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New types of carsharing and their future in Russia

New types of carsharing and their future in Russia

11.09.2019
For now, the most popular car sharing service is renting a vehicle with a charge by the minute. Different car sharing companies provide such an option. Photo: https://carsharingblog.ru
Carsharing appeared in Moscow not long ago but it has already become very popular. Carsharing services are also available in other Russian cities with more than 1 million citizens. The number of clients is growing very fast. Now car sharing is available at Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports. Some companies allow using their cars beyond Moscow.

Carsharing services may differ. We are going to discuss different types of car sharing services in this article.

Using a car by turns

For now, the most popular car sharing service is renting a vehicle with a charge by the minute. Different car sharing companies provide such an option. But they also can offer other services. For example, you can rent a car for a whole day. All the companies have different rates and terms.

You should download the app, sign up, pass the identification procedure, sign a contract in order to become a car sharing service user. The client must meet the requirements of the company (age, driving experience). For example, Car4You do have such requirements.

There are also other types of carsharing. For example, the owner can rent a car to other people. This method is not a new one; it was used before in a more traditional way. The car was rented for a much longer period. The car owner was looking for the clients himself in that case. Now there are companies that present themselves as mediators. They work as aggregators. People use apps or sites in order to rent or lease a car.

Special characteristics of such services:

• different car models;

• availability of dated cars;

• the end of car rent is discussed in advance;

• low prices

However, the liability of the parties is quite vague, and that is the greatest disadvantage of such aggregators. The owner is not well-protected. That’s why this car sharing model is not popular. It is also unclear who is responsible for the car maintenance.

It is also possible that a group of people (for example, 3-6 persons working in the same company) buys a car and uses it by turn. For example, they can create a special timetable. Is it comfortable? There may be some problems because plans can change. It depends on people’s punctuality and attitude. This type of car sharing is not popular either

It is highly likely that a traditional carsharing model is going to win. The best companies will outcompete the weak ones. They will fight for their clients by manipulating the prices and terms of car rent in Moscow and other regions.


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