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Uber Car Rentals

Everything you need to know about renting a car for Uber driving.

The ridesharing industry has not only changed how people get around, it’s also opened up a lot of opportunities for drivers, even if you don’t have your own car. Specialised long-term car rentals for Uber-ready vehicles give you a way to drive and earn with Uber without wear and tear on your own car.

However, a car rental for Uber driving is a considerable commitment and it’s important to make sure you know what’s involved before getting started.

Updated June 17th, 2019
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
$199
Yes
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km
Get access to fuel discounts, referral bonuses and member only benefits when you rent a rideshare car with Splend. Rent-to-Drive and Rent-to-Buy options available.
$165
Yes
$100
$0.20 per km
Get insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance in the all-inclusive price. Discounts available for longer rental periods.
$185
No
$0
$0.25 per km
Benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance, a wide range of vehicles and no signup fee to start driving with Uber. A minimum four-week rental period applies.
$269
Yes
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km

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How does it all work?

You can get a long-term rental from many standard hire car providers, but it’s worth considering some of the newer and more specialised providers that focus almost exclusively on renting cars to Uber drivers. Traditional hire cars are meant to be one size fits all, but Uber car rental providers are focused on helping you maximise your earnings.

With the specialised providers, you get a hire car which is Uber-ready (meets Uber’s requirements) that you can use to drive with Uber as well as for personal use. You have a wide range of vehicles to choose from, they comes with full insurance and you can even nominate other drivers.

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What features are available?

  • Insurance for business driving. Uber car rentals come insured for business use.
  • Fuel efficient. The more fuel efficient a car is, the more its driver can earn.
  • No lock-in contracts. You can usually select a term from as little as two weeks to longer, and you just have to give notice to end your contract. Flexibility is one of the advantages of being an Uber driver, and your rental contract doesn’t take that away.
  • Referral bonuses. If you know others who are thinking of signing up, getting in early can earn you considerable referral bonuses.
  • Higher-end cars. Larger and higher-end cars give you more space for luggage, more room to carry families on lucrative airport runs and are more suitable for your needs as a professional driver. It also helps in getting higher ratings. As an added bonus, you also get a nicer car to drive around when you’re not on the clock for Uber.
  • Time and money savings. Any car you hire from an appropriate specialist provider will be suitable for Uber driving, and everything you need is streamlined as much as possible.
  • Professional customer and ratings support. Newer providers such as Splend will assign you a dedicated service representative to provide professional assistance to you as a driver and help you earn higher ratings.

What should I look for?

When comparing individual providers, look at how the various options will affect your earnings.

  • Membership fees. How much will you be paying?
  • Minimum and maximum rental periods. Make sure you are able to access a hire period that works for you. You may be able to find more cost effective, long-terms rentals with Uber rental specialists.
  • Types of cars available. What kind of driver will you be? You can opt for an UberX rental, an UberBLACK or an UberLUX vehicle. It can be worth finding a car to match your needs.
  • Rent to own options. If your goal is to drive away with full ownership by paying for your car from proceeds made through Uber, rent-to-own options from specialists can be a new way of buying.
  • Weekly price. Look at how much it will cost per week to determine how much you will need to earn. Bear in mind that this isn’t the complete picture and some providers will offer considerable advantages over others. Consider insurance, professional assistance and other benefits as well as the cost.
  • Kilometre limits. Some rideshare car rental agreements may stipulate a maximum number of kilometres you can drive per week. Once you reach this limit, you may need to pay more per kilometre.

What cars are available through Uber rentals?

These specialist providers understand Uber’s requirements for vehicles. This means you don’t have to spend time deciding between options which may not necessarily be suitable for you.

  • Small cars, five-seaters, SUVs and high-end luxury models are all available from different providers.
  • Choose rent-to-own plans for some of the latest cars on the market and get a high-end vehicle for both professional and private use.
  • Access hybrids, electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient vehicles to spend less money on petrol and put more in the bank.

What companies offer rideshare rentals?

There are only a handful of rideshare specialists operating in Australia as well as many standard rental companies. Each rental specialist has their own tailored rental agreements.

  • Splend: A premier Australian provider focused on giving you the options you need, and helping you maximise your earnings as an Uber driver.
  • Europcar: This established rental car provider now lets you rent an Uber-ready vehicle for personal and private use.
  • Thrifty: Thrifty aims to get you on the road within three days of applying and offers it Premium Protection Cover as standard.
  • Atlas: Choose from a wide range of cars when you opt for Atlas, with options available from $180 per week.
  • Rent2Drive: This rental company offers both new and used cars as well as Rent2Own options to help you drive with Uber.
  • UCar: Enjoy no signup fee and instant approval without a credit check when you opt for UCar.
  • DriveMyCar: This platform lets you rent another person's vehicle for a daily fee, with rental periods ranging from 7 days to 1 year.
  • Keyz: Competitive prices and flexible, short contract periods can make Keyz a suitable general purpose choice.
  • Stride: Unlimited distances and inclusive maintenance and service packages make Stride the right choice for those who plan on covering a lot of ground or live in more isolated areas.
  • Ridelender: Clear terms and a three-year rent-to-own agreement, decreasing in price over time, make Ridelender worth considering if you eventually want a new car.

How much does it cost?

Rental Company From price per week Other fees Find out more
Splend $199 $275 joining fee Splend Review
Europcar $185 N/A Europcar Review
Thrifty $246 $200 deposit and one-week advance payment required Thrifty Review
Atlas $199 N/A Atlas review
Stride $219
  • $250 joining fee
  • $1 final payment to own
  • Exit fee of $500 and one day's notice required
Stride Review
RideLender $350-$350 $650 insurance excess bond RideLender Review
Rent2Drive $350-$350 $650 insurance excess bond (paid over 13 weeks) Rent2Drive Review
Krooz $250 Excess deducted over 13 weeks Krooz review
Keyz $249 N/A Keyz Review
UCAR $231 $500 insurance excess bond (paid over 10 weeks) UCAR Review
DriveMyCar $165 $100 annual fee $300 deposit DriveMyCar Review
Raceway Motorcycles $169 $1,000 deposit Raceway Motorcycles Review

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    RyanMarch 17, 2019

    Which company is best for rent-to-own cars, and how do the weekly prices compare with the general market price for rentals? Also, do any of the rideshare rental companies have electric or hybrid models for lease?
    I would also like to know which of the companies offers the lowest insurance excess (for over 26 male drivers with no infringement record) for a comparable weekly all-inclusive cost? And is it really cheapest to go with one of the ridesharing rental companies specifically rather than renting any vehicle you like and adding whichever level of insurance you like?

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      JoshuaMarch 19, 2019Staff

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. 😃

      As a comparison website, I’m afraid that we can’t provide a specific recommendation to our users. However, if you are looking for the best rent-to-own cars, I would advise that you use our table above. It lists some of your options and it allows you to compare them conveniently based on price per week, membership fee, and others.

      We currently don’t have the details on how the weekly prices of these companies compare with the general market price for rentals. I would recommend that you do your independent research as well.

      Regarding the electric and hybrid models, since the trend today is going green, companies might have already offered these types of car. If not, then they might be considering it already. You can directly get in touch with them as well to confirm. You can start with DriveMyCar and Splend (rent-to-own) since they seem to have hybrid options already.

      Regarding the lowest insurance excess, we currently don’t have that information. You can directly get in touch with these rental companies to know their insurance policies and compare them one by one.

      Regarding your last question, that would depend on your situation and what specific rental companies offer. What I suggest is for you to consider different factors that may affect the cost and from there, you should know which is the best course of action to take in your situation.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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