Lapu, Cebu||N/A|
|(6) Europcar||NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3; Makati; Pasig; Parañaque; BGC, Taguig; Mandaluyong; Quezon City||Clark, Pampanga; Laguna||Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Summit Circle Cebu, Seda Ayala Center Cebu||Davao International Airport; Marco Polo Davao; Seda Abreeza Davao; Waterfront Insular Davao; Dusit D2 Davao; Dusit Thani Davao; Laguindingan Airport, Cagayan de Oro; Seda Centrio, CDO; GenSan Airport; Suncity Suites, GenSan|
|(7) Hertz||NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3; Makati; BGC, Taguig||Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga; Puerto Princesa City; El Nido Airport||Mactan-Cebu International Airport; Lapu Lapu, Cebu; Mandaue City, Cebu||Davao International Airport; Lanang Business Park, Davao City;|
|(9) MIAS||Las Piñas (delivers anywhere in Metro Manila)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Car for rent services cater to a variety of purposes, though most companies provide self-driven and chauffeur-driven car rentals as their main products. Long-term leases are also available for personal and corporate transport needs.
However, there may be occasions when you need to rent a vehicle for an event, like a wedding or anniversary. Or you need a car that will take you from or to the airport. Look for a car rental company that offers the exact service you need.
Here is a table to give you a glimpse of the common car rental services in the Philippines.
|Car Rental Companies||Self-Drive||Chauffeur-Driven||Airport Transfer||Point-to-Point/City Transfers||One-Way Rental||Shuttle Service/Group Tours||Weddings and Special Events||Long-Term Car Lease|
Narrow down your choices by finding out which companies have the vehicle type you need. But first, determine the kind of vehicle you want to rent. Driving alone around the city? You need a small car such as a compact hatchback or sedan. Need a big vehicle for the whole family or your company team-building? You need an SUV or a van for that.
To give you an idea of what exactly matches your needs, here are the different vehicle types available for rent in the Philippines and their seating and luggage capacities:
Now, look at the vehicle selection of each company you’re considering to check if it has the car make and model you have in mind.
|Car Rental Companies||Hatchback||Sedan||SUV||AUV/MPV||Pick-up||Van||Minibus||Premium|
|Anis||Toyota Wigo||Toyota Vios, Honda Civic||Toyota Fortuner||Toyota Innova||N/A||Toyota Hiace||N/A||N/A|
|Avis||N/A||Vios, Toyota Corolla Altis||Fortuner, Ford Everest, Honda CR-V||Innova||N/A||Hiace||Hyundai County Bus||Toyota Camry|
|Budget||N/A||Vios, Altis, Camry, Honda City||Fortuner||Innova||N/A||Hiace, Hyundai Grand Starex||N/A||N/A|
|Diamond||Wigo||Vios, Altis, Camry, Volkswagen Santana||Fortuner||Innova||N/A||Nissan Urvan, Hiace||N/A||N/A|
|ECLPI||N/A||Vios, Altis, Sentra, Almera, Mirage||N/A||Innova||N/A||Hiace Grandia, Toyota Alphard, Starex||Mitsubishi Rosa||BMW 7 Series, 5 Series, X3; Camry; Chrysler 300C; Mercedes Benz S-Class; Volkswagen Passat, Jetta|
|Europcar||N/A||Vios, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Altima||Volkswagen Tiguan||Innova||Toyota Hilux||Hiace Super Grandia||N/A||Volkswagen Touareg|
|Hertz||Wigo||Vios, Nissan Sylphy||Fortuner, Suzuki Jimny, Ford Ecosport||Innova||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Juzzr||N/A||Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Nissan Almera||N/A||Mitsubishi Xpander||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|MIAS||Hyundai Eon, Kia Rio||Vios, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Altima (Wedding with driver only)||Chevrolet Captiva and Trailblazer (Chauffeur-driven only), Mitsubishi Montero Sport||Toyota Avanza, Innova, Mitsubishi Adventure, Kia Carnival (Chauffeur-driven only)||Mitsubishi Strada||Hiace, Hiace Grandia (Chauffeur-driven only), Urvan (Chauffeur-driven only)||N/A||N/A|
|Reserve||Wigo||Vios, Altis, Nissan Juke||Toyota RAV 4, Fortuner||Innova||N/A||Alphard, Hiace Commuter, GL Grandia, Super Grandia, LXV||N/A||Mercedes Benz C200|
Note: Exact vehicle makes and models are subject to availability.
