The costs associated with owning a car can add up over time. So, if you don’t use your vehicle daily, you might be interested to know how you could recoup some of those costs by leasing it.
Depending on where you are in Australia, you may be familiar with car sharing services such as GoGet and Popcar. These types of car sharing services have their own fleet of vehicles which they rent out to drivers who need them for a short period of time.
But did you know that there are also peer-to-peer car-sharing services that make it easy for car owners and other drivers to share?
Platforms such as Car Next Door, DriveMyCar and Drive mate allow car owners to list their vehicle for rent at times when they don’t need it.
Choosing to lease your car can be a strategic way to help defray the costs of car-related expenses such as registration, insurance, and depreciation. But only if it is the right solution for your personal situation.
How do I know if my car is suitable for carpooling?
Whether your car is suitable for carsharing will depend on a number of factors, including:
- How old is your car – Different sharing platforms will have different requirements, with some accepting cars up to 15 years old and some up to 20 years old. But, generally speaking, the newer your car, the more money you can make renting it out.
- Where are you – First, you’ll need to confirm if there are any peer-to-peer car-sharing platforms operating where you live. Next, you’ll need to consider what demand you might expect in your area. For example, if you live in or near a city center, you may be able to rent your car more regularly than if you live in a suburb or region. The reason for this is that many people who live in cities find it impractical or unnecessary to own their own car and instead rely on carpooling when needed.
- When you are able to make it available – If you use your car most weekends and several days of the week, it may not be suitable for carpooling. This is because most of the car rental demand will likely be on weekends, or for a week or so at a time. On the other hand, if you travel a lot (for work or leisure) and are away for several weeks in a row, your car may be the perfect candidate for carsharing, as you can get the most out of renting it instead. to let her sit down. in your driveway or an airport parking lot. Where you sit on this spectrum can help you determine if carsharing is right for your lifestyle.
You will also need to provide proof that your car is registered and covered by compulsory third-party car insurance (CTP).
How can I register my car for carpooling?
Different car sharing services will likely have slightly different processes to get started. Some of the steps you may need to follow include:
- Provide details about your car, including its make, model, and year, along with photos showing its condition.
- Share its availability and specify how much you are willing to rent it. Keep in mind that some services will have a fixed price or a maximum price you can charge.
- Management of your reservations and provision of your vehicle. Depending on which platform you choose to list your car on, you may have the option of attaching a key safe to your car or meeting the driver at the time of booking.
How much can I earn by renting my car?
The amount you may be able to earn by leasing your car will vary depending on several factors, including:
- The service you choose to register your car with
- The make, model and age of your car
- Location of your car
- The availability of your car
All of these factors will contribute to the demand you might see from drivers and ultimately how much you can earn.
Most car sharing services will have a form on their website where you can enter your car details for an estimate of what you could earn. Additionally, some will guarantee a minimum income amount if you meet certain criteria.