Uber vehicle requirements explained
The way this rideshare app is disrupting the transportation industry is phenomenal. As the demand for new drivers grows, it’s not much of a surprise that everybody is looking to cash in on the growing trend. Let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you want to jump on the bandwagon?
There are, however a pitfalls, including finding a rideshare-friendly insurance policy, which we’ve previously covered. Though, before you even get to that point, you need to know if your current vehicle qualifies and passes Uber’s requirements.
These requirements can vary greatly depending on the specific service type you are planning to drive under, and as such, we’ll break each of them down in detail for you.
We must note though, that these should be taken as little more than a starting point and the approval of your vehicle is solely at the discretion of Uber – who has the final word. This can sometimes vary on a state-to-state basis. If you have any state-specific questions, be sure to contact Uber to get things straightened out. Now let’s jump right in.
Uber vehicle requirements for 2018 (updates and more)
As we expected they would do, Uber has updated a few vehicle requirements for the new year. As a company that is constantly evolving, they are always working to refine the system and increase passenger and driver safety.
As a way to accomplish this, the company has changed the vehicle year requirement for the following cities for UberX and UberXL drivers:
- Atlanta – 2005 or newer
- Boston – 2001 or newer
- Chicago – 2001 or newer
- DC: 2005 or newer
- Denver – 2001 or newer
- Dallas – 2003 or newer
- Milwaukee – 2001 or newer
- Nashville – 2001 or newer
- New York City: 2010 or Newer
- Philadelphia – 2000 or newer (could be 2001 or newer but not updated yet on the platform)
- Pittsburgh – 2006 or newer (hybrids 2004 or newer)
- LA/OC/SD and SF – 2001 or newer
While UberX and UberXL vehicle requirements have changed, most other service requirements have remained the same. For example, to drive for UberBLACK and UberSUV, you must have a car that is equal to or newer than 2010. They’re currently working on changing this, and drivers are patiently awaiting what these new requirements will be.
Initial driver requirements for Uber
First and foremost, there are a few initial ground rules that every driver must pass before being able to drive. It is important to ensure you pass every one of these before applying.
Vehicle restrictions for Uber
There are also a set of vehicle restrictions that apply for every Uber service type. If you own one of these you do not qualify. These include the following:
Though these are current guidelines, they may chance at any time. It is possible that additional cars or vehicle types may be added to the restriction list for Uber – so it is advisable to continue to keep yourself updated on the requirements set by the rideshare service.
UberX Car Requirements
The most commonly used service that Uber offers, it is also the cheapest. The rideshare service describes it as “everyday cars for everyday use”, whilst maintains the promise that it will be “better, faster, and cheaper than a taxi.” All of which, is certainly the case. The requirements for this level aren’t incredibly stringent, as outlined below:
UberXL Vehicle Requirements
The next level of service from the rideshare firm, UberXL is “for those times when you need a bit more space”. This service is for those who own either a SUV or Minivan and comes with a higher far price than UberX. Similarly, the requirements aren’t much stricter:
UberPlus / UberSelect Vehicle Requirements
This service is only available in certain states and cities, but will no doubt expand to more soon enough. Though commonly known as UberPlus, it also operates under the name UberSelect in other markets.
It is a more expensive option than both UberX and UberXL and comes with fare prices that reflect that. The requirements are, as you might expect, a little tighter for this level of service:
UberBLACK and UberSUV
These are higher-grade versions of UberX and UberXL, respectively. Those who hope to drive for this level of service will require a high-end luxury sedan or SUV, in black. This comes with one of the highest fares available with Uber and driving standards are also expected to meet this level of quality.
To get your passenger from start to finish in style, you will be required to meet the following specifications:
This is the top-of-the-range service. They describe it as offering the “finest cars with prices to match”, and only allow drivers with a vehicle from one of the world’s most luxury brands to cater to its passengers, who are looking for that little something extra in their service.
What you need to keep in mind with Uber
There are some things worth keeping in mind before applying to become a rideshare driver with Uber. The first, is that those who sign up with UberXL will also receive fare requests from UberX, unless you choose not to.
Though, as the demand is far greater for UberX, you would often be wise not to accept them. Similarly, this is true for those who are driving for Uber Plus/Select. Though, again, you are able to disable this, if you so choose.
Related: How Much Do Uber Drivers Make?
However, all of this will impact your earning potential. Which, in itself is based entirely on the number of hours you put in. Essentially, the more you drive, the more you earn.
It is also worth noting that you should keep your car maintained and in good working order, whilst ensuring that it is kept clean and tidy. No passenger wants to get into a dirty vehicle. Your attitude should also be respectful. This is all critical to receiving a good rating and future fare requests.
Do you qualify? Apply to Uber and find out
Gone through all of the above and feel that you meet the requirements to become a driver? Then the next step is simple. Take a shot and apply to become a rideshare driver through Uber. Upon doing so you will be required to submit the details of your car as well as some information about yourself.
If Uber is happy with everything on their end they will follow up with you soon after. At which point they will put in place a vehicle inspection (for which they will bill you $20), whilst a background check will also be performed. Assuming you pass both you’ll be able to start driving.
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Table of Contents
- Uber vehicle requirements explained
- Use Uber driver referral code for bonus
- Uber vehicle requirements for 2018 (updates and more)
- Initial driver requirements for Uber
- Vehicle restrictions for Uber
- What you need to keep in mind with Uber
- Do you qualify? Apply to Uber and find out
- – Apply for free –