Cars! As an Uber and Lyft driver, your vehicle is your biggest asset, your office, and at the end of the day, your ride home. Driving the right car can make your ride fares higher, keep your fuel and maintenance costs low, and make your job a lot more enjoyable.
In the collection of posts below, learn which cars qualify for Uber and Lyft, how to access an affordable car if you don’t already have one, and how to navigate your way through all of the vehicle-related details you’ll have to manage when you’re a working driver.
Uber and Lyft Vehicle Requirements
Find out what kind of cars qualify for Uber and Lyft.
- Uber vehicle requirements: Can you drive for Uber with your car?
- Lyft vehicle requirements
- Uber Black requirements
Getting a vehicle: Buying, renting, leasing, and more
If you need a car that qualifies, your options are purchasing, leasing, and renting. Which option is best? I weighed all the options and wrote this guide:
- Need a car for Uber or Lyft? Should you buy, rent, or lease?
- Hyrecar: Rent a car from a peer-to-peer network
Auto insurance for ride sharing drivers
- Allstate - Has policies for ride share drivers in many states
How to apply to drive for Uber when you don’t have a car
Here’s a common dilemma: You want to drive for Uber, but you don’t currently have a qualifying car and you’re not sure if you will pass the background check and driving record check. You want to see if Uber will accept you as a driver before you go through the trouble of accessing a car.
If you don’t currently have access to a qualifying car and you want to see if Uber will accept you as a driver, use the application link below and select “I don’t have a car.” That way, you can complete the screening process before you begin searching for a car.
Apply to drive for Uber on this page and select “I need a car” to find out if Uber will hire you without having to provide vehicle information on the application.
Both Uber and Lyft require that you complete a vehicle inspection. Learn what the inspections cover, how to pass, and what to do if you don’t pass the first time.
Helpful gear to use while you’re driving
Every driver needs a good phone mount, chargers, and accessories. Here are the best.
Good places to find cars that qualify for Uber and Lyft
- 1-800 Auto Yes - One-step application process
- Automotive.com - Shop for cars and loans
- myAutoloan.com - A fast way to see which types of auto loans you qualify for