It’s legitimately hard to be young. With the price of housing, education, and the stress of landing a job with decent pay, living your best life can be tough!

So if you’re a P plater or under 25 years old, the last thing you need is to deal with the massive cost of owning or renting a car.

GoGet makes life way easier for thousands of young drivers like you. Read on for a legit comparison of your options between car rental, car ownership, and GoGet car share.

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A blue GoGet car with a Green p plate on it - GoGet is a great alternative to car rental for p platers

GoGet vs Car Ownership for young drivers

Getting a driver’s license is important, and it’s a must for lots of jobs. But owning a car is super expensive for young drivers and P platers, with insurance costing way more than for older drivers.

Servicing and maintenance is also a drag, especially when you can only afford to buy an older car. Today, most of us don’t know how to do an oil change, check brake pads, or change a tyre (nor should you have to know). Unfortunately, these jobs can cost thousands when left to the mechanic – especially in older cars where stuff breaks more often.

Here’s the good news. Joining GoGet means you don’t need to own a car. That means more money for rent, food, and beverages. Our 100,000+ members pay a small annual or monthly membership fee, and get access to thousands of cars across the country, generally parked on a street near their house. They book those cars by the hour, and it ends up way cheaper and more convenient than owning a car.

“For a Uni student on a tight budget, GoGet vans were really helpful in moving-out, and hiring cars makes grocery shopping easy. Charging a flat rate per hour is a fair system, and having the opportunity to extend your booking without excessive charge makes GoGet an outstandingly flexible product. No complaints – thank you for making life easier.”
JAG, Product Review

Cost Comparison:

We’ve done the numbers on the cost of owning a car against using GoGet for a typical 21 year old with a full license. This is on GoGet’s discounted Student plan, and doesn’t even include the cost of buying a car – add a few grand to the ownership column for that!

 GoGetCar Ownership
Comprehensive InsuranceFree!$2,458*
CTP InsuranceFree!$528**
Roadside AssistFree!$110
Cost of FuelFree!$257
Servicing and TyresFree!$144***
Booking Fees$1,420N/A
Kilometre Charge$288N/A
Yearly Total$1,743$3,769
Monthly Total$145$314
* From Canstar research ** From ABC *** From RACQ
Assumptions: Typical use of 2 x 4 hour booking and 1 x day booking per month, 10 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per day. Based on a Toyota Corolla in NSW.


And remember – that’s before the cost of buying a car! RACQ estimates the total cost of a new Corolla is around $8,014 per year, including repayments, interest on a 5 year plan, and depreciation. With GoGet, you don’t have to worry about any of that!

GoGet can also be great if you already have access to a car. 21% of our members use us instead of owning a second car, so we’re a perfect addition to the occasional use of the parents car.

GoGet vs car rental for P platers

If you do a google search for car rental for p platecar hire for p platers, or p plate car rental, you’ll find it really difficult to find competitive car rental rates (aka, you’ll get stooged). That’s assuming you find a company that will rent you a car in the first place!

Can P platers rent a car?

Yes, you can rent a car with P plates, but it’s hard. At a minimum, a P plate driver will need to have been driving for a year by themselves before they can rent a car – that’s all we ask for at GoGet. More often, car rental companies only let Green P Platers rent a car (depending on your state). Some car rental companies have a strict rule against P platers renting cars at all. We think that’s pretty unfair.

 GoGetNo BirdsHertzAvis
L Platers✔️
Red P platers✔️
Green P platers✔️✔️
Under 21 year olds✔️✔️
*No Birds will charge an extra fee for green P Platers **To rent from No Birds, you must be 20 years old

At GoGet, we don’t mind if you’re a P plater, we’ll let you hire our cars under a few conditions. You can find those requirements at the end of this article.

Cost of GoGet vs Car rental for young drivers

By signing up to GoGet, you join a network of car share members, who use us to replace owning a first or second car, replacing traditional car rental at the same time.

That means GoGet has more reliable revenue than car rental companies, which makes our rates way more competitive – especially for shorter bookings.

Here’re the numbers for a 4 hour trip for a 21 year old driver on their full license.

 GoGetNo Birds
Membership/Age Charge$2.92*$20
Booking Fee$28.12$49

*Based on $35 annual GoStudent membership, with 12 bookings per year

Assumptions: 4 hour booking in a Corolla with 10 kilometres travelled each hour

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“Good customer service, helpful and understanding. Good payment options, simple and reliable. Great variety of vehicles! A very good option for students and young people.”
Nehal, Product Review

Car rental made easier with GoGet

So, whether you join GoGet to replace owning a car, or to replace renting a car when you don’t have access to one, GoGet will probably save you money. Plus, you’ll have access to way more cars than most car rental fleets, including vans, SUVs, and convertibles!

But there’s also the time and effort factor. GoGet has cars all over Australia’s biggest cities, including the suburbs, so there’s probably one near you. That means you don’t need to travel to a car rental location to pick a car up.

And unlike car rental, you won’t need to go through a long booking/pick-up/drop-off process each time you need a car. Just sign-up, make a booking in 2 minutes on the app, then tap into a car!

A female young driver smiling in a convertible sports car with red leather interior, red like her P plates on the rental car she's driving

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Young Drivers Frequently Asked Questions:

A Learner driver's L plate coloured in GoGet orange.Can I hire a car as a learner?

Yes, learner drivers can drive learner approved GoGet cars by being added as an additional driver of a GoGet member. That member needs to be 27 years or older, be on the GoFrequent or GoOccasional plan, and have been a GoGet member for at least 12 months.

Learner drivers can be any age, but they need to live at the same address as the account holder. Learner drivers also need to be supervised by a fully licensed driver at all times. For more information, head to our GoGet learner page.

Additional Costs:

There’s a $25 fee to register a learner driver on an account. During bookings, learners attract a $2 per hour surcharge, up to $18 a day. If there’s an accident during a booking, the damage cover liability is $3,500. If the driver is not at fault, or if the cost of repair is lower, the difference will be refunded.

Can I hire a GoGet car on my P plates?

Yes, provisional drivers can drive GoGet cars, but there are a few restrictions.

Red P platers:

First year P platers can be registered as an additional driver in the same way learner drivers can, with the same restrictions. The costs are also the same as learners, with a $3,500 damage cover liability and an $2 per hour additional booking charge.

All other P Platers:

If you have 1 year’s unsupervised driving experience and a clean driving record, you’re eligible for your own GoGet account! We won’t charge you any extra booking fees, although you won’t be able elect for our reduced liability option.

Does GoGet have student car share rates?

Yes, GoGet has a discounted students rate. All you need is a student email or an active student card and we can sign you up.

Our student rates are very heavily discounted, and are one of the cheapest ways to get around when you’re studying.

Can I hire a GoGet car if I’m under 21?

Yes, you can hire a GoGet car if you’re under 21. For your own membership, all we need is for you to have a full year’s unsupervised driver and a clean driving record. Learners and P platers with less than a year’s driving experience can driver GoGet cars under our learner’s program, as outlined above.

Does it cost more to hire a GoGet car if I’m under 25?

If you’re a learner or first year P plater, we will charge an additional $2 per hour, and your damage cover will be $3,500 in the case of an accident. There’s also a one time fee of $25 to add a learner of P plate drive to the account (details above).

Otherwise, we won’t charge you any extra if you’re under 25 years old, whether you’re a provisional driver or not. However, P platers and those under 25 years old cannot elect for our reduced liability option. Young drivers also attract a higher standard liability rate.

Details of GoGet’s liability rates can be found here.