My Car Does Not Meet the Requirements

Car Qualifications for Uber – My Car Doesn’t Qualify for Uber— Can I Still Drive?

Have you decided to switch things up and become an Uber or Lyft driver? After looking further into the requirements, did you discover that…your vehicle doesn’t qualify?

If you currently own a car that is not ‘Uber Approved‘ — then this article is for you.

My Car Doesn’t Qualify, Can I Still Drive?

The short answer to this question is yes — you can still drive, even if your vehicle does not qualify. If you are a prospective driver, you’re still able to submit an application, even if you do not currently own a vehicle that meets Uber’s standards.

For those who would like to drive for Lyft or Uber, but are worried that their application will be denied based on their vehicle, here’s what you can do.

  • Begin your application so that either Uber or Lyft can begin processing your information. You can still go through the process and background check, even if your car does not currently qualify.
  • As your application is being processed, look for an Uber-Approved Vehicle online

If you’re unsure of Uber’s vehicle requirements, these are the current vehicle requirements for Lyft in 2017, as well as the vehicle requirements for Uber in 2017.

What Are My Options?

The vehicle you choose will depend on a number of factors — including your budget and personal/professional needs. At this point in time, you’re sure of one thing — you will need to purchase or lease a vehicle.

Purchasing a new car 

You will be spending a lot of time in your vehicle — after all, this new position will act as your livelihood. With that in mind, you need to consider a variety of features in regards to your chosen vehicle: safety, reliability, and, of course, your budget.

Your budget will vary depending on a range of factors, including your current monthly income. Unless you have saved up a substantial amount of available cash (allowing you to purchase a vehicle outright), you’ll likely need to finance your automobile purchase through installments/monthly payments. In that case, it’s a good idea to follow this rule of thumb: you should never be spending any more than 15-20 percent of your monthly income on car payments.

Although a new vehicle will be more expensive, there are opportunities to negotiate, so don’t settle on the first vehicle you find. Compare prices of at a least three different dealerships. You can also compare vehicles online — whatever suits your buying needs. There are two ways to purchase online:

  • Direct from the dealer — You can often request a quote online through a dealership’s online sales department. Be sure to ask for all the listed fees, so that you can get a more accurate idea of the total cost.
  • Dealership aggregators — These are sites such as autotrader.com. These marketplaces allow you to search for the car you want, within your vicinity.

For information regarding automotive loans, look into the following: MyAutoloan.comAutomotive.comDMV.org.

Consider using an auto loan calculator, such as the one featured at DMV.org. Check it out here.

What if I can’t afford a new / used car?

If you don’t think you can afford a new vehicle, don’t risk ruining your credit. You can either purchase a used car (which meets Uber’s vehicle requirements) — or lease a vehicle.

You may find more information on Xchange Leasing, here, or you can read more about Uber Xchange Leasing in our article on the company’s in-house rent program here.

Also, please keep the following in the back of your mind. For the year 2017, Uber car requirements are as follows:

  • You must be 21+ years of age to drive.
  • You must have a minimum of three years driving experience
  • You must carry an in-state drivers license (depending on your area)
  • You must have a clean driving record, as well as a clean criminal history (in order to pass the background check)

Leasing a Car

Advantages

If you can locate a car-leasing deal with favorable conditions, it may mean less overhead risk and less money down  than buying a vehicle outright — in other words, you won’t be not staking your future on Uber, or tied to your success (or failure) as a rideshare driver in terms of paying off the bulk cost of a purchased-vehicle.

In this sense, it’s important that your lease should clearly state its terms; termination clauses; and any other associated fees clearly, so that you know what you’re getting into if you decide to lease a car in order to become an Uber Driver-Partner.

Disadvantages

However, it’s worth noting — leasing has some clear disadvantages. Notably, rental terms can often be highly unfavorable, and leasing a car can often turn into incurring extra costs (over the long-run).

In many cases, leasing arrangements force drivers to meet a pre-arranged set of payment requirements each & every month (See: Uber Xchange Leasing). Also, unlike owning a car outright, if you lease a vehicle, you possess no physical asset that you’re able to liquidate for cash in the short-term.

So, if you’re interested in driving for Uber (or any other rideshare company), leasing can sometimes be a worthwhile option — as long as your lease terms allow you to return the car without incurring large financial fees. If there are no outrageous penalties, leasing can be a good way to ‘test out’ being an Uber driver ( as well as ‘testing out the waters’ of your local market. If you find that you’re busy and receive enough ride requests, you can then look into the option of buying your own vehicle.

And remember, if you’re leasing a vehicle from a company other than Uber Enterprise Leasing or UberXchange, the same requirements outlined above still apply:

Apply to Drive while you search for an Uber-Approved Vehicle

So, to review — YES, you can still apply to drive for Lyft or Uber, even if your vehicle does not meet the current requirements. Of course, before you apply, you will want to be completely certain & prepared in regards to your next course of action: specifically, either purchasing, renting, or leasing a vehicle through Uber or Lyft (or a similar rideshare-leasing provider).

While your application is being processed, take that next critical step and find the right car for you.

Check out our articles on leasing options, as well as our recommendations for the 5 Best Cars for Uber Drivers, as well as recommendations relating to Hybrid and Energy-Efficient Vehicles.

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