Got a van you don't use all the time?
By renting out your van through Car Next Door, you can share it with people in your community and save money!
Private van owners across Australia are renting out their vans when they aren’t using them, through Australia’s neighbourly car-sharing community, Car Next Door.
Van owners can make thousands of dollars a year renting out their van. Melbourne landscape designer Michael earns around a $1,000 a month by sharing his Ford Transit van when he isn’t using it.
“I’ve got a late-model van that I use off and on for carting plants around. Most of the time it’s empty, so it has worked out very well. It’s good for me as a small business. I don’t frequently need it but when I need it I just book it.”
If you’ve got a work van that sits idle at evenings or weekends or have been thinking of buying a van for personal use, renting out your van on Car Next Door might be a great option for you. You can earn money to help cover your van's costs, and still use the van when you need it yourself.
How to rent out your van
- Apply to list your van
- Our Owner Onboarding team will give you call you to answer any questions you have
- If you’re keen to go ahead, we'll book in a time to install the technology that makes sharing your van easy: a GPS to track how far Borrowers drive, a toll tag to charge the right people for tolls, and a secure lockbox so you don't need to meet Borrowers to exchange keys
- We'll list your van and make it available for your neighbours to borrow!
What renting out your van is like
Four years ago, Andy Corcoran found himself regretting the purchase of a second van for his property maintenance business after his business went through a slow period. When he heard about Car Next Door, he decided to start renting out his van on the platform.
“I got maybe half a dozen bookings in the first couple of months then all of a sudden it just snowballed — now the van can be out for one or two hours or one or two days at a time, especially over the Christmas holiday period, when it can be booked out. It’s generally there for rent 24/7 and if I ever need it, I just book it out for myself and take it.”
Instead of leaving the van idle in his garage, Andy has turned his under used asset into a passive moneymaker. Since he joined Car Next Door in 2014, Andy’s formerly unwanted work van has made him $40,000.
“It’s a really cool way of using a vehicle when you don’t need it for yourself.”
When Andy needs to use his van, he just blocks out the time in his calendar using the Car Next Door app.
If you have a regular appointment or time you know you’ll need your van for, you can also use a recurring block out. This ensures that your van will be available for when you need it, and ready to share when you don’t!
How it works
When you rent out your van through Car Next Door, you pay a $60 a month membership fee that includes fully comprehensive insurance. You can cancel your existing comprehensive insurance because your van is covered by our fleet insurance policy. This includes coverage for you, up to five additional drivers you nominate, and all our verified Borrowers
Many van owners were paying more than $60 a month for private van owner insurance, so the membership fee is a saving even before their van has earned money through rentals.
Offset your impact
Car Next Door is on a mission to free people and the planet from the ‘one person, one car’ mentality. By sharing your van, you are helping to reduce the number of new vans that need to be manufactured to meet demand. It sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but the more your van gets used, the lower its lifetime environmental impact. This is because most of a van’s emissions are actually created during the manufacturing and shipping process. These ‘embodied’ emissions will often match or even exceed the exhaust pipe emissions over your van's lifetime, so the more use your van gets, the lower its emissions per kilometre.
Plus, when someone rents out your van, all of the carbon emissions from their driving are offset through our partner Greenfleet's native reforestation projects around Australia.
Help your neighbours
People borrow vans for all sorts of reasons - from a house move to band gigs, Gumtree bargain pick up, and special weekends away. Artists sometimes use them to set up exhibitions and shows. Some members use them as a low-cost way to distribute goods for charity.
By sharing your van with your neighbours, you are not only going to offset your costs, but also help people in your community to help each other out, get stuff done and save a bit of money on the way.
It takes just a few seconds to list your van - our team will get in touch to help get your van out and about.