Car sharing is an easy and affordable way to have access to a vehicle whenever you need it, without having to own a car or pay for all the ongoing costs associated with it. If you’re living car free and you’ve decided to try car sharing, that’s a great decision! You’ve made the choice to save money and reduce your environmental footprint.
There are a few types of car sharing businesses around, with different rates and different ways of renting vehicles. You may have heard about Car Next Door and GoGet. We’ll explain the differences between these two car sharing platforms, and compare the rates on some typical trips, to help you decide which platform suits you better.
The benefits of car sharing
If you don’t drive a lot and you want to save on the cost of buying and maintaining a car, then car sharing is a great way to do it. And it’s better than traditional car rental.
Reduce your costs
The cost of owning a car includes maintenance, insurance, registration and also the amount your car depreciates each year. Car sharing avoids all these costs, but still provides all the benefits of easy access to a vehicle when you need it.
Car sharing provides all the benefits of having a car, without the costs of car ownership.
Better than traditional car rental
Car sharing provides a much easier, cheaper and more flexible way of hiring a car, than traditional car rental. Unlike traditional car rental, one of the big differences with car sharing is that you can book a car for just the amount of time you need it. Car sharing provides complete flexibility, allowing you to book by the hour or by the day, and only pay for the time you need. But that’s only the start. There’s also no time consuming paperwork to complete, and you don’t have to front up to an office to exchange keys. Everything is done via an app.
Does all car sharing work the same?
Not all car sharing is the same, and the two main car sharing platforms in Australia, Car Next Door and GoGet work slightly differently. GoGet is a fleet based service and owns the cars, while with Car Next Door the cars you borrow belong to people in your neighbourhood. These differences affect the availability of cars in your area, what you’ll pay to use the service, and ultimately determine which is best for you.
What’s the difference between GoGet and Car Next Door?
Depending on whether you use Car Next door or GoGet you’ll find some other differences between the two services, including:
- Location of vehicles
- Types of vehicles
- Hire Rates & Plans
Car Next Door
Car Next Door has cars located in inner city areas and throughout the suburbs in Australia’s main cities, as well as in popular regional areas. Compared to GoGet, Car Next Door has more vehicles and has more cars located in the outer suburbs. This gives Car next Door a significant advantage over GoGet.
With Car Next Door you can choose from a small hatch, a people mover, a van, a comfy SUV for a weekend away, or a Mercedes, if you really want to make an impression. With a wide choice of models and styles, there’s a car for every occasion.
With Goget, cars are located in designated car parks in Australia’s main cities. They tend to be more centralised in inner urban areas, with a smaller spread across the suburbs, compared with Car Next Door.
GoGet provides a choice of vehicles, depending on your needs - from small hatches, to people movers, vans and SUVs.
Car Next Door has more cars across the city and in the suburbs.
Should I use GoGet or Car Next Door?
For most people, working out which service is best comes down to comparing providers and seeing which one comes out on top. Everyone’s situation is different. For car sharing to work for your particular situation, it needs to be cost effective, reliable and easy to use. When considering Car Next Door or GoGet, the questions that need answering are:
Are there cars in my area?
Car sharing will only work if you can rely on being able to book a car when you need it. It’s also important that it’s easy to get to. That means it needs to be in your local area, so you don’t have to travel far.
How much does it cost to use?
If car sharing costs too much, you simply won’t use it. Car sharing should be cost effective enough that you shouldn’t have to ask yourself whether you can afford to use it. The key is finding the most cost effective plan and knowing about any hidden costs.
Are there other advantages to using this service?
This may include considering the environmental impact or community impact of different car sharing models.
Car sharing works best when the car you book is located nearby and you don’t have to travel far to get it. Car Next Door has a significant advantage over GoGet because it has more cars distributed across Australian cities and in the suburbs. If you live in the suburbs it’s highly likely you’ll find a Car Next Door vehicle in your neighbourhood - or in your street!
The best service always has cars nearby and is cost effective.
