Uber Car Inspection

Uber Car Inspection

Driver and Passenger safety – The Uber car inspection is the source and the start to make this happen. My one-year driving for Uber anniversary is coming up. Yeah, it’s only been a year and my life has changed like crazy – for the better – in just 12 months! No more boring day jobs, no more rigid schedules or irritating bosses (the last supervisor at my day job asked me if I could help him sign up to drive with Uber when I ran into him…go figure). And I actually spend my time working for something that I am excited about: making transportation more efficient, affordable and flexible, while being on my own schedule.

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Since it’s been one year I’ve been driving for Uber, my annual vehicle inspection is coming up and I’d like to share the experience with you. I get lots of questions like “how do I schedule an appointment with Uber to get my vehicle inspected?” or “where do I get my Uber car inspection to start driving?” So let’s shed some light on that.


Where Can I Find Uber Car Inspection Stations?

Los Angeles is now packed with Uber car inspection stations. When I started driving for Uber a year ago, there were only a fraction of the inspection stations they have today. I picked the station on 1633 Purdue Ave in West LA, about 15 minutes from where I live. The process itself is very simple: you just pull into an Uber car inspection station, park, register, get your vehicle inspected, upload the documents and you’re done. An Uber car inspection station is usually just a big parking lot with some tables and tents set up. It’s quite basic.

You can find the closest vehicle inspection station here, but first I’ll help you navigate your way:

Select your city:

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Click “Get Started” on the menu:

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 Click on “Vehicle Inspections”:

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If there are Uber activation centers in your city, they will be displayed on the page.

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What If There’s No Uber Car Inspection Station Close By?

If there’s no official Uber car inspection station near where you are, no problem. You can get your car inspected by a third party. Make sure to bring the Official Uber Inspection Form with you.

Uber gives you a few options to get your vehicle inspection done:

Option 1: Certain areas and Cities have negotiated a fixed price with participating mechanics. There’ll be a link to a list of participating locations on the page. Pricing is usually around $20 for a car inspection.

Option 2: Get your vehicle inspected at a BAR certified auto shop close to you. BAR means Bureau of Automotive Repair.

Option 3: Uber is partnering with Your Mechanic. Your Mechanic is a service that comes to where you are. You’ll get a fixed upfront price, book an appointment, and then conveniently make your payment. The mechanic will come to your address, complete a full Uber vehicle inspection plus an oil change for $50.

Use our link and get $20 off your first YourMechanic. 🙂

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 7.30.50 PMMy Uber Car Inspection Report

Last Monday, I finally took the time to get my Uber car inspection done. But before I got myself to do that on the one rainy day in LA in weeks, I needed some coffee, of course. (I guess I really don’t like ‘duties’ like that ;))

Uber Vehicle Inspection: The Basics

Here’s some basic info first regarding your upcoming Uber vehicle inspection: Uber has car inspection stations set up in most cities where Uber operates. See the list of different options to get your Uber vehicle inspection done above. When you bring your car to an Uber Activation Center, they’ll inspect it at no cost and usually pretty quickly while you’re waiting. In certain areas and cities, Uber pays a cash bonus when you get your first car inspection.

What Are The Items On The Checklist?

So what are the inspectors looking for when they check your vehicle? First, they’ll ask you for the year, make and model of your vehicle. Mostly, you’ll have to turn on and off headlights, signal, honk, step on the brake, etc. The inspector will also open and close your doors, adjust your front seats and test the seat belts. The inspection itself doesn’t take more than 10-15 minutes.

This is the complete list of items they will check:

  • Lights:
    • Headlights
    • Tail lights
    • Turn indicator lights
    • Brake lights
  • Brakes and steering:
    • Brake pads/shoe thickness
    • Emergency/parking brake
    • Steering mechanism
  • Windows and other glass:
    • Windshield
    • Rear window and other glass
    • Windshield wipers
  • Seats and doors:
    • Front seat adjustment
    • Safety belts for driver and each passenger
    • Doors (open / close / lock)
  • Other items:
    • Horn
    • Speedometer
    • Bumpers
    • Muffler and exhaust system
    • Tires, including tread depth
    • Interior and exterior rear view mirrors

How to pass the Uber Car Inspection

Pass Or Fail?

I do take really good care of my car, so I was pretty confident that I’d pass the Uber car inspection. Everything is super clean and well maintained, so all should be good, right? When the inspector was done, he looked at me, holding his report “Hey Aaron, I’m sorry, I can’t pass you today.”….”Oh…Why?”. I have to admit, I was surprised. But, my left brake light wasn’t working. Hmm, so…

What To Do When You Fail The Vehicle Inspection?

If the reason you’re not passing is minor, such as my brake light not working, they can put your car inspection on hold for the day, and pass you when you return the same day with the item(s) fixed. If you can’t get it fixed the same day, you’ll fail and have to do the inspection all over again.

So I needed a new brake light. I just took off to the closest Autozone, got a new brake light bulb and they even put it in for me (no way I would have figured out how to do that…). So that’s done.

Inspection Passed!

