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Inc has partnered with the U.S. unit of German rental car group Sixt SE to expand its in-app rental business to carless city dwellers eager to take a trip.
Lyft users can book a designated car through the ride-hailing app, addand extras and directly pick up the car from the rental lot without waiting at the counter.
Lyft already runs a limited rental car program in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area without the involvement of any car rental companies.
RV Sales Increase In Wake Of Coronavirus Pandemic
El Monte RV, which has several locations in Los Angeles County, said rentals and sales have spiked in the wake of the pandemic — roughly 400% in the month of April — with a number of first-time buyers. “It’s going really well for us at the moment,” Gordon Hewston, SVP of El Monte RV, said. “Obviously that’s what people want to do, they want to go camping. And while many private campgrounds have reopened, the owner of Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort in San Dimas said the county has not yet given them approval to open — forcing the company to cancel all 250 Memorial Day reservations. The owner said he hoped to reopen in the coming week.
The new partnership allows it to quickly scale while avoiding the costs and regulations associated with owning and operating a national fleet.
"COVID has caused a change in behavior and people need different transportation options," Cal Lankton, Lyft's vice president of Fleet & Global Operations, said in an interview.
While rental car demand has plummeted across the country as a result of the pandemic and driven several companies, including Hertz Global Holdings Inc, into bankruptcy, demand in large cities with lower car ownership rates has boomed.
In New York City, many rental locations have run out ofskyrocketed as residents seek to escape on extended trips.
Lankton said bookings for Lyft's LA and San Francisco rental fleets are higher than prior to the pandemic.
Bike shops see surge in sales during pandemic
If you are looking to purchase a bike anytime soon, you are out of luck as bike shops across the country are sold out. Bike shops were able to remain open during COVID-19 and have seen huge profits during the pandemic. Spring Street Sports in Chippewa Falls changed their hours and went to appointment only, but they still kept busy. Joe Wawrzaszek, the co-owner says they are nearly out of bikes and it could be months before they get more into the store. He added that their sales in 2020 are not like any previous years and they are way above a typical year in profits.
Sixt, for its part, is hoping the Lyft partnership will elevate its profile in the United States, where it primarily rents premium vehicles. One of the largest rental companies in Europe, the company has only 85 U.S. locations, 30 of them at airports.
"We have excellent customer ratings, but almost no one knows us here," said Sebastian Birkel, president of SIXT United States. "So we have to grow as fast as we can."
Birkel said Sixt was expanding downtown locations, but also believed business airport travel would return in the future.
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