Hi people! I just joined because I'm thinking of doing Lyft through the Express Hertz program in Portland, since I don't have a car. I hear the rental fees are waived when you complete 75 rides in a week. Who else has done it? Is there anything else I should know before starting? And approximately how many hours would it take to make 75 trips a week? (I know it depends on a bunch of factors, just want a ballpark figure).
Lyft with Express worth it?
I did the same exact plan in LA in 2016 before I purchased a car for UberX. I assume what you are considering is similar. It was like $210 a week for rental but they waive that if you reach 75 trips within a week. I remember it including mileage, standard maintenance, liability coverge, etc.
My advice? I don't know the deal now in Seattle, but make sure to look at the fineprints. There are clauses like:
- You have to maintain a 90% (?) acceptance rate. (I don't know if you do.) This can be tough, if you want to cherry pick your rids. Sometimes, depending on circumstances and the way you want to drive, it can be difficult. I am sure you will meet it, but it will take away a bit of freedom on how you will run your Uber-driving business. Just remember that.
- Hidden Fees: You have to put down a big deposit, and I believe they still charge fees and taxes, and they don't waive those. I remember having a bill even after completing 75 rides.
- Make sure liability insurance is included. Even if it is, remember that it's the bare minimum insurance Uber requires. (It basically only covers when you are driving passengers. If you are driving around looking for a fare, you won't be.) If you are driving 75 rides a week, I strongly suggest getting a rideshare insurance and comprehensive for your own car damage. ..and yes, that is yet additional expense.
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