Question: What would be your Uber or Lyft car?
Like many people, I pondered driving for Uber or Lyft for some extra car money. Also like many people, I looked into it and realized that the economics don't add up unless you take it very, very seriously as a full-time gig. You need to pay for your own commercial insurance, the wear and tear goes on your private car unless you rent, you're paying for your own fuel fuel and you're probably going to need a bigger data plan for your phone.
All of that is coming out of your earnings after the company that made an app takes its cut. Also, I don't like drunk strangers or small talk. Of course, your mileage may vary on that one.
However, it does beg the question... What would be the best car to drive for 'ride sharing' on the side? There are rules for the car driver can use, and Uber specifically requires the vehicle be:
• 15-year-old vehicle or newer
• 4-door vehicle
•Good condition with no cosmetic damage
• No commercial branding
• Pass a vehicle inspection
They also have some things that will rule a vehicle out, so no:
• Holes in exterior
• Taxi decals or taxi-style paint
• Significant damage to interior (torn seats, large permanent stains, strong permanent odors)
• Paint Oxidation
• Different colored hoods/doors
• Aftermarket modifications
• No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
What the owner needs to consider is their comfort and convenience for long stints of driving, the servicing intervals, fuel economy, wear and tear item costs, and they should probably actually like the car as a whole as well.
So, the question I ask you is... If you were to drive for Uber or Lyft, what car would you choose and why?
Tell us in the comments below...