Car share rates compared: what car share in Sydney and Melbourne actually costs

Car share rates compared: what car share in Sydney and Melbourne actually costs

Car share in Sydney and Melbourne: rates and costs

People often ask us what it will cost to car share. Every trip is different, but here a couple of scenarios to give you a sense of Car Next Door’s rates compared with other car share options in Sydney and Melbourne.

1: Sarah’s day around town cost under $37

Trip duration: 7am to 9pm
Trip distance: 36km
Trip cost: $36.88 ($50 cheaper than the leading traditional car share service)

Sarah’s friend Keira has been in London for nearly two years. After a bad break-up, she’s hopped on a plane from London’s dreary winter to Sydney’s sun. Sarah books Andrew’s car to pick Keira up and give her a great welcome-home day trip. (Click on the map below to explore their trip).

Sarah picks up the car around 7am, and collects Keira from the airport. First stop: catch-up over coffee and breakfast in Norton Street, Leichardt. When the waiter asks for the third time if they’d like a fourth coffee, they hit the road again and head to the fish market to pick up some sustainable local seafood (luckily Sarah thought ahead and packed the Esky!)

Keira has really missed the ocean. They head for Bronte and spend the afternoon swimming, picnicking, and feeling the sand between their toes. By the time the sun starts to set, Keira’s tired, salty-haired, and starting to wonder why she even stayed with that English banker for so long. She’s so happy to be home.

Sarah drops the car back at Andrew’s place around 9pm, and her card is charged that night for $36.88 – the lowest car share rates in Sydney. (And $27.66 of that goes straight to her neighbour Andrew).

Care Next Door rates for the trip totalled $36.88

The car share cost is made up of:

  • $25 to use the car for the day, plus
  • $11.88 in distance charges (36km @ 33c/km, which includes fuel).

Sarah didn’t pay a booking fee, because she’s on the $19/month Heavyweight plan. That means she never pays booking fees.

If Sarah had used the leading traditional car share service for this trip, it would have cost $87

(On the equivalent ‘frequent user’ plan, with a similar damage liability amount.)

2: Pete’s weekend away cost under $88

Trip duration: 7:30 am Saturday to 10:30pm Sunday
Trip distance: 99km
Trip cost: $87.67 ($74.33 cheaper than the leading traditional car share service)

Pete rides or takes the tram to work during the week, so doesn’t need a car much. He worked out that he’d save a heap by car sharing when he needs to drive, instead of buying a car. That left him with money to spend on a nice new bike.

The day he picked his new bike up from the shop, Pete decided to head out of town to put it through its paces and see a bit of the coast.

He borrowed Brett’s car from St Kilda ($25/day), and stowed the bike in the boot. He headed down to Mornington, parked, and spent the day riding down to Portsea and back (with stops to swim, have lunch, and take photos along the way).

On Sunday, Pete caught up with some friends at a food and wine festival by the coast at Brighton. He dropped the car back a bit after 10pm, and rode the last kilometre home.

Car Next Door’s rates for the trip totalled $87.67

The car share cost is made up of:

  • $50 to have the car for two days ($25/day)
  • $32.67 in distance charges (99km at 33c/km, which includes fuel)
  • $5 booking fee (Because Pete uses a car very infrequently, he’s on our $0/month ‘Featherweight’ plan. That means he pays $5 each time he books).

If Pete had used the leading traditional car share service for this trip, it would have cost $87 on the equivalent “occasional user” plan with a similar damage liabiltiy

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