Frequently Asked Questions
Yes (even though there’s an alternative). The normal way to proceed is that you will leave your passport to the renter during the time of the rental. The renter will give it back to you as he gets back his vehicle. This policy is the norm in the Philippines. If leaving your passport preoccupies you, you can leave a photocopy of your passport along with a P10,000 deposit instead.
The rental duration is computed on a day-block basis. If you choose to rent a vehicle from 12PM on day 1 and give it back at 12PM on day 2, this will be counted as two days. The reason for that is because the vehicle is blocked for you for the whole day, even if you use it only for a half-day. In certain occasions (such as returning the vehicle in the very early morning), we can accommodate some exceptions upon email inquiry.
The compulsory Third-Party Liability Insurance covers certain liabilities up to P100,000 such as third-party injuries caused by the insured car. It doesn’t cover the theft or damages made to the rented vehicle. The comprehensive insurance is participative. If you damage the car, you’ll have to shoulder the cost entirely for small repairs (up to P25,000) and will have to shoulder only up to 50% of the cost for bigger repairs (above P25,000). Note that some of the costs may be reimbursed to you by your own travel insurance if you have one which covers vehicle rentals.
We do not have a credit card payment processor, so it is not currently possible. The payment of the remaining balance has to be made exclusively in cash. Nonetheless it is possible to settle your balance in advance via a direct bank transfer to the renter (either with a deposit within the Philippines, or using Transferwise.com for international payments).
No. The cost of hiring a private driver is P900 per day and it already includes everything. Your driver will be able to arrange a sleeping area in the vehicle at night or simply already has places to sleep depending on the area of Palawan where you are. You do not need to shoulder the meals of your driver either. You can of course invite him if you wish, but this is in no way an obligation.
The normal working hours for the private driver are from 7:00AM to 9:00PM, but you can of course inform him of any particular need you might have so he can accommodate you. Extra hours may imply in a little overtime which you can directly discuss with your driver. In a general manner, always tell your plans to your private driver so he can organise himself to be ready where and when you need him.
Yes. As long as it is not for a period longer then 90 days, you can drive in the Philippines with a foreign driver license, provided that it is in English. An international driver license is not required in that particular case. If the driver license is in another language than English, you should carry a translation provided by the embassy of the issuing country.
No. You will need to return the vehicle with the same quantity of fuel as when it was delivered (usually, full tank).