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Ride now, PAY LATER: Zip pay is now on rideshare

Young lady checking her mobile phone during a rideshare
Image: Getty

Buy-now-pay-later service Zip has been added as a method of payment on Australian ridesharing service GoCatch.

This means that passengers that ride GoCatch can pay off their fare in instalments well after the trip.

GoCatch's major rival, US company Uber, has no such payment option.

GoCatch announced this week that customers can add Zip as a payment method in the ridesharing app after they sign up for a Zip account.

Then when a ride is booked, the customer simply needs to ensure Zip is chosen rather than their credit card.

"With Zip, there's no interest, hidden fees or upfront payments – you'll have nothing to pay on the day," the company stated.

"Pay Zip back how you like – weekly, fortnightly or monthly."

Zip and similar services like Afterpay have been rising in popularity, especially among younger generations who don't want to apply for traditional credit cards.

Such buy-now-pay-later providers do not charge interest on the debt, so have avoided being classified as credit providers with the regulatory obligations that come with that.

Instead, they earn account fees from customers that have an outstanding balance. Zip charges $6 per month, which is waived if there is nothing owing.

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