Back at the Uber car inspection station, the inspector that started the process had already left. No problem, Brittany, the girl who took over for him, checked my brand new brake light and…I passed!

Passed Inspection Report

After that, I decided to treat myself to Uber Eats for the first time. I’ll let you know how that went…

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  1. I tried using your sign up referral as a driver, but it was not added to my account. How can I retroactively add your referral code?

  2. I did the inspection but I cant seem to find where to upolad the form to uber..How do I know if Uber got it and I can start driving?

  3. Why the demand for such “new” cars? I take care of ALL my vehicles — would have no problem taking off for the west coast in them. I have people who compliment me on the condition of my vehicles – no rust and like new condition inside. AND that is the one reason I’ve resisted even considering Uber — didn’t want my car messed up by inconsiderate passengers AND absolutely NO SMOKING or DRINKING in my vehicles… but then figured I’d check into it… only to discover the vehicle must 2006 or newer! WHY?! Do they make an exceptions at all? (I have 2003 Olds Bravada and 2 1996 Olds Ninety Eights)

  4. I read the foregoing article and found most of the contents very similar to the annual mechanical inspection system that is used here in the British isles, this a compulsory test that ALL vehicles are subject to, irrespective of the purpose for which they are used. The system ensures that, at least once every 12 months, the vehicle is thoroughly and carefully inspected against the manufacturers specifications. In the case of vehicles that are used as taxis, there are more stringent rules, for example, a car that has been maintained in an, “as new” condition, may still be used as a taxi/private-hire vehicle, but, having reached 10 or even more, years service, becomes subject to an inspection every 6 months. Likewise, our drivers, who are over a certain age, also have a twice-yearly medical examination,- A full ECG and the works! All is based on safety and common sense. Thus it should be possible for someone, aged 74 to use a Tesla sedan, or an electric, Honda, Volkswagen, Ford, whatever you will, as a taxi. interesting, don`t you think?

  5. I have a Chevy Colorado 4 door it’s a 2011 in good shape and mechanically sound it will seat 6 including driver is this vehicle acceptable

  6. I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4 door truck in good condition, but it has a 6 speed manual transmission (which many passengers find fascinating since most people have never driven a manual transmission). Would the fact that it is a truck or, that it is a 6 speed manual transmission, disqualify the vehicle?

    1. I could think of many reasons why a person wouldn’t want to ride in a full-sized pick-up or any truck for that matter. They are a lot more difficult to get in and out of for some people such as elderly or anyone with a disability.

      1. It’s not a 4×4 and there’s not any lift kit on it, so it’s a fairly comfortable entrance & exit…probably easier than a regular sedan or smaller vehicle?

  7. I’ve been driving Uber for a year and never had to have a vehicle inspection. This is the midwest and the closest office is over an hour away so all we had to do was send in a photo. MUCH fewer restrictions in our area, thankfully.

  8. In NJ where I live I cross over into Philadelphia..I need a placard for my car. I have requested one twice..still haven’t gotten one. There are 3 different placards and I can’t find which one(s) I need as I will be going to the international airport in Philly. Illegal to drive in PA without placard. Can someone tell me where I can find this info and NO it’s not on the Uber site that I can find.

    1. I would suggest calling Philadelphia city and ask the DMV. When I was a professional they are usually who provided taxi hard cards. If they can’t help you ask who might be able to help or contact the city and state offices as well.

  9. What is the Vehicle Inspection Receipt? I sent a copy of my paid receipt for the inspection – -thinking that was the most logical thing by that description — Uber sent it back and said — it was the wrong form. Does anyone know what the “Vehicle Inspection Receipt” is? or where to find a description of it- – I can’t seem to locate anything about it on Uber’s site.

  10. My car is in pretty good shape besides a somewhat minor scrape on the rear passenger side.. Will this fail my inspection?

  11. I just failed my inspection because there is a small crack on the passenger side of the front bumper cover. Notice I said bumper COVER. The bumper itself is fine, the plastic molding is what is damaged and in no way affects the safety integrity of the vehicle. I want to argue the “mechanic”s report. Does my argument hold water?

  12. I have a Lexus RX 300 that is safe, well maintained and clean in every way except that it is a 2000 model. Is there any way around the 2001 or newer stipulation? I’m located in Utah County.

  13. I have a cracked front windown on right passenger side even though I have a brand-new 2016 vehicle. Will that be a fail? 🙁

    1. I googled “Raiser inspection form tampa bay” and found the form on “tampabay.ubermovement.com”. I hope this helps you!

  14. The Kentucky Inspection Form link is broken and I cannot find a way to contact them to let them know!? Is the form published someplace else?

  15. I have an auto repair shop, how can I become an Uber Activation Center so we can perform inspections for drivers? SOMEONE PLEASE POINT ME IN SOME DIRECTION!!!!!!!!!
    -Nicole @ F&M Auto Repair 410-233-6777
    3125 Frederick Ave Baltimore, MD 21229

      1. PLEASE, Let me know if you find the key to getting this set up! PLEASE!!!! & i will do the same if i figure it out. Thanks so much! Please feel free to contact me

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