How do car rental companies deal with coronavirus?
It is true that due to the new circumstances the coronavirus has put us through, it is hard to go back to our normal everyday life. Especially when it comes to travelling and vacation, the pandemic has lead many tourism businesses Santorini car rental to change their tactics. But how do car rental companies deal with coronavirus?
Due to the fact that this is a global pandemic, many people’s plans for vacation and travelling in Santorini and other Greek islands have been postponed until further notice. Even if they did not have any trips scheduled, people are more cautious when it comes to renting a car or booking a hotel room.
Because many people are afraid that they will lose their money in case they will book a car rental, we created a list of the things each company might do to protect you. Let’s see how do car rental companies deal with coronavirus.
At most car rental companies, the final payment is executed by using a credit card. The majority of car rental companies own a POS that can carry out contactless payments so that you will not have any physical content with the employee.
There is the option of paying at the moment you will collect the car or when you drop it off. There is also the choice of booking a car online and paying later at the car rental department just because due to the virus the lines are a bit blurry.
Have you already booked a car?
If you have already booked a car and you are wondering what will happen to your reservation and money, fear not. Most companies have decided to offer the option of free cancellation or transfer of the dates for later on.
If you are able to reschedule your vacation then we advise you to change your car rental dates too. It is better to keep your reservation, because in case your vacation will be conducted you might not be able to find another car available at these dates.
In case your whole trip gets cancelled, we are sure that the company will be willing to return you your money. This is why it is better to choose a company with no handling fees and free cancellation.
Disinfecting of the Cars
During these difficult times, car rental companies have chose to disinfect every vehicle after its use. Immediately after you drop off your car, the company moves on to its disinfection. They focus primarily on the steering wheel, buttons, gear box, seat belts and seats.
After that, the whole car is getting sprayed with disinfectants or it is being vacuumed with high temperature steam. This way they ensure that the car will be safe to be given to another person. At the end of the day, the cars will get washed on the outside too.
If the company does not provide you with any disinfectants, we advise you to keep a bottle with you or carry a pack of disinfectant wipes.
Pick up and drop of a vehicle
The pick up or a drop off a vehicle will be carried out very carefully. If you wish to have the vehicle delivered then one of our handlers will deliver it to the place of your choice. ,asks and other protective gear will be used of course.
If you want to be 100% sure that the vehicle is disinfected and safe to be used, you can visit the company yourself and get the car from there. We advise you that you will be careful as the transaction and the physical contact with another person will be inevitable either way.
Make sure to bring your own protective gear, masks and gloves and follow the instructions of the Greek Ministry of Health so that you will not face any problems.
Online and phone communication
Every car rental company has tried to limit her physical transactions as much as possible. It is better for everyone not to come to the company and have any physical contact with the staff and employees, let alone use public transport to come to the headquarters.
Feel free to contact the company online by email or calling them as it will be safer to do so.
Safety measures at the company
Except from the contactless handling fees and the online communication rather than a visit at the physical car rental company, the headquarters of each company has taken their own safety measures.
They have installed plexi-glass protective shields in front of the counter tops so that the employees and you will be protected from any germs.
All the employees are equipped with protective face masks and gloves so that they will be protective and they will also not be able to transfer any germs to you.
There is a constant need for sanitation of counter tops, chairs, doors etc and there are designated spots where you can wait at the lines. Of course the social distancing is imposed there too.
Please do not visit a car rental or any other company if you are not feeling very well. It could cause some pretty awful consequences and a chain reaction of the virus.
Overview of how do car rental companies deal with coronavirus
Remember that if you are going to use public transport means, you should be protected by a face mask. Try to wash your hands as often as possible to avoid the spread of germs to other people and objects.
When in the car, try not to eat and drink as the germs will be spread everywhere and be cautious with take out food. Public health is very important in the summer of 2020.
We hope that our list about how do car rental companies deal with coronavirus will help you understand the measures each company has taken and that you will still be able to go on vacation.
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