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Getaround Car Sharing and the Australian Alternative

Sam Ficek

Need a car? Car-sharing services like Getaround are on the rise, allowing car owners to rent out their cars when they don’t need them while borrowers are able to get fast, easy access to cars when they do.

What is Getaround?

Almost a decade after its launch, Getaround is now one of the biggest peer-to-peer car-share services in the US with over 5 million users and 20,000 cars available to hire.

Powered by its special Getaround Connect technology that allows users to seamlessly unlock any rental car through their app, Getaround’s car share service has continued to expand covering most of the US and now Europe.

Meet Car Next Door

Getaround’s expansion hasn’t reached Australia yet, but for a similar alternative, check out Car Next Door - Australia’s top choice when it comes to a friendly, neighborhood car-sharing service.

Car Next Door is proud to play its part in the global car-share movement - helping car owners add more dollars to their wallets and enabling drivers to get from A to B easily and cheaply.

We’re now 3,000 cars and 160,000 members strong, servicing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Perth, Newcastle and their surrounds.

Car Next Door, like Getaround, saw the potential in its eco-friendly, peer-to-peer service model to better connecting local communities and their resources.We make it safe and easy for people everywhere to borrow and share cars with each other, reducing waste and unnecessary carbon emissions, and creating cleaner, greener, better neighbourhoods.

Need to borrow a car?

Car Next Door have made it super easy!

  • Choose a car near you with just a few taps of the app
  • Set your booking length, from as little as one hour
  • Follow the simple instructions in the app to get the keys and get on the road
  • All trips include comprehensive insurance, and you can choose to reduce your Damage Cover Liability for extra peace of mind

You won’t be left out in the cold - our friendly support team and roadside assistance are available 24/7 in case of an emergency or issue. We’re only a phone call away!

Join now - our membership is free, with no joining or ongoing monthly fees. You’ll only pay when you need a car.

With prices starting as low as $5 an hour or $25 a day, plus distance, it’s an affordable way to get around when you need a car

Getaround vs Car Next Door

Getaround and Car Next Door are similar in that they both set out to disrupt the established car rental companies’ market with a more resourceful, convenient and eco-conscious model.

Getaround and Car Next Door both improve upon the traditional car hire experience by using technology to make it simple and hassle-free to hire a car.. For example, Getaround has created specific technology that allows borrowers to unlock any car through the app. Car Next Door also uses the app and in-car technology to manage bookings, with two ways to borrow cars: Instant Keys or Key Handover.

For cars that advertise Instant Keys, borrowers don’t need to meet the owner to access the cars. The keys are kept in a secure lockbox - just use the app to generate a one-time use code to open the lockbox and get the keys.

For Key Handover, borrowers and owners get in touch with each other to arrange a time and place to meet and exchange keys at the start and end of each trip

Both services are serious about sustainability, with peer-to-peer car-sharing reducing the number of cars on our roads and providing access to environmentally-friendly models. Car Next Door also reduces your carbon footprint by planting trees, through Greenfleet's native reforestation projects throughout Australia. Car Next Door is also working in partnership with Hyundai to make more electric and low-emission cars available to borrowers.

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Want to rent out your car?

We’ve made that easy too!

When even a small car will cost an owner on average around $8K in maintenance, rego and other car costs per year, car-sharing has never looked more attractive in helping you offset some of those costs.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Make sure that your car fits our criteria
  2. Start a listing
  3. Fill out your profile and make it borrow-friendly with our tips!

That’s it! We’ll be in touch to let you know the next steps, like installing our Instant Keys technology if you’re in an eligible area.

Renting out your car is really easy - most Car Next Door car owners spending less than 1 hour per month managing their car and it’s easy to do from the app and website. We’ll take care of the rest including insurance, payments, bookings, borrower screenings, tolls, fines, and marketing. We suggest giving car-sharing a go for at least a few months - that’s enough time for the bookings to really start rolling in!

There are no lock-in contracts or cancellation fees if you want to remove your car from our platform. All memberships are month-to-month, including those for borrowing members - leave when you like.

So how much can I make?

Average small car = $250 - $350 a month
Utes or Van = $350 - $750

Plus, if you meet our criteria we guarantee that you’ll earn an extra $2K within your first year of renting OR we’ll make up the difference.

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