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Why do Uber cars smell so badly?

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ClancyJones
71 Rider
 Posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I never had this trouble with taxi drivers before.  What's with the smell?  I don't take it that often, maybe once or twice a month, but when I do, man, it smells.  I feel like it's trying to cover up something and what comes out on the other end is just a horrific unidentifiable smell.

BTW, I do appreciate the attempt with the air freshener.  Please NEVER choose fruity ones.

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    Wes
    1600 Rider Driver
     2 years ago

    One of the things I try to do after every passenger is roll down both front windows even if only for a minute or two and air out the car.  It's surprising how many odors arrive with passengers - everything from the food they just cooked or the booze they just drank, along with the strong smell of pot, espeically if they're carrying a bag and it's (apparentlyl) not sealed well.  And there's the late night Taco Bell customers on their way home from the bars...  oh that smells SO good, until it DOESN'T!!!  LOL

    And many drivers also do UberEats, so that adds to the overall mix. 

    Nothing fixes it like fresh air and plenty of it, so unless it's raining I routinely air out the car after every customer and I'd guess at least 50% of my passengers comment on "how good" the car smells.

    My trick is to keep a big ziplock bag with a cloth that is soaked in Fabulouso cleaner under the passenger seat.  IT'S Magic!!!  Smells SO clean and gets lots of comments.  Most folks think its the little air freshners in the vents, but those are actually not opened!  LOL

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      SyedAli
      237 Driver
       2 years ago

      That is a nice trick to keep that ziplock bag.  I actually do something similar, which is to keep one of those disposal Lysol Wipes next to me, and wipe down the seats.  Some people mentioned I am trying too hard, but it really doesnt' take that long to to quickly wipe down the seats.  Like 12 seconds!  

      and it really does help with the smell.  It's a bit disgusting to think about, but it's amazing how much smell rubs off from people clothes and skin on the seat.  Quick wipe-down takes care of it.

      Dirt cheap at BJs and Costco.  Like $10 for a four huge tubes.  Lasts a few months.

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    RedANT
    1069 Rider Driver
     2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

    Possibly the risidual odor from the previous passenger. embarassed  Sometimes it's the smell of passengers who threw up in the car the night before.  Sometimes it's the smell of a greasy UberEats delivery just before you were picked up.  Sometimes it's the stench of the wet "service dog" that the driver was forced to transport.  Usually its a mixture of all the above. 

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      SyedAli
      237 Driver
       2 years ago

      That's exactly why I don't do UberEATS.  I have heard people complain about certain foods, especially Indian food. That smell just does NOT go away.  Even after the air-out and a wipe-down.  I think the fabric absorbs it or something.

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      Bigfrank
      442 Driver Driver Rider
       2 years ago

      Why is it that many Millennials smell like ass cheese

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    Bigfrank
    442 Driver Driver Rider
     2 years ago

    It could be two things :  Ass cheese coming from you and/ or the driver or just from  the driver has to work like a slave for low rates and no tips.