Had a very pleasant experience with Savaari.com over the weekend. I was going for a wedding to Hoskote in the outskirts of Bangalore (40 kms from Malleshwaram!) — and had no idea how to arrange a cab for the duration. I contemplated Uber or Ola cabs, but it seemed difficult to convince them to go so far. And even if we got a taxi to drop us at Hoskote, getting a cab to drop us back past midnight seemed impossible.
Mr T suggested that I look at Savaari — through which I could a cab for a duration of the day, instead of relyiing on a transitory Uber or Ola.
Went on Savaari.com and came across a pleasant, minimal user-interface which offered three options – local taxis, airport transfers and outstation taxis.
Within the local options, they had clear prices stated with a range of vehicles offered. For 8 hours unlimited, the starting price was Rs 1500 for a Tata Indica or equivalent. (We actually got an Etios, I believe). This was inclusive all taxes and exclusive only for actuals — tolls, parking charges, etc.
The next steps were simple — email address, pick up location, payment options. Everything smooth as silk.
Mr T warned me that the driver’s may be reluctant to go to Hoskote, saying it’s not in Bangalore. I called the helpline to verify — and they confirmed that I could take car wherever I wanted for the next 8 hours.
A few hours later I received a mail with the driver and vehicle details. And promptly — at 5 minutes to 6 pm, the driver had arrived at my doorsteps. We kept the driver waiting for almost an hour (saris take time to perfect!) — and hopped on at around 7pm.
The driver was very well-mannered and knew the areas really well. We didn’t have to explain the location much. Moreover, as two females, felt quite safe even when getting dropped home almost at 2 am.
Once the journey was complete (7 hours 55 minutes) — the driver plugged in something into his mobile which created an electronic receipt. Since we hadn’t crossed 8 hours, we didn’t have to pay anything more. (Which was a relief, I thought the driver was going to argue on the basis of him car clock, which was around 15 minutes ahead!)
The only negative, as Mr T warned, was when I first mentioned Hoskote as the destination to a driver, he said that it was too far and not possible. I told him I’d already spoken so he called his manager and things seemed to be resolved.
Overall, a great experience. I’m happy to see that you can hire cars for out of station trips (Bangalore – Chennai two day trip costs around Rs 7000) and even for airport pick-ups and drop-offs (Around Rs 600 to Yeshwantpur).