Why was I charged this amount for my trip?

What charges contribute to a trip's final cost?

The charges for your trip may consist of:

  • an amount for the time you had the car;
  • a charge for the distance you drove;
  • a booking fee; 
  • a charge to reduce your damage cover liability (DCL); and
  • if relevant, a cancelled time or unused time charge

How can I see a breakdown of my trip's cost?

For a breakdown of your trip costs, log in and click to see details of the relevant trip under the 'Trips' tab.

Time charges

The car's hourly and daily rates are set by the owner. 

The car's hourly rate applies for each hour you have the car, until you reach the daily rate (usually 5 hours). The daily rate is the most you will pay for the car for any 24 hour period.

See: How long is a 'day' for calculating the daily rate?

The owner may change their rates from time to time. The rate that applies to your trip is the one that was in place when you booked. 

Distance charges

It's important to take the distance charge into account when estimating the cost of your trip.

Because each kilometre driven costs the car's owner money in fuel, tyres, servicing and general wear and tear, there is a distance charge of $0.33 per kilometre to reimburse them. This covers more than just the cost of fuel - it covers the owner for all of the other running costs associated with your driving.

Our online booking system allows you to estimate what your trip will cost (including distance charges) before you drive. An easy way to estimate the distance of your planned trip is to enter it into Google maps and check the total distance.

See: "Why did I get charged 33 cents/km, when fuel is cheaper than that?"

Booking fee and Damage Cover Liability (DCL) Reduction

If you are on the free 'Featherweight' membership plan, you will pay a $4.99 booking fee for each trip. You may also choose to reduce your Damage Cover Liability for an extra hourly or daily fee. 

Heavyweight members pay $19 a month. They do not pay any booking fee, and get a reduced damage cover liability for every trip.

See How can I change my rate plan?

Unused time or cancelled time

If you see an 'unused time' or 'cancelled time' charge, please see: What is an 'unused time' or 'cancelled time' charge?

$250 charge (pre-authorisation or 'deposit')

If you see a $250 charge on your card, please see:

Will I need to pay a deposit?
When will my $250 deposit be returned?

Common questions

Why was I just charged when my trip ended some time ago, or hasn't started yet?

Your card is charged for the time and distance of your trip on the night that your trip finishes. However we don't get notified of your tolls until some weeks later, so these are charged separately in your monthly invoice.

For trips longer than seven days, we will charge part of the total cost in advance and may take progress payments throughout the booking. 

But it would've been cheaper with a rental car!

Overall, renting a neighbour's car is still cheaper than most car rental companies when you take into account fuel, excess reduction and daily fees - plus, you get the convenience of being able to pick up and return the car 24/7. To see a comparison of what different kinds of trips might cost you, check out this cost comparison info.

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