Need to rent a car in Perth? There are hundreds of real people’s cars of all types listed on Car Next Door. Regardless of whether you require a 7 seater to pick up the kids from school, a large car to collect a bike, or perhaps a small car to collect a parcel from the post office in Perth, Car Next Door has something for you. Borrowing a car from your neighbour is easier than with traditional car rental companies as you can skip the counter and all that tedious paperwork. Whether for a road trip or for a quick trip to the shops, find cars around you on the app and get prices by the hour or by day. It’s free to become a member, and because the keys are at the car, you can skip the rental counter and get instant access to your car.
International drivers are welcome to rent cars in Perth. You just need to hold a full unrestricted driver licence from your home country, with a formal English translation if it is in another language.
Our pricing works slightly differently from traditional car rental companies. When you borrow a car with Car Next Door, you pay for both the time you have the car and the distance you drive, as well as your damage cover and booking fee.
Car Next Door trips are covered through Mobility Mutual - a member-owned mutual risk protection fund that’s specifically designed for our car-sharing community. Each time you borrow a car with Car Next Door you will be able to select the excess option which best suits your needs.
With Car Next Door you can access hundreds of cars parked on streets and in car parks all over Perth. There’s probably one within a few minutes walk from your home!
No credit card? No problem. Once you’ve joined up as a free member to our community, you can hire a car without a credit card. We accept any Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card - just make sure it has the necessary funds available! Note that all members will be charged a $150 deposit on their first booking, which will be returned after the trip is completed.
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The best way to get around central Perth is by public transport, with buses, ferries and trains running regularly. The centre of Perth is a Free Transit Zone, with travel on buses within this are free all day. Western Australia is a big state and there’s so much to see outside of Perth. The easiest way to see it all is by hiring a car and driving yourself.
Traffic in Perth isn’t as heavy as in other Australian cities but it does get heavy at peak hour. If you can, avoid driving around Perth between 7am and 9am and between 4pm and 6pm when the traffic is at its worst.
If you’re not familiar with driving in Perth, there are a few road rules you should brush up on before you get behind the wheel:
You can’t touch your mobile phone while driving. You can only touch your phone to receive or end a call, if the phone is secured in a phone cradle or it can be operated without you needing to touch it. You can use your phone for navigation as long as you don’t need to touch it. For all other functions, you need to pull over and park your car before you touch your phone.
You can’t turn on a red light, at most intersections even if the way is clear. There are a few intersections in Perth where you can turn left at a red light after coming to a complete stop, and these are clearly signed. If there’s no sign permitting it, you can’t turn left on a red light.
You can’t do a U turn unless there’s a sign permitting it. You can’t do a U turn at intersections with traffic lights unless there is a ‘U turn permitted’ sign. Anywhere else you can do a U turn if its safe, provided there isn’t a ‘No U turn’ sign.
Pedestrians sometimes have right of way at intersections. Pedestrians will sometimes get a green light at the same time as turning traffic. You must wait for any pedestrians to cross the road before you can turn.
You must park ‘facing the direction of traffic’, which means the car must be parked facing the direction it would be if it were driving down that road. In Australia where we drive on the left side of the road, this means the passenger side of the car needs to be closest to the kerb.
Perth’s weather is hot all year around. Summer gets very hot with average temperatures sitting around 31 degrees celsius (87.8 fahrenheit), and in winter it only drops to an average of 18 degrees celsius (64.4 fahrenheit). This makes it a great destination at any time of year, but you’ll need to be prepared for heat and stay sun smart with sunscreen and lots of water.
There are also plenty of sporting events, festivals and performances to enjoy, whatever time of year you visit Perth.
Fringe World Festival - Running throughout January and February each year, Fringe World features performances in everything from theatre to comedy, cabaret, circus and more at venues right across Perth.
Perth Festival - Running annually since 1953, Perth Festival is a curated arts festival featuring some of the best artists from Western Australia and the world.
South West Craft Beer Festival - Head to the Margaret River region for this celebration of local craft beer. You’ll have the opportunity to try over 120 craft beers from more than 20 local brewers, plus enjoy great food and live music.
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe - The beautiful Cottesloe beach is transformed into an outdoor sculpture gallery with works by over 70 artists from around the world.
Donnybrook Apple Festival - A celebration of the delicious produce of the Southwest region, featuring entertainment, wine tasting, and the chance to buy and try some great local produce.
Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival - Held on the beautiful Voyager Estate Winery, the festival features established and emerging storytellers sharing ‘wild, weird and wonderful’ stories.
Margaret River Pro - Watch the world’s top surfers compete in the powerful surf near Margaret River as part of the World Surf League Championships Tour.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival - Take in one of over 120 international films at one of Perth’s favourite cinemas, galleries, cafes or bars.
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival - It’s well worth the 3 hour drive from Perth for this four-day event featuring stunning floral displays, markets and entertainment.
Perth Royal Show - Running for over 100 years, the Perth Royal Show features agricultural competitions, rides, showbags and animals.
Perth International Jazz Festival - Local and international jazz artists put on a program of incredible performances at venues across the city.
Western Australia Gourmet Escape - Enjoy the best of Western Australia at a range of culinary events held across Perth, Swan Valley and Margaret River.
Christmas Pageant - Get in the festive spirit with one of Perth’s favourite traditions. A parade of floats brings the magic of Christmas to the streets of central Perth.
We partner with Ampol to make it simpler and easier for our members to access low-cost local cars.