A three-step guide to renting a car for Uber

    A three-step guide to renting a car for Uber
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    Ridesharing is a good way to earn an income regardless if you have a car or not. Most people believe it’s only for car owners, but you’d be surprised how many drivers have decided to simply rent a car for Uber.

    Pros and rookies alike are starting to see the benefits of renting a car for Uber, and they find themselves asking the same questions:

    Over the years we’ve helped thousands of drivers get their driving careers into gear with our Rent plan. We get these questions almost every day, so we thought it was time to collect all the answers into a simple, three-step guide to renting a car for Uber.

    Step 1
    What do I need to know about using a rental car for Uber?

    Does Uber have a car rental program?

    No, Uber have retired their car rental program several years ago. Now, Uber partners with vehicle solutions companies like Splend to provide driver partners with flexible access to Uber-ready cars.

    Is it worth it to rent a car for Uber?

    The short answer is yes. Thousands of people choose to rent a car for Uber instead of buying or financing a car, and renting continues to get more and more popular.

    If you decide that renting a car for Uber is not for you, you can hand the car back after your minimum rental period.

    At Splend, we provide advanced coaching and training using data analytics, so you can maximise your earnings and become a safer, more fulfilled driver.

    Can anyone rent a car for Uber?

    No, you need to become an approved Uber driver before you can sign up with a car rental company like Splend.

    What is the best car for Uber?

    SUVs are generally considered the best type of cars for Uber. Due to the extra legroom and boot space, your riders and you will be extra comfortable and safe.

    At Splend, we provide our members with some of the top-rated Uber cars such as the all-round favourite Kia Sportage, the 7-seater Mitsubishi Outlander, or the zippy Hyundai i30.

    Step 2
    What are the costs of renting a car for Uber?

    How much does it cost to rent a car for Uber?

    It will depend on your rental provider. At Splend, our Uber rental cars start at $199 per week.

    Do I need to pay a deposit to rent a car for Uber?

    Most companies ask for a deposit which is usually 1-2 weeks’ rent in advance.

    At Splend, we don’t ask for a deposit. You just pay a one-time joining fee and get access to our services, member events, and partner discounts.

    How often do I pay for my Uber car rental?

    We charge weekly payments, always one week in advance. This means when you pick up your car, you’ll need to pay for the next week as well as the remaining days of the current week.

    Paying in advance means we don’t have to issue credit, which in turn means we don’t have to perform credit checks either. Less paperwork, more flexibility.

    Are there any additional costs involved in renting a car for Uber?

    Yes, there will be other costs you’ll need to consider, such as excess kilometre fees and insurance excess if you ever have an accident.

    Step 3
    How to start driving Uber with a rental car?

    How do I get started with an Uber car rental?

    Once you’re approved for Uber, it’s a simple case of signing your rental agreement and picking up the keys, and you’re ready to go.

    Do I need a driving strategy for Uber?

    Yes, we strongly recommend you have an Uber strategy in place. There’s a lot you can do to minimise your time on the road and maximise your income, but you need a plan. You need to put some thought into taking the necessary steps to maintain a good Uber rating, and have a strategy in place to boost your earnings with tips.

    At Splend, we provide personal account managers who are always on hand with dedicated support to help drivers succeed.

    What if I decide I no longer want to drive Uber?

    If you no longer need the car, you can hand it back at no extra cost after the minimum rental period.

    Like a normal rental car, you need to return it with a full tank of fuel, cleaned inside and out, and with no damage.

    About Splend

    We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.

    We’re more than a car rental company. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our members enjoy driver training and dedicated support via a personal account manager, as well as member benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.

    For more information about Splend, drop by to your local Member Support Centre, email us or say hello on 1800 775 363.

    AUTHOR

    Balazs Szekely

    Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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