Should you choose GoGet, regular car hire, or neighbourhood car share for your next trip?
So you live car free and decided to try car-sharing. Good on you!
Should you use GoGet or Car Next Door?
The answer is (as to any good question): it depends.
The total cost of your trip depends on the time it takes, the distance you travel, and the amount of risk (in the form of an insurance excess) you are prepared to take on.
It's also important to consider the signup and membership fees that may apply. Goget and Car Next Door's car rental pricing is structured somewhat differently.
What's the difference between GoGet and Car Next Door?
GoGet is a privately owned car sharing fleet, Car Next Door is a peer to peer car sharing fleet. What peer to peer means is the cars you borrow belong to people in your neighbourhood.
The other major difference between GoGet and Car Next Door is how our pricing works. With GoGet, the amount you pay for a car rental changes, depending on what membership you are on. The higher the cost of your membership, the lower your car rental cost is.
With Car Next Door, we don't charge any fees to join, and be approved as a member on our Featherweight membership. Our rates are the same for cars, regardless of what rate plan you're on. Instead, on the free membership you pay a flat $5 booking fee, which you don't on our paid membership. For regular users of Car Next Door, it's cheaper to have a Heavyweight membership. But, if you need to rent a van, car or ute occassionally, it's cheaper to pay the occasional $5 fee.
Cost Comparison on different trip types
We’ve run our cost comparison calculator on a few common scenarios to illustrate which kind of trips suit traditional car rental, and which are cheaper with car sharing through Car Next Door or GoGet.
One cost we haven’t factored in here is the time and hassle of getting to a rental car depot to collect a car, filling out the paperwork, and then dropping it back when you’re finished. For many people, picking up a car around the corner like you can with car sharing is a quicker and simpler way to get on the road.
A day around town
Need to run a few errands, get to work or visit a friend for the day?
If you don’t need a car for a whole day, then why hire a car for the whole day? Traditional car rentals don’t really give discounts for less than full day rentals. This is where car sharing options become more economical.
For all of these examples we’ve assumed that you want to reduce your damage excess to the lowest possible excess cost (see the assumptions below), because who wants that additional risk!
For three hours and 15km of travel, you’ll pay about $113 for a rental car, $43 for a GoGet car hire, and** $29 for Car Next Door**.
Around town - 3 hours & 15km
A day around the city
If you need to go to a few places or across the city and want to keep the car for the whole day, but won’t be going too far, then you’re wasting money on the included kilometres that you get with either a GoGet or a rental car.
Again, assuming you want the peace of mind of the lowest possible excess, you’ll pay around $118 for a rental car, $105 for a GoGet car hire, or $65 for Car Next Door.
Around the city - 1 day & 50km
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A long weekend away
You’ve got a few days off. 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 200 km each way.
This relaxing getaway will cost you around $389 in a standard rental car; $276 in a GoGet car, and $222 with Car Next Door.
Long weekend away - 3 days & 400km
A one-week holiday
It’s time for a proper holiday: a few days away won’t cut it. So you book a station wagon, pack your beach towels and hit the road for two weeks.
For those of you based in Melbourne, we'd recommend using your car rental to start your trip by driving out to the Yarra Valley, before leisurely making your way down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
If you drive from Sydney up to the Hunter Valley Wine Region and back, your one-week, 600km trip will cost you around $675 in a rental car, $644 in a Go Get car, or $408 with Car Next Door. The memories are worth it!
One week holiday - 7 days & 600km
What we haven’t mentioned
Because there are over 1,700 cars all over Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, there are Car Next Door cars right around the corner so there's no need to make lengthy plans to go and get your car.
If you care about what kind of car you’re seen in, or just like to drive something fun or quirky, then there is a huge range of cars from Mini Coopers to Mercedes Benz (prices vary of course).
When you rent a Car Next Door car, because cars are owned by locals, you’ll be contributing directly back to the community. You’ll also be giving back to the environment because you’re taking extra cars off the road (we’ll even foot the bill to offset your carbon emissions).
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Want a personalised quote to help you choose between GoGet, car hire and Car Next Door?
Join the Car Next Door community as a borrower and get a quote using our online fleet map tool. You can find a car near you, and estimate the total car hire cost (including the fuel) by entering in your anticiapted driving distance.
There are as many variations on the trips people take as there are in the angle they like their wing mirrors. We’ve had to make some assumptions to come up with these comparisons.
For all of these scenarios, we’ve assumed that you’ll choose to reduce your car rental insurance excess. If you want to risk a $3,500 damage bill (or more) 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 $5 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 medium sized car for some extra legroom on that long drive ($30 a day). Hourly and daily 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 $50. This cost is not included in these calculations. Car Next Door's Featherweight plan has no membership fee - you'll just pay a $5 booking fee per booking.
For the road trip scenario, 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.
To calculate the rental car cost in all scenarios, we’ve taken the advertised cost as shown on VroomVroomVroom as at the date of writing this post of a compact SUV from a leading car hire company, booked a week in advance, of $80/day plus $31/day excess reduction. We have assumed fuel costs of 14c/kilometre. All hire companies offer different rates and these vary a lot throughout the year – you should do your own research to find out what's available at the time you want to travel.