GoGet rates vs Car Next Door
How much you pay for a trip with Car Next Door or GoGet depends on how long your booking is, the number of kilometres you travel, as well as your choice of insurance excess. GoGet and Car Next Door's car rental pricing is structured differently, so let’s take a more detailed look at their pricing and plans.
With GoGet and Car Next Door, you can book by the hour or by the day, and you’re also charged for the number of kilometres you travel. Your choice of plan will also make a difference to how much you pay. Remember, some plans will have fees and if you want to lower your insurance excess, you may also have to pay more.
With GoGet the hourly or daily rates vary depending on what membership you’re on. The higher the cost of your membership, the lower your car rental cost. GoGet has three levels of membership: GoStarter, GoOccasional & GoFrequent, all with different fees.
Car Next Door
Car Next Door is the only service that has no ongoing membership fees. Rates to borrow cars are the same, regardless of which borrowing plan you're on.
Car Next Door has two Plans: Featherweight and Heavyweight. Featherweight is the best option for occasional use and first time users and has no fees. You pay a booking fee for each trip. Heavyweight is the most cost effective plan for people who travel at least once a month. There are no booking fees and damage cover liability (DCL) is also significantly lower on the Heavyweight Plan.
Paying for the distance you drive
Both Car Next Door and GoGet charge for the distance you travel. With GoGet you’ll be charged 40 cents a kilometre for hourly bookings. With Car Next Door, pricing starts at 21 cents for hourly bookings.
GoGet offers 150 included kilometres with daily bookings, which means you’ll only be charged for kilometres once you exceed 150 kilometres. If you know you’re travelling a long distance, inclusive kilometres can offer peace of mind because you know the price you’ll pay is capped. The downside is that if you only need a car to get around town for the day, you’ll still be paying for those included kilometres you don’t use.
Car Next Door charges a flat rate for each kilometre you drive, meaning you only ever pay for the distance you actually drive.
Below is a comparison of the plans offered by GoGet and Car Next Door:
|Membership fee||$49 per year||$12 per month||$30 per month|
|Booking fee||no fee||no fee||no fee|
|Hourly rate||From $10.90||From $9.70||From $6.50|
|Distance rate||40c per km||40c per km||40c per km|
|Included Km||150km on daily rate||150km on daily rate||150km on daily rate|
*Damage liability: if you have an accident the maximum you will pay is $2000. To reduce your liability to $300 GoGet charges $1.75 extra per hour and $18 per day.
|Car Next Door||Featherweight||Heavyweight|
|Booking fee||$16.99||no fee|
|Hourly rate||from $5||from $5|
|Daily rate||from $25||from $25|
|Distance rate||from 21c/Km||from 21c/Km|
*Damage liability: if you have an accident the maximum you will pay is $2000. To reduce your liability to $500 Car Next Door charges $1.50 extra per hour and $18 per day.
Cost comparison on different trips
We’ve done a cost comparison on four example trips to illustrate the cost differences between GoGet and Car Next Door.
|Car Next Door||GoGet|
|A day around town||$31.14||$38.70|
|A day around the city||$42.49||$89.00|
|A long weekend away||$252.00||$389.50|
|A one-week holiday||$478.00||$875.50|
A day around town
If you don’t own a car, but you’ve got a few errands to run, or you want to visit a friend for the day, using a car sharing app is the perfect way to get to where you need to be.
For three hours and 15km of travel, you’ll pay about $38.70 for GoGet, and $31.14 for Car Next Door.
Around town - 3 hours & 15km
A day around the city
Sometimes you need to go to a few places or drive across the city, so you need the flexibility of having the car for the whole day. You aren’t planning on travelling far, so you’ll end up wasting money on the 150 included kilometres that you get with GoGet.
You’ll pay around $89 for GoGet, or $42.49 for Car Next Door.
Around the city - 1 day & 50km
A long weekend away
If you’ve got a few days off, why not take off for a long weekend. You decide to leave Melbourne and head to the beach and bush at Lorne, or from Sydney, drive down to the beautiful Shoalhaven Heads. Either trip plus a couple of detours is about 200km each way.
This relaxing getaway will cost you around $389.50 with GoGet, and $252.00 with Car Next Door. We’ve also lowered your insurance excess for the trip, for peace of mind.
