Rent by Grab launched, book a car exclusively for your use

For those looking for an exclusive-use vehicle, you can now do that with Rent by Grab. The newest service from Grab allows you to book a vehicle for your use, but this time, it won’t be based on your destination. In contrast to their usual ride-hailing service, this new feature lets you book based on time.

Rent by Grab time-based booking

The Grab bookings we got used to are based on point-to-point travel. Basically, you get picked up, get dropped off at your destination, and that’s it, bye-bye Kuya Grab. In partnership with Hertz PH, a well-known car rental service based in Makati, Rent by Grab allows you to book a vehicle for your use for 4, 8, or 12 hours. Depending on your and your passengers’ needs, different vehicles can be booked for this service.

Sedans allow for a maximum of 3 people, while MPV options can seat up to 6. For the bigger groups, they can opt to rent a van that can accommodate up to 14 people. For those who are interested, you can book the service if you’re in Makati, Pasay, Pasig, Mandaluyong, BGC, and the rest of Taguig. This is because Rent by Grab is still a test feature. Once the system stabilizes, we’d like to assume that it can and it will be a staple option within the app.

Rent by Grab is a 24/7 service, but the booked rides can only be from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Also, bookings must be made at least 4 hours before the intended pick-up time but not more than 2 days before. For the time being, only cashless payments are accepted for Rent by Grab bookings. The displayed amount to be paid on the app covers vehicle rental, the driver’s services, and fuel. Should there be toll fees, parking fees, entrance fees, or anything outside of the displayed amount, you will have to pay for those by yourself.

Grab PH has released their FAQ about Rent by Grab, and you can find it here. With the LTFRB recently opening close to 8,000 additional TNVS slots, this new service will certainly help in bringing more vehicles for commuters to choose from. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if Rent by Grab becomes a viable option. While it’s still in its “testing” phase, at least we can choose to try it out ourselves and see if it’s a yay or a nay.


Mikko Juangco
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