Maybank S’pore Compares Costs Between Car Ownership & Taking Cabs, Netizens Say Numbers Are Inaccurate

Maybank S'pore Compares Costs Between Car Ownership & Taking Cabs, Netizens Say Numbers Are Inaccurate

Netizens Call Maybank’s Cost Comparison Between Car Ownership & Taking Cabs Inaccurate

Most Singaporeans commute by train or bus, but sometimes, it’s often easier to just call a cab or ride-hailing service.

Some also prefer to buy a car for convenience and comfort despite hefty Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices.

With this, the question remains: is having your own car or taking a cab more cost-effective in the long run?

Maybank Singapore attempted to put the debate to rest recently.

Source: Maybank Singapore on Facebook

However, their helpful attempt ended up backfiring when netizens pointed out that the prices in the infographic were inaccurate.

Maybank Singapore suggests car ownership costs more than taking the cab

On Monday (19 Sep), Maybank posted a series of infographics addressing the age-old question of whether owning a car or taking a cab is more budget-friendly.

In a diagram that compares the cost of car ownership versus taking a cab over a period of 10 years, it appears that the former is far pricier.

Citing information from a Seedly blog post, the post estimates that owning a car will cost S$209,620.

Source: Seedly

For car ownership, the sum includes the price of a car in COE Category A, its road tax and insurance, petrol, parking and ERP, as well as servicing.

In a separate post, Seedly states that one would need a minimum monthly income of S$8,850 to afford the cheapest new car on the market.

As for cab rides, the amount of S$119,620 is based on a rate of two S$20 rides five days a week plus two S$15 rides per weekend.

Netizens disagree with numbers for car ownership & cab rides

Upon seeing the diagram, netizens were quick to jump on the comments to voice their disagreement.

Both car owners and regular cab passengers felt that judging from their own experiences, the numbers are way too low.

Maybank car cab

Source: Maybank Singapore on Facebook

Some also stated that the figures are outdated.

Maybank car cab

Source: Maybank Singapore on Facebook

Some even joked that they are in Malaysian Ringgit instead.

Maybank car cab

Source: Maybank Singapore on Facebook

Others disagreed with the findings from a different standpoint, such as this user who found it implausible that anyone would take cab rides daily for a decade.

Source: Maybank Singapore on Facebook

Another commenter remarked that the numbers do not account for inflation, which has caused cab prices to shoot up.

Source: Maybank Singapore on Facebook

According to some netizens, ride-hailing fares these days can easily go up to S$30 or more.

One of the top comments scoffs, “Tell me how you know nothing about cab fares without telling me”, suggesting that the author of the infographic is out of touch with current prices.

Always conduct own research in making financial decisions

While Maybank’s findings may not have sat well with many, the fact remains that one’s own research matters most in making financial decisions.

We all have budgets and preferences, so it’s always prudent to gather information from as many sources as possible before deciding what’s best for you.

Would you be content with taking public transport for life, or will you save up for a car down the road? Sound off in the comments.

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Featured image by MS News & Maybank Singapore on Facebook.

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