Japanese car sharing services are outraged by how customers use their carsJuly 12, 2019
In Japan, a number of car sharing companies have revealed alarming facts: customers rent a car, but do not drive them anywhere. The number of such clients is growing steadily.
Car sharing employees decided to check with tenants why they take cars if they do not need to go anywhere. The answers were very unexpected: some rented cars to take a nap, others to lay down personal belongings or charge a smartphone. Some took the car just to eat in a decent and quiet place. There were probably other answers that car sharing services decided not to make public.
Interestingly, the relatively high price – 400 yen (about $ 4) for half an hour of use – does not deter customers. However, companies are unhappy with customer behavior and urge them to use cars for the purpose for which they were created: “Drivers should turn off the engine when they are not driving. We do not recommend our customers to rent cars for purposes other than travel. We believe that our cars are best suited for driving, ” – said car sharing service provider Orix Auto, Japan.
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