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Car sharing in Tassie skyrockets by 390% ahead of border reopening

Since launching in Tasmania last December ‘Car Next Door’ has experienced a boom with over 245 Tasmanians now signed up to the platform, offering their cars to holiday-makers to explore the island state.

Jessica Pilon-Summons

Article by Chelsea Cosgrave for Hobart Mercury

A car sharing service has seen a 390% spike in local bookings ahead of Tasmania’s border reopening as more interstate visitors sought cost-effective transport options amid a shortage of rental cars.

Since launching in Tasmania last December ‘Car Next Door’ has experienced a boom with over 245 Tasmanians now signed up to the platform, offering their cars to holiday-makers to explore the island state.

“The majority of their bookings are from interstate visitors who are unable to get a hire while they are travelling around,” said CEO Will Davies.

“Bookings are high right through to Christmas”

Sydneysider Tim Sculthorpe was one mainlander who has opted to use the service for a long awaited holiday with family this week after being left dumbfounded over quotes from local rental companies.

Pictured: Tim, Mariana and Nico

“There’s no way I would pay these exorbitant prices to use a rental car.” he said.

Instead, Mr Sculthorpe has borrowed a car from a local through the online platform for $1,120 a week while companies such as Hertz at Hobart Airport charge almost double for a Toyota Corolla at $2,164 a week.

Tim, Mariana and Nico Sculthorpe will be borrowing a vehicle through the Car Next Door service during their visit to Tasmania over Christmas.

“We’ll be able to use the savings on Christmas presents and experiences instead” Mr Sculpthore said.

In a bid to address the car rental crisis and re-establish vehicle fleets across the state the government is giving away $1,000 grants to Tasmanians who sign up to sharing platforms Car Next Door and Evee.

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Article by Chelsea Cosgrave for Hobart Mercury

Hero image by Tim Hart on Unsplash.

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