When becoming an Uber or Lyft driver buying a new car is a thought on a lot of people’s minds. Since you are chauffeuring people around town in your ride you want to find the best car suitable for an Uber driver.
Today, I’m going to talk briefly about 7 different cars that I feel would be a great asset to use as an Uber driver for their reliability, the price, and the MPG that each car gives you.
I will also explain the best place to do your car shopping.
Toyota Prius- Uber Driver’s Best Friend
The face of many taxi companies these days because of the fuel efficiency and reliability. If you are looking for a car that will save you money this would be the one.
With the MPG around 50 miles per gallon, the Prius is at the top of it’s class in a fuel economy world. You not only are putting fires out in your wallet, but you are also helping the environment.
Not only are you getting high fuel efficiency from the vehicle, you are also getting a car from a brand that has world class reliability saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars down the road from major car repair expenses.
And don’t forget the very reasonable, affordable prices that a Prius can be bought for.
In short, you are getting a fuel efficient, affordable car with minimal cost for repairs. There aren’t too many cars out there that can beat the value a Prius provides.
In my opinion, I don’t believe there is a more reliable brand than Toyota. A Prius may not be the best looking car out there, but there’s a reason why you have seen the streets flooded with them. It gets the job done and does it very well.
Better looking than a Prius and a very popular car among young people. The handling is good and the visibility is better than a Prius. It’s another car that is affordable and at an average of 32 MPG combined the car is fuel efficient for a gas powered vehicle.
There are Honda Civic Hybrids that can get 44 MPG combined, but unfortunately due to low sales 2015 is the last year these cars will be made. After 2015 the car has been discontinued.
Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan
I’ve always liked Fords even though I’ve never actually owned one (I want a Mustang). Ford Fusions have a great interior, are comfortable to drive, and has plenty of space for people to fit into.
You can get a non-hybrid that will get you 25 MPG average or jump up to the Hybrid and get about 44 MPG combined.
Plus the prices are reasonable starting out under $10,000 for a 2010 Ford Fusion.
There’s a few Toyota’s on this list and with good reason. The cars aren’t bad looking, the MPG is pretty good on many, and reliability is second to none. The Corolla is no different.
The MPG comes around 35 MPG combined and is one of the cheapest cars you can buy. How many brand new cars can you buy for 16 0r $17,000?
Not too many and Corolla’s are one of them.
They are safe, reliable, and a great gift to give to your kids when they get older down the road.
And don’t forget about the pain free maintenance because Toyota’s overall don’t break down easily.
If not the Corolla then maybe the Camry. My first car I owned was a 2004 Toyota Camry and I was a little disappointed when I parted ways with her.
I had about 130,000 miles on her and she could have easily made it 300,000 miles. They are one of the most reliable cars out there and because of that the value doesn’t decrease as much as a lot of other vehicles.
The handling is great, for a v4 engine it felt like I had a v6, and I never had any major issues with the car. The only reason why I got rid of my Camry was so I could get a newer car for Uber. If I had the money I would’ve kept both.
Even though my Camry was 10 years old I was still getting about 24 MPG which I feel is pretty good for that old of a car. The newer ones can get you about 30 MPG all the way up to 40 MPG for the hybrids.
And of course, the bonus to buying a Camry is the fact it will last you 300,000 miles. It’s that great of a car.
This is the vehicle I own. You can think about it as the luxury style vehicle that’s affordable for the poor man.
As an Uber driver, I constantly find people falling asleep in my back seat because of how comfortable the car is. The interior looks great and the mileage isn’t bad either.
I love the Bluetooth, the steering, the look of the car. It works well, and I get so many compliments from people that hop into my ride.
The vehicle gets me about 26 MPG combined and hybrids can get you up to 41 MPG combined.
The only fair warning I have for consumers thinking about getting a Hyundai is to make sure you do your research. While the vehicle is great, I have had many recalls.
From my understanding it has to do one specific manufacturer in Alabama and it only pertains to Hyundai Sonatas from 2011 and 2012.
Recalls are a pain in the neck and something that could make a car not worth getting. The recall only affected about 2% of the vehicles from those years and I just happened to be one the unlucky ones.
So your chances of getting a bad one are pretty slim. Overall the cars are great with plenty of space. Just need to make sure you didn’t get a bad apple.
Not as comfortable as the Camry, but competes with them for reliability. This car has plenty of space for passengers and will last a long time with only needing typically minor repairs.
You can find Accords that give you about 31 MPG combined up to 45+ for the newer hybrids.
The parts are inexpensive, the fuel is great, and reliability competes at the top level. If you’re not driving a Camry you’re probably driving an Accord.
New VS. Used Cars
Everybody’s situation is different and this could cause different opinions. When you decide to buy a car for Uber or Lyft the question always comes up,
“Which way is better?”
There’s a few things you need to take into consideration when you are determining the path you want to take.
In my opinion, used cars is the best way. The reason is simple.
When you buy a used car the price is lower versus a newer car. that’s the first thing.
The second is the depreciation. New cars depreciate at a much faster rate than used cars causing the value of your car to be at a much lower level when you decide to sell it.
Used cars will depreciate too, but not as fast because they have already gone down a little bit.
The disadvantage to buying a used car would be the fact that bigger repairs will come up faster, but this is something that will really depend on how reliable a vehicle is.
If you do a loan, in the long run you will probably be paying more interest on the newer car than the used car which is what will even out having to pay repairs sooner for a used car.
Where Should I Buy A Car?
There are an endless amount of options out there for you to use to find the best deal for purchasing a car. When I was looking for my car everything happened pretty quick and I didn’t do as much research as I should’ve.
That’s the great thing about experience. You learn from other people’s mistakes.
One website I found that would’ve saved me money if I went through them in the beginning is Edmunds.com.
They have over 10,000 dealerships in the U.S. giving you the opportunity to find exactly what you’re looking for at the right price.
How it works:
1.) Type in the exact car and year that you want on Edmunds.com
2.) There will be fair amount of results that say “Price Promise”
3.) Click on the search results, a list of cars will pop up with prices and consumer ratings from the specific dealerships selling the car.
4.) If you find the car you like, lock up the price upfront without obligation to actually buy anything.
While I only named a few cars that would be great to drive for UberX drivers there are plenty more out there. What are your thoughts on the list?
Is there any cars out there that you think would be better to use as an Uber driver?
Let me know in the comments below.
I’ve heard of people spending $15,000 buying a fairly new car only to find out they weren’t approved after they made the purchase.