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New Potential Driver Questions (Driving with Uber and XChange

Discussion in 'Uber Drivers Forum' started by JessilynnBunny, Dec 13, 2016.

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  1. JessilynnBunny

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    Dec 13, 2016
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    Hello all, my name is Jessilynn. And I am looking into driving with Uber.

    I am a 26 year old woman, and well... my current car would NOT pass Uber standards (though my car is definately the "Fun Car" by friends standards. But in this hard economy, I think we all need money, yeah? ANYHOO! I was wondering How is it driving with Uber? Like is it worth it? A few details about my exact location;
    I Live in Santa Clara, California.
    Pretty close to TWO airports, and a few major cities
    A lot of yuppies and teens

    Uber General Questions​
    • On average, how much does an Uber Driver make PER ride? Basic ride like 1-10 miles.
      • Basically for someone who is currently unemployed is it worth it?
    • Will I have enough to pay bills, and stuff?
    • Can I drive with Uber AND Lyft? Or is that a NO NO with them being competitors?
    • What is Uber Eats?
    • How do Taxes work? How much should I save up?
      • I know like Door Dash (have a friend who works for them) Uber does not take taxes out of a pay check. How do I make this less painful when tax season rolls around?
    • Driver Safety? Am I allowed to have things in my car that will contribute to my personal safety? Pepper Spray, stun gun stuff like that?
    Uber XChange Leasing?
    So yeah I am considering the Uber XChange Leasing program here are my questions

    • I hear POSITIVES and NEGATIVES of it.
      • Is it a Predatory Leasing Program?
    • On average is it worth it?
      • Versus how much an Uber Driver makes, versus how much the weekly cost of the lease is, is it worth the jump to do it?
    • Do they have different payment options?
      • Paying weekly, or paying monthly?
    • If I am able to drive with Lyft as well, can I use the Uber car for that?
    • Can I use it for personal travel as well?
      • Can I use it when NOT on shift? Like to go to the store, see friends, etc?
  2. MileHighDriver

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    As far as revenue for trips, look at the fare (mileage+time) for trips 1-10 miles, subtract any "booking fee" or other charge your pay isn't based on, then take whatever the percentage commission (or percentage fee) Uber takes. In Denver, X fares are (if I remember correctly) $.75/mile, $.16/minute and $1.95 booking fee. Minimum customer charge is $6.95; our commission is based on $5.00 minimum. Surge increases the payout (sometimes very nicely).

    Denver drivers CAN drive for Uber and Lyft (don't know about where you live if that's permitted).

    Since taxes aren't taken out of your commission, your best bet is to figure an estimated tax (quarterly) and pay that to the state and IRS. Then the hit isn't as bad at the end of the year, plus when you figure in all your business expenses,you might even get something back.

    Uber EATS is delivering food that is picked up at restaurants and delivering to individual customers doors. The have that in Denver but I have yet to get an Eats ride. The best advantage to EATS is that you don't have drunk riders in your car..... ;)

    Don't know anything about the lease program or buying/paying for a car through Uber, but I would imagine that you have to drive 50-60 hours a week to make it worth your while and that your commission less payment makes it worth your time.

    Driving your Uber car for personal travel should be OK, after all it is YOUR car. I suggest removing any signage identifying your car as Uber when you are doing your own travel and ESPECIALLY if you are going through any areas (like airports) where you or Uber are charged a fee for access to the passenger pickup/dropoff lanes.

    Personal safety: I wouldn't advertise that you are carrying pepper spray but firearms are a definite no-no. not sure about stun gun.

    $.02 (barely)
  3. BigfootBrian

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    I can confidently comment on a few of these concerns. You can use your xchange lease for lyft rides. Just be sure to turn on and off the unused app as soon as you recieve a request from the other as to not hurt your %.

    I car pepper spray with me just in case. Just know that if it is used in a confined space like the interior of a car you will be subjected to its effects as well. Only use as a last resort.

    As far as taxes other poster covered the options well. Just remember to keep track of #of miles driven while app is on so you can use that as a write off.

    Now for the toughest part. Is it worth it. That all depends on the market and how often you drive. For me it is. I pay about 160 a week for a 2017 Chevy Cruze. I use it for personal trips (have special needs daughter that has long trips for specialists). It has unlimited miles as a lease with oil changes and tire rotations paid for. After the first month I can give it back with 2 weeks notice so unlike a typical lease its more flexible.

    Good luck with your decisions. Make sure you do your homework before making any decisions.
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