The coronavirus pandemic has
dealt severe blow to car rental firms,
which stopped working.
According to the founder of Auto Plus Giorgi
Arbolishvili, this business is focused on
foreign tourists as local citizens do not almost use its services.
“During the crisis, everyone is
trying to spend less and buys only the most necessary. Car rental in our
company costs from GEL 80 to 130 per day depending on the model that is expensive
for the locals. In previous years, locals more actively rented cars, but now
everyone is trying to save, ”he explains.
Arbolishvili notes that there
are 15 cars in the company’s garage, and now they are all stopped. Auto Plus
stopped working with insurance companies as it has no money to pay for insurance.
“Despite this, we are
not going to shut down, and we hope that
soon international tourist arrivals start to recover and we’ll be able to make
money. This is a problem for the whole country that depends on tourism, ” Director of the Auto Plus
Gachitashvili, the founder of Lux Car Rent, says that his company is on the
verge of bankruptcy, since he is paying interest on loans that makes GEL 6,000 per month amid a lack of work.
“Our firm has 7 cars, 2 of them we were forced
to sell,” he explains.
“We are not going to shut down but I can’t say
what will happen in 3 months. Our business has not yet received any assistance from the state. In the current situation the
biggest support for our business is to delay the repayment of loans,” Giorgi
Gachitashvili points out.