What is Tribecar?
It is a marketplace for car rental operators and hirers. Hirers can rent the car both leisure and commercial usage on hourly or daily basis.
How is Tribecar different from other car sharing?
Tribecar is the only car-sharing model in Singapore equipped with private hire insurance and complied with LTA regulation, allowing commercial (driving for Uber/GrabCar or sending delivery for NinjaVan) and/or leisure usages.
What are the main benefits of using Tribecar?
- You can use it for commercial usage (Uber/GrabCar/NinjaVan) to earn money.
- Save the hassle of documentation and key exchanging at traditional car rental companies.
- Pay only what you need with our hourly or daily rental rates.
- Tribecar is conveniently parked within minutes from the MRT.
- Our rental rates are very affordable and start from as little as S$0.50 per hour and from as little as S$65 per day (24 hour usage).
- It is not restricted by the business opening hour and you can collect the car any time of the day.
Is Tribecar better than owning a car?
Tribecar is for the occasional use when the need arises. We give you the flexibility of using a car whenever you need one but taking care of all other costs.
What can I use the car for?
It could be for leisure activities from fetching your kids to school, buying groceries, running errands, Valentine Day, going for dates, a spin around Singapore, any recreational activities to commercial use for GrabCar/NinjaVan, and much more.
What are the requirements to join Tribecar?
You must be
- Between 18 - 65 years old
- Be a Singaporean/PR who possess a valid Singapore driving license with 2 years of local driving experience (as indicated on your Singapore driving licence) or holding an employment pass with valid Singapore Driving License of at least 2 years.
New Drivers who are less than 23 years old and have less than 2 years local driving experience may also apply but they would be subjected to additional requirements. See Terms and Conditions for more information.
How can I join Tribecar?
Click on this link
to sign up online, no membership fees required! If you have questions, please talk to our online team daily from 3pm to 12mn SGT (excluding PH). They can activate your account online! We highly recommend no walk-ins, very often we are out of office for deployment.
What are the costs involved?
There will be a refundable security deposit collected per person at S$100/- (Singaporean/PR with local driving licence) or S$1000/- (Foreigners with local or international driving license) deducted through credit/debit card when you register online. An additional S$100/- security deposit applies for New Drivers.
Rental is chargeable at an hourly rate. Unlike other car sharing, we do not collect membership fees. The security deposit will be refunded back to you only upon termination of membership.
Can I add named driver to my reservation?
Yes, you can add up to two named driver, chargeable at 10% for current member and 30% for non-member per booking whichever that is higher. The non-member must also fulfill the requirements (in terms of eligibility such as driving experience, age and possession of valid driving licence (vocational licence too if required).
When will my account be activated?
Account activation may take up to 3 - 5 working days. If you have waited for 5 working days and have yet to receive an SMS/email from us on the activation of your account, do let us know via email ([email protected]
). Alternatively, use our Signup Online Chat that is open daily from 3PM to 12MN (SGT) (exclude PH) for registration assistance.
My account is disabled, what can I do?
We are sorry but your account may take about 3 - 5 working days to activate. Please use our Signup Online Chat that is daily (exclude Public Holiday) from 3PM to 12MN SGT to talk to us. The chat is at the orange popup at the lower right hand corner of your screen. Alternatively, out of Signup Online Chat hours, please email ([email protected]
) for assistance.
Resetting your account password
To reset your password, simply proceed to the Login webpage and click on "I Forgot My Password". Click on the reset web link provided via email and you will be able to change your password accordingly.
Updating your account information
Only your contact number and email address can be updated by simply logging in to your account and clicking on "Edit Profile". If you wish to change other information (eg. Residential address) linked to your account, do write in to us at [email protected]
Reservation / Booking
Can I pick up the car earlier?
If there is no booking on the vehicle you book for the previous hour, you can pick up the car 30 minutes earlier. Just refresh the Account page 30 minutes before your pickup time to check if you are eligible. There will be a prompt message: "Car is available for early pick-up"
What is "Car Availablity"? How do I make use of it?
Car Availability displays the category availability for the days selected.
To make use of it, users would need to understand the meaning of the colors.
- All Cars are available at this time slot.
- No Cars are available at this time slot.
- Limited Cars
- Some cars are available at this time slot.
- No Longer Available
- The schedule will not be displayed as the time has passed, or this category is no longer available.
When Limited Cars are displayed, hover your mouse pointer over the time slots to see which car is available during that time.
