While the process of signing up to drive for Uber is far easier than the lengthy training, licensing and certification required to be a traditional taxi driver, there are still a few things you have to do before you can open up the Uber app and start accepting fares. You’ll need to pass a background check, provide current registration, have a current driver’s license and give up-to-date proof of insurance.
Additionally, you’ll need to pass the Uber vehicle inspection. It can sound intimidating, but it really isn’t. As long as you have a car with properly functioning tail lights, a horn, foot brakes, windshield wipers, rear view mirrors and all the other standard features you’d expect to make a car safe and comfortable, you’ll pass without issue. We already have a full guide to passing the Uber vehicle inspection, so we won’t go into much more detail about it here.
One issue that many would-be Uber drivers can run into, however, is finding a place to get their vehicle inspected. You want to find a location that’s reasonably close, doesn’t take up to much time and ideally doesn’t charge you too much. To help you find the place that’s right for you, we’ve put together this comparison of the various Uber vehicle inspection options and how to locate each.
1. Uber Greenlight
To start with, let’s look at the official Uber inspection locations. These go by the name of Uber Greenlight, and they include both “Hub” and “Spot” locations. Uber Greenlight Hubs are official offices owned by Uber. They provide inspection services, allow you to fill out an Uber driver application in person, and get answers to questions about being a driver from Uber staff.
Spot locations, in contrast, are pop-up inspection stations with varying hours. They can provide the inspection you need, but you shouldn’t expect the same comprehensive help with questions related to driving for Uber that you would get at a Greenlight Hub.
Regardless of which you choose, the main advantage of Uber Greenlight is that the inspection is free. As with all free things, however, there is a hidden cost. Because the inspections are free, you could find yourself waiting several hours just to get one.
Add to this that the Greenlight locations are in just a few places throughout even major cities, the location hours are comparatively limited — an issue if you have an additional full-time job — and you could be looking at a whole day just to get your vehicle inspected.
Because of this, you may want to look into the other inspection locations we discuss below, especially if you want to save time.
To find Greenlight Uber inspection locations for your city, the easiest thing to do is to Google “Uber inspection locations” + “NAME OF YOUR CITY.” The first result you see in Google should be the official Uber page with your city’s inspection requirements and a map showing all official Uber inspection locations, including Greenlight.
For example, here’s the official Uber inspection locations map for Chicago:
2. Certified Mechanic
If the prospect of waiting for hours at a Greenlight hub doesn’t excite you, then another option to consider is getting your inspection done at a chain location. Uber has partnered with chains such as Jiffy Lube, Tires Plus, Meineke and Midas, as well as smaller certified mechanics, in order to provide you with additional options for receiving a vehicle inspection.
If you go with this type of inspection, you’ll need to bring along a copy of the form for the mechanic to fill out. Note that the specific form required will vary based on your city, so be sure to check your specific city inspection requirements to get the right form.
When it comes to this type of inspection, you should expect less of a wait time and a greater selection of hours to get your vehicle inspected. However, you will pay for this convenience — most inspections will run you around $19.99.
Additionally, many of these locations are looking for any reason they can to sell you parts (that’s where they make their money). Therefore, they may go out of their way to find minute things wrong with your vehicle, creating unnecessary hassle for you.
To find a certified mechanic to perform an Uber vehicle inspection, just Google “Uber inspection locations” + “NAME OF YOUR CITY.” You’ll find a page showing your specific city’s vehicle inspection requirements, a link to the necessary form, and a map of certified locations.
3. Mobile Vehicle Inspection
One final option to get an inspection for your vehicle is to work with a mobile vehicle inspector. This kind of inspector either comes to your location to perform the inspection onsite, or they inspect your vehicle remotely over a video call using your smartphone. Of all the options available, this one is our favorite.
Not only is a mobile inspection more convenient, but it also allows you to get the necessary Uber and Lyft inspection at the same time. Since most drivers work for both platforms, getting an inspection this way will save you both time and money.
There are a variety of mobile vehicle inspection services available, but we recommend RideShareMechanic. The service is easy to sign up for online. Just put in your information, choose an inspection time, and your inspector will be able to meet with you over video chat. They’ll perform the necessary inspection in a timely manner, all without you having to move your car, stand in long lines or deal with pushy sales associates.
Don’t Let the Inspection Hold You Back
We know that getting your vehicle inspected can seem like a hassle, but now that you know the different vehicle inspection options available for potential Uber partners, you should have the confidence to complete this part of the Uber application process. You’ll be on the road accepting fares before you know it!
Wishing you safe driving and a hassle-free inspection!