Residents of the capital continue to break records in the number of orders for car sharing services. Since the beginning of the year in Moscow, it has been used more than 44 and a half million times.
Compared to last year, when Moscow motorists rented cars 23 million times, there is a twofold increase. Thus, the Russians are not far behind the global trend, where car sharing also shows steady rapid growth. This surge of interest in the service encourages companies to expand their business. Today, the fleet of cars that can be rented in Moscow already numbers tens of thousands. This is already a very large-scale service, requiring a systematic approach to servicing vehicles.
For example, only resolving the issue of seasonal tire changes requires serious resources and efforts. And given that this service appeared in Russia only four years ago, the progress in the development of this segment is impressive. Car sharing companies are still coping with the need to replenish their fleet, which, according to representatives of this market, has doubled in a year. Accordingly, the growth in the number of orders amounted to the same amount.
Also growing is the selection of car models that can be ordered. Entrepreneurs themselves do not fully understand how much demand for this service can grow in the future. Therefore, they plan to further expand the volume of available cars.
According to experts, more often Muscovites book a short-term rental during the day. These are trips to and from work, which on average take about half an hour. The average cost of one order is about 220 rubles. On average, residents of the capital pay a rent of 6-10 rubles per minute. Moreover, various regular loyalty programs are offered for regular and reliable customers, which include discounts.
According to analysts, the popularity of car sharing both in Russia and in many developed countries where this service is most in demand is due to the growing high cost of maintaining your own car. In addition to the actually high cost of the car, this means paying for fuel, which is growing infinitely in price, constant expenses for repairs, insurance, fines, taxes and other payments that devalue all the advantages of owning a car.
In this regard, car sharing offers the same comfort and mobility, but without the troubles with which the owner is burdened. If you rent a car, you don’t have to drive the car for washing, tire fitting, service stations, and so on — these are not all your problems. But the service is beneficial not only from the point of view of the “smut”, but also purely economically. You pay for the car only at those moments when you directly need it. At tariffs, this is available to a much larger number of people than buying a new car, even on credit.
And from a technical point of view, developers of mobile applications for using the car-sharing service have created convenient online services, thanks to which the car is delivered to the right place and time with all the documents prepared, doors are opened through the application, money is charged for services, and the client does not waste time on formalities – just sits down and goes where he needs to. And then he leaves the car in the appointed place. And he doesn’t think about what he has to pay for parking – this is not his concern either. This is especially true for megalopolises overloaded with cars, where driving your car is not at all profitable. On a car-sharing car, you can get to the metro and leave the car in the parking lot, notifying the company about it.
In general, taking into account all the advantages, it is not surprising that this service is gaining popularity so quickly. It is no accident that many car manufacturers today consider car sharing as one of the areas for the development of their business.