Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I earn?

$3,396 per year is the average income for casual car sharing. If you drive your car infrequently you could earn even more.

What does it cost to participate?

Its free for Members to list their car on the Bay Islands Car Share platform. Membership costs $10/month.

How do I get paid?

You set the rate for your car. Borrowers book and pay for trips taken. At the end of each month, we will calculate your cars total usage and deposit that amount (minus a service fee) into your bank account. Our service fee is based on a percentage of your total earnings and covers the cost of insurance, roadside assistance, our car share technology systems, and access to our verified community of borrowers. See the Fee Schedule for more information.

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How does the insurance work?

Your vehicle is covered by our fleet policy for the duration of the booking. On top of that we offer an Owner Guarantee; If your car is damaged or lost during a booking and the responsible Borrower doesn’t pay, we will.

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How do I know my car is safe?

Borrowers are verified for identity and good driving records before being approved. Bay Islands Car Share has been sharing its fleet of company owned vehicles since 2019. Over 4,000 trips have been taken since inception.

Where will my car be parked?

All cars listed on our platform are allocated a private off street parking space. For added security our parking yard is equipped with HD CCTV.

Who pays for fuel?

The car's Owner pays for all the fuel that goes into the car. They are then reimbursed for every kilometre the Borrowers drive through their distance income. If a Borrower needs to fill up during their trip, they pay with their own money and email a receipt for reimbursement. The amount they spent on fuel will be deducted from the final charge for the trip. Any fuel the Borrower purchases during a trip is charged to the Owner in their monthly invoice, and offset by the distance income.

How do I manage bookings for my car?

Owners can manage their upcoming bookings from their owner’s dashboard. There they can see upcoming bookings, block out availability and make changes to their listing. If you need help, we’re just a phone call away.

What happens when I want to use my car?

Simply make it unavailable through the owner dashboard. You can block it out for 1 hour, the entire month or anything in between, its up to you.  

Is my car eligible? 

To be eligible to list your car on our platform it must:

  • Be well maintained and mechanically sound.

  • Be manufactured no earlier than 2008

  • Have an odometer reading less that 300,000

  • Have a value of less than $20,000

  • Have a power rating of less than 200 kilowatts

  • Be a private passenger vehicle with 4 wheels and no more than 12 seats.

Where will my car be parked? 

Member Cars will be allocated a reserved space in our Banana St. parking yard close to the Marina. Spaces are $120 per month and include 24/7 access, HD CCTV security and security lighting. Click the link below to see the parking location:

Parking Location Map