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Looking for a new car..

Discussion in 'Vehicles' started by Shad, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. Shad

    Shad Active Member

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    So I've been driving for a few months. I really enjoy it.. It's been a fun side gig. I have been driving two cars. A Chevy Cruze and a Chev Suburban.. For the most part, I've just been driving weekend nights and special events. My Suburban qualifies for uberSelect, and I have found that driving select on the weekends is a very profitable venture. The past few Saturday nights, I've cleared $50 per hour. Select is really slow during the week however, so if I go out during the week, I'm driving my Cruze. UberX rides are just not worth the time or gas money in the burb. This week, I started a new job that is near the airport. I've been going online in the morning and getting rides to the airport then going to work and then picking someone up at the airport after work for the ride home. Gives me a passenger for the carpool lane and someone else pays me for my commute..

    The lease on my Cruze is up in November. I've been trying to decide on what to do going forward. I've settled on going for a low-end luxury car that qualifies for Select. So, I can still do X airport drives to and from work, and then on the weekend grab those high paying select customers. I should be more than able to cover my payment and insurance with the weekday rides, and then everything I do on the weekend is just gravy. I've been looking at either a Cadillac ATS sedan or an Audi A4. Any thoughts on the two? I'm leaning towards the ATS.

    The new model year on the ATS is just coming out, so they are starting to discount the 2016 models. Which brings me to my next question.. Car age..
    • Model Year: Must be 3 years or less from current year
    Does this mean that since the 2017s are coming out, that uber is phasing out the 2014s? or are they phasing out cars that are older than 2014? My suburban is a 2012 and as soon as the 2017s come out, I think that it will get phased out of select.
     
  2. Tired of this

    Tired of this Member

    Location:
    Florida
    For Uber Select, rear legroom is a big factor for ratings, so I would go with the A4. The ATS only has 33.5 inches of legroom, while the A4 is 35.1. Neither would provide a particularly comfy rear seat, but the A4 at least suffices.

    3 year rule means you should be good driving a 2014 in 2017. Are you planning to lease this vehicle or purchase? I'm not sure of any lease deals but definitely check out leasehackr.com.

    If you aren't 100% set on one of these two, check out Infiniti Q40/50, Toyota Avalon , or Lexus ES. Should be more reliable, cheaper, and the last two provide the necessary rear seat space to maintain ratings.
     
  3. ubercharlie

    ubercharlie Active Member

    Location:
    Irvine,Ca
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    What uber city requires a 3 year old select vehicle? I suggest you purchase a used approved uber select vehicle from the official list. There are certified used mercedez vehicles that includes the original warranty, plus unlimited miles , 2 year coverage after original factory warranty expires.
     
  4. Shad

    Shad Active Member

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    In Salt Lake City, select has a 3 year rule.. I thought that was pretty restrictive compared to other cities I've seen, but whatever.. http://saltlakecity.ubermovement.com/uberselect/ I'm going to try and get them to extend my suburban when they drop it. I still get a ton of compliments on it. "This is the nicest uber I've ever been in."

    I really like the Caddy.. Plus I get some rebates being an existing GM lessee.. I'm not married to it yet though.. If I could go older, I'd go bigger for sure. I'd like to keep it at $35K or under. I haven't driven anything yet. I will probably do a couple test drives this weekend. I have a couple months to really decide what I want to do. The problem with a lease is the mileage. I'd use up 10k mile per year just driving to work, let alone any additional driving I'd do.. So I will probably need to purchase. I'll give the others you mention a look as well.
     
  5. steveK2016

    steveK2016 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dallas / Fort Worth Texas
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    atlanta just requires 2009 and newer for select, i love my Cadillac CTS. My pax do to. Its got great room and is such a comfortable ride. Much better than the 3 series and C class. The newer models are even nicer. I get the same MPG city as i got with my previous car, Sonata.
     

  6. Mark Gutierrez

    Mark Gutierrez New Member

    Location:
    New York City
    Driving:
    UberBLACK
    Wow! 3 years is very tight. In NYC there is a 6 years requirement for all levels ranging from Uber X to Uber SUV.
     
  7. Jimmy Bernat

    Jimmy Bernat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Denver
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    I drive select in Denver I started with my BMW 335 and while it was fine my rating at that point was around 4.84 and I knew when I had groups of more then 2 it was snug.
    I changed my car out for a 2015 VW Passat SEL and even my regular pax like it more as the back seats have almost 40 inches of leg room more then a 7 series bmw or audi a8. On top of a massive trunk. My rating is now 4.92 Not to mention it gets over 40 mpg on the highway and 35mpg overall

    Denver has a tiered system if higher end cars can be as old as 2007 my passat for example has to be 2015 or newer I was told by uber that even though the requirement will go up to 2016 or newer next year I will still be able to drive it until the end of 2017 on select.

    If all your doing is doing 1 or 2 rides 5 days a week just to pay for you commute I would get the car you actually want and not worry really worry about passanger comfort
     
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  8. RDUber

    RDUber New Member

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    I would stay away from Audi or Cadillac. Your car will spend more time in the shop than on the road (maybe not initially, but sooner than later), last thing you want as a rideshare driver.

