One of the very best things about becoming an Uber driver is the fact that you do not, necessarily, have to purchase a brand new car that’s worth a ton of money.
In fact, it is often possible for you to make do with your own personal vehicle, which can save a hefty bit of cash and can minimize all of the bothersome procedures involved in buying a new vehicle.
However, many people will get their heart set on the idea of using their own car as their Uber vehicle, only to find out at the last minute that their car is not acceptable to be used as a Uber car.
An even worse situation would be if you went ahead and purchased a brand new, expensive car and later found out that it did not meet the qualifications that Uber requires all vehicles to meet. In this situation, you would have forked over a lot of money for nothing.
To prevent these bothersome problems, we will go over 23 reasons why your car may not be accepted to be used as a Uber car. Note- each city’s requirements are a little different, but in general the list below is applicable to most cities across the globe.
1 – Your car is too old
The first reason might be that the vehicle in question is too old. In most cities, Uber vehicles are required to be at most 10 years old (year 2006 or newer). There are some areas where older models are permitted, but the general guideline is 2006 or newer. If your car is a model from an older year, it probably will not be accepted to be used as your Uber vehicle.
2 – Your car doesn’t comfortably seat 4 or more passengers
The next reason for your car being out of the question as an Uber car (at least for UberX in most cities) is that it might not comfortably seat 4 or more passengers. Uber’s requirements (UberX car requirements) in most cities clearly state that your car needs to comfortably seat at least 4 passengers.
3 – Your car failed a vehicle inspection
Another reason why your car might be unsuitable to be an Uber vehicle is that it might have failed a vehicle inspection. If your vehicle does not pass the inspection, it cannot be used. (for cities where vehicle inspections are required).
4 – Your insurance paperwork doesn’t have your full name
A mistake that prevents many people’s cars from being usable as an Uber vehicle is the fact that they do not have their full name on the insurance for the car. Although this may not seem like a big deal, Uber will not accept your vehicle on their platform.
5 – You have external dents, or badly done body work to your car
The fifth reason why your car can not be used for Uber might be that it has some visible external dent(s). A small scratch or two here and there should not be an issue, but large dents or anything hideous may cause Uber to reject your vehicle.
6 – Your car is a marked vehicle (e.g. – with Taxi markings)
The next possible cause for your car not being accepted is that it is a marked vehicle e.g. a car that was used as a taxi. These types of vehicles will instantly (or eventually) be rejected by Uber, so keep that in mind. (This is not applicable to cars being considered for UberTaxi).
7 – Your car title is not clean (salvage titles)
The seventh reason why your vehicle might not be accepted is that it might be a rebuilt or salvaged vehicle. This means that it was rebuilt using parts from other cars, after a major accident (and then re-titled).
When it comes to vehicles for specific Uber services, there are a number of possible causes for your car not being accepted, which we shall get into below:
8 – UberXL vehicles need to seat at least 6 people
For UberXL, your car will not be usable unless it can seat at least 6 people.
9 – UberPlus vehicles need to be luxury vehicles
For the UberPlus service, your car will not be accepted if it is not a luxury model. Per Uber “You can expect pickups from BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Classes and Audi A4s, among others.” with the UberPlus service. As a rule of thumb, Uber Plus cars are nicer than UberX cars, but not as nice as the Uber Black cars.
10 – UberBlack vehicles need to be luxury vehicles
For UberBLACK, your car will not be accepted unless it is painted black and has a black, grey or beige leather interior.
11 – For UberBlack – the age of your vehicle
Your UberBlack car may also be rejected if it is not a model from the year 2012 or newer (as at 2015).
12 – UberBlack cars need commercial insurance & registration
If your car does not have commercial registration and insurance, Uber may not accept it for UberBLACK. (This is not true for all cities, but is a general rule of thumb).
13 – UberBlack cars without livery permits (including airport permits)
In addition to this, a vehicle without the necessary livery permits (including airport permits) will be rejected as an UberBLACK car. (This is not true for all cities, but is a general rule of thumb).
14 – UberLUX cars older than 2012 will not be accepted
For UberLUX, your car will not be accepted unless it is a full-size, high-end vehicle. If it is a model older than 2012, it will not be accepted. Per Uber, “[For UberLux,] riders [get] picked up in luxury vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Mercedes Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series, and ferried around the city by Uber’s ‘highest driver-partners’.”
15 – Your car doesn’t have in-state plates
The fifteenth possible cause of your car not being accepted is that it does not have in-state plates or commercial plates with a current registration.
16 – Your car is not on the uber approved list of vehicles
Another thing to be aware of is that the Uber has a list of all the vehicles they accept (for some cities). If your vehicle is not on the list, that may be the reason for it not being accepted.
17 – The interior of your car has damage
Damage to the interior of the car, e.g. the seats may be a reason for your car being rejected as well.
18 – Chipped paint on your car’s exterior
Chipped paint can also be a factor causing Uber to reject your car.
19 – Your car is not comfortable (UberBlack, UberPlus, and UberSUV)
For higher end Uber services, in particular, the car is required to be comfortable. If it is not deemed comfortable, there is a chance of it not being accepted.
20 – Too many accidents
Another possible reason your car could be rejected from Uber is that your vehicle has been involved in numerous car accidents. In this case, it may not be considered safe and may be rejected.
21– Missing drivers documents
If your driver’s documents are incomplete or insufficient, your car may also be rejected by Uber.
22– Car Features not working
Poorly functioning features of the car are a definite no-no and will cause eventual rejection. For example, if a passenger gets in the car, and upon ending the trip, he/she cannot get out of the vehicle, except you open the door from the outside.
23– You do not qualify as an UberX driver
Lastly, if you as a driver do not qualify to drive for Uber (for UberX accounts), it is a given that your vehicle will be rejected.
Now that you are informed about why your car may be rejected, choose your vehicle wisely and get to driving!
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