Uber Car Rentals: Your Detailed Review of the Rideshare Car Rental Options

There is a handsome sum of cash to be made in the rideshare industry.

Citizens around the world are paying top dollar to have people drive them places. For those seeking a profitable side-hustle, ridesharing is a dream come true.

Unless, of course, you don’t own a car.

If your car is in the shop or you do not own a car at all, rideshare driving might seem beyond your reach.

Fret not, there is a viable solution: Renting a vehicle.

Renting a vehicle is a great potential solution. But there are some hang-ups to be aware of. For example, regular rental cars are 100% NOT allowed by either Uber or rental car businesses, primarily due to insurance reasons.

Since you can’t use a regular rental car to drive for Uber, you will need to rent a vehicle through a pre-approved outlet.

There are also third-party companies that rent out vehicles for Uber or Lyft usage. They are specifically designed to connect people with car owners looking to rent out their automobiles.

This article will walk through pre-approved rental options as well as third-party opportunities.

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HyreCar

If you are interested in getting a vehicle super fast, check out HyreCar.

This peer-to-peer automobile renting platform connects rideshare drivers with vehicle owners.  They claim that “Drivers make on average, $1000 per week after rental fees.” And considering how fast you are able to get a set of wheels, it seems pretty promising.

Here is how HyreCar works.

Automobile owners post pictures of their vehicle on the platform along with three renting options: per day, week, and month. The longer you rent the vehicle the lower the per day price will be.

Nevertheless, most rideshare drivers choose to use the short-term renting option. Which is why vehicle owners are able to make over $14,000 annually via HyreCar. So if you are not using your vehicle every day, definitely consider renting out your vehicle so you can make some extra cash.

Both Uber and Lyft drivers can rent a HyreCar automobile by day for about $45-$100 dollars. Bear in mind, this estimate varies based on your location, type of vehicle and automobile age.

To make this exchange super profitable for drivers, we recommend renting out a vehicle for an entire month instead of by day. For example, renting a 2013 Ford Fiesta is $55 a day in Chicago. Renting that same vehicle for a month is $1,200 (which saves you about $15 per day).

Related: Why Uber Drivers Should Consider HyreCar


Hertz

Drivers looking for a vehicle that comes with maintenance and roadside assistance should consider Hertz. Thanks to their partnership with Uber, Hertz provides short-term rentals equipped with everything a rideshare driver needs.

This driver protection option, dubbed the Hertz Loss Damage Waiver, can be useful. Especially if a rental car is stolen or damaged in any way. This option can be combined with insurance to cover any potential gaps in coverage.

To-date, Hertz rideshare rentals are available in the following areas.

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Antonio

Of course, paying for this safety net is rather pricey. The base rate for a weekly rental is $214. This seems cheap (at roughly $30 per day). But this estimate does not include taxes, fees, or gas. However, it does include the price of insurance.

Another thing to keep in mind is the refundable security deposit. Hertz requires drivers to make a $200 transaction upfront when you pick up the car initially.

To make up for this financially straining ordeal, Hertz offers a unique program dubbed the “Vehicle Solution Rewards”.  This system rewards drivers with a bonus after completing a certain number of rides from Monday at 4:00 AM to 3:59 AM the following Monday. Drivers who complete this goal will be paid a bonus via Uber, potentially making the weekly car rental rate cheaper.


Fair

Fair is another service that makes it possible for drivers to obtain a rental car for Uber. Fair rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance and vehicle warranty without the use of long-term contracts.

Having said that, rental options are only available for a week at a time for about $130. Bear in mind, a hefty non-refundable fee of $500, dubbed the Start Payment, is charged to get started.

Fair implements this upfront fee in exchange for pricey perks, such as an unlimited allowance for miles. As in, regardless of how many miles are put onto the rental, Fair will never charge you a per mile rate. This decent trade-off is available for hybrids and high-MPG cars in the following areas.

  • Inland Empire (CA)
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Sacramento
  • Seattle
  • Nashville
  • Chicago
  • Denver

After making the $500 payment, if you discover that you need the cash more than the rental, you can have the sum refunded if 3 days have not passed. To acquire a rental from Fair, you must be age 21 or older, have a bank account or debit card, and must submit to a credit check.


Getaround

For drivers in the San Francisco area, you have a unique car rental option available to you that no one else in the country has: Getaround.

