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Is UberXL for IKEA a viable option? Do drivers mind? Any extra charges for big items?

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GeorgeCCromwell
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 Posted 1 year, 4 months ago

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I don't own a car anymore, but I really would like to pick up something at IKEA.  It is a small table/bench, and while it is light, they are very long.  (like 8 feet?)  Would an UberXL work for this purpose?  I would obviously ask the driver and tip well.

or would it even fit?  and are there fees?

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    BrianTheScrewDriver
    434 Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    The car you get with UberXL, can be a numbr of different cars, so there's always a chance you get a smaller SUV. So watch out for that.

    and the problem here is that the driver doesn't have to pick up big cargo items.  and they hate it when you have big items that needs to be loaded.  It can take time in loading and it can damage their cars.  They will definitely not like it. (I wouldn't.)

    I would request a UberXL, and immediately call the driver to see if he is willing to do so.  By some luck, you would get one that doesn't mind and will do the task for you.  Make sure to mention upront that you would tip handsomely.  (Don't wait until it's over and offer.  Just offer upfront.)

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    momof4
    8117 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I had a ride request a few hours ago for XL  10 min away. I get to location passenger walks up to me and ask if I would be willing to take 6 bags, him, and his mom. I said sure I can fit them. Riders apt. was 500 ' from my SUV he carried 2 bags at a time. So i get out and meet him half way and grab the bags. It turned into 12 min to load my car with 7 huge bags and 7 various size other  bags. The ride was a 5 to 7 min long 2.4 miles away. Rider says I am going to give you a tip on the app you are so sweet. He says this several times. I knew where this was going regarding the tip. I get a request with riders and bags still en route to their hotel as I go to switch somethimg on GPS so I ended up accepting the request. Riders get out of my car and go into check in. I quick shoot a text to next rider and offer to cancel if they are in a rush. Rider never responded. I then had to help them with their 14 bags or I was going to be really late. Of course tip got brought up again a...

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    I had a ride request a few hours ago for XL  10 min away. I get to location passenger walks up to me and ask if I would be willing to take 6 bags, him, and his mom. I said sure I can fit them. Riders apt. was 500 ' from my SUV he carried 2 bags at a time. So i get out and meet him half way and grab the bags. It turned into 12 min to load my car with 7 huge bags and 7 various size other  bags. The ride was a 5 to 7 min long 2.4 miles away. Rider says I am going to give you a tip on the app you are so sweet. He says this several times. I knew where this was going regarding the tip. I get a request with riders and bags still en route to their hotel as I go to switch somethimg on GPS so I ended up accepting the request. Riders get out of my car and go into check in. I quick shoot a text to next rider and offer to cancel if they are in a rush. Rider never responded. I then had to help them with their 14 bags or I was going to be really late. Of course tip got brought up again and how wonderful I was for helping. So this takes around 5 min to unload as I was able to park close. I pick up next rider and apologize. Five hrs later guess what NO TIP.  Fifteen min of wait time and help loading and unloading. Bags were heavy and its hot and humid out. This is a perfect reasons why drivers dont want to move people. Get a U Haul or something or at least tip your driver. If I didnt help it wouldve taken longer which  causes me to lose $ and I probably would've gotten a low rating. Now I am also in damger of low rating from my pickup because i took a few min longer than i was supposed to.

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    ippei
    1201 Driver Rider Guru
     1 year ago

    There are "Uber for moving" companies.  See if there is one available.  It's basically a way to rent a truck from a local truck owner.

    Uber for Moving, Get Help with Your Move!

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    DWang02
    105 Rider
     1 year ago

    Just rent a car from U-Haul.  They charge by the hour, and can be like $20.   

    or go to a local Home Depot.  They usually have a truck for rental.  Super easy to rent, and they charge like $18 plus mileage.

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    Bigfrank
    426 Rider Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    Given the current climate of tightwads ,I would not do the job  

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    Ghollingsworth
    52 Rider
     1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

    You should use Phlatbed, on-demand moving app, cheap, quick, easy. Basically Uber for moving. First time use you might need to familiarize yourself with it. Been using it and it's delivered everytime. I just used it at IKEA in New Haven Connecticut to move a Malm chest.

    1. Snap a pic
    2. Name your price
    3. Post your job

    It's been great so far. No Uber driver is going to fir a couch, chair, or table in their car. Uber drivers usually don't appreciate your large items. It's very rare to find an Uber or Lyft driver willing to help move your stuff....let alone junk removal. UberXL drivers are no different, it's about their vehicles, condition etc. If you look at how much an Uber / UberXL driver nets, then you have to ask yourself if $10/hr is worth moving your chesterfield couch for.

    I'm a regular Uber rider and trust me, I'd rather Phlatbed since that's the Apps sole focus....moving stuff when you need it on-demand.

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    AlexMartian
    18
     1 year ago

    I know someone who refused to pick up a passenger with furniture from IKEA, claiming that they only transport passengers, not items. 

    I get that it's annoying... but you're picking someone up at IKEA, you should expect that they have at least something to carry besides themselves. What's next, are drivers going to stop letting passengers travel with big suitcases?? I don't really see the difference here.

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    BehindTheName
    113 Rider
     1 year ago

    Can you ask a TaskRabbit?  or a local moving company.  They charge by the hour, so it's often not that bad.

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    HuhnHuhn
    127 Rider
     1 year ago

    Excuse the generalization but Uber and Lyft drivers are known to be a-holes,and they usually do not accommodate such request.  I have seen drivers who have denied wheelchairs of a disabled women before. (I was called as a backup.)

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      RedANT
      1073 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Uber drivers are only paid per mile/minute and are NOT insured as movers.  Not wanting to get stuck in an unprofitable ride that has the potential to damage your vehicle is a no brainer.  Many people moving things then assume that you're going to help them move large items.  My liability insurance doesn't cover vehicle damage from passenger items, not does it cover any injuries that may be incurred by moving items.  Do people tip?  Not usually.  Show me the incentive of doing this. 

      As far as denying wheelchair access, that's a totally different subject.  I had a lady on a pickup that assumed that I was going to get out of the car, help her get in, then load her wheelchair in the car.  She told me "The ADA requires it."  For some drivers that may not be an issue, but I'm a disabled veteran who needs a cane (I also have a walker thats prescribed but that I rarely use because it takes up the entire trunk) and it's dangerous for me to ...

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      Uber drivers are only paid per mile/minute and are NOT insured as movers.  Not wanting to get stuck in an unprofitable ride that has the potential to damage your vehicle is a no brainer.  Many people moving things then assume that you're going to help them move large items.  My liability insurance doesn't cover vehicle damage from passenger items, not does it cover any injuries that may be incurred by moving items.  Do people tip?  Not usually.  Show me the incentive of doing this. 

      As far as denying wheelchair access, that's a totally different subject.  I had a lady on a pickup that assumed that I was going to get out of the car, help her get in, then load her wheelchair in the car.  She told me "The ADA requires it."  For some drivers that may not be an issue, but I'm a disabled veteran who needs a cane (I also have a walker thats prescribed but that I rarely use because it takes up the entire trunk) and it's dangerous for me to stop on a busy street, load a disabled lady twice my weight, when such would put my safety in jepoardy.  Luckily the lady was understanding and cancelled/reordered, but some people would demand that I risk injury for that. 

      My safety comes before all else. 

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