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Old 11-06-2018, 12:24 PM
 
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How would you know if itís worth it unless youíre in their shoes? Donít you know they wouldnít be doing it unless they had to? And they would easily stop doing it if it wasnít worth it. And they can use their extra Uber income to help pay off their car.

Let me guess, you cringe when folks use their car to deliver Postmates and Instacart orders to people all over the city too?

Jesus, here we have folks getting a little extra income and the faux outrage over their car comes.

The depreciation of a car doesnít matter unless you plan to sell the damn thing right away or you get into an accident without gap coverage.

Which alot of them dont have when I have asked them. Hell many dont even have the proper insurance that shows they are doing ride share. I could see if the car was over 5yrs old and paid off, but I see near new off the lot cars doing that service and if its Uber lease they are paying $800 a month.


I seriously doubt people are driving a near new car ALL day to deliver post cars.


As for "Donít you know they wouldnít be doing it unless they had to?"..that is my whole point, for us to be a such good economic times, it seems like more and more people are resorting to minim wage jobs to make a buck. Typically, if you are making low wages, you shouldn't be driving a new or near new car and then pretty much being a third party taxi service.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:34 PM
 
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I see so many modern and new cars with a Uber or Lyft sticker on them, and I always ask, is it worth the massive deprecation of putting 20-30k miles a year on a near new car for .60 a mile. Or doing Uber eats for the equivalent of $5 an hour after a days work.





So for a economy that so many brags about is doing well, why are so many resorting to working for near minimum wage and destroying their near new cars for pennies on the dollar. Im guessing something is better than nothing at all, but doesnt seem worth the effort to me.
I drove for Uber for exactly one night. Over 4.5 hours of driving, I averaged $8 per hour BEFORE ANY EXPENSES. I did not sit idle without a dispatch for more than 60 seconds of this time.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:34 PM
 
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I don’t know people’s motivations, but if they continue to do it, then it must be worth it to them.

Also, Depreciation isn’t a cash expense. They’re getting paid cash and improving their own cashflow. Maybe it’s as simple as that.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:25 PM
 
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It’s also kind of ridiculous to say that them choosing this side hustle or minimum wage job over others is a sign of a bad economy.

Maybe it’s as simple as personal preference. Maybe they think retail sucks. Or don’t want to do fast food. I know if I had to make a low amount of money, I would try something different than those 2 options. Maybe this allows them to choose their own hours as far as when, how much, and how little they want to work.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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I see so many modern and new cars with a Uber or Lyft sticker on them, and I always ask, is it worth the massive deprecation of putting 20-30k miles a year on a near new car for .60 a mile. Or doing Uber eats for the equivalent of $5 an hour after a days work.

Your post made me chuckle, because the only 3 times I've used Uber or Lyft, the cars were broken down beaters. In fact, my last time, I shared an Uber when visiting a friend in Portland, OR, who had just returned from a business trip in NYC, where she used them the whole week she was there. She complimented our driver on how nice his car was compared to the ones she rode in there, and let's just say...it wasn't very well-kept.

I don't live in a really large metro area, so I don't see the stickers, but I would agree with your premise since I've read way too many articles about how these drivers don't net that much after expenses.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:40 PM
 
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I live in a metro area, and I know a couple of uber drivers. One is an otherwise stay at home mom, and she does her ubering while the kids are at school. She parks herself at the local mall, and usually has plenty of passengers.


The other uber driver likes to work in the evenings, and parks close to the local casino. He gets plenty of passengers too.


Seeing as an uber driver can pick and choose when they're available, I really don't see a problem.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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Your post made me chuckle, because the only 3 times I've used Uber or Lyft, the cars were broken down beaters. In fact, my last time, I shared an Uber when visiting a friend in Portland, OR, who had just returned from a business trip in NYC, where she used them the whole week she was there. She complimented our driver on how nice his car was compared to the ones she rode in there, and let's just say...it wasn't very well-kept.

I don't live in a really large metro area, so I don't see the stickers, but I would agree with your premise since I've read way too many articles about how these drivers don't net that much after expenses.
Better yet - work for an employer where you travel, and get paid a salary on top of IRS mileage deduction, which is currently 54.5 cents per mile! D'oh!
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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Your post made me chuckle, because the only 3 times I've used Uber or Lyft, the cars were broken down beaters. In fact, my last time, I shared an Uber when visiting a friend in Portland, OR, who had just returned from a business trip in NYC, where she used them the whole week she was there. She complimented our driver on how nice his car was compared to the ones she rode in there, and let's just say...it wasn't very well-kept.

I don't live in a really large metro area, so I don't see the stickers, but I would agree with your premise since I've read way too many articles about how these drivers don't net that much after expenses.

Ive had a Benz S Class pick me up in DC, newer Sonata in NYC, and in metro ATL, I havent riden in and dumpy rides yet, but starting to see older models out here more and more.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:09 PM
 
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Your post made me chuckle, because the only 3 times I've used Uber or Lyft, the cars were broken down beaters. In fact, my last time, I shared an Uber when visiting a friend in Portland, OR, who had just returned from a business trip in NYC, where she used them the whole week she was there. She complimented our driver on how nice his car was compared to the ones she rode in there, and let's just say...it wasn't very well-kept.

I don't live in a really large metro area, so I don't see the stickers, but I would agree with your premise since I've read way too many articles about how these drivers don't net that much after expenses.
Iíve never in an Uber that was crappy. Hell Iíve been in some awful taxis
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:20 PM
 
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There are companies that rent out cars (usually newer) to Uber and Lyft drivers for the day.
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