Though the system will assign the car to you, it would be useful to understand which cars are available.
When cars are limited, there is a small chance that the system is unable to assign you as a single car at the time that you need it. An example of such a scenario shown below:.
What is this $200 (Malaysia Usage) / $200 (Premium Cars) / $200 (Special Drive) authorisation hold?
(Until further notice, Auth Hold for Audi A3 is waived.) If you book any cars in any of the Premium categories (e.g. for Audi A3, Mini Cooper), or if you make a booking for Malaysia use, you may be requested to approve an authorisation hold by Tribecar for the length of the booking or for at least 7 days. If you use a credit card, this reduces your available balance but does not appear as a charge on your statement.
This is similar to how you place a authorisation hold on your credit card when you check into a hotel. If your booking extends beyond 7 days, you may be requested to re-approve this authorisation. If there are any damages or accidents or fines or any other charges incurred by you to due from you, we will capture this charge to offset any outstanding balance due from you. Otherwise, this authorisation will be cancelled automatically.
If you are unable to complete the authorisation hold, there will be no refund or partial refund for the booking. This is so even if the booking was utilized partially or not utilised at all.
I wish to extend my reservation. How can I do it?
Click on the extend button and indicate the number of hours you would like to extend, there will be a message to tell you if it is successful.
If you try to extend for 3 hours and it is unsuccessful, please reduce the number of hours for extension and try again. If you would like to make an extension during your trip, do note that no extension is allowed 15 minutes prior to the reservation end time.
What is the amendment / cancellation policy?
Amendment / Cancellation less than or before 24 hours will incur 80% rental charge.
Amendment / Cancellation equal or between 24 to 48 hours will incur 50% rental charge.
Amendment / Cancellation more than or after 48 hours will incur $0.80 cancellation charge.
In the unlikely event of breakdown before your collection, a refund or replacement may be given to you. In the unlikely event of breakdown during your reservation, the remaining hours will be refunded as credits to your account.
What if I want to terminate my account?
Please write to us at [email protected]
. We will reply with a termination form. Please do fill it and mail the form back to us and we will process your termination. Do note that credits are non-refundable and please use up your credits in your e-wallet before termination. For information on the refunds of the security deposit, click here
How long will the refund of the security deposit take?
It may take up to 45 working days to process for the termination and your security deposit will be refunded back to you in a cheque. The reason for 45 working days is that we will need to check for any fines, penalty, foreign summons, insurance and court case before finance will be able to close the account.
What are the charges for returning the car late?
For every 15 minutes block (or part thereof) that you are late, you will be penalized S$10.00
and we will compensate the next hirer (who will be waiting for you) for S$5.00. Note, if festive charges apply, the late fee per block will be S$10.00 or the festive charge, whichever is higher.
Hirers are also allowed to cancel their booking for full refund on the various scenarios if the previous hirer is late.
|Duration of booking
||Minimum waiting time before full refund on cancellation
|1 – 2 hours
|3 – 23 hours
|More than or equals to 24 hours
Payment / Pricing
What does your e-wallet consists of?
There are two components in your e-wallet - the amount that you top up as cash and the amount that is given to you in credits. Do note that credits will not be refunded back to you upon termination and you can use up all your credits before termination.
Is there a minimum credit I need to have in my account?
You do not need minimum credit into your e-wallet but it is advisable to have at least S$20.00/- in your e-wallet just in case of late charges. If your e-wallet runs into negative balance, your future bookings will ALL be cancelled.
My account runs into negative balance. What will happen?
If your accounts run into negative balance, all future bookings will be cancelled and the amount for your future bookings goes back to your credit account. You will have to remake the booking again. You will have 24 hours to top-up your account in order not to have your account suspended. After which, you will have to remake the booking again.
How do I top up my e-wallet and is there an expiry date for my credits?
You may top up your e-wallet through the online credit/debit card top up system. Do note that a Payment Gateway Fee of between $1 - $3 will be chargeable for top-ups up to $200. Should you top up a custom amount (more than $200), there will be an additional $1 Payment Gateway Fee imposed per $100 increments. E.g. if you topup $300, you will incur a total of $4 in Payment Gateway Fees.
While your membership is active, the credits in your account do not expire. However, do note that dormancy fee of $5 per month will be chargeable if the account remains inactive for 6 months.
Collection / Returning
Where can I locate the car?
You can refer to your booking details after you login. A map with the details to the location can be found on your account page.
