Becoming a rideshare driver can be a lucrative side gig. Before you can hop in the car and start driving for Uber or Lyft, there are a few things you have to do. Yearly vehicle inspections are quite common throughout the United States, but did you know Uber and Lyft require vehicle inspections as well?
Vehicle inspections are mandated by states or local authorities to ensure the safety of cars, people, and limit pollution. Uber and Lyft have vehicle inspections for the same reasons. The inspection must be completed before being able to drive but will also be required annually. Before completing the vehicle inspection, you have to go through and pass a background check. Once that step is finished, the vehicle inspection can take place. Inspections cost a little bit of money, usually around $19.99, so it is important to do everything you can to make sure your car passes inspection the first time.
Uber and Lyft have nineteen points of reference to ensure safety. The inspections are very basic and not too complicated. Two of the most commonly failed points during an inspection is the tire tread because it is too shallow. The other is the brake depth. If you haven’t replaced your tires or brakes recently, you might be due for an update. This can be a significant cost, but it is for the safety of you and your future passengers. Before heading to your inspection, you should do a check of your vehicle to see if you can spot and fix any issues ahead of time:
If your car doesn’t pass the inspection, all you have to do is fix the problem. Hopefully, you’ll pass the first time though if you pay your due diligence. It is important to make sure you go to a reputable shop for your inspection, Uber suggests using either their Uber activation centers or an approved repair shop. If you are looking for the Uber approved vehicle inspection locations along with a printable copy of the proper inspection form for your area, you can find it by entering your location here: https://www.uber.com/us/en/drive/. For Lyft, you can find your appropriate inspection form here.
Vehicle inspections can be a hassle, but they are a necessary step in becoming a rideshare driver for Uber or Lyft. If you follow these simple steps, you should have no problem passing.