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Discussion in 'Birmingham, UK' started by Arcane1729, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Arcane1729

    Arcane1729 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    I want to buy a Vauxhall Insignia 2010/2011 for about £3500 - it's a hatchback- however on the webpage with vehicle requirements there's a star next to Vauxhall Insignia- what does that mean- it needs to be a saloon?

    And there's the line for the specific car which is highlighted on the page
    vaux insignia  star.jpg
     
  2. uberupnorth

    uberupnorth Active Member

    Location:
    Bradford
    Driving:
    UberX
    That applies for London. Anywhere else Uber will probably accept the car as long as it is licensed as PHV
     
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  3. Arcane1729

    Arcane1729 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Wait- I have to get my PCO and I also need to PHV the vehicle? This PHV thing seems to only be a thing in London when I google it
     
  4. Arcane1729

    Arcane1729 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Insurance is the only issue I have right now- noone I asked would quote me- all asked for 2-3 years. One lady I asked said there's flat out nothing in the market with no experience. With one year even she said it was possible and she could think of one insurer. I'll keep calling around and pray.

    There were a few things I wanted to ask however-
    1) Now that uk uber drivers are now considered employees does that mean uber takes off 25% and it deducts tax itself?
    2) Do you have to display on your car that it is a private hire car- so something like an Uber sticker on the side or the thing on the roof of the car.
    3) Can you work for uber eats with a motorbike say and also uber in your car?
     
  5. uberupnorth

    uberupnorth Active Member

    Location:
    Bradford
    Driving:
    UberX
    If that's the case you'd probably be best renting to start off with.
     

  6. uberupnorth

    uberupnorth Active Member

    Location:
    Bradford
    Driving:
    UberX
    Also, how long have you lived in Birmingham?
     
  7. Arcane1729

    Arcane1729 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    1) Oh I really hope they don't lose :(- the whole great thing about working for the company was self employment and working whenever you wanted.
    2) I assume the following is what you meant: Twin-Plate-Holder-Platform-for-Taxi-Private-Hire.jpg
    I've personally never seen these ever on an Uber car or any private hire vehicle in birmingham tbh- (certainly not on the front)- certainly no roof light for birm uber but other private hire yes- the rest of the stuff I'll try too look out for.

    3) Oh that's good - oh I wasn't planning on working for both at the same time- I feel it's ineffecient to do food delivery in a car anyway

    I was planning on working for uber from 4-9am. Apparently it's really busy at this time- Suppose I make hopefully the worst case scenario £10 an hour. If I'm losing 170 every week on rent- that's 35 hours in a week worked so a 170/35= £4.86 loss per hour. That's now 10-4.86=£5.14. Also losing more money on fuel and maintenance. Not worth it at all.

    I know Birmingham city centre very well as I've worked for deliveroo every day for 3 months in the summer. This is much better than having lived there for ages I think. The previous place I lived most of my life and I certainly couldn't find my way around as well as I can Birmingham city centre.
     
  8. Arcane1729

    Arcane1729 New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Yeah I think I'm going to have to accept that this is not going to go anywhere at all until I reach 12 months experience.
     
  9. Taxi8

    Taxi8 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    I'll be honest mate. Working with Uber is a nightmare. On paper it looks good, the adverts sound good.
    The reality though is that you may struggle to pay your bills. It is not easy, and generally not affordable part-time. Doing it full time barely keeps your head above water.
     
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  10. FastTrading

    FastTrading New Member

    Location:
    Boston
    Do you do other things to make ends meet, like working from home, etc?
     
  11. mods1964

    mods1964 Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Amazing just passed driving test and thinks capable of driving the public around,,, uber really is a race to the bottom !!
     
  12. Surgehunter

    Surgehunter Member

    Location:
    TORONTO
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Lol damn you guys have it bad in U.K...
     
  13. uberupnorth

    uberupnorth Active Member

    Location:
    Bradford
    Driving:
    UberX
    That's because, generally, we are fully licensed and insured private hire/taxi drivers, as opposed to 'rideshare' drivers.
     
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  14. Surgehunter

    Surgehunter Member

    Location:
    TORONTO
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Whatever mate
     
  15. bob swagger

    bob swagger Active Member

    Location:
    cambs
    it means your buying a ****e car although it will be a match for the ****e company you will be working for
     

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