1. UberPeople.NET - Independent community of rideshare drivers. It's FREE to be a person and enjoy all the benefits of membership. JOIN US! CLICK HERE

Using a Spark, any luck ?!

Discussion in 'Vehicles' started by AnfieldRiot, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. AnfieldRiot

    AnfieldRiot

    Location:
    Seattle
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Ok, I know the Spark is frowned upon but give me some leeway.

    I have a 2013 Chevy Spark... I want to use it for Uber or Lyft but it seems I need to turn that middle seat/cup holder into an actual seat w/a seat belt before either company approves me... or so I've read.

    Any idea's on how to turn that middle seat/cup holder into an actual seat and be able to be approved ? Yes, yes, I know it's hella small in the back but the car is so perfect to navigate the city and transport the usual 1-3 passengers most people get... seems crazy the Spark isn't up to snuff for ride share corp rules. Any advice on how to mod the back seats and keep it legit.... anyone else manage to get approved to use a '13 Spark for ridesharing ?!?

    Thanks in advance for your wisdom.
     
  2. Renaldow

    Renaldow

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Driving:
    UberX
    Not sure where you're getting "the usual 1-3 passengers most people get". I routinely have all 4 seats filled. And oddly, most of the time 3 people all want to sit together in the back. You'd have to replace your entire back seat and you'd have to have legal seatbelts for the middle passenger. Also, you'd have to have some place for your middle passenger to put their legs and doesn't the Spark's console thing sit on top of a huge hump with no floor? Like the 2 back passengers are in their own legroom, right?
     
    Chada75 likes this.
  3. I guess GM just figured Americans would regard the rear seat as being too small for 3 people. It's a 5 seater in most countries. You might be able to convert one if you can get your hands on some non-US interior parts. I have no idea if the result would be legal and it could easily be too big and expensive of a job to make it worthwhile, plus getting half an interior from a Mexican Spark sounds like a hassle.
     
  4. AnfieldRiot

    AnfieldRiot

    Location:
    Seattle
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Aside from three large people, it's very doable to put 3 in the back.

    For my Spark, I just need to cover the cup holder section with a foam or padding..... Add a seat belt which isn't too costly or hard and a possibly a headrest. There is room in the back for all three people to put their legs as well, no protrusion of a center console from the driver's section. From what I have researched this type of conversion isn't that costly.... however it's an absurd upgrade to do if I can't use the car for Uber or Lyft.

    What gets me... and perhaps I'm not versed enough... is that the approval process is electronic and if I submit my application for a 2013 Spark, I figure it will be denied on the basis of what the car is supposed to be and not how I have it, 3 in the back legally & safely.
     
  5. Any luck on this?
     
  6. KGB7

    KGB7

    Location:
    Maryland
    Driving:
    UberX
    I get around DC just fine in a full size sedan.

    Uber won't approve you so don't bother modding your car.
     
    Chada75 likes this.
  7. PHXTE

    PHXTE

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Not to mention if someone were to get hurt in your jerry-rigged back seat, you'd be finished.
     
    KGB7 likes this.
  8. KGB7

    KGB7

    Location:
    Maryland
    Driving:
    UberX
    A pot hole or a speed bump, can hurt a tail bone or spine in a jerry-rigged seat.

    Car companies spend $$ millions on car safety, car seats are part of the same RND.
     
    Chada75 likes this.
  9. ATLrider

    ATLrider

    Location:
    Atlanta
  10. merkurfan

    merkurfan

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Driving:
    UberX
    Car won't pass crash test standards with 3 people in the back seat.. That is why you can see the large outside side bolsters to push the 2 more towards the center..
     
  11. UberLuxbod

    UberLuxbod Moderator

    Driving:
    UberLUX
    I will admit I actually like the look of the Spark.

    In the Uk they are dirt cheap due to Chevrolet pulling out of the U.K.

    But use one for carrying fare paying passengers?

    Nope, no way.

    Maybe Americans have lower standards when it comes to paid for transportation but I doubt anybody in the UK would get in one unless it was at a very low end Cash Office.
     
    Chada75 likes this.
  12. HoldenDriver

    HoldenDriver

    Location:
    Earth
    Driving:
    UberXL
    FYI, Uber is cracking down on Sparks. They're now listed under "restricted vehicles" - saw it recently added to my area's list (Sac).

    I don't know why it's still available on GovX to add. It clearly doesn't meet the requirements. Uber must be desperate in some markets and willing to compromise. In Sac, it's clearly (one of only three cars explicitly) prohibited.

