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Uber car rentals

Everything you need to know about renting a car for Uber driving.

The ridesharing industry has not only changed how people get around, but it’s also opened up a lot of opportunities for drivers, even if you don’t have your own car. Specialised long-term car rentals for Uber-ready vehicles give you a way to drive and earn with Uber without wear and tear on your own car.

However, a car rental for Uber driving is a considerable commitment, and it’s essential to make sure you know what’s involved before getting started.

How does it all work?

You can get a long-term rental from many standard hire car providers. Still, it may be worth considering some of the newer and more specialised providers. Traditional hire cars are meant to be one size fits all, but Uber car rental providers also focus on helping you maximise your earnings.

With these providers, you get a hire car which is Uber-ready (meets Uber’s requirements), that you can use to drive with Uber as well as for personal use. You have a wide range of vehicles to choose from, and you can even nominate other drivers.

What features are available?

  • Insurance for business driving. Some Uber car rentals come insured for business use, but with others, you can take out your own insurance.
  • Fuel efficient. The more fuel-efficient a car is, the more its driver can earn.
  • No lock-in contracts. You can usually select a term from as little as two weeks to longer, and you have to give notice to end your contract. Flexibility is one of the advantages of being an Uber driver, and your rental contract doesn’t take that away.
  • Referral bonuses. If you know others who are thinking of signing up, getting in early can earn you referral bonuses.
  • Higher-end cars. Larger and higher-end cars give you more space for luggage, more room to carry families on lucrative airport runs and are more suitable for your needs as a professional driver. It also helps in getting higher ratings. As a bonus, you also get a nicer car to drive around when you’re not on the clock for Uber.
  • Time and money savings. Any car you hire from an appropriate specialist provider is suitable for Uber driving, and everything you need is streamlined as much as possible.

What should I look for?

When comparing individual providers, look at how the various options may affect your earnings.

  • Membership fees. How much do you pay?
  • Minimum and maximum rental periods. Make sure you can access a hire period that works for you. You may be able to find more cost-effective, long-terms rentals with Uber rental specialists.
  • Types of cars available. What kind of driver will you be? You can opt for an UberX rental, an UberBLACK or an UberLUX vehicle. It can be worth finding a car to match your needs.
  • Rent to own options. If your goal is to drive away with full ownership by paying for your car from proceeds made through Uber, rent-to-own options from specialists may be a way of buying.
  • Weekly price. Look at how much it costs per week to determine how much you need to earn. Bear in mind that this isn’t the complete picture, and some providers offer considerable advantages over others. Consider insurance, professional assistance and other benefits as well as the weekly price.
  • Kilometre limits. Some rideshare car rental agreements may stipulate a maximum number of kilometres you can drive per week. Once you reach this limit, you may need to pay more per kilometre.

What cars are available through Uber rentals?

Specialist providers understand Uber’s requirements for vehicles, which means you don’t have to spend time deciding between options which may not necessarily be suitable.

  • Small cars, five-seaters, SUVs and high-end luxury models are available from different providers.
  • Choose rent-to-own plans for some of the latest cars on the market and get a high-end vehicle for professional and private use.
  • Access hybrids, electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient vehicles to spend less money on petrol and put more in the bank.

    Which companies rent cars for Uber driving use?

    Note that this table does not contain a comprehensive list of all fees for each service. Be sure to read the rental or lease agreement.

    Rental CompanyFrom price per weekOther feesFind out more
    • $149 joining fee
    • $300 refundable deposit
    • $750 deposit
    • $2,000 excess bond or reduce to $0 for $10 a day
    • $200 deposit
    • $1,500 excess, can be reduced to $11.25 per day
    Bargain Rental Cars$133
    • $250 refundable bond
    • $115 setup and admin fee
    • $2,000 excess or reduce to $1,000: $5 a day
    Bargain Rental Cars
    Lease2go$69$500 excess bond (for 12 months)Lease2Go

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