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Buy a car or rent a car in Indonesia?

A common question that arises for both locals and foreigners in Indonesia is whether it is better to buy or rent a car.

While there is no definite answer to that question because it depends on your individual needs as well as preference but both options are actually good in different ways. Car ownership though, is almost a necessity in Indonesia as the transport system in Indonesia is not well developed yet.

Opting to buy your own car means you’ll be taking care of road taxes, maintenance costs and any potential unforeseen costs barring accidental damages. While renting from car rental companies provide you not just a simple consistently monthly rates, but most vendors offer the option to provide a dedicated driver as well. Saving you the need to look for a driver on your own and having to deal with management of manpower.

Although buying a car means owning an asset that you can choose to sell in the future even if you don’t want to keep the car, you may need some time and effort in order to sell the car to a buyer or dealer. Not forgetting the high upfront payment that is typically required for you to purchase the car upfront means a much higher upfront costs. With rental cars, you could be getting the keys to your new car in matter of days or even hours without the need to fork out a huge upfront cash.

Plus, it allows you the flexibility to change car as and when you want, such as upgrading to a newer model or a more luxurious brand months down the road.

Now the most important question would be whether would you prefer to drive on your own or having a dedicated driver. The option to have a driver would definitely increase the costs of ownership, but the benefits it provides are the major time savings due to the regular traffic jams within the city.

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According to a study, Jakartans spend 22 days a year in traffic. (Antara/Galih Pradipta)

The time spent driving could take up 2 hours or even more on a regular daily commute to and fro from work, which allows you to continue on work while your driver navigate the streets in Jakarta, Bali or Bandung. Not forgetting the lack of parking options regularly seen through the country where finding a parking spot could be an issue in popular restaurants, bars or even shopping malls.

Rules and regulations for driving in Indonesia also frequently change with policies such as odd/even regulations in certain timings also require the driver to be aware of such updates. To be able to navigate in different routes depending on the time of the day and other factors that may negatively affect travel times.

These coupled with the lack of efficient public transport means almost everyone is stuck in traffic jams and there’s nothing much anyone can do to help resolve the problem.

Most vendors across Indonesia provides both car rental as well as car rental with drivers that gives both options, while taking care of the other stuffs such as vehicle registrations, paperwork, taxes and maintenance.

Check out some options for long term rental easily here.

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