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.
The GM-owned Maven launched last January 2016 with three tiers:
- Maven City
- Maven Home
- Maven Gig
Maven Gig is targeted to gig economy workers, and is available in San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Phoenix, and Washington DC. In addition, Maven has become available in Los Angeles just last month.
Those wanting to become a rideshare driver in these locations can rent a car via the Maven Gig App.
Maven Gig for Ridesharing: 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. In order to rent a car, one must meet the following requirements:
- Be 21 years old or older
- Have a valid US Driver’s license
- Accept the GM Privacy Statement
- Accept the Maven TOS
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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.
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 ridesharing partner before renting a car.
Info: Become a Lyft Driver
Info: Become an Uber Driver
3. Cost and Rental Period
The price of a Maven Gig rental can be pretty steep. It starts at $189 per week for a compact, $219 for a crossover, and $229 for an electric car. Drivers can rent the car for a minimum of one week and up to 35 days in California or 28 days elsewhere.
While the rental price may look expensive, it does have 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, plus insurance.
4. Reserving a Car
Reserving a car is quite easy as all the drivers need to do is book through the Maven Gig app.
The driver should tap ‘Find A Car’ from the app and select an available vehicle. The driver then selects the pickup and return date and taps ‘Reserve.’ Then, the driver is asked to set an appointment to pick up the car. Only the driver’s license is required for identification.
5. Driving for Ridesharing Apps
Ridesharing 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/her car, Maven will provide an insurance card. This card contains all the details needed for ridesharing 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:
With the rise of the ridesharing 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 ridesharing as a steady job.
Would you consider renting a car through Maven Gig? Let us know in the comments!