Did the rental companies have a program for ride share driver's

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Went to look at the Hertz rental car lot. I noticed quite a few cars with Lyft and Uber stickers on them . Did the rental companies have a program that provided them cars?
 
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Originally Posted by mclasser
I believe Lyft has a rental program. From what I've heard, it's basically indentured servitude for the drivers.
I heard at one point it was like $400 a month but that included mileage and you weren't locked into a long term lease. The ones sitting on the lot may be the drivers that got out after not making enough money. I also heard that there was a reason some drivers didn't have cars and the accident/loss rate was higher with those drivers so those programs may just be winding down which may also explain the cars on the lot.
 
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Lyft has a deal in place with Hertz, but they also have something called Express Drive. You pay Lyft $200/week, you get a car with maintenance and insurance included. There's a Lyft Express Drive/Rental depot in my town and I've seen mostly Hyundai Elantra/Sonata there. Uber works with Enterprise but they have a similar plan with Fair - get a car on Fair as an Uber driver, pay $200/week. You get some flexibility on cars, I've been in Fords, Nissans and Hyundais from Fair as a passenger. Same deal - maintenance through Pep Boys/Aamco and insurance provided. Lots of Uber/Lyft drivers don't have good credit - most of them bought new cars on subprime notes. The local Toyota dealers here were wheeling and dealing on Prii and used cars for Uber drivers.
 
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My local Hertz does this, they've told me the cars for Lyft are units no longer being rented normally, being used a bit longer before being sold.
 
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most of the ones i saw were 2017 elantras with 80 -85k miles. the insides were pretty dirty . seems like the cars came back and the lot did not even bother to clean them before they put them out for sale.
 
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There was an article on Bloomberg or Forbes saying the best/only way an Uber driver can make money is to buy a 2nd gen 2004-2009 Prius instead of the $200/week rentals. But a Prius is a time bomb when 150K rolls around - battery pack, brake actuator and on the 3rd gen 2010-2015 models head gaskets. With the money a driver saves instead of leasing a car, that money could be pocketed into a fund to replace two of those things. However, in some cities, you have to get commercial insurance(or a TNC rider on your personal policy) and a business permit to be legit.
 
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