Buying A Car For Uber| Car For Uber Driver
Last Updated on August 28, 2016 by Rideshare Community Support
Today’s Driver Topic: ☀Buying A Car For Uber|Choosing A Car For uberX Driver☀
Uber has opened a world full of opportunities for drivers. However, before you get started with Uber, you must take care of a couple of things. Uber has laid down certain criteria that one must fulfill to be able to start a career with this American, giant tech company. To start with, you must be 21 years of age and should have at least three years of USA driving experience. Likewise, Uber will also check your car for any cosmetic damages, and will certainly do a criminal background check on you.
Rent, Lease or Buy: While some people prefer to rent or lease a low mileage car to reduce overall cost, it is normally a good idea to invest in your own vehicle. By the way, Uber doesn’t allow drivers to drive a rental car on their platform anyway and leasing a car wouldn’t work in this type of industry due to the mileage restriction on lease vehicles. Therefore try your best to buy a new(er) car to start you career with Uber. This way, you will be able to save a lot more money in the long run. While investing in a new car, you must take into account a number of different factors — fuel efficiency, mileage, size, etc.
Here are some of the things you must consider before buying a new car:
❶ You must consider the ‘5-year cost to own’ of the car. When you put your money in a new car, you must not only take into account the price of the car and its depreciation value, you must also consider the cost of maintenance and insurance. Calculating the cost of these things will give you the total value of your car. You can search the internet to get data on ‘5-year cost to own’ of various cars. Pick a car whose “5-year cost to own” is low as it will yield more returns in the future.
❷ If you wish to make your run with Uber cost-effective, put your money in a high fuel-economy car. Since the price of oil is constantly on the rise, you must invest in a car that runs at a low cost. This way, you will be able to make more money. It’s also a good idea to choose a vehicle that comes equipped with features like GPS and backup camera, as they prove to be very handy while driving an Uber.
❸ If you are planning to use your old car or buy a pre-owned one, make sure that the model you choose is not more than 10 years old. While this number varies from city to city ( if you are driving in New York, your Uber should not have been bought before 2011), a running period of 10 years is usually accepted in most cities.
❹ If you want your car to be approved by Uber, you must make sure that it has not incurred any major cosmetic damages in the past. Uber does a vehicle inspection before it accepts a car. Likewise, Uber will also not accept any TAXIS or any other kind of marked vehicles.
Lastly, while Uber accepts mid-sized vehicles, it is advisable to invest in a compact sedan as their performance is better and they are better preferred by Uber users. If statistics are to be believed, these are your top choices for a Uber car: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Dodge Dart, Hyundai Kia, Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Hona Accord and Hyundai Sonata.