Borrow a car and etiquette as well
Posted Thursday, October 10 2013 at 01:00
Death and debts are among the most inconveniencing situations one would not want to be found in. However, I would like to add another, borrowing a car and messing it up. Inevitably, one will find himself or herself in such a fix that he or she needs to reach out to a friend or family member to borrow their car.
Be it for one day or even just one hour, borrowing someone’s car can be a stressful endeavour. If you to do so, treat other people’s cars like they are made out of porcelain,
driving super slowly like your great-grand mother and just praying to get from point A
to point B without damaging anything. So before you rev up the engine, check out these tips for car borrowing etiquette:
Keep it clean
Next to buying a home, a car is probably the second most intense purchase a person will make in life. If one borrows anything it is always proper to leave it looking nicer than it was before, which goes double for borrowing someone’s car.
Nasser Kibirige an engineer with Loa Logistics says, “When I lend out my car I expect that person to use common courtesy and just keep it clean.”
Keep your end of the deal
This goes for the agreed period of which one is supposed to spend with the car. It does not matter what awesome adventure comes your way, while you are borrowing someone’s car, nothing is more important than returning it, in good condition, and on time.
This not only adds nods to your integrity but also gives you an opportunity to borrow the car again just in case you need it. According to Samuel Oketcho, proprietor of Safari Uganda Travels, if you delayed to return a borrowed car from his company it will cost you more and he would not risk lending it to that client again.
Fill It up
With the price of a litre of fuel these days costing more than a meal at a regular Kafunda, there is nothing more monumental in car borrowing etiquette than not filling up the tank. I am just stressing the importance of respecting someone’s property.
“A million and one things can happen when you borrow someone’s car and trust me, they are thinking of whether you left some fuel when they hand over the keys,” says Esther Mulamba a doctor at Mulago Hospital. She added that people should just be nice and fuel the car.
Do not lend it out
Borrowing a car calls for a high degree of responsibility, where one should not dare lend out the car to anyone else be it your spouse. Christine Nakaya a wholesaler at Kikuubu says, “If I lent out my car to a friend and he gave it to some else without first informing me, I would be so angry and pick it immediately.”
In case the car you borrowed got certain complications, be it an inflated tyre, informing the owner of what happened would be proper. Unlike some who just keep quiet and let the small complication you faced create bigger car breakdown issues for the owner. Make a case for the next borrowing.