If you want to become a rideshare driver — particularly for Uber, you need to make sure your car qualifies. Also, your car needs to pass the Uber vehicle inspection.
A common requirement is for your ride to be a four-door vehicle unless you are only doing Uber eats. The age of the vehicle varies from state to state. In Atlanta for example, your car needs to be at least a 2004 model or newer in most cities. On the other hand, New York requires Uber vehicles to be at least a 2006 model. In D.C., it has to be a 2009 model or newer.
For Uber Black, your car needs to be less than five years old. Once you sign up and get approved, they will ask you to go and get an Uber vehicle inspection. When you passed that, you could start driving for Uber. Keep in mind, however, that you should take your ride for a vehicle inspection yearly.
Another important requirement is for the car not to have a salvaged title, indicating that it had serious damage and gone through intensive repair. A salvaged title also means an insurance company has written off the car.
Where Do I Go for an Uber Vehicle Inspection?
If you live in or near a large city, there is probably an Uber Greenlight Hub near you. To find the nearest one, go into the help section of the app and simply type in ‘inspection.’
You can make an appointment with them through the app or simply show up and take your chances. The inspections typically range from $20 to $40 dollars.
I have found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. You can ask questions while you’re there and pick up extra decals if you want some.
These days, they typically do the inspection with a digital form that they access through a tablet. They go through each point and determine whether your car meets the requirement or not.
After you pass the Uber vehicle inspection, they will upload it to your account saving you a step or two. Typically, you get the results within 24 hours.
If you drive for another rideshare/delivery service that also requires an inspection, you can ask them to do it on paper so you will have a hard copy to take with you. As the inspections are quite similar, you should be good to use them for different platforms. Consequently, this will save you time and money as you won’t have to do the process multiple times.
Finding an Inspection Center
If there is no hub conveniently located near you, you could try stores or garages that Uber has approved for vehicle inspection.
Third-Party Inspection Facility
Sears often have them in their auto department. But it’s bests to call them first to verify. The inspection will cost you about twenty dollars or more. In some areas, however, you may find companies that will come to you to perform the inspection. This type of service is usually more expensive as you’re actually paying for convenience. They also probably do not operate in smaller towns and cities.
The third option is to get a Virtual Inspection. There are several companies that offer this type of service so you could do the inspection anywhere. You simply have to connect with the company via a video chat using your smartphone.
Together, you and the inspector will inspect each of the 19 areas included in the checklist. They will ask you precise questions and guide you through the process. You conveniently pay for the service through their website and they will email you a copy to print out and upload. It is as easy as that!
Filling Out the Uber Vehicle Inspection Form
The Uber vehicle inspection is a 19-point inspection process. I recommend printing out a few copies of the form so you could check each item off yourself. Having a buddy with you makes the process easier and more convenient. They could help to check reversing lights and other items that require you to be in your vehicle.
The 19-point inspection is great for any vehicle on the road — not just those used for rideshare. It catches problems and safety concerns before they morph into an even bigger issue.
The 19-Point Uber Vehicle Inspection Checklist
Most of these are self-explanatory. If you’ve been driving for a while and have owned a vehicle, you won’t have problems with this list.
- Headlights/High Beams
- Tail-lights/ Reversing Lights
- Turn indicator lights
- Braking lights
- Foot brakes
- Emergency/parking brake
- Steering mechanism
- Windshield- no large cracks (small ones might get permitted)
- Front, rear and side window
- Front seat adjustment mechanism
- Door controls (open, close, lock)
- Body condition/damage
- Muffler and exhaust system
- Condition of tires, including tread depth
- Interior and exterior rearview mirrors
- Safety belts for driver and passengers- correct amount and easy to use.
The best way to check your tires is with a penny. Insert one in the grooves in the direction of Lincolns head. If you can see all of the head, then your tires will need replacing. The inspector will check each tire and make a note on the form. It is a straight fail/pass test with no in-between.
Cleaning Your Car Before the Inspection
Before going to an Uber vehicle inspection, I recommend cleaning your car inside-out. A dirty vehicle will earn you zero favors from the examiner.
Other factors could also affect the result if your vehicle inspection and disqualify it from becoming a rideshare car. Your car shouldn’t have large adverts’ or be in a body wrap. Furthermore, taxi-style paint, a tatty interior with stained seats, and cracked doors are disqualifying factors. Illegal window tinting (varies state to state), heavy paint oxidization, a loud modified exhaust, noticeable add-on accessories, non-factory seatbelts or significant body dents are also some of the things you need to consider. Additionally, Crown Victoria’s are not accepted due to their association with police and highway patrol vehicles.
How Long Does It Take?
Depending on how busy the inspection hub is, the process could take at least 15 minutes and anywhere up to 45 minutes.
View this post on Instagram
A good inspector will grab the keys and start the vehicle up and test out the brakes and steering for themselves. Other times, they have you sit in the driver’s seat and they systematically ask you to push on the brake pedal, roll up and down the windows, etc.
What if I Fail?
If you missed anything and your car failed the inspection, take care of the issue that the inspector raised, then repeat the process. Did you have the inspection at a mechanic’s shop or at a Jiffy Lube? They will probably be happy to repair any problems for you for the usual price.
These inspections are important for you and your passengers. It’s essential to take care of any problems that the inspector found in your vehicle as soon as you can. Remember, you cannot drive without a valid inspection. Schedule for a vehicle inspection 30 days before your certification expires.
What Do I Do After I Pass the Uber Vehicle Inspection?
If you get every item ticked off with a pass, the inspector will sign and date the form with his individual number. Then, you simply take a clear photograph of the form and upload it in the Uber app.
To do this, go to your Uber account on your phone and click your account in the upper right-hand corner. Hit documents and you will see your license, insurance, and inspection. You merely click on that box and it will prompt you to upload an image or take a photograph of your form- and then you are sorted!
Uber generally approves submissions within 24 hours. They will notify you with a text and an email. You will also receive a notification through the app. If you are a new driver and have passed the background check, you are also good to go and ready to earn money!
Assuming your car qualifies both by model and year and is in decent condition, then getting an inspection is absolutely nothing to stress over. My experience with Uber vehicle inspection has been a positive one, with everyone being friendly and helpful as I go through the process. If you are at a hub, take it as an opportunity to meet your fellow drivers and listen to their experiences on the road. It’s also your chance to ask questions, such as “should you have a tip jar or rating sign in your car?”
If you’re not done with your inspection yet- what are you waiting for?