I've always an unexplainable fear of driving in Klang Valley..ask any of my friends! KK is my comfort zone and it was the only place where I felt safe enough to drive. But recently, I had to force myself to get out of my comfort zone because my future depended on it. I wanted to re-practice my driving and I decided to make it a little more fun by using SOCAR.
When I first learnt about SOCAR, I thought that it was so difficult. But it's actually not..it was surprisingly easy.
Signing up is easy..all you have to do is provide a clear selfie of you holding your IC or Passport and a picture of your driving license. After you've submitted it, they will process it for approval..in my case, I got approved after only an hour. So fast~! If you haven't signed up, you can use my code 'J98Y44' to get 4 hours off your SOCAR reservation fee ;)
Note: Please take note that unfortunately, you will be able to use this if you only have a 'P' license.
It's time for booking. I am going to make this as simple as I can.
Step 1: First you must decide on the time of your booking. That way the app will be able to show you which car is available during your requested time. Example: If you are booking a round trip from 09:00 to 12:00 (3 hours), the app will show you every car that is available around you as well as the reservation fee of each particular car for that 3 hours. It will also mention how many km you can drive for free before they charge extra mileage. Choose the car that best suits your needs and price range.
**You can also use SOCAR to book one way trips to the airport or even use their D2D service where they deliver your preferred car to you.
Step 2: Double check your booking and make a payment for the reservation fee. I like to use my Bigpay Card so that I can accumulate BIG Points. You can read about my Bigpay 1-month review here. Take note that extra mileage fee will be charged separately after the return of the car.
Step 3: You will be able to unlock your car 10 minutes before your reservation time so do standby. Now, before you can drive, you must take photos of all four sides of the car and upload it to the app. This is to protect yourself..if there is any damage done to the car before, at least they know it wasn't you. Once that is done, you can unlock the car and drive.
Step 4: Start the engine by pressing the engine button while holding down the break. This is my fav part tbh. Now drive as you normally would :)
Step 5: For round trip bookings, you have to return the SOCAR to it's original parking spot (correct me if I am wrong). So once your time is almost up, drive back to that spot then repeat the same process of taking pictures of all four sides of the car again before returning the car. Don't forget to lock before you do and that is all!
..Phew! I hope that is simple enough. Personally, I prefer to watch how-to videos for these kind of things. If you are still confused, feel free to watch my video below.
Use my code 'J98Y44' to get 4 hours off your SOCAR Reservation Fee
Update 13/1/2020: Here is a 1 Minute SOCAR video for those who just want a fast video! Here I show how you can get reimbursed for your petrol money.