How do I unlock the car?
The "Start Trip" is only enabled on the start time of your booking. Click on the "Start Trip" button, a blue lamp above the driver door handle will blink when the door is unlocked. Your trip will start based on the timing you booked.
Where are the car keys?
The car key will be located in the glove compartment to the left of the steering wheel. Please remember to return the key to the key compartment at the end of the trip. If you fail to do so, a key recovery service fee of $50 will be charged to your account.
What if the car is damaged?
There is a checklist located in your glove compartment. Go through the exterior of the car and checked against the dents, scratches or other damages. If anything is different, please report it by email: [email protected]
. Please provide us with as much details as possible. You do not want to be held responsible for any damage you did not cause, so remember to check at the start of every reservation.
Where can I park the car after my reservation?
Please return the car back to the same parking location where you pickup the vehicle. If you are unable to park your car within the range of carpark lot numbers, report issue to let us know which Deck/Lot you have parked at. Note that your trip is only successfully completed after you click on end trip. Do arrive 10 minutes before your booking end to end trip or else cancellation charge will apply.
How can I end my reservation?
After you park the car, collect your belongings, remove any trash and tap the "End Trip" button. A blue lamp beside the steering wheel will light up after the door is locked. Do note that the reservation is only ended until you successfully locked the door and the page displays the message "Your reservation has ended. Thank you for using Tribecar". If you receive an error message, please try to "End Trip" two more times. Otherwise, email us immediately with the issue and you may leave the car.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the end of your trip at the parking location so you may have enough time to tidy the car for the next customer. Please remember to return the key to the key compartment. So that you are able to "End Trip". For safety reasons, you must unbuckle all seat belts before ending the trip.
Are pets allowed in the cars?
We strictly do not allow pets in the cars to be considerate to the next user that might be allergic to pets. You will be fined S$200 if there are fur found in the car.
Can I smoke in the car?
Smoking is strictly not allowed, even with the windows wound down. Customers caught smoking will be fined at S$200. Holding a cigarette outside the car while driving is still considered smoking as well.
Who pays for fuel?
You will have to top up fuel for your drive and return fuel at any level so long as the fuel light does not comes up. If the next hirer report that the fuel light comes up; we will deduct $20 (first offense) to $50 (second offense onwards) from your account. Hirer collecting the car has to take picture of the fuel light UPON IGNITION to show the picture of the fuel light and report issue within 15 minutes of reservation.
IMPORTANT:All Tribecar Opel Mokka and Opel Crossland must be filled up to FULL TANK (Diesel Euro5) immediately prior to the conclusion of the Rental Period. Similarly, all Toyota Prius (Gen 4) must be filled up to FULL TANK (Petrol RON 95 or better) immediately prior to the conclusion of the Rental Period.
If you return the car with less than Full Tank, you will be levied the relevant Fuel Top-up Charge (See T&Cs, typically SGD 20) per 1/8th of the tank or part thereof. The subsequent hirer will be reimbursed 50% of the fuel fees successful collected.
Are they are any tips for driving?
For cars with Foot Parking Brake, e.g. Toyota Wish, be sure it is released before driving off. For cars with Foot Parking Brakes, you should see 3 pedals below the dashboard. Usually the left most pedal is the parking brake.
For e-Start cars (aka Keyless Start), be sure to put the gear into Park, depress the pedal AND press the Start/Stop button to start the car. If the remote battery is weak, put the car remote on top of the Start/Stop button before pressing the Start/Stop button.
Who takes cares of the car maintenance?
The maintenance of the vehicle will be borne by Tribecar, Hirer must keep note of the vehicle engine temperature, any overheating due to Hirer's/Hirer's negligence, repair and any miscellaneous cost shall be borne by the Hirer. If there is any problem due to wear and tear or vehicle breakdown, the Hirer is to report to Tribecar immediately and seek for advice/permission before proceed to fix the issue.
What insurance coverage do you have?
The vehicle is covered with motor insurance for all the vehicles. Own damage excess per accident from S$3000 & 3rd party excess per accident from S$3000 (Subject to GST of 7%). The excess amounts may vary depending on the type of vehicle and hirer's driving qualification thus please check out the full terms and conditions for more information. Kindly note that insurance coverage only covers the body work of the car and downtime for the rental period has to be charged separately depending on the duration of repair required.
What is Collision Damage Waiver and what it does?
