Do you ever wonder what it’s like driving a car through the Fair rental program for Uber? I’m going to share with you my four takes for my first week of doing it. Stick around because at the end of the video, I’m going to share with you whether I stuck with the program, or if one week was enough.
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I’d like to share with you my four takes that I observed and experienced through my first week of using a car, a Hyundai Elantra, a beige colored Hyundai Elantra through the fair car rental program, which is offered in partnership with Uber, which brings me to my first take.
I love the Fair bonuses!
There aren’t many bonuses that are too great anymore. As many of you know, I used to get a $500 bonus for 120 rides. That was a easy $4 extra per ride, but those days are long gone. The bonuses have just been whittled and whittled and whittled and whittled down. Right now, I can get a $339 bonus from Lyft, but I have to do 165 rides.
With this program though, it’s just 70 rides. I can get a $185 bonus (exact amount may vary), which pays for most of my rental fee. If I just do 120 rides, I can get $305. Compare that. 120 rides for $305 versus Lyft where I’ve got to do 165 rides to get $339, so I love the bonus. I love the flexibility. I love that the numbers are easy to hit all around. That’s a huge benefit to make an extra $300 for just 120 trips.
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Driving exclusively for Uber is OK, not perfect
I’ve been mostly driving for Lyft over the last year and a half because I like Lyft, and they had a better bonus. Now, Uber has got a better bonus with this car rental program. The demand for Uber near me still isn’t quite as much as Lyft, but when you take into account, the bonus washes out. I like the Uber app. No problem with the Uber app. I’m really good driving for either Uber or Lyft. In the past, I had a real strong preference for one or the other, but they’re both offering about the same thing.
With Uber, I’ve got this nice little bonus, so I’m going to go for it for now.
Uber passengers suck!
In terms of tips, I get significantly less tips from Uber passengers. They’re probably the same people that are my Lyft customers, but it seems like with Lyft, they’re more inclined to tip. I mean, I noticed a $50 to $75 a week difference in how much money I can make in tips. Now, I do have to balance that out with the fact that I’m getting more money in bonuses, so it’s a wash, but it is an interesting observation.
Lyft passengers seem friendlier. They’re happier. I don’t know, but they seem to tip better. Is that your experience? That is definitely my experience working here in San Francisco.
The Fair rental was nice – I enjoyed a larger car
Take number four, I am off the Prius. I really enjoyed having a bigger car. The Hyundai Elantra is a bigger car. It’s quieter. It’s a little peppier, and my customers really seem to enjoy it. I got more comments about nice car. I appreciate there’s a little bit more room. I enjoyed being able to listen to music on the highway.
In my Prius, I had to turn the music so loud to be able to hear it on the freeway because of the road noise, the rumble of the road. With the Honda Elantra, I didn’t have so much of that problem. That was really cool. I’m willing to pay a little bit more in gas to have a superior ride and to get my passengers a superior experience. That was a surprise to me because I’ve been driving a Prius for three years, and I’ve been a big proponent of the Prius. If I can find a big car that gets the same kind of mileage, that’s really the ultimate of what I’m looking for.
I kept this Fair rental for 10 weeks
I kept that Hyundai Elantra rental from Fair for two months, actually for 10 weeks that I drove it around until I found a new car that I wanted to buy. Here’s my video about how I bought my rideshare car.
Fair is a great program. If you’re going to be a full time driver and you’re going to be consistently putting in 50 hour weeks, it’s great to get a leased car because you don’t have to worry about the miles and the depreciation.
I found this program to be excellent because of the bonus. My market is San Francisco. There’s still plenty of demand, and I enjoyed listening to music. It all sounded really good. Good program, the Fair car rental program.
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This is Jay Cradeur with the Rideshare Guy saying thanks for watching, and I hope you got some value out of this. You go ahead and have a great day. Be safe out there.
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