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Ute Rental in Melbourne

Looking to rent a ute in Melbourne? At Car Next Door, we have hundreds of utes belonging to real people. Whatever you need a ute for, Car Next Door has something for you. Car Next Door utes can be up to 50% cheaper than a traditional ute hire company. In fact, the average price per hour for ute rental in Melbourne is just $10.69 (plus fuel) with Car Next Door. It’s free to become a member, and because the keys are at the car, you can skip the rental counter!

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Frequently asked questions


International drivers are welcome to rent utes in Melbourne. 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 ute 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. If you are on the no-monthly-fee Featherweight plan, you'll also pay a booking fee and if you choose, an optional excess reduction fee.

When you borrow utes with Car Next Door, you’re covered with comprehensive insurance policy. If you’re responsible for damage, the most you’ll need to pay is your Damage and Loss Liability amount - subject to some common-sense insurance exclusions.

With Car Next Door you can access hundreds of utes parked on streets and in car parks all over Melbourne. There’s probably one within a few minutes walk from your home!

Each ute has both hourly and daily rates that are set by the Owner of the ute. Typical rates for cars are $5–$8 per hour, and or $25-$40 per day. Vans cost around $9-12 per hour and $50-60 per day. This will be charged upfront at the time you make the booking. You also pay a distance charge for each kilometre you drive. The distance rate is chosen by the ute's owner - it will be 21c, 33c or 45c per kilometre - and clearly displayed on the ute's profile. This includes your fuel and also covers the owner for wear and tear on the ute.

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Renting a Ute in Melbourne - useful information

Hiring a ute in Melbourne

Transporting bulky furniture or picking up supplies for your latest DIY project can be a difficult if you only have a car. Hiring a ute for a few hours or a day is a cheap and easy way to get the job done quickly and easily.

You can hire a ute from a traditional rental company, or from a car-sharing service like Car Next Door. The benefit of Car Next Door is that if you only need a ute for a few hours, you’ll only pay for a few hours. Plus there’s no paperwork and no need to line up at the rental car depot. Just join Car Next Door for free and book a ute near you through the app.

How much does it cost to hire a ute in Melbourne?

The cheapest way to hire a ute in Melbourne is through a car-sharing service like Car Next Door. Using a rental agency can cost well over $100 by the time you include fuel and extra fees to reduce your excess. With Car Next Door, rates start at $8 an our or $35 a day, plus distance charges and you can reduce your excess to $500 for just $1.50 an hour or $18 a day.

Do I need a special licence to drive a ute in Melbourne?

You can drive a ute on a normal car licence. A car licence allows you to drive any car, ute or van that’s under 4.5 tonnes and has up to 12 seats.

What exactly is a ute?

A ‘ute’ (pronounced ‘yoot’) is a term used in Australia to refer to a vehicle with a tray behind the passenger compartment. It’s short for ‘utility’, and in the USA is called a ‘pick up truck’.

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