    Toyota makes great vehicles (yes I own 2 of them currently) and for the most part, they run and drive forever.

    My 2005 Toyota Highlander that I bought cash works great as UberXL, I keep it clean and in top shape.
     
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  9. neontutors

    neontutors Member

    Location:
    south side sa
    my two cents. 2015 altima and up.
     
  10. Shad

    Shad Active Member

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    The idea behind this was to be able to drive Select.. Nissans and Toyotas dont' qualify..

    We went to the Cadillac dealership and the Audi dealer over the weekend and did some test drives. While the A4 has some cool tech, I liked the ride and the power in the ATS better. While we were talking with the salesman at the Cadillac dealer, he suggested a CTS as it had more room, and he can do a lease on a used 2015 model. We drove the CTS too.. Nice car.. The subject of Uber came up and he said that I might want to consider an XTS.. It's a full size car.. Plenty of back seat room. In addition, since they aren't as in demand as the ATS or CTS, he could get a used one for less money.. It's an interesting proposition.

    Initially, I had planned on my wife driving our Suburban on the weekends and I driving my new car.. But it appears that my wife has decided to not drive any more. She had a pretty bad experience a few weeks ago on a Lyft ride (guy pulled a knife on her, she's ok, just scared) and she flat out refuses to go out and drive anymore. Can't say I blame her really.. So, I'm thinking that I may not go luxury for my daily driver for now. With the wife not driving, I'll just drive the Suburban on the weekends and drive whatever I buy during the week. My cousin who's the sales manager at the chevy dealer can get me a really good deal on another Cruze or a Malibu..
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2016
  11. Shangsta

    Shangsta Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle
    Not a bad car, expensive cars are for the most part a hobby not an investment.
     
  12. Shad

    Shad Active Member

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    So this afternoon it popped up that they were doing office hours and I went in and talked to the reps on my way home. I asked about SUV and he told me that they do require a black on black SUV and that there are a few that are not black but because our state doesn't list the color on the registration a few slip through and they deactivate them as soon as they find out. also I do have to register as an LLC which isn't a big deal then get an airport badge I'm not sure how much money that would cost but I don't think it's too much the big cost would be the insurance and I'm not sure it would be worth it for just two nights a week. he said that they should leave my suburban on select through the spring so I can at least drive all winner on select which is good because I Can drive Sundance on select and then maybe in the spring I'll trade in the suburban for a newer model.
     
  13. MaxJoy

    MaxJoy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    LA Core - Westside
    Driving:
    UberX
    If you want entry-level Luxury car for Uber Select, no car will beat the economics behind Lexus ES300h Hybrid. Reliable, Comfortable with large rear leg room, 40 city/39 highway MPG.
     
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  14. Shad

    Shad Active Member

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    So I got my new wheels last weekend. I ended up getting the new 2016 Malibu Premier.. This car has all the bells and whistles that the Cadillac does minus the AWD for 10K less. Since I am a Costco Executive member, I got supplier pricing and a $700 Costco cash card. In addition, I got 2 season passes to Solitude Ski resort. I also qualified for 0% financing. All in all, a better deal than any of the other choices.

    Keep in mind that this is my commuter car.. I drive this to work every day and get rides along the way. On the weekends, I'll still be driving XL and Select in my Suburban.
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  15. kevink

    kevink Active Member

    Location:
    Bucks County, PA
    Driving:
    UberX
    GM has done a nice job with the new Malibus! Best of luck with it!
     
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  16. MaxJoy

    MaxJoy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    LA Core - Westside
    Driving:
    UberX
    New Malibu is quite impressive! Congrats and best of luck!
     
  17. UberRazor

    UberRazor Member

    Location:
    KC
    Driving:
    UberX
    I'm not a Chevy guy at all; all Ford or Honda (F150 Platinum, S2000 and Accord EXL for Uber) but that's pretty darn sharp! Congrats and here's to smooth sailin' out there!
     
  18. MrA

    MrA Well-Known Member

    Location:
    95630
    Nice car! Is it true that Malibus are basically a Saab design? I seem to remember reading something like that. GM owns or owned Saab.
     
  19. steveK2016

    steveK2016 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dallas / Fort Worth Texas
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    I gotta say, a lot of car company's are really stepping up their game in recent years. That's probably the best looking Impala to date. It's a shame that it doesn't qualify for Select, seems like quiet an investment for a daily driver but if you enjoy the vehicle then that's all that really matters!

    It does look great!

    PS I hate when they put those license plate holders on the front. Unless the state requires it (which my state doesn't) I would have had the dealer remove that sucker before I took delivery!
     
  20. Shad

    Shad Active Member

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Yeah, with all leather interior and all the other bells and whistles, it would be nice to get it on Select, but I doubt they'd do it. Sad thing is, it's nicer than a lot of other Select cars on the road. I drove it last weekend because I need to get some work done on my Suburban. I got so many compliments on it. "Man this is a nice car.." "This is a Malibu?"

    I'm not a fan of the license plate holder either, but state law requires a front plate.
     

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