A growing number of gasoline stations, used-car dealerships and auto repair shops have begun offering “super discount” car rentals to offset falling sales as car ownership declines.
Auto-related businesses can offer cheap rentals by making use of existing staff, repair facilities and, for used-car dealers, vehicle inventories to maintain a fleet of vehicles.
Discount rental operations are meeting strong demand from those who choose not to or cant afford to own a car amid declining incomes and rising fuel, insurance and maintenance costs, in addition to the threat of higher taxes.
A gas station in the western Tokyo suburb of Kunitachi is one business involved in the trend.”We managed to avert closure thanks to the rentals,” said station head Toshiaki Akuzawa, 46.
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