One of the biggest car sharing operators globally is Zipcar, and many tourists and expats look for a similar service in Australia. If you're looking for an alternative to Zipcar in Australia, look no further - it's Car Next Door.
What’s Car Next Door?
Just like Zipcar, we’re a car sharing service that lets you quickly and cheaply access cars by the hour or day, so you don’t need to own a car (or second car) if you don’t need to drive every day. There are over 3,000 cars, vans and utes available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Canberra, Perth and Tasmania, so you’ll easily find the right wheels for every job.
The main difference between Car Next Door and Zipcar is that we’re a peer-to-peer car sharing service, which means the cars are owned by real people who rent them out when they aren’t using them themselves. Peer-to-peer car sharing is the greenest way to access a car. Rather than purchasing brand new cars just for car sharing, it’s making use of thousands of existing cars that would otherwise be sitting idle in our streets.
How it works
Car Next Door works much like Zipcar:
- Search for a car near you on the website or app
- Choose a car and make a trip request
- Get approved to drive - we’ll process your application within 1 business hour and confirm your booking
- Use the app to get all the instructions for your trip
Once you’re approved to drive you can book future trips instantly with just a few taps of the app. Even if you don’t need to book a car right now, join now to be ready to drive when you do.
Instead of using a card to access the cars, you’ll collect the keys from a secure lockbox or from the car’s owner. That means you’re all set to drive as soon as your account is verified - no waiting around to receive a card in the mail.
It’s free to join Car Next Door and there are no membership or joining fees. With prices starting at just $5 an hour or $20 a day plus distance charges, Car Next Door is up to 40% cheaper than GoGet and other car sharing options in Australia. All trips include damage and loss cover and 24/7 roadside assistance and member support.