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Old 03-13-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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After years of sales and retail management jobs, I'm once again rethinking a reliable job and possibly a career. Too many lay-offs have left me discouraged and I'm looking into chauffeur positions with solid limo companies. I drove for 3 years and liked it but that was 15 yrs. ago. Does anyone have any experience as a Uber driver? I live in the South Bay and many of the companies I'm looking into are farming out their drivers to Uber. I've read both good and bad stories about them.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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I think Uber black car/SUV would be worth it. The minimum ride is $15, $18 for the SUV, and if they go any decent distance (i.e. 5-10 miles) it's easily $30-60. You see 80% of it.

Uber X is what ordinary people with ordinary cars drive. I can't see how that's worth it for the driver, especially with the slashed rates. There really is no minimum, and someone can hire you for 1 mile and only get charged about $5, which you'll see about $4 of, which when you factor gas/time/insurance is basically nothing. An Uber X from Santa Monica to West Hollywood is about $25, while on a regular Uber it's $45-50 (same with cab). Unless you are constantly getting calls, and lucrative ones at that, I can't see how Uber X is worth the stress, wear and tear, and insurance you are putting in to your car.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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Thanks disgruntled. I'm looking into it.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I think Uber black car/SUV would be worth it. The minimum ride is $15, $18 for the SUV, and if they go any decent distance (i.e. 5-10 miles) it's easily $30-60. You see 80% of it.

Uber X is what ordinary people with ordinary cars drive. I can't see how that's worth it for the driver, especially with the slashed rates. There really is no minimum, and someone can hire you for 1 mile and only get charged about $5, which you'll see about $4 of, which when you factor gas/time/insurance is basically nothing. An Uber X from Santa Monica to West Hollywood is about $25, while on a regular Uber it's $45-50 (same with cab). Unless you are constantly getting calls, and lucrative ones at that, I can't see how Uber X is worth the stress, wear and tear, and insurance you are putting in to your car.
I've considered doing Lyft or Uber..it would be UberX though (regular car), it seems like a lot of people would probably use it in the SM area /WeHo area with all the tourists. But if they are just a bunch of short rides that you get seldom , I could see it not being worth it. It would be nice to be able to make some side money and choose when you want to work.

OP you might be interested in this Reddit subforum, it's specifically for uberdrivers.

The Uber Driver's Subreddit
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:37 PM
 
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When they advertise Uber X drivers they say you can make UP to $30 an hour. It just seems like a lot of hassle, risk, and stress for not a lot of money.
I just couldn't imagine doing it.

You get demanding crazy passengers.

People who don't follow direction and you drive in circles to pick them up.

Drunks or worse who call you then cancel you.

Drunks who throw up in your car.

People who eat their food and litter all over your car.

All for... peanuts.
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I think i'd seriously consider it if I could actually make $30 or close to $30 somewhat consistently.

There are the costs of course Gas , wear and tear,etc . Also liability,etc.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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I have been driving uber for 9 months and I think it's great.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:43 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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Uber's business model is awful. They don't screen drivers with any standard regulation. This leads to cases where passengers held hostage, a stolen iphone ransomed for 500 cash, a sexual assault on a female passenger.

For passengers they have higher priced rides than Lyft, Sidecar or any other ride sharing company. If there's an event you're trying to go to, football game, New Years party, Halloween celebration, expect a surcharge percentage tacked into your normal fee. If you live somewhere that got a lot of snow? Expects to pay more as well.

Seriously, not making any of these stories up. An awful, awful company to work for. Don't settle for their mediocre wages, OP. They don't pay well. This company is living proof of why capitalist societies need regulation.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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Uber isn't perfect but it's so much better than relying on cabs. Cabs generally had rude drivers, shady meters, limited availability and more or less cash only (the credit card machine is ALWAYS down), and a need to tip. With uber you can get a very cheap ride with Uber X, you can hail it to YOUR location, your credit card is on file so there's no surprises, no need to tip, and no spur of the moment spur hikes - even if you get the unfortunate surge pricing, you know what you're getting yourself into.

I know someone who takes two Ubers a day and he's never had any problems at all. Even on cheap Uber X. The kidnapping/rape of a passenger is a one in 10 million event.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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Uber isn't perfect but it's so much better than relying on cabs. Cabs generally had rude drivers, shady meters, limited availability and more or less cash only (the credit card machine is ALWAYS down), and a need to tip. With uber you can get a very cheap ride with Uber X, you can hail it to YOUR location, your credit card is on file so there's no surprises, no need to tip, and no spur of the moment spur hikes - even if you get the unfortunate surge pricing, you know what you're getting yourself into.

I know someone who takes two Ubers a day and he's never had any problems at all. Even on cheap Uber X. The kidnapping/rape of a passenger is a one in 10 million event.

But how does this work in regards to car insurance? If someone is using their vehicle as taxi service and their insurance company isn't aware of this and they're paying regular rates, they pick someone up get into an accident with injuries to themselves and the passenger. What happens?
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