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Member stories

As Australia's largest peer-to-peer car sharing platform, we've enabled thousands of people to offset the cost of owning a car - as well as helping the environment and their local community. Check out the articles in this section to discover stories from real Car Next Door members.

How Carey turned her passion for furniture rescue into a business with the help of Car Next Door

How Carey turned her passion for furniture rescue into a business with the help of Car Next Door

Being affordable is a big plus for me. Because I am starting out I need to keep my operational costs low. Car Next Door helps me do that.

Jessica Pilon-Summons
How this family lives car-free with a toddler

How this family lives car-free with a toddler

Living sustainably has always been important to Tim Sculthorpe and Mariana de la Rosa. When the couple moved to Sydney from Tasmania, they had no car and no intention of buying one. That’s when they discovered Car Next Door.

Jessica Pilon-Summons
How this Sunshine Coast pensioner earns a living from side hustles

How this Sunshine Coast pensioner earns a living from side hustles

Move over, millennials! Seniors are tapping into tech to make money, with people such as Brendon Clancy, 64, earning through technology, side hustles and hobbies.

Jessica Pilon-Summons
No car, no worries, how this young family lives car-free

No car, no worries, how this young family lives car-free

Susie and her family are passionate about making impactful environmental changes. They’ve decided to live car-free with the help of Car Next Door.

Jessica Pilon-Summons
How this Cairns man turned one car into a successful sharing fleet

How this Cairns man turned one car into a successful sharing fleet

When former automotive expert Cameron Gowing from Cairns noticed that car rental companies were selling swathes of their fleets off during COVID, he saw a gap in the market. He’s now renting out 35 cars through Car Next Door, making solid returns through savvy purchasing and marketing strategies.

Jessica Pilon-Summons
How a $4,000 Toyota Yaris earned over $37,000

How a $4,000 Toyota Yaris earned over $37,000

While most city cars sit unused for days on end, Tish’s 2010 Toyota Yaris earns its keep. This economical car has earned more than $37,000 since Tish started sharing it through Car Next Door in 2015.

Kate Trumbull
How this young creative's car became a simple side-hustle

How this young creative's car became a simple side-hustle

I only drive a couple of times a week, and I rent my car out when I’m not using it. The earnings pay for rego and insurance, so I can invest that money into growing my art business. My car has stopped costing me money and started making me money.

Kate Trumbull
From ‘mum’s taxi’ to money-maker: how a Melbourne family put their under-used cars to work

From ‘mum’s taxi’ to money-maker: how a Melbourne family put their under-used cars to work

Ellen earns over $8,000 a year sharing the family's van and car when they are not using them. Ellen says “I love that I don’t feel guilty seeing them just sit there not being used.”

Kate Trumbull