Read all about setting up a car subscription with Onto. Find out about vehicle range, what’s included, contract flexibility and more so that you can make an informed decision when deciding whether Onto is right for you.
Last update 10. May 2023 Reading time 3:27 min
Onto is an all-inclusive subscription service providing an accessible, flexible and easy way for motorists to join the EV revolution. In its four years, Onto’s new and innovative all-inclusive car subscription service has proved a hit with consumers – enabling many to move away from the traditional internal combustion engine. For one monthly price, their subscriptions include; insurance, servicing and maintenance, breakdown cover and free charging at over 12,000 chargers with their public charging network partners.
Onto has expanded rapidly, partnering with a range of car manufacturers as more EVs become available to suit all budgets. Onto currently offers over 20 different models from 10 car brands on subscription. Subscriptions can be taken for as little as £489 a month and there’s no upfront deposit required.
How it Works
As a reflection of the market it is operating in, Onto centres its registration process around your smartphone, which you’ll need to use their service.
- Register by uploading your driving licence, proof of address and a selfie.
- Onto will run DVLA and affordability checks as their terms include drivers having no more than 6 points on their licence. You must also be over 25 and have had your licence for a minimum of 1 year.
- Cars can be delivered anywhere on the UK mainland.
- Customers use the Onto app to unlock, start and switch off their cars. Subscribers also get a key with the car. You can check remaining miles, charge level and add bolt-ons such as additional mileage allowance if required.
- To cancel the subscription, just login to ‘My Account’ through the Onto app or website and click ‘Arrange car return’. Alternatively you can contact Onto via email or phone.
- Should you wish to swap your car for a different model, Onto has an online swap option, allowing you to do this on your own via the website or app. Subscriptions are on a flexible monthly basis.
Costs and Fees
There is no administration fee or deposit required to join Onto. The costs quoted include fully comprehensive insurance, breakdown cover, servicing and maintenance, public charging with their charging network partners, and 750 miles allowance per month as standard.
Onto also offers a number of “bolt-ons” for your subscription. You can add an additional named driver for £9.99 per month, or up to 3 for £14.99 per month. Additional mileage packages of 250, 500, 750 and 1000 miles can be added for a price depending on the car you have. Delivery and collection fees are £129.50 each and cars can be delivered across all of mainland UK. These fees are only due at the start or end of your subscription. Swapping your car costs £49.50 for both the delivery of your new car and collection of your current one, which is done at the same time.
Brands and models
- Fiat 500 Hatchback
- Fiat 500 Convertible
- Renault Zoe
- Hyundai Ioniq
- Peugeot e-208
- Peugeot e-2008 GT
- DS 3
- Vauxhall Corsa-e
- Vauxhall Mokka-e
- Citroen e-C4
- Hyundai Kona
- Volkswagen ID3
- Volkswagen ID4
- Audi Q4
- Tesla Model 3
- Jaguar i-Pace
- Audi e-tron
Onto ask for a 7-day notice period before the end of a contract month, otherwise a charge may apply. Subscriptions can be cancelled, and cars can be swapped within this time frame.
What’s Special about Onto?
Being 100% electric sets Onto apart from the majority of its competitors. The all-inclusive nature of the subscription, with no deposit required, means you can register in a matter of minutes. As you only ever have a commitment for one month, the subscription allows you to swap your car on a monthly basis should you wish to, giving you flexibility and control, which isn’t always the case with some competitors.
The all-inclusive subscription saves time and hassle as you don’t need to organise additional elements like insurance and breakdown cover.
Onto has recently teamed up with Pod Point as their home-charging partner to give their customers a great deal on the new Pod Point Solo 3 home charger. This is in addition to the inclusive public charging at over 12,000 charging stations nationwide via their public charging partners, Shell Recharge, BP Pulse and Instavolt.
How does an Onto car subscription work?
Onto’s electric vehicle subscription service works much like a regular car subscription. Your monthly fee includes car insurance, maintenance and breakdown cover, but the extra is public charging, which is available at a range of locations. Onto do not ask for a deposit; the only thing you pay is your agreed monthly fee.
Is Onto charging free?
Onto offers public charging at more than 12,500 stations across the UK for no charge. Included among these are Shell Recharge, InstaVolt, BP pulse and Tesla Supercharger.
Do electric cars have to pay the congestion charge?
While hybrid vehicles are no longer exempt, EVs do not have to pay the London congestion charge. This means that your Onto vehicle will be exempt.
Are Onto cars brand new?
Onto do not guarantee that your subscription vehicle will be new. However, all vehicles are inspected before they leave the depot, and every car is professionally cleaned inside and out before the beginning of any subscription term.
Will an Onto car subscription affect my credit score?
There are many benefits to car subscriptions. One major plus point is that the contracts are not considered loans. This means that having an ongoing subscription will not negatively impact your credit score.
Onto offers an impressive array of electric cars to suit different budgets on the car subscription market. The 100% commitment to electric vehicles sets Onto apart from many competitors, ticking sustainable and environmentally friendly boxes. The all-inclusive subscription and progressive technology in the form of their app presents a window into the future of car ownership. This is undoubtedly a selling point for Onto, who have grown rapidly and show no signs of slowing down.