One year after the coronavirus outbreak, renting a car sure is a different experience. At least it is for someone like Alena Iskanderova.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, car rental locations were often crowded and the vehicles were pricey. Sometimes, the vehicles were clean, sometimes not, she recalls.
What a difference a year makes.
Prices are dramatically lower now. In some markets, they’ve plunged by up to 40%. Today, the car rental locations are quiet, and the employees keep a safe distance.
“Many rental companies have decreased the interactions between their employees and customers,” says Iskanderova, a paleontologist from Seattle.
The vehicles are squeaky clean, but she doesn’t take any chances. She always packs disinfecting wipes and cleans the steering wheel and other high-touch areas before driving away. Iskanderova also stores all of her