Long-term rental vs. car subscription: When does which option suit?
If you need a car for a longer period of time, long-term rentals and car subscriptions are two options you can consider. Long-term rentals are good for short periods of a few weeks to a few months and are usually cheaper than daily rentals. Especially if you need a car at very short notice, a classic rental can be suitable, as the car is not registered to you and is therefore immediately available. Car subscriptions, on the other hand, are ideal for longer periods of more than three months and offer many advantages. For example, the car is registered in your name, there are no hidden fees and the cars are new or as good as new. In addition, the total costs are lower than with a classic long-term rental. However, a car subscription usually takes at least 14 days from ordering to handing over the car.
Long-term rental: How does it work?
Duration shorter than 3 months
With a long-term car rental, a vehicle is rented for a longer period of time, for example a few weeks or a few months. Long-term rentals are usually cheaper than daily rentals. A long-term rental is suitable if you effectively only need a car for a few weeks. Classic providers are, for example, SIXT or Hertz.
As soon as it is a longer period, a car subscription is quickly worthwhile, which is also a type of long-term car rental, but differs in some respects. The costs in particular are considerably lower with a car subscription as soon as the car is used for longer than just a few weeks. However, it takes a little longer from ordering a car to handing it over, as it can take a few days to register it in your name.
Car subscription: How does it work?
Duration longer than 3 months
In contrast to a classic long-term rental, with a car subscription you experience all the advantages of a car. With a car subscription, the whole family can take the driver's seat and there are no hidden fees for a navigation system or trips abroad. More importantly, with a car subscription, the car is registered to you. You get number plates from your canton and can simply apply for a resident parking permit or drive across the border without any problems. And don't forget, with a car subscription you practically always get a new or as good as new car.