My uber/lyft ride - people love it

losiglow

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Sweet! :biggrin: Not to be the downer, but make sure you keep track of all expenses. Some can be difficult to quantify. Fuel is easy but consider wear on tires, depreciation on the car, wear on the interior, potential repairs, etc.

it's a bit easier for full-timers to keep track of expenses since they can attribute most we're on the car to driving Uber. For part-timers, can be more difficult because you're not putting as many miles on the car and some of those miles will be for personal use. But do your best to keep track of those you can make sure you're actually making money. I see some people driving around big SUVs, pickup trucks and BMWs/Mercs and honestly wonder how they're making any money. With the cost of running vehicles like that (fuel or very high cost of operation with German luxury vehicles) and knowing what the rates are, I can guarantee their net profit is going to be pretty darn low.

Chrysler vehicles aren't known for their reliability, though from what I understand parts are relatively inexpensive and they build the Ram, Challenger and Charger with a bit better quality than things like their minivans or entry-level vehicles. Regardless, keep track of all that to make sure you're actually making money.

I'm with you to a degree. I drive an Acura TL which is definitely not the most ideal vehicle for Uber. But it's a Honda product which means it's reliable, the parts are all cheap since it's essentially a glorified Honda, and it does at least get 25 miles to the gallon despite having to use premium. The kicker for me is that since I'm a part-timer, there's no way I could bring myself to drive a Prius. If I had to drive some dinky gutless car I could not bring myself to drive Uber at all. Half the reason I drive Uber is to give me an excuse to drive my car :wink: I also do all my own repairs and maintenance which brings down the overhead costs considerably. So if you find that even driving a "non-ideal" vehicle is still profitable then go for it. Just make sure to crunch the numbers first.
 

Syn

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Waaaay too nice for ride sharing. Not sure why you're so happy that people are happy when a Hemi Charger shows up on Uber X ... You make the same amount whether you show up in a 250,000 miles Prius or brand new Hemi Charger. Actually you'll make less since 15 mpg in a city will really eat up your profit.
 

NOXDriver

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You bought a puke green 4 door sports car?

Please tell me you have those big mufflers that make it sound like a weed wacker running the wrong fuel.

Hate to tell you, your car is awful.

My 2005 Equinox gets lots of compliments due to the rear seating being HUGE. How do the 300 pounders at Walmart get in/out before the 5 minute wait time is up???
 

ColumbusRides

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As a major car guy, your Charger is very cool... however, it will be destroyed and scuffed up within a few months. Pax aren't gentle with doors and will spill things over time. Get a cheap car or suv that you can abuse and not care. I've been driving for 5 months, have completed 867 rides and I have a 2012 Highlander (paid off) with weather tech mats. Trust me man, don't ruin your Charger.
 
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tryingforthat5star

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If you set your expectations realistically with gas, money etc.. your fine sometimes having a cool car can take away some of the boring side of driving
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I drove this one but recently quit. I drove uber to pay it off and its paid off. They loved it esp the females.

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Exactly smart thinking. Invest that Uber money back into paying down debit basically what I've been doing the last few months as more is paid off then cut back on driving as much.
 

TomTheAnt

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If you set your expectations realistically with gas, money etc.. your fine sometimes having a cool car can take away some of the boring side of driving
Well said! :thumbup: Love driving my truck and my expectations for the money aren’t high.

Been thinking about buying a cheap Prius to add to the fleet, though... :eek:
 

Fuges

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I drove this one but recently quit. I drove uber to pay it off and its paid off. They loved it esp the females.

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My first few weeks driving I was driving my wife's Countryman and you are exactly right - the women loved it, most guys, too. Biggest problem its horrible ride and it was so loud I could barely chat while driving. And the gas mileage was pretty crappy at about 22 in city. Stepped up and picked up an Insight, but the Mini was fun while deciding if I wanted to continue driving a bit.
 

1974toyota

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I am new to ride sharing. Got into a bit of a pinch financially and needed some quick cash.
The look on peoples faces when they order UberX and I show up is priceless.

Does anyone else here drive anything similar for ride sharing?
Nice car, but did you fall out of the crib when you were a baby? why would you drive that for Uber? asking for a friend,jmo
 
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