Car Next Door works on a system of instant bookings. This makes it really easy to use, because you don’t need to deal with individual booking requests. It also maximises the number of bookings you get, because Borrowers can book and go on the spur of the moment.
But for this system to work, you (and any of your Additional Drivers) need to always book your car for your own use.
For most of us, this is a new way of thinking about our cars, and takes a bit of getting used to. Though we've made it super easy to do through our mobile site.
Getting into the habit of booking your own car is the most important thing you can do as a car-sharer.
If you don’t book the car for your own use, then:
- it might be out on a booking when you need it;
- it might not be there when a Borrower turns up at the start of their booking.
If a Borrower turns up to use your car and you're actually out driving, we may fine you $30 to go towards the Borrower's costs of finding alternative transport. It's also likely to impact on your car's earnings, as Borrowers won't become regulars if your car isn't reliably available.