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) reduces insurance excess, both own damage and third party damage by 50% waiver in the event of any accident.
Hirer can opt in for CDW by paying additional 6 to 10% of total rental, depending on vehicle type.
Note: CDW is only applicable to selected vehicles under Economy Car/Economy MPV.
Illustrated as below:
Total Damaged cost: S$5,000 to own vehicle, S$4,000 to third party vehicle
||Insurance Excess (Without CDW)*
||Insurance Excess (With CDW)*
|Total Amount (Own Damage)
|Total Amount (Third Party Damage)
* Above quoted amounts are subjected to GST charges.
Breakdown / Reporting Issues
I got into an accident. What should I do and what should I note?
If the car is in working condition, please drive to the workshop during office hours.
If the car is unable to move, please press the button on your phone that indicates "breakdown" if your car is unable to move. We will activate tow service.
If you get into an accident, you will also be obligated to report to the workshop (53 Paya Ubi Industrial Park #03-47 (s)408934) the next day for an accident report.
Please take pictures of all the damage and scene of the insurance for claim that might be filed. Get independent witness (bystanders), ask for their contact and get them to write down what they saw. Take note if any party apologizes or accepts responsibility and notify us of the information.
Please also be reminded to click on "End Trip" button.
What should I do in an emergency?
Keep calm. Login to Tribecar and navigate to your account page
.Then, tap on the "Need Help" button to contact our 24-hour assistance service. You may wish to know that no replacement car will be provided for your booking(s).
I got a punctured tire/flat battery/breakdown. What should I do?
Please tap the Breakdown button in your accounts page to contact us.
If there is a punctured tire, please change it yourself and send the car to the workshop to change the tire. An administrative fee of S$50 will be charged for on-road assistance on top of repair or replacement of car part to be charged to the customer. If it is due to wear and tear, charges will be borne by us.
What happens if I have a back-to-back booking?
If the car-plate is the same, you can continue your booking and end trip when your second booking ended. If the car-plate is different, you will have to return the car back to your original location to swap the vehicle. You can check if the car plate is the same under your "Bookings" tab.
How are cost calculated when I have to pay for damages to the car.
The majority of cars under Tribecar are owned by our partners instead of being owned by us. Thus, for the damage repair cost of these cars, the customer would then have to work directly with our partners’ appointed workshop. A direct quotation will be given by the appointed workshop which entails a detailed breakdown of the repair cost involved. Tribecar will assist in providing a second opinion or sometimes help to negotiate on their behalf.
Can the cars be driven into Malaysia?
Most of the Economy Sedan, Economy MPV and Standard MPV are allowed into Malaysia. The system will let you know if you can drive into Malaysia by providing you with an option to select Malaysia Entry. The system will let you know if you can drive the car into Malaysia by providing you the option to select Malaysia Entry.
What happens if the car experiences a breakdown in Malaysia?
- Contact Tribecar using the Need Help (Breakdown/Emergency) button in their accounts page
- Hirer will have to call our Malaysia breakdown hotline at: 1-800-88-3833
- Hirer will be responsible for any towing fee up to the causeway. Hirer is also allowed to send the car for simple repairs for battery, tyres, air conditioning system. All costs and expenses arising from the breakdown of the vehicle such as towing fee, loss/damage reparation costs will be borne by the Hirer and no reimbursement will be given.
What happens if you get into an accident in Malaysia?
- Insurance excess will be doubled at for own damage excess per accident & doubled for 3rd party excess per accident. Compulsory CDW will reduce hirer excess for own damage per accident & 3rd party excess per accident. See Terms and Conditions for more information.
- Hirer will have to make arrangement for tow up to the mid bridge of the causeway if the car is not adequate to drive.
- Hirer will also not abandon the Vehicle without any adequate provision for safeguarding. Hirer must also sought prior approval by Tribecar to leave the car.
