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Car Rental in Koh Phangan – Everything you need to know

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Everything you need to know about hiring a Jeep or Car on Koh Phangan, Thailand

So you’ve recently arrived or planning to arrive to the beautiful island of Koh Phangan, Thailand  and now you’re ready to head out and explore! However, hiring taxis all the time is cumbersome, and riding a motorbike on the island is dangerous. There are drunk tourists coming home from parties, the weather is unpredictable, and the road conditions are not always safe. 

All of these conditions can be handled much better in a rental car or jeep that can better guarantee your safety.

Who do you rent from? And what is the process? In this post you’ll find everything you need to know to help you make the best decision for you.

Who to Hire your Car from

The most important step in deciding to hire a car or jeep, is who to rent from.

On Koh Phangan, you have three options:

  1. Your best bet is to rent a car from a legitimate car rental company. These companies are registered with the local Car Rental Association, and must abide by the Thai regulations of Compulsory Insurance and Road Tax. This is what gives their vehicles permission to be on the roads without risking regulatory fines. 
  2. If you rent a car from a private Thai car owner, you will enjoy the benefits of renting from a local. However, in any potential dispute that arises regarding payment, damage, or anything else, the car owner will have the advantage when dealing with local authorities. 
  3. If you rent a car from a foreign private car owner, though sometimes the rates might be more attractive,  you risk dealing with someone who is unfamiliar with the rules and regulations. Disadvantage at any dispute that arrises.

In General, when renting from a legit company, you’ll have all the support and assistance you need for your hired car in case of mechanical malfunctions or damage caused to the vehicle. Usually the Foreign owned companies will have higher service standards and more familiar with your needs however some Thai owned companies will provide exceptional service as well.


Rental Car Insurance options:

The legitimate rental companies are also informed of the insurance policies in Thailand. Regardless of what you read on the websites of scamming companies, proper rental insurance hardly exists in Koh Phangan, Even if you are informed that the car is insured its usually not for commercial use and problems may arise in case of damage to the car.

Some of the companies provide self coverage (by the company itself), which means you won’t find yourself stuck with a high bill of repair that you don’t want to pay. The compulsory insurance together with the self-coverage of the legitimate car rental companies is all you’ll need. However,  the self coverage option is most of the time too expensive and not economical.

Most important to understand in terms of insurance is who you are renting from.

In most cases small/minor damage to the car can be fixed very easily and for cheap in Thailand, if renting from a respectable company with good reviews, even when you cause damage to the car the fixing costs are not too high, and therefore most of the times the compulsory insurance will be enough.

Bottom line, there are numerous stories about scams and frauds in the car and jeep rental companies in Koh Phangan. However, considering the fact that car or jeep hire is the Safest, most convenient, and most of the times cheapest way to explore the beautiful island of Koh Phangan. If you rent from a reputable company with reliable service and reputable reviews you have nothing to worry about….

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