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Getaround: Is Renting A Car For $5 an Hour to Drive for Uber Worth It?

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ippei
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 Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Great tips and analysis on RSG for renting a car from Getaround. I included the link below, but what I want to ask the community is whether this is worth it.  Do you think you can turn a profit and make a living wage?

"For only $5 an hour you can pay for the privilege to rent a car and pound the streets of San Francisco as a bonafide Uber driver seeking profits and adventure.

Is it even worth it? Seems a little strange paying Uber for the privilege of shuttling around a bunch of techies. I decided to try it to find out for myself to see how great (or terrible) it is.

Getaround and Uber recently partnered up in San Francisco to offer cars that almost anyone can use to drive for Uber. They’re dispersed all throughout SF, Oakland, and Berkeley, and you can just go on ahead and walk up, unlock the car from your phone via the Getaround app, and proceed to drive them for Uber for as little or as long as you want."

Post comments below or read more here on RSG.

BTW, Getaround no longer covers gasoline.  They pay for the vehicle, insurance and car repairs and maintenance.  So it isn't $5.00 or everything anymore.

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    DriveMeToTheMoon
    282 Driver Driver
     10 months ago

    $5 an hour?  See, that sounds cheap, but not when you add it up. 

    So if I have a 14 hour shift, that's $70.  Then I have to pay like $30 on a tank of gas. so I have to pay $100.

    Well on second thought...I can definitely clear a profit.  Then there is no expenses?  It may work. 

    (though I won't try it because I already own a car.)  I wouldn't let it just sit there.  This would only work for people who don't own cars, right?

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      JustSchmidt
      75 Rider
       10 months ago

      As Chris stated above, regular rental companies won't let you use their cars for rideshares.  

      Remember you have to register the car with Uber?   You can't do that by renting random cars. LOL.   The partnership between Uber and Geraround is what's the most important here.

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      CaptainOlimar
      185
       10 months ago

      You can rent a mid/size car from Hertz for $30. Just go to Expedia. 

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    RedANT
    978 Rider Driver
     10 months ago

    This was once discussed in another forum, and the general consensus is that this would be an INCREDIBLE deal if it wasn't limited to just the bay area.

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      JPoland
      169 Driver Driver
       10 months ago

      It used to be incredible until they started charging for fuel.  Now it's just like a rental car you can rent per hour.  

      Regular rental car can be $30-50 a day. This is compared to 24 hours x $5.00 = $lots  

      ZipCar had even a better deal at $15 or something.  

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      WWBlueStuff
      260 Driver
       10 months ago

      I believe it was a no-brainer when they used to pay for gas too.  The car came with gas card where you can fuel the vehicle anytime you wanted. It was truly an all-inclusive mode.   They probably realized the math didn't work out pretty quickly.   I think they got additional funding, and that's probably when it became obvious.

      It's like MoviePass being hit with reality last week.

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      DriveMeToTheMoon
      282 Driver Driver
       10 months ago

      They announced Getaround is opening shop in Philly.  This was just last week.

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    LandLoverRover
    95
     10 months ago

    Seems super expensive, no?  I can rent a Hertz and Entrprise for this.  10 hour shift costs $50.  

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      dShaperoMDM
      106
       10 months ago

      Maybe the point is that you cannot rent from Hertz or Enterprise to drive them for rideshares.  

      So, GetAround, with partnership with Uber, enables you to do it wtithout your own car.  There's value in that.

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        ChrisNorway1
        56
         10 months ago

        True.

        So, you are paying for the insurance with Getaround.  I wonder how the business is doing.

        One major lawsuit where a Lyft driver crashes into a busy park, and they are toast, I bet.

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    AnitaBAnthony
    75
     10 months ago

    Does that picture even make sense?  That totally isn't Getaround, despite the picture.  You need 4-doors for an UberX.  No 2-door in USA.

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      KumarBengi
      88 Rider
       10 months ago

      They rent to regular people too.  Not just rideshare drivers. :)

      They just partnered with Uber.