Sharing the driving with a friend or partner

Short answer:

You can share the driving with someone else, but only if the other driver is a Car Next Door member – non-members don't have damage and loss protection.

If you want to share the driving, your friend can join for free. Once they are verified, they can drive: it doesn't matter whether the trip is booked in your name or theirs.

Share the driving for free

If you have a friend or partner that you'd like to share the driving with, simply get them to join for free. Once they're verified, they can drive the car, even though the trip is booked under your name.

If a trip is booked using your member account, then in the event of damage or an at-fault accident, you're responsible for the excess regardless of who is driving.

Only members can drive

Only verified Car Next Door members are insured to drive any of the Car Next Door vehicles.


Never allow another person to drive a car booked under your borrower member account, unless they are a Car Next Door member. If you do, you'll be responsible for any damage, costs or liability that they may incur.

Sharing the driving with our legacy Heavyweight borrowing plan

Borrowers who joined before 16 March 2021 might be on our legacy $19/month Heavyweight borrowing plan. If you're on this plan and sharing the driving with another member, it's important to note that if you're responsible for damage, the amount you have to pay is determined by the rate plan of the person who booked the trip.

For example: Bert is a Heavyweight member and therefore has Premium Cover with an excess of $500 for all trips taken for $19/month. His wife, Margaret, is a Featherweight member, so she has Basic Cover and her excess is $2,000. They go on a long trip together, booked under Bert's account and have a minor prang when Margaret is driving where she is at fault. Bert is liable for the excess, which is only $500.

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