    The other two, oddly, are the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis... which frankly shouldn't be - it makes no sense to bar the ultimate cab cars from UberX.

    No word yet on if the next-gen Spark (due next year) will seat five... but since the Bolt EV will, it's more likely.
     
  13. HoldenDriver

    HoldenDriver

    Location:
    Earth
    Driving:
    UberXL
    From my experience, Uber is reluctant to deactivate vehicles once they're in the system. For awhile Uber screwed up and let them in. And in some markets they seems to have been at least passively turning a blind eye.

    My point is, new people today shouldn't expect to activate a Spark. Your rating might be fine, but your acceptance rate will take a hit because you will have to cancel anyone that comes up with four passengers. The four-person groups would give you one star... but they can't.

    You've been lucky they haven't complainted to Uber Support (or if they did, you've been lucky Uber doesn't care about their own rules).

    If I had three friends/colleagues with me, and a Spark rolled up, I would contact Uber support about that car and ask them why the heck they approved a four-seater car.
     
  14. JimS

    JimS

    Location:
    Savannah
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    New member with an unapproveable vehicle and overly optimistic view of Uber = troll.

    Please don't believe jjafangel. You won't be able to get your car approved. Period. They won't care if you modify it, other than to render it even more unapproveable.

    Yes. I used a non-word.

    Twice.
     
    Chada75 likes this.
  15. JimS

    JimS

    Location:
    Savannah
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Well, it's evident by all the literature on Uber that the minimum requirement for all vehicles must have 4 doors and seat the driver plus 4, each with their own seatbelt.

    Just because there is a programming error somewhere that allowed your vehicle through the cracks doesn't make it right.

    Advise to the OP, get a vehicle with a minimum of 5 seats with seatbelts (including driver). Cannot be aftermarket modified.
     
  16. Not sure why on this site that people are so often called trolls. If you are implying someone is a troll for simply replying to a comment or giving information ( in their opinion) doesn't that make everyone who replies a troll? Or is it that everyone who doesnt agree with you becomes a troll, and being a troll invalidates their opinion somehow and that makes you right? If people aren't supposed to respond, what the hell is this site for? I just don't get it. I guess I'm just trolling.
     
  17. HoldenDriver

    HoldenDriver

    Location:
    Earth
    Driving:
    UberXL
    You're correct of course. But Uber may be to blame here a bit.

    I suspect Uber screwed up and Santander for awhile might have been leasing out Chevy Sparks to Uber drivers. For Uber this is a double whammy if so because they assisted in leasing 4-seat cars to people. There is no question Uber screwed up in approving Sparks initially.

    What I said, and was accused of being a troll for being so, was pointing out that 1) Uber is no longer letting new Sparks in. Also 2) There are odds of higher complaint rates and 1-stars if you encounter 4-pax rides if you have a Spark to begin with. This is the same for people that sneak in, say, a G6 Coupe (which seats 4) using the fact that a Pontiac G6 will pass muster since the sedan version seats 5.
     
  18. id like to drive it too
     
  19. I drive a 2014 Chevy spark in all Santa Cruz county, California. I was approved by uber last Tuesday if I'm not wrong. Thursday which was my first and only day driving I encounter two trips with 4 passengers, one of them were just a group of tourist from Europe and since their Idk 8 year old daughter was able to fit in the middle and they were only riding for like 2 miles they were really nice about it, even though they also asked me if they should ask for another driver to what I answered yes but since like I said was a short ride they were really cool about it. Second was these group of 4 quite big guys and as soon as I arrived they said I thought uber doesn't accept sparks something I had no idea since I was accepted, they didn't care jumped in, since I had an aux cable on my car I guess it made up for it and at the end of the ride they said it was the most fun uber ride they've ever had. Sarcasm? Idk. But yeah I gotta be honest about all of this. I did feel bad for those people because the car is quite small, all my other trips were two people and one person. I need the money so I'll keep on doing it till I get cut out with uber and get kicked out or find another car.
     
  20. Only thing I will say about using a compact car is it seems to me that having a compact car will make it extremely important you do everything as close to perfect on your trips as possible. Riders seem to rate compact cars fair or not a lot to her than full size cars or vans.

    I have 122 rides 92 rated of which 90 are 5 stars and I atTribute that to having a nice 14 dodge grand caravan rt with Leather seats and a nice setup. Maybe I'm wrong but that is my experience and what riders have told me.
     

Share This Page