Paying a subscription to access digital content (movies, series, music, games, etc.) is very common today and we have all accepted it. Now, the future seems to be to own nothing , and we are not just talking about digital products. Do you want a mobile by subscription? You can get it now with Grover . Don’t have money to buy a car? Don’t worry, you can subscribe to one with Bipi.
In case you don’t know it, Bipi is a service of Spanish origin that has been dubbed “the Netflix of cars”, since it allows you to rent cars by subscription with customizable plans . Bipi is already a success in Spain, although its business model is still very new for some people. Next we will explain in depth how Bipi and its subscriptions works.
What is Bipi and how does your subscription car rental work?
Bipi is a Netflix-like service: you pay a subscription and receive a car that you can use for the subscribed period . The entire process of choosing the car, choosing the plan, signing the contract and paying is done 100% digitally through its website. You don’t have to go to the dealership! And in a matter of days you have the car at home (or you can look for it yourself).
The most interesting thing about Bipi is that your monthly fee includes all the associated expenses that owning a car implies. These are:
- Comprehensive insurance
- Roadside assistance
- Maintenance and service
- Circulation taxes
Practically, you will only have to take care of the car’s gasoline , Bipi takes care of the rest. It is worth noting that in Bipi there is no financing, loan, entry, exit or any other surprise payment. You will only pay the monthly fee agreed with your subscription .
How long can you be subscribed to a Bipi car? Is there permanence?
Bipi allows you to choose the duration of your subscription, from 3 months to 36 months . There is a time of permanence that you must meet, but it is flexible (you choose the minimum). The interesting thing is that the longer the minimum stay, the lower the monthly fee to pay.
How much does it cost to subscribe to a car in Bipi?
The price of a subscription in Bipi varies according to the car model and the minimum stay chosen. But we can assure you that the minimum is about € 250 / month and the maximum is € 1000 / month. All plans include 1000 kilometers per month. If you need more, you can pay for a pack of extra kilometers.
It is important that you know that Bipi has a fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles with more than 40 different models to choose from. They have small, medium, large, Eco, premium cars, etc.
Is it possible to change cars while the subscription is active?
Yes, you can change cars while your subscription is active. In fact, you can do it during the time of stay , since the stay is with the service and not with the chosen car. However, depending on the type of stay contracted, these conditions apply:
- Stays of 6 months or less : you will be able to change vehicles once the contracted period of stay has elapsed.
- Stays of 12 months or more : you can make the change of vehicle once the first 6 months of the contract have elapsed.
In addition, the company indicates that you must make the change request 15 days before the renewal day of your monthly payment . Of course, if they do not have availability of the chosen model, they will not be able to make the change, so it would be advisable to request the change much more in advance.
What happens if you go over the contracted mileage?
If in a month you travel more kilometers than contracted, there are several things you can do. First of all, keep in mind that mileage is accumulative for the entire duration of the subscription . Therefore, if you spend a month, you can make up for it by traveling fewer kilometers the following month.
You can also hire a package of extra kilometers (up to 3000 km / month) to solve the problem. And if you reach the end of the subscription with an excess of kilometers, this will be charged with a fee that depends on the vehicle used.
What if the car needs maintenance or repair?
All these expenses are included in the subscription. If the car needs repair due to its own damage or accidents, you just have to take it to one of the Bipi service centers throughout Spain . The same should be done in case the vehicle needs maintenance for whatever reason (the company will notify you).
In theory, there is no additional cost that you should cover, except in cases of theft, accident or own damage where the insurance has a franchise . In addition, the insurance does not cover punctures, damage to mirrors, natural disasters or, in general, negligence of the driver.
Bipi opinions: is it worth renting a subscription car?
Bipi as a service is excellent , according to the opinion of its customers. On Trustpilot, it is currently rated 4.7 / 5 ⭐ based on feedback from 78 users. Such is the success of the service in Spain that it was recently acquired by the Renault Group for 100 million euros.
The few negative reviews are mainly from customers who complain about the fine print (because the service does not bear certain expenses). There are also several people who say that Bipi quickly files a theft report if you are a few days late with the payment . For the rest, we only found positive comments about the service.
Now, having a subscription car is not for everyone. That’s clear. If you want to be the master of the car you use, Bipi is not for you . And it is that, although it “saves” you the expenses of owning a car, technically you will pay them with the cost of the subscription. Also, do not forget that negligence expenses are covered by you and in the event of an accident there is a franchise amount that you must also pay.
But if you don’t mind paying a monthly subscription of more than € 250 to have a good car, in good condition and without worries in the short or long term , Bipi is perfect for you. You will not have to deal with the formalities of maintaining a car and you will have the advantage of being able to change it when you get tired of it.
Bipi is also ideal for people who only need a luxury car for 3 months or 1 year , say, and do not have enough money to buy it. Remember that if you want a car for several years, it will always be better to buy than rent, although you will have to take care of all the expenses and maintenance that it requires over the years. Anyway, tell us… Do you like this subscription service or don’t you see any sense in it?