The vehicle you use to drive for Uber is very important. The right vehicle will make your customers happy and keep your bottom line healthy, but the wrong vehicle could lead to bad ratings and big expenses. There are a lot of choices out there, so what is the worst type of vehicle to use for rideshare?
Youtuber Your Driver Mike made a video where he shares his opinion on both the best and worst cars to drive for Uber. Take a look at his videos, then scroll to the video transcript to see the points he makes.
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With certainly plenty of options of vehicles to choose from to drive for companies like Uber and Lyft, there is one type of vehicle that stands out as perhaps not the best choice.
The worst type of vehicle is one that increases your expenses and decreases your profit line. Vehicles with lower miles per gallon will do this, the worst type of vehicle is a truck.
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Trucks and SUVs are the worst vehicles to drive for Uber
For example, let’s look at the 2017 Ford F150 EcoBoost, in it’s review of the truck, Car and Driver gave it an overall miles per gallon of just 15. The 2018 version of the F150 is quoted at 20 miles per gallon city, and 26 miles per gallon highway.
These quoted numbers from manufacturers are typically slightly higher than what you’d actually get in real world driving, and when it comes to ride share and trying to minimize your expenses, a truck may not be the best choice.
Let’s take a look at the car that I drive for Uber and Lyft, and see if that fares any better. I drive the vehicle that I bought brand-new back in 2010, a Dodge Caliber. A 2010 Caliber gets 23 miles per gallon city, and 31 miles per gallon highway. On average, I get about 25 miles per gallon, and that’s 10 miles per gallon more than Car and Driver’s test of the F150.
The best car to use for Uber is a hybrid sedan
So considering vehicles like a truck on rideshare, or standard sedans on rideshare, of course there’s one variant that makes the most sense. When solely considering expenses when it comes to miles per gallon, the best type of vehicle for rideshare is a hybrid.
Take a look at the numbers from the 2018 Toyota Prius. The Prius is quoted at 58 miles per gallon city, and 53 miles per gallon highway. Now, of course, you don’t need to buy a brand new Toyota Prius or a hybrid vehicle of any kind when driving for ride share. And I actually advice to do almost the opposite. When looking to make an investment in a vehicle, specifically for rideshare, you want to minimize your investment from the start.
Look for a well-maintained hybrid vehicle. Now, there’s nothing wrong with using the vehicle that you already own for rideshare, remember 50% of ride share drivers drive part time.
Let me know in the comments below what type of vehicle you’re driving on Uber or Lyft. Your driver Mike here, I do appreciate you watching, leave a like if you enjoyed the video, subscribe to join your driver team, and I will see you in the next one.
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