Car Next Door

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Car Next Door
Private
IndustryCar sharing, Peer-to-peer car rental, Collaborative consumption
Founded2012 (2012)
Sydney, NSW,
FounderWill Davies and David Trumbull
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Area served
Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Key people
Will Davies (Founder & CEO) & , Dave Trumbull (Founder & CTO), Chloe Aliffe (Head of Member Experience)
Productscar sharing, carsharing, car rentals, cars,
ServicesPeer-to-peer car rental, Car sharing, car rentals, cars, collaborative consumption
Number of employees
55
Websitewww.carnextdoor.com.au

Car Next Door is an Australian company that facilitates peer-to-peer car rental, a system by which individuals may rent privately owned vehicles on an hourly or daily basis to other registered users of the service.[1][2] Peer-to-peer car rental is an example of ″collaborative consumption″, where skills and assets are shared or traded between neighbours for sustainability and economic benefit.[3] It currently operates in Sydney, Australia, Brisbane, Australia, Melbourne, Australia, and most recently it launched in the Gold Coast[4] and has announced plans to expand to other Australian cities and airports.[5]

How it works[edit]

The company addresses the lack of trust and lack of ease that would otherwise discourage people from sharing their cars with others,[6][7] by:

  • Providing an online forum where vehicle owners and borrowers are registered, vetted, and approved;[8]
  • Providing a feedback system to allow vehicle condition and member behaviour to be rated and reported by other members;
  • Providing in-car technology that enables keyless access to the car, and an automated, web-based booking platform;[8]
  • Providing in-car GPS technology that tracks the car's location, reducing the risk of theft and misuse of the vehicle;
  • Providing insurance covering owners and borrowers;[8] and
  • Handling payments between owners and borrowers.

New car owners receive 50% or 75% of the time-based fee and 75% of the km fee. They can book their car for free and at other times, the car must be available for roughly 50% of the weekdays and 50% of the weekends, or a penalty may be charged to the owner. Owners do not choose who can use their vehicle beyond selecting whether a driver is 21 or older, 25 or older etc. (as per the CTP greenslip requirements), though they can request that a driver is banned. The site manages toll fees and charges these back to the owner each month. Drivers are able to purchase fuel with a fuel card and this is charged back to the owner each month. Monthly administration costs are also charged each month (which include fully comprehensive car insurance, and roadside assist). All these costs are then deducted from any earnings each month, with any positive remaining balance being transferred to the car owner's bank account.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sydney Morning Herald. ″Drive thy neighbour's car ... or just rent it″. Nicole Hasham, October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph. "Dollars drive car share scheme to be launched in Bondi and Paddington″. Shae McDonald, Sydney, August 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Botsman, Rachel and Rogers, Roo (2010). What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. HarperCollins.
  4. ^ "Neighbour to Neighbour Car Sharing Hits the Gold Coast | Car Next Door". Car Next Door. 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  5. ^ "BRW". "Car Next Door seeks $1.8m ride to the airport." Caitlin Fitzsimmons and Jemima Whyte, 27 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Survey Finds Trust is #1 Barrier to Sharing". Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  7. ^ Campbell Mithun and Carbonview Research. '″Collaborative Consumption: What Marketers Need to Know.″ Archived November 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine January 2012. www.campbell-mithun.com/talkinar. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  8. ^ a b c Steve Mills (producer), (9 October 2012). Breakfast Program [radio broadcast]. Perth, 6PR.

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