Maven Gig is the answer for those who are eyeing a side job as a rideshare driver but would first like to test the waters before investing in a car. After all, purchasing a car for the sole purpose of rideshare driving is a big, expensive step.
With car-sharing apps like Maven, you don’t have to spend a lot of money (or wear out your personal vehicle) to work as a rideshare driver. Instead, you rent a car to use for the service. Let’s take a look at what Maven Gig is, as well as how it works for Uber and Lyft drivers.
What Is Maven Gig?
The General Motors-owned Maven launched in January 2016 with three tiers:
- Maven City
- Maven Home
- Maven Gig
Maven Gig is targeted to gig economy workers, and it’s available in cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit, Austin, and Washington, D.C.
Those wanting to become a rideshare driver in these locations can rent a car via the Maven Gig App. It’s part of a growing number of programs available to current or prospective rideshare drivers who want to rent a car instead of buying a new one or driving one they already own for their Uber or Lyft trips.
Maven Gig for rideshare: What You Need to Know
Before being able to rent a car through Maven Gig, the driver must first check if they meet Maven’s qualifications. One must meet the following requirements to rent a car:
- Be 21 years old or older
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Accept the GM Privacy Statement
- Accept the Maven Terms of Service
In addition, you should make sure that you meet the qualifications to be a rideshare driver. These qualifications are more detailed and strict than Maven’s. In addition to having a valid driver’s license and being at least 21, you’ll need to have a clean driving record and pass a background check.
To learn more, check out our guides to Lyft driver requirements and Uber driver requirements. Note that you won’t need to meet the insurance requirements, as Maven Gig provides you with insurance while using their vehicles.
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Account creation and membership to Maven Gig is free; the driver just needs to have their driver’s license and credit card validated. You won’t pay anything until you actually reserve a vehicle (which we discuss below).
It is not required for the applicant to be an approved Uber or Lyft driver before they enlist with Maven Gig. However, since the cost for rental can be pretty high, it’s advisable to secure approval to be a rideshare partner before renting a car.
3. Cost and Rental Period
The price of a Maven Gig rental can be pretty steep. It starts at a weekly rate of $199 for a compact, $199 for a crossover, and $229 for an electric car like a Chevy Bolt EV. Drivers can rent the car for a minimum of one week and up to 28 days elsewhere (35 days in California).
While the rental price may look expensive, it does include lots of perks. For one thing, maintenance is already included, so you won’t have to worry about that. You also get unlimited miles, roadside assistance, and insurance.
These are all services that could cost hundreds of dollars per month in some cases (with surprise maintenance bills running into the thousands at times). Therefore, the inclusion of these services could make the high rental fees worth it.
Still, over the long term, it probably makes more financial sense to own the vehicle you’re using for your rideshare trips, particularly if you already own a qualifying vehicle.
But if you’re just looking for a way to see if rideshare is right for you (or you need a car to drive while your main vehicle is in the shop), then it could be worth the money. Ultimately, you’ll have to do the math for your specific situation to decide what makes the most sense.
4. Reserving a Car
Reserving a car is quite easy, as all the drivers need to do is book through the Maven app.
First, you should tap “Find A Car” from the app and select an available vehicle.
After that, you’ll need to select the pickup and return date and tap “Reserve.”
Then, you’ll have to set an appointment to pick up the car. You’ll need to show your driver’s license at the time of pickup.
5. Driving for rideshare Apps
rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft normally require information such as insurance, vehicle VIN, and basic car details like model and year.
After the driver has reserved his or her car, Maven will provide an insurance card. This card contains all the details needed for rideshare platforms. All the driver has to do is key in these pieces of information, and they are good to go.
For more information regarding the Maven Gig program, check out this video from That Guy Scott Webb:
Use Maven to Test the rideshare Waters
With the rise of the rideshare industry, many people are considering taking on a gig as a partner driver for companies like Uber and Lyft. However, it can be difficult to immediately invest in a car if a driver isn’t sure of how much income they will make from being a partner driver.
Maven Gig is a good solution for those who want to check what’s in store before jumping into rideshare as a steady job.
Would you consider renting a car through Maven Gig? Let us know in the comments!