All you do is borrow a new car, drive it wherever you need to, and rent the car out whenever you don't need it. Zoomcar, a company based out of India, is a car rental company for private owners and will soon allow them these new rental options.
Zoomcar, which already offers hassle-free personal cars in many cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta, will allow its customers here to subscribe to factory-fresh cars on payment of a refundable security deposit and a monthly subscription fee.
The self-drive rental has already set up an office in Pandra, on the fringes of the city. A local official, Anuj Kumar, said the "soft launch" was done a few days ago. "We have around seven cars, brought from Bangalore and Calcutta. The fleet comprises Hyundai i20, Mahindra Scorpio and KUV, and Ford Figo and EcoSport. On an average, 3-4 bookings are being made daily," he said.
Raushali Khandelwal, senior manager (corporate communications), said they were planning a full-fledged launch in Ranchi as early as August this year. "We are conducting a pilot run," she told this newspaper via email, adding that the fleet size would be increased to 15.
To rent a car, one can either download the app or visit the Zoomcar website. There are daily tariffs as well as subscription models for six to 24 months.
"Ranchi is a growing city and the largest in Jharkand. A lot of people from here make business trips to neighbouring states. In fact, our customers in Calcutta (Bengal) requested us to start the self-drive rental in Ranchi," Khandelwal stressed on the market potential.
Tariffs for rent or subscription, Kumar said, also depended on car models.
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