The car’s make and model that you’ll be picking up passengers with when driving for Uber will determine the amount of money you can earn per ride. Uber has six different tiers, plus a food delivery service and an on-demand delivery service (no food) in New York City – they each have individual requirements. From UberX (some drivers even have car seats), all the way to the fancy UberSUV, here’s what to know to get yourself on the road.
Driver requirements for Uber
To start driving for Uber in New York City, all applicants must:
To be considered as a driver for Uber, the car you will be using has to meet certain requirements to ensure safety for you, and your customers. Here’s a breakdown of what shape the vehicle you’ll be using needs to be in to start driving for Uber.
All cars being driven for Uber in New York City must:
Be in good working condition with no cosmetic damage.
Have at least 4 doors.
Pass a vehicle inspection.
Have working windows and air conditioning.
Feature no commercial branding.
Be a 2006 model year or newer.
2006 or newer
4 or more passengers
Commercial vehicle insurance and for-hire-car registration plates
No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.
UberSUV eligible vehicles
Land Rover. Range Rover Sport
Mercedes-Benz. GL-Class, R-Class, V-Class
Tesla. Model X
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.
Don’t own or have access to an Uber-approved vehicle? Here are your options in New York City.
Uber car rental
There are many participating dealers to a rent car with TLC plates from in New York City. For about $180 a week, with an Uber partner like Hertz, you can be on the road driving for Uber and making extra cash in as little as two days.
Uber car leasing
For a slightly higher fee each week, you can typically rent-to-own your own vehicle after a few years. Choose from compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury models.
Car loan for Uber
There are lots of tailored car finance options available through one of Uber’s company partners or directly via a bank, credit union or standalone car lender.
New York City Uber inspection centers
In New York City, all drivers need to pass vehicle inspection to drive with Uber.
All Uber vehicles must pass inspection once every four months at a DMV Inspection facility. If your car is not up to code with state and local requirements, you could be subjected to a summons or fines.
TLC Safety and Emissions Center 24-55 Brooklyn Queens Expressway Woodside, NY, 11377
Being your own boss driving for Uber is going to come with a lot of questions. Greenlight Hubs provide in-person support and can answer questions about how to get a license, how to get a vehicle and anything else that may come up with your Uber employment opportunity.
Falchi Greenlight Hub 31-00 47th Avenue, 1st floor Long Island City, NY 11101
Bronx Greenlight Hub New Horizon Shopping Mall, 961 E 174th Street Bronx, NY 10460
Brooklyn Greenlight Hub Dolaj Catering Hall, 600 Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11288
How much can I make as an Uber driver in New York City?
For Uber drivers, the amount of money you can make is up to you, but there are some factors to consider. How much you’re driving, where you’re driving and what kind of car you’re driving all come into play. If you’re in a busy city, you will make much more money than someone who is in a smaller suburb. Also, gas and car maintenance is something to consider as well, since you’ll be paying for these services, when driving with Uber.
Here we’ve broken down all the nuts and bolts of what goes into calculating an Uber fare.
Cost per minute
Cost per mile
UberX with car seat
The following table assumes that you are completing 24 four-mile, 10-minute trips per day, for 5 days of the week. We’ve also put 10% aside from every trip to cover fuel and other costs – actual costs may be higher or lower.
Gross earnings per trip
Fees deducted per trip
Uber fee (25%): $3.26 Fuel and other costs (10%): $1.30
$8.44 per trip $202.56 per day $1,012.80 per week
Uber fee (25%): $5.06 Fuel and other costs (10%): $2.03
$13.16 per trip $315.84 per day $1,579.20 per week
Uber fee (25%): $7.13 Fuel and other costs (10%): $2.85
$18.52 per trip $444.48 per day $2,222.40 per week
Uber fee (25%): $10.00 Fuel and other costs (10%): $4.00
To show that they care about their drivers, Uber has partnered up with businesses all across the board to help out with gas, music and your phone plan. The Partner Fuel card helps save money at the pumps by offering up to 15 cents off per gallon. Uber has also teamed up to with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to cut down your bill and save you up to 18% – it can be extended to your immediate family too. And if you’re on an Uber trip or off the clock, the Uber Driver App offers free Pandora to make sure there is never an awkward silence.
Where to make the most money in New York City
Once you’ve become a certified Uber driver, you get to choose the area where you want to pick up customers.
New York City hotspots
These areas are popular among riders:
Weekday mornings. Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, East Village.
Weekday evenings. Midtown, Financial District, Times Square.
Weekends. Lower East Side, East Village, West Village.
Events. Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Barclays Center.
Peak trip times
New York City Uber drivers are constantly in-demand. Driving during these busy periods are a surefire way to earn more cash.
Weekday mornings 5 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Weekday evenings 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday til late.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) instructions for drivers
These are great spots for Uber drivers to make money because there is always an influx of customers waiting to get out of the airport and to their destination. Because this is a heavily saturated area for riders, passenger pickups work in the manner of a queue instead of the usual distance based system. Be sure to check the Uber website for their comprehensive guide on how airport pickup requests work.
Download the Uber app
Click here to get the app and get started (or continue) with your Uber driving job:
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