What are the penalty charges do I need to know about?
|Type of Penalty
||S$500 or higher depending on the cost of replacement
|Malaysia Entry (without indication)
||Suspension of membership
S$400 to reinstate membership
|Abuse/Misuse or Tempering of Tribecar systems
||S$200 and above and/or necessary legal action
||First offense – education and warning
Second offense - education and last warning
Third offense onwards* - up to $200 for any reported case
*regardless of whether driver/passenger are smokers
|Tampering with Private Hire (LTA) sticker
||S$200 fee and traffic police report lodged against you
|Removal of Tribecar sticker without approval
||$200 per sticker per incident
|Return vehicle with unsatisfactory interior condition / soiled car (Pee smell, dog fur, durian...etc)
||S$100 to S$200 depending on deep cleaning charges
|Did not return car to designated location
|Key Recovery Service Fee
|Roadside Assistance Fee
||S$50 (office hours) $100 (out of office hours)
|Fuel light comes up
||S$20 (first offense)
S$50 (second offense onwards)
|Did not switch off headlight
|Scratches / Dents
||S$50 - S$300 in general for reported case against you but may depend on exact repair costs
|Missing USB Car Charger
|Removal of SD Card/Memory Card from In-car Camera
||S$100 and revocation of insurance coverage
|Late Return Fee
||S$10.00 onwards (depending on category) deducted for every 15 minutes block of late return
|Terminate account without using the system
||S$5 admin fee (w.e.f 1 Jan 2017)
|Unpaid parking/traffic/vehicular offences
||S$10 admin fee (w.e.f 1 Jan 2017)
|Wrong type of fuel pumped into the vehicle
||S$400 or higher depending on the cost of repair
|Breach of road safety rules (e.g. speeding, defeating seat belt safety system, driving without appropriate traffic/vocational licence)
||From $100 onwards
|Failure to obey instructions by Tribecar
|| S$100 and above (including forfeiture of current and future bookings with no reimbursements)
|Subletting Rental/Sharing of Account/Unauthorized Sharing of Vehicle
||S$500 and the immediate forfeiture of the security deposit and termination of the registered member's account. Amount may be higher depending on the severity of the situation.
|Missing Tribecar Security Dongle (attached to Key)
||First offence – Warning will be issued
Subsequent offences – $20 penalty for each case
I have rented motorcycle from other companies and I was usually given a workshop contact. Where do I go for servicing or to change bulb or tyres?
Motorcycles have significantly shorter service mileage than cars and are typically between 1,000km to 2,000 km per service. It is not uncommon to come near or cross the servicing mileage during your booking. You must bring the motorcycle to Tribecar`s authorised workshops before the motorcycle exceeds 200 km in mileage from the servicing mileage as indicated in your booking email or on the sticker found under the motorcycle seat. The servicing takes about 15 minutes and you will be reimbursed with half a day of rental to your booking. You may be liable for repair costs if you fail to service the bike in time and there is damage to the motorcycle.
The authorised workshops for motorcycle servicing are:
- Heng Motor (Changi) - 471, Changi Road, Singapore 419889 - Mon to Fri 930am to 630pm & Sat 930am to 530pm (Excluding PH)
- Heng Motor (Toh Guan) - 36, Toh Guan Rd East, #01-33, Singapore 608580 - Mon to Fri 930am to 630pm & Sat 930am to 530pm (Excluding PH)
Earn money with Tribecar?
How much is the deposit for New Drivers?
New Drivers have to input an additional deposit of $100.
Your total deposit will be at $200 for Singaporean/PR New Drivers and $1100 for Non-Singaporean New Drivers.
Can I rent a Motorcycle if I have the relevant motor licence?
We will take the least experience of all your licences and classify you accordingly for the New Driver categorisation. However, depending on your usage, you may elect to turn off the bookings for Cars (which may have less experience) so you may take advantage of the Experienced rider status.
Important to note as well, you need to have at least 2 years riding experience to make a booking for Motorcycles on Tribecar. New Drivers/Riders explicitly do not have access to Motorcycles.
Here are some examples:
- If you have Class 3 for 5 years, Class 2B for 1 Month, we will classify you as an experienced driver but you will not have access to Motorcycles.
- If you have Class 3 for 1 Month, Class 2B for 5 Years, we will classify you as an experienced rider but you will not have access to cars. You may elect to be a New Driver to have access to cars and Motorcycles but New Driver Surcharge will apply.
Super Economy Category
Is there anything important to note with the use of the cars in the Super Economy category?
The cars in the Super Economy category combine the best of affordability and safety. The rental of these cars start from as little as S$0.5 per hour with basic insurance. Better yet, the same low price applies for 5 or 7 seaters in the category! For peace of mind, the cars are inspected every 6 months by VICOM/STA and this is twice as frequent as LTA's requirement. If you wish for additional protection, a special CDW can be purchased for some vehicles that reduces the Third Party Excess to the S$950 (probably the lowest in the market!). The cars are mechanically strong, with some aesthetic blemishes here and there but they are great to drive!