Splend startup costs and special charges explained

Splend startup costs and special charges explained
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Ready to get started with Splend? We’re excited for you to join our community.

We know there’s a lot to consider when you get started with PCO car rental or Rent to buy so we’ve put together this easy-to-follow guide.

Before we delve into the smaller details, here’s what your early payments look like in comparison with a normal week’s invoice:

Regular charges Special charges
(from the previous week)
First week Joining fee Collection day fee* First upfront
weekly fee
Normal week Weekly fee
(for the upcoming week)
Excess mileage
Early ownership fee
PCN notices
admin fee
Insurance excess,
car damage, etc.

* For the days left of the first week, excluding the day you pick up the car


Startup costs

These are the early payments (due in the first week of your rental agreement) that you need to be familiar with:

1. Joining fee

Having a Splend car is like being part of a club, and of course, it means you enjoy some exclusive member benefits. The joining fee allows access to these. Unlike most other car providers, however, we don’t ask for a down payment or other large upfront bond.

The joining fee is a one-off £179 payment that allows you lifetime access. In other words, if you give back the car for any reason, and change your mind later, we’ll be greeting you as if you never left, and you won’t have to pay the joining fee again.

2. Collection day fee

When picking up your car the first time, you’ll pay a day rate for each day until the end of the week. Our billing week runs Monday to Sunday.

Note: we give you a free day of rent for the day you pick up the car.

For example if you pick up the car on a Friday, we’ll charge you two days’ rent for the remainder of the week.

3. First upfront weekly fee

Our business model is unique because you can get a car without a credit check. However, we can only do this by collecting your payments one week in advance. You’re basically paying next week’s rent each time we charge your credit or debit card.

On the day you pick up your car we also charge you your first full week’s fee.

Important: Thursday is our billing day, so after your first week, we’ll charge your nominated card on Thursdays, regardless of which day you signed up or picked up your car.

Special charges

There are some other occasional costs that may add to your invoice, on top of your normal weekly fee.

Excess mileage / Early ownership fee

If you exceed the 700-mile weekly quota there’s a small charge of 10p for every additional mile. For example, if you travelled 800 miles in one week, we’ll charge you £10 extra, and it will appear on your next invoice.

Note: on the Rent to buy plan, the excess mileage fees go towards early ownership. The more you drive, the sooner you own the car.

PCN notices

As Splend is the registered keeper of your car, we have to transfer any PCNs you might receive into your name. We charge a £19 administration fee for each traffic offence.

Insurance excess

If you have an accident, you’ll need to pay the insurance excess. Find out more under Insurance information in our FAQ.

Car damage outside fair wear and tear

Any damage outside what’s included in the fair wear and tear guide will be charged to you.

Case study – Startup cost example

Let’s walk through the startup costs in an example. Say, you sign up to the Rent plan on Thursday, and pick up your £219/week Kia Niro on Friday.

1. Joining fee
We’ll charge you the £179 joining fee on Thursday, and book you in to pick up your car on Friday.

2. Collection day fee
Since you pick up the car on Friday, that’s when you’ll pay the collection day fee. The first day is free, so you’ll only have to pay for Saturday and Sunday, which totals £62.58.

3. First upfront weekly fee
Since we collect the payments one week in advance, we’ll also charge you your first normal weekly rental of £219 for week two on the same day you pick up your car.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 Joining fee Covers
lifetime access to
member benefits
Collection day fee Covers
Saturday and Sunday
First upfront
weekly fee
Covers week 2
Week 2 Weekly fee Covers week 3*

* plus any special charges from week 1

What happens to my advance payment when I return the car?

Since you’ve paid the full week in advance, you’ll get a refund for the remaining days after returning your car if you don’t owe any outstanding amounts.

About Splend

We enable people to make money by driving. Our vision is a future where every on-demand driver can be successful.

We are Rent to buy specialists. Don’t take our word for it—drivers rate us excellent on Trustpilot. We can set you up with a brand-new or new-model car on a Rent to buy plan, plus we provide the training and support you need to become an Uber driver that’s more profitable, safer, and fulfilled.

Drop by our Member Support Centre at 393 Edgware Road Cricklewood, London, email us, or say hello on 0333 016 4331


Balazs Szekely

Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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