The last thing you’d want to happen while on the road—whether it’s your own car or not—is a car breakdown. To avoid that stressful situation, make sure to rent a car in good to excellent condition. Ideally, it’s a newer model not earlier than 2016 year models.
On their website and social media accounts, car rental companies would claim that all their vehicles are in prime condition. But don’t just take their word for it. If it’s possible, visit the garage of the providers you’re considering to inspect the unit you wish to rent.
Take note also of the features available in the rental car. For instance, most companies offer vehicles with automatic transmission. If you prefer to drive a manual, check if a provider’s car rental lineup includes units with manual transmission.
Safety is also a key consideration when choosing a car rental company. It’s best to rent a car fitted with a GPS tracking device to prevent car theft. Traveling with a child? Be sure to look for a rental company that includes a child safety seat in its package.
Although not exactly an in-vehicle safety feature, some car for rent companies offer an extra driver for an additional cost, which is a good add-on to consider for long road trips. For example, if you’ll travel from Manila to Baguio (which can take up to six hours) and will get a chauffeur-driven service, it’s good to have two drivers taking turns behind the steering wheel, so one of them can take a rest while the other is driving.
Some companies have their car rental price list posted on their respective websites. Others have flexible pricing, so you’ll have to call or email them to ask for a quote.
Car rentals are priced on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. While daily rates look cheaper than weekly and monthly rates, you’ll get to save more when you choose a weekly rate, especially if you need to use a car for at least one week.
The car make and model you’ll rent also affects the price of your vehicle rental. For example, renting a hatchback or a sedan costs lower than a bigger vehicle like an SUV or van. Premium or luxury cars like BMW and Mercedes Benz, obviously, are the most expensive vehicles to rent.
Prices also depend on the service type you choose. Chauffeur-driven comes with an added service of a driver, which is why it costs higher than a self-driven car.
When comparing the car rental prices, make sure to do it apples to apples. Meaning, you don’t mix up daily rates with weekly rates or compare rental prices for different vehicle types. If, for example, you need to rent an Innova, compare prices of the same vehicle model (or at least a different model but of the same vehicle type.)
You can create a car rental comparison table similar to the one below. Let’s say you’re looking at daily and weekly rental rates for an economy sedan, like a Toyota Vios or a Ford Fiesta, with manual transmission for self-driving around Metro Manila.
Here’s how the car rental prices comparison table will look like:
|Car Rental Companies||Daily Rates||Weekly Rates|
|Anis||PHP 1,750||PHP 10,500|
|Avis||PHP 3,350.55||PHP 20,103.29|
|Europcar||PHP 2,195||PHP 15,368|
|Hertz||PHP 2,545||PHP 13,720|
|Juzzr||PHP 3,200 (minimum of 2 days)||PHP 8,400|
|MIAS||PHP 2,900 (minimum of 2 days)||PHP 9,500|
Note: Pricing information are based on available data on each company’s website and Facebook page. For companies not included in the list, contact them directly for quotation requests.
Based on the table above, Reserve Car Rentals has the cheapest 24-hour car rental service. But if you’ll rent a car for two days, MIAS has the lowest rate. If you’ll use a rental car for a full week, you’ll get the most savings from Juzzr Car Rental.
What services are included in the price? Which ones aren’t part of the package?
The best car rental deal includes all the services and other things you need at the lowest price possible.
Many rent-a-car services come with full or partial insurance coverage such as personal accident insurance, third-party liability bodily injury or property insurance, comprehensive insurance for own damage and theft, and collision damage waiver.
If you’re frequently traveling and need to rent a car from time to time, consider getting car insurance with car rental coverage.
Read the fine print, too, so you know the limitations of a car for rent service. For instance, most car rental companies exclude toll fees and parking fees from their rates.
Be on the lookout for any hidden fees that might be charged for certain usage or condition:
Whether you need to rent a vehicle for your weekend road trip with the family, a big event you’re organizing, or just getting around the city (if you’re a foreigner traveling to the Philippines for business or pleasure), research and compare your options so that you can find the best car rental package that will provide value-for-money service.