Getting access to a qualifying car is one of the biggest hurdles that prevents many people from becoming a driver for Uber, Lyft and other delivery apps. Most drivers who want the job either don’t have a car, or won’t put long and hard miles on their personal vehicle. Many services have emerged to meet the demand by providing for rentals and leases specifically tailored for ride sharing drivers.
Maven Gig is a vehicle rental service that recently launched a standalone app and service catered to Uber, Lyft, and delivery app drivers. Maven, part of GM, partnered with Lyft to provide rentals. Now Maven is out on their own and providing rentals directly to drivers.
Overall, Maven Gig is a reasonable option to look into if you need a car, and it matches the pricing and features of other rental and leasing services for Uber and Lyft.
How much does it cost to rent a car through Maven Gig?
The first question every driver has: “How much will it cost?” The pricing for Maven gig is on par with other ride share rental and leasing services: It’s expensive, but there are some perks that make up for the steep weekly price.
- $189/week for a compact
- $219 for a crossover
- $229 for an electric car
The perks: Unlimited miles, insurance, and routine maintenance are included.
How long can you keep a Maven Gig car? You can keep the car for up to 28 days, or 35 in California. The minimum rental period is one week.
Maven Gig rental requirements
Before you can rent a car through Maven Gig, you have to fulfill a few basic requirements
- Must 21 years old or older
- Valid us drivers license
- Accept the Maven TOS
- Accept the GM Privacy statement
Where is Maven Gig available?
For now, Maven Gig is available in San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
Creating your Maven Gig account
Signing up for Maven Gig is a fairly straightforward process that begins with selecting Gig rentals, filling out basic personal information, and paying for a $20 driver’s screening.
- Select the Gig option, which is the rental option for ride share and delivery
- Agree to the terms of service
- Create an account by entering your email address and password
- Fill out your personal info
- Fill out your driver info: Driver’s license number and expiration datedriver info
- Enter payment info and agree to be charged $20 for screenings
- Verify your email address
- Agree to more terms about use of Maven app. They can track the location of your device and vehicle.
What about the driving record check? Based on my past experiences with Uber, Lyft, and delivery apps, I expect that a driving record check will take a few days to perform, and will come with email updates letting me know if I passed or failed.
With Maven Gig I didn’t get any notification that a motor vehicle record check was under way. I paid the $20, completed the application, and never heard anything more. It’s not clear to me yet what the driving record check process is.
Do you need to be an approved Uber or Lyft driver before you can rent for Maven? You can rent a car from Maven without an active Uber, Lyft, or delivery profile. These rentals are expensive, so you’ll want to have an active account before you receiver a car.
How to reserve and pick up a car with Maven Gig
To reserve a car, open the Maven app and tap Find A Car. If you haven’t passed the background check step yet, you won’t see any cars. If you have passed, you’ll see a list of cars available. In the several times I’ve checked for cars, I’ve had varying results. One time three cars were available, another time only one car was available.
If a car is available and you’d like to reserve it, tap on the listing. Take note of the vehicle pickup location to see if it’s convenient for you. In my area, the pickup location was at a car dealership. Next, set your pickup and return date. The minimum reservation is one week and the maximum is one month.
Picking up your Maven rental
After you make a reservation, you’ll be be asked to schedule an appointment to pick up the car. All you need to bring your driver’s license. For now, it’s not clear exactly where the pickups will happen, but it seems like Maven Gig cars will be stored at GM dealerships in your area.
Returning your Maven Gig rental
You can keep your Maven Gig rental for up to 28 days (35 in California). At the end of your rental period, you’ll be asked to either renew your rental or return it. You can renew your rental contract inside the app, but you’ll have to schedule an inspection appointment at a Maven location so they can confirm that the car is still in good condition. If you want to return the car, you simply drop it off at the location stated inside the app.
Paying for your Maven Gig rental
When you make your reservation, Maven places a hold with your card on file equal to one week’s rental plus taxes, fees, and incidentals. Two charges occur each week on Thursday: The hold for the previous weeks rental is charged, then a new hold is placed for next week’s rental.
You can use a credit card or a debit card to pay for your rental, but you can’t use a pre-paid gift card or an international account.
How do you get your rental approved for ride share and delivery apps?
To add a vehicle to Uber, Lyft, or other delivery services, you typically need to provide insurance information, a vehicle VIN, and basic details about the car like year, make, and model. After you reserve your car, Maven provides you with an insurance card that contains the details you need to get the car approved for the platform you want to use it on. Use that info to add the vehicle to the profile of whichever company you need to use it for.
Maven includes unlimited mileage, routine maintenance, and roadside assistance
One of the perks of an expensive rental like Maven is that you get unlimited mileage and free routine maintenance. The cost of deprecation and maintenance are high when you use your own vehicle for ride share, especially if you’re working full time. Some drivers like to keep a personal vehicle for personal use and put the hard miles on rentals.
All Maven vehicles are equipped with GM’s OnStar service. If you need roadside assistance, press the blue OnStar button inside the car. It’s usually located on the rearview mirror.
How Insurance works with Maven Gig
Making sure the personal vehicle is properly insured for ride share is one of the most confusing parts of being a driver. It’s hard to know what your personal insurance covers, what the company insurance covers, and if your personal insurer will drop you if they know you’re working for a ride share company.
With Maven Gig rentals, insurance equal to the state minimum is included in the weekly rental cost. There is a $1,000 collision deductible, so if you cause damage to the car you’re responsible up to $1,000.
Whose insurance covers you? When you have a passenger in the car or if you’re making a delivery, you’re covered by the ride share or delivery company. In all other scenarios you’re covered by Maven. That means you’ll be covered during personal use of the car, but the coverage is low.
Do you still need your own policy? You will be covered in all driving scenarios either by Maven or the company you’re working for, but if you think you need more insurance than the state minimum, you’ll have to maintain your own policy. Most state minimums are quite low, so a serious accident on state-minimum insurance could leave you liable for paying a lot of money. For instance, the California state minimum is $15,000 for bodily insurance and $5,000 for damage. You could easily exceed those amount in an accident.
Important: Only the renter is covered by Maven’s insurance policy. That means only you can drive the car.
One big drawback: You won’t be eligible for Lyft rental rewards
One of the big perks of renting a car through the Lyft Express Drive program is that you become eligible for rental rewards that can reduce or completely eliminate the cost of a rental. When you rent a Maven car through Lyft, your rental fee will be waived if you drive a certain number of rides each week and maintain a high acceptance rating. You won’t be eligible for those rewards when you rent the car directly from Maven.
If you rent a car directly through Maven, you won’t be eligible for that rental reward. You’ll be on the hook for the full cost of the rental, which is pretty steep.
I verified this with Lyft. A rep said, “If you are aiming for the rewards, all rentals must go through Lyft to be eligible.”
I also verified that Maven isn’t currently offering any promotions that help with the cost of the rental. In the end, you’ll be on the hook for the full amount. For now it makes the most sense to book a rental through Lyft if you want the cost of the rental waived.
But if you plan to drive for more than one company, Maven still makes sense.