Long weekend away - 3 days & 400km
A one-week holiday
It’s time for a proper holiday. Book a comfy SUV, pack your beach towels and hit the road for a relaxing week getaway.
For those of you looking for car hire in Melbourne, we recommend starting your trip by driving out to the Yarra Valley, before making your way down the Great Ocean Road. A similar distance trip from Sydney gets you to the Hunter Valley wine region and back.
Your one week, 600km trip will cost you around $875.50 with GoGet, or $478.00 with Car Next Door. We’ve also lowered your insurance excess for the trip, for peace of mind.
One week holiday - 7 days & 600km
GoGet or Car Next Door? Which is the best car sharing platform?
Car Next Door wins on price
When you compare the cost of four different types of trips it’s clear that Car Next Door comes out on top on cost. For all the trips shown above, Car Next Door is cheaper - from short trips of a few hours, and trips away for multiple days. Daily rates are significantly cheaper with Car Next Door for renting a similar size and type of vehicle. In addition, on Car Next Door’s Heavyweight Plan, your insurance premium is automatically reduced to $500. With GoGet, even on the top plan, you need to pay an extra $18 per day to reduce your premium from $2000.
Car Next Door is significantly cheaper than GoGet for short trips of a few hours and on longer trips of several days.
Car Next Door wins on the environment & local communities
Car sharing simply makes financial sense for people who live in urban areas and don’t drive very much. But there are other benefits too - particularly with peer-to-peer car sharing, like Car Next Door.
By reducing the number of cars, car sharing lowers traffic congestion, which is great for CO2 emissions and for creating healthier cities. But peer-to-peer car sharing is even better for the environment than fleet car sharing services. Unlike GoGet, Car Next Door uses cars that are already sitting idle in driveways instead of purchasing new cars and freighting them to your neighbourhood. Manufacturing new cars and freight all contribute to CO2 emissions. Using neighbourhood cars means you pay less per hour and per day to use them, making neighbourhood sharing the most affordable and environmentally friendly form of car sharing.
There’s a final benefit to using Car Next Door, which is that it supports your community by keeping the money local and in the hands of the individual vehicle owners. It’s just another reason to choose Car Next Door.
Car Next Door is better for the environment and supports the local economy.
Ready to car share?
Hopefully you’ve now got enough information about car sharing and the differences between GoGet and Car Next Door that it’s clear who is the best choice. We hope you’re as excited about car sharing as we are and you’re ready to give it a try with Car Next Door. We think making better use of cars already sitting on our streets just makes sense: it’s common sense for the common good. And we think you’ll agree.
Get a car rental quote
Want a personalised quote to help you choose between GoGet and Car Next Door? Get a quote using our search page. You can find a car near you, and estimate the total car hire cost (including fuel) by entering your anticipated driving distance.
In calculating the cost of our example trips above, we’ve made some assumptions.
For the two longer trips, we’ve assumed that you’ll choose to reduce your car rental insurance excess. If you want to risk a $2,000 damage bill by not reducing your excess, then the cost variation will be different – get in touch if you’d like us to run the numbers.
For Car Next Door vehicles, we've assumed an hourly rate of $7 and a daily rate of $25 for the trips “around town” and “around the city”. For the longer trips over the weekend and your “one-week holiday”, we’ve upgraded you to a comfortable SUV for a longer drive ($40 a day). We’ve assumed a distance rate of 33c per kilometre for the two longer trips. Rates are set by individual car owners, so please check the listing of your preferred car for its rates.
For the “Trip Around Town” and “Trip Around the City” scenarios, we’ve assumed that you’re on the GoGet GoStarter plan or Car Next Door's Featherweight plan for occasional users. The GoGet GoStarter plan has a yearly fee of $49. This cost is not included in these calculations. Car Next Door's Featherweight plan has no membership fee - you'll just pay a booking fee per booking.
For the two road trips, we’ve assumed that you’re on the GoGet GoFrequent or Car Next Door Heavyweight plans. We haven’t included the membership costs of $30/month (GoGet) or $19/month (Car Next Door) in these calculations.