You guys might have noticed me not posting in here AS much as normal, its simple I am not at home much anymore, I should get a tablet so I can post but most of my time is on my iphone watching videos while sitting in my Mirage waiting for a "ping" ride request.
I left my job as I became a number and not a person, I enjoy driving for uber part time so I figured when I was suspended for my last barcode scan at 10:56 when we are not allowed to leave the floor until 10:58 (very large distribution center) I told myself that was the last straw. I worked uber for the whole week I was suspended then put in my two weeks notice. I have been driving full time now for a month now. There are very few full time drivers in my market that can stay in business at times, its not always easy and I put in a ton of hours working, but 65% of those 60-70 hours im Just relaxing in my Mirage. My markets are far from my home, I'm kinda in the middle of 6 markets. Harrisburg is the easy 60Mph cruise control 50 miles, but its over saturated with drivers so I go to other cities like Allentown during the week 60 miles and State college 80 miles during friday and saturday. I put close to 600 miles a week maybe 700 some weeks. The average is about 46-47 currently with highway drive and uber combined, prius guys can edge me out easily 50mpg avg prius c, but cost per mile is what really matters and for newer cars the Mirage is unbeatable for uber. The spark is not allowed to uber because uber cars must seat 4 passengers + driver.
I'll be honest depending where your city is and your market, Uber may not be worth it. I make it work for me because I enjoy the job but stick shift is a bit of work for a taxi driver lol.
I am looking to put stock suspension in the front and the VW springs in the rear to add carrying capacity. It is very easy for me to overload the Mirage with passengers and I need to be able to increase my load capacity for the suspenion from 800lbs to 1000lbs. The prius c has 835lb capacity
I was involved in a accident as well when a 2007 accord drove into me while turning, she dented my fender, cracked my mirror, scuffed the door, tweaked my alignment-waiting for insurance to contact me.
I'm at almost 25K miles after one year, with uber full time I expect to see 75K miles by next year if I continue at this rate, but I will likely start looking for a dedicated uber car and save my Mirage as a backup. A Used CVT ES would be the best uber car if you have the cash. For me I'm looking for a 4 cylinder automatic 2006/2007 (car has to be 10 years or newer in PA) for $1500, I might go for stick if its price right.
I just made the switch to Eneos Sustina and my engine sounds like it did in the summer after 30 seconds, ticking time was reduced a good amount, being sustina is the thinnest 0w20 you can buy it should not be a surprise.
Ride share insurance is not available in PA.
The way uber works is you log in and your covered by your insurance, if you get into a accident you can't tell them you were ubering because they will not cover you. If you accept a trip your fully covered by uber with 1,000 deductible if its your fault, the same coverage follows after you pick up passengers. Once they are dropped off and trip ended your covered by your insurance. Ride share insurance is only offered in 5 states I believe and mine is not one of them,your insurance provider may have some insight if you call and ask about doing uber, I never did and just don't admit to driving uber.
How much $? I average $9 a hour after expenses. Yes its not very good but its super easy work and most of the time I'm sitting around, plus I work when I want to and get to meet new people constantly. 65% of uber drivers are part time drivers, in some large cities and in cities with special events driving for uber can make the $9 a hour go out the window. I've made over $500 in 12 hours driving for uber. I've had local drivers make $1500 in 3 days, every 10 I figure 6 after expenses= $500= $300 take home NET, $25 hour NET after taxes,gas, upkeep, depreciation, phone, ect.
If you fall on hard times its good to be signed up with uber in advanced (Background check takes 3-10 days) if this is something you might want to do, PM me if want to sign up, I can set us both up with referral bonus $ as well as guide you through things. If your bored on Saturday nights and want to meet people and make $ uber is also good, but do not bank on uber as a full time, I do it because I enjoy it, not because it pays good full time lol.
I feel like I just did a sales pitch for uber lol its not great but it is fun and pays my bills as well as gives me time behind the wheel.
2014 ES F5MBD aka 5MT. I am a full time Uber driver, if you want to drive for uber DO not sign up without my referral code for a bonus
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 44.8 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 53.9 mpg (Imp)