A car rental company may soon be in the works in Canada, but there are still a few hurdles to overcome before the idea could take off.
The Ottawa Citizen reports that the CarRental Group, which operates the Car rental company Ride-O-Rama, is exploring whether to build a facility to operate a car-rental service.
The company’s vice president of operations, David Sarnoff, said the company is exploring options for a business that would allow its customers to rent cars in Ottawa.
Ride-O, which is owned by Ottawa-based company Rideau Automotive, already operates a car dealership in Calgary and has a presence in Edmonton.
Rideau is also looking to expand its fleet to the United Kingdom and other countries.
RampageCar rental is similar to CarRama in terms of its vehicle-rentals model.
It offers a car hire service to a number of cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and New York.
Ride-o-Rampers is currently operating a service in Quebec.
The Rideau CarRanger, a car service that allows users to rent their own cars, operates in Calgary, Edmonton, and London.
Rideuraco, the company that operates Ride-Ram, also operates in Quebec and Ontario.
Sarnoff said Ride-os could provide car-sharing in Ottawa, but Ride-au-Ramps will need to convince drivers to drive in the capital for the service.
“We’re looking at options in a number the capitals,” he said.
“I think Ottawa has a good opportunity to attract a number more people.”
Rideau Automobile operates a fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles.