Beyond just the aesthetic of a car, there are heaps of things you need to know as a car owner. We’ve compiled a 101 guide for anybody looking to purchase cars in Singapore.

Cost of having Cars in Singapore

Getting a car in Singapore is really much more than paying for the price of the car, there are also other factors that make it really expensive like:

  1. Parking – For HDB season parking it ranges from $65 – $185, Condo season parking varies
  2. Petrol – $2.13 – $2.70 (At time of publication)
  3. Road Tax–Calculated based on
    1. Type of vehicle,
    2. Propellant
    3. Engine capacity
    4. Vehicle age

Payable every 6/12 months depending on your preference.

  1. Car Insurance–Varies based on
    1. Driver age
    2. Driving history
    3. Car value
  2. Vehicle inspections

Based on the age of the vehicle, you can go to Vicom to get  your vehicle tested, check out the table below to see when you need to send your vehicle for servicing

Type Of Vehicle Below 3 years 3 to 10 years >10 years
Motorcycles & Scooters Nil Annually Annually
Motorcars Nil Biennially Annually

Source: One Motoring

OMV, ARF, PARF and COE Rebates

Open Market Value (OMV) is determined by the Singapore Customs and is the price paid including purchase price, freight, insurance and all other charges related to the sale and delivery of the car to Singapore. To check on your vehicles OMV go here.

Additional Registration Fees (ARF) is a tax imposed on registration of the vehicle based on a percentage of the OMV. This sum is paid on purchase of your vehicle.

Preferential Additional Registration Fee (PARF) is a benefit given to a vehicle owner to de-register his vehicle before its COE expires. It is calculated based on the age of the car at de-registration and varies from 50 – 75% of the ARF.

Age at Deregistration (year) PARF Rebate 
(for cars registered with COEs obtained from May 2002 tender onwards)
Not exceeding 5 75% of ARF paid
Above 5 but not exceeding 6 70% of ARF paid
Above 6 but not exceeding 7 65% of ARF paid
Above 7 but not exceeding 8 60% of ARF paid
Above 8 but not exceeding 9 55% of ARF paid
Above 9 but not exceeding 10 50% of ARF paid
Above 10 Nil

Source: One Motoring

COE Rebates are given when a vehicle is deregistered before it’s COE expires calculated based on the remaining months and days to expiry. For more details take a look here.

Car Depreciation

The Certificate of Entitlement (COE) for a vehicle in Singapore lasts for 10 years. The depreciation of a vehicle here is very much tied to that. To find out the depreciation of your vehicle, just take the OMV of your vehicle and divide it by 10.
Read:  4 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying A Car 


Cost of Cars In Singapore
Infographic: Why Are Cars In Singapore So Expensive?



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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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