Car subscriptions are on everyone's lips: more and more providers are romping around on the market for flexible all-inclusive long-term rentals, including start-ups, dealers and even the car manufacturers themselves. Taking out a car subscription is done quickly (especially in comparison buying, financing, and leasing), but there are also a few important points to keep in mind. We have compiled them for you here!
Step 1: what are you looking for?
Let's start from scratch: you're looking for a car. But what one? Are you looking for specific brands or vehicle categories (SUV, mini ..)? Do you drive a lot for work and do you value a large kilometer budget that you can cover during the runtime? Are you perhaps a novice driver and only got your driver's license a few months? The answers to these questions have a decisive influence on which providers or offers are suitable for you.
Step 2: plan your budget
The nice thing about car subscriptions is that almost all costs are known in advance. The only exception is the cost of fuel, which of course depends on your car, your driving behavior and fuel costs.
Have a precise overview of what you can afford and what you will have to pay monthly with a subscription. You should plan and budget with this amount for the next few months, and coordinate your expenses with the monthly payment date for the car subscription.
Step 3: find a good deal
Once you have clearly defined what you are looking for, you can concentrate fully on the search itself. But be careful: the quality of the offers often fluctuates extremely between good and bad. At this point, you may want to resort to the help of a car subscription deal portal such as abopiloten. There are regularly handpicked deals that always offer a top price-performance ratio, and you save time searching, especially if you are flexible about make and model.
But what are the criteria for a good deal? On the one hand, there is the so-called subscription factor, which compares the monthly subscription rate with the gross list price of the vehicle and provides information about the price-performance ratio. Then there is the number of free kilometers: they usually range from 1000-2000 km per month. There are also a number of other possible cost factors, such as an entry fee, delivery costs and of course the deductible in the event of damage. So study the offers very carefully.
Step 4: Find out about the provider
There are already some very established players on the market, but also many smaller start-ups that have only recently entered the market. It can therefore make perfect sense to read reviews and reviews from other customers before pressing the order button.
You can find reviews via the following channels, among others:
- Google ratings: just google the name of the provider and you should see a tile on the right-hand side with further information, including the Google ratings
- Sites like Trustpilot.de contain a number of provider reviews
- Classic search on Google and Youtube. Some customers have already made video reviews of their experiences with car subscription providers
Step 5: read the fine print
We advise you to carefully study the conditions and terms and conditions of the subscription provider before renting. Many providers have widely differing regulations and we want to avoid nasty surprises.
For example, the minimum age or the minimum duration of the possession of a driver's license is handled very differently by the providers: with some you have to be at least 23 years old to rent a small car, with others you should theoretically be an 18-year-old horsepower car Driving the BMW M3.
Step 6: the credit check
The subscription provider will usually have a credit check carried out. You should have a few documents ready so that this process is not delayed. As a private person, a copy of ID (front and back) as well as several current pay slips / proof of income are usually required.
Step 7: Organize collection or delivery
Especially with the free pick-up you should plan your journey well depending on the distance. You should also take all documents with you that are required by the provider when renting a vehicle. This can be, for example, a driver's license, a pick-up ticket or a power of attorney.
Step 8: have fun!
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