This rental company offers drivers with short-term rental solutions that can be very effective in a pinch. Instead of charging by day, week, or month, Getaround charges an hourly rate of $5.

Depending on how much you make an hour driving for Uber, this hourly rate may be worth it. Especially considering everything that is included with the rental. The vehicle comes equipped with Uber signs and insurance is auto applied.

Getaround is currently offering a pretty sweet promotion right now. All drivers that utilize Getaround automatically get their first day free.


Lyft ExpressDrive

According to Lyft, making the rental process more affordable is the goal of Lyft ExpressDrive. This exclusive Lyft offer helps drivers capitalize on the rideshare company’s partnership with Hertz and Flex Drive.

Perks, such as maintenance, unlimited miles, and insurance are included with each weekly rental of $209.

As an added bonus, Lyft has a program set in place to help lower the final price of the rental. Called Rental Rewards, drivers who complete 70 rides within a week will have their rental fee waived. This bonus is a great reason to check out Lyft ExpressDrive.

Express Drive is available in the following cities.

  • Austin
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • Orange County
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Sacramento
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle
  • Tampa Bay
  • Washington, D.C.

Bear in mind, there is a $250 fee charged at the beginning of the rental. This refundable fee will be returned to you if you decide to stop using the Lyft ExpressDrive service. Furthermore, this service does not permit personal use akin to most of the other rental services on our list.


Maven

This popular car-sharing service has cars for any type of driver. Dubbed Maven Gig, this service comes with tons of car options, insurance, roadside assistance, and unlimited miles. Plus, there is no weird early return fee like some of the other rental options.

Related: How to Use Maven Gig to Drive for Uber or Lyft

One of the really awesome things Maven has going for it is the fact that they offer electric vehicle rentals, which could really decrease your expenses. Especially since they are providing free rental recharges as of date. Capitalizing on these delightful savings may result in the rental paying for itself. Due to this, if you are in one of the following areas you would be wise to check Maven out.

  • Austin
  • Detroit
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Boston
  • Baltimore
  • Washington, D.C.

It is worth mentioning that renting an electric car for a week is a bit more than a regular rental for the same time span. The base fee for an electric car is $229 whereas a regular rental starts at $199.


Flexdrive

Changing up the way car rentals are viewed, Flexdrive offers car subscriptions. This novel way to describe a car rental allows drivers to “subscribe” to a car for 7 to 28 days. To qualify, the standard driver’s license is needed in addition to the following.

  • 25 years old or older
  • Mobile Phone
  • $250 Deposit
  • Clean Driving Record of 3 Years
  • Credit Card

Flexdrive a reliable source for a vehicle when things get rough. Prices start as low as $114 per week, which is really nice compared to most of the monetary amounts charged by other rental businesses. Plus, once you become a Flexdrive member, getting started is very straightforward. Simply browse the available vehicles and schedule a pickup time. To-date Flexdrive is available in the following areas.

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Philadelphia

Last time we heard, Flexdrive had partnered up with Uber, however, we do not have any updates on this status. So, if you know for sure whether or not Lyft drivers can use Flexdrive, let us know in the comments below!


Rideshare Rental

While surveying the market for rideshare rentals, we came across Rideshare Rental. Although we have not heard much about this service, we wanted to include it as a possible option in case readers had any input. Based on Rideshare Rental’s website, the service can be used by both Uber and Lyft.

In addition, both drivers and vehicle owners are apparently able to make $1000 or more a month using the service. Another noteworthy issue that pops out is availability. Apparently, Rideshare Rental is only available in California and a couple other places across the United States. If you are in one of these locations, here’s how it works on the driver’s side.

  • Download the app
  • Set up an account
  • Become authorized driver
  • Select a car
  • Book pickup time
  • Get vehicle
  • Make money
  • Extend rental accordingly, by day, week or month

Drivers in need of a vehicle for a lengthy amount of time should consider taking a loan out on a vehicle instead. Car loans are typically less than $800 a month, which is how much the average rental is given the $200 a week price tag. Nevertheless, if you need a vehicle for a short amount of time, such as when your vehicle is in the shop, renting a vehicle is the way to go. Having said that, we highly recommend trying to find a fuel-efficient or electric vehicle to offset the total cost of the rental.1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

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