Short answer:

There are two ways to share cars with Car Next Door: Key Handover and Instant Keys. With Key Handover, borrowers and owners meet to exchange keys in person. With Instant Keys, borrowers get the keys from a secure electronic lockbox. We find many owners enjoy the convenience of Instant Keys. 

How it works for owners

Both the Key Handover and Instant Keys systems let car owners rent out their cars safely and easily. The way it works varies a little between the two systems.

We find that Key Handover is good for owners who have time to meet with borrowers. And then we find that Instant Keys is good for owners who want to make their car available, when they're not, and earn more. 

  Key Handover Instant Keys
Keys You meet to exchange keys for bookings Borrowers get the keys from a smart lockbox
Distance tracking Borrowers record the distance in the app at the start and end of a booking. And then you confirm it. A GPS tracker automatically records distance
Tolls You pay for borrower tolls, and we then reimburse you Borrowers pay tolls directly with the Linkt toll tag, so you don't have to.
Membership fee Free $19/month (or $119/month on our Instant Keys Plus+ plan)

 

How it works for borrowers 

There are just a few differences between borrowing a Key Handover car and an Instant Keys car. 

  Key Handover Instant Keys
Keys

You meet to exchange keys for bookings.

You get the keys from a smart lockbox.
Distance tracking You record the distance in the app at the start and end of a booking. And then owners  confirm it. A GPS tracker automatically records distance.
Tolls Owners pay for tolls, and we reimburse the owner. Then you pay for the toll.  You pay tolls directly with the Linkt toll tag.

You can see if a car uses Key Handover or Instant Keys from these symbols when you’re searching for a car. You can also adjust the search filters to only show Instant Keys cars.

Cars will have a tag for 'Key Handover' or 'Instant Keys'

 

Your car listing

As part of your car listing, you can choose between Instant Keys and Key Handover. We find that many owners enjoy the convenience of Instant Keys as it can save you time and increase earnings.

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  • How do I select which system I want to use? There’s no options in the car set-up section

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  • Agreed - it's not intuitive to make changes.

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