Driver Concern: 2017 Vehicle requirements for Uber

Below you will find basic, but good info about Uber Vehicle Requirements for 2017.

Some details will vary by city and state, however, this will give you an idea of what to expect if you are planning on applying with Uber to become a driver.

Uber is an affordable and convenient taxi service that mostly operates in major cities around the world. People mostly all over the world can access a driver via the app downloaded on their phone and request a ride within minutes. Apart from being a rider, you can partners with the Uber service as a driver. Certainly, you will need a car and there are a few vehicle requirements that a potential Uber driver in the USA must fulfill.


Year Limits

Please understand that Uber vehicle requirements can vary from city to city. Even though you can find on their website(s) that your vehicle cannot be more than 10 years old. Some cites actually do allow older vehicles while some cites only accept newer vehicles only a few years old.

For example:

Chicago, IL, Indianapolis and Austin just to name a few will accept cars on their platform from 2001. However, around 3- 1- 2017 – they will only accept vehicles 2002 or newer.

While cites like Miami, Pittsburgh & Tacoma only accept vehicles 2006 and newer. And Atlanta, GA prefer cars 2009 and newer.

For those who are currently driving on the Uber system and the year requirement change, unfortunately you may be dropped off the system until you get a vehicle that meets the requirement. Uber will let you know.


Uber Vehicle Requirements

uberX & XL Requirements

The good thing is that Uber actually will take MOST 4 door vehicles.

So do not be discouraged if your vehicle is not listed anywhere as acceptable. As long as your car doesn’t have any commercial or government branding, you might have some hope. But, on the same token some cities want take even the vehicles you may see listed – again Uber has city by city policies in place.

However, for the most part they will take many 4 door vehicles in good condition. In addition, a lot of cities like Jackson, MS will take Mini Vans and some will Pick-up trucks like Rams, Ford F-150 and others.

Vehicle Qualifications:

-Must be able to fit 4 passengers safely at all times for uberX and 6 passengers for XL.
-Vehicle must not be salvaged.
No company or government branding
No cosmetic damage

Popular uberX 4 door vehicles:

Chevrolet: Malibu – ImpalaToyota: Corolla – Camry
Ford: Taurus – Focus – EscapeKia: Optima – Cadenza
Nissan: Altima – Maxima – SentraHonda: Accord – Sonata
Saturn: Aura – Vue HybridVolkswagen: Jetta – Passat
Dodge: Challenger – Charger –  AvengerChrysler: 200 – 300

Popular uberXL vehicles

Toyota: Sienna – Highlander HybridGMC: Acadia
Mitsubishi: OutlanderMercury: Mountaineer
Kia: SorentoHonda: Odyssey – Pilot
Nissan: Quest – Pathfinder HybridDodge: Durango
Ford: Explorer – Expedition – FlexChevrolet: Traverse

Uber BLACK Car Requirement

The Black car is the high-end luxury option with Uber. The driver who drive BLACK are professional drivers who have the proper license to do so. If you would like to be an Uber Black partner, you will need to have:

-Valid driver’s license,
-Commercial Insurance
-Commercial registration
-For-Hire Tags/ TLC Plates

Audi A6, A7, A8, ALLROAD, Q5Acura: RL
BMW 3 & 5 Series Gran Turismo, 5 & 7 Series,Hyundai – Equus
Cadillac CTS, DTS, SRX for BLACKLexus ES 300H, ES 350, GS 350, GS 450H, GS 460
Maserati – All of themTesla – Model S & X
Chrysler: 300s, 300cInfiniti – M35H, M37, M60

 Popular SUV

Mercedes Benz: G Class, Gl Class,
GLK Class
Infiniti: QX56
Lexus: GX 460Land Rover:  Range Rover Sport
Cadillac: Escalade, ESV, HybidLincoln: Navigator
GMC : Yukon XL, DenaliToyota: Land Cruiser
Chevrolet: Subirban, TahoeAcura MDX

Other Qualifications:

Must be at least 21 years of age
■ Valid driver’s license with at least 1yr of USA driving experience.
■ Consent and pass background check
■ Some cities require you to have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic/or show proof of inspection performed within 12 months.
■ Car insurance must be in your name. If you are not the primary policy holder, that’s fine, however, you still must submit documents that you are an insured driver on the policy.
■ The registration doesn’t typically have to be in your name. But the VIN number must match the insurance policy.

Please contact Uber directly and ask if your vehicle qualifies for the city you are trying to apply in support@uber.com. This list just gives you an idea of what they are looking for. If you are ready to become a driver, you can go to get.uber.com/drive/ – if you already have an Uber rider account, you will click ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT and sign-in with your current log-in information.

Good Luck!


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