Preliminary buying data, combined with anecdotes from car companies and analysts, suggests Chinese people have been driving off sales lots in record numbers as they scramble to avoid public buses and subways for fear of infection, Reuters reported. "SARS has changed people's consumption thinking. They think private cars are safer and more reliable," Su Hui, general manager of Beijing Asian Games Village Auto Market, told the news agency, which noted that the market, one of the biggest in the Chinese capital, sold more than 4,300 cars in April, a rise of nearly 25% over a year earlier.