Monday, August 22, 2016

Uber Car Requirements for Uber X, XL, SUV, BLACK 2016


Uber SUV Requirements

Want to be an Uber driver, but you do not know if your vehicle meets the requirements needed for it to be considered an Uber car? Did you know that the Uber X, Uber PLUS, and the Uber XL allow the use of a personal vehicle and no commercial licensing, nor insurance is required? As long as your car meets a basic criteria.

If you are interested in driving a Uber Black, Uber LUX, or a Uber SUV, there are several strict standards a vehicle has to meet. Below you will find the the Uber SUV requirements, Uber LUX requirements, and the Uber BLACK requirement criteria and more. Driving for Uber will help you raise some additional cash this summer.

The following is a list of the basic requirements that is needed in order to use your vehicle as an Uber car:


The Uber car requirements:

Uber Black car requirements:


Let's get started with the Uber car requirements.

The Uber car requirements:

There are different requirements for each of the Uber car types. There is the Uber X car type, it is the most common Uber service and it accepts cars with four doors if they fall within a certain age. "Whereas, the Uber BLACK car services will only accept vehicles of a certain type.

These basic requirements are for all Uber drivers, regardless of their age or which service they are driving for:
  • An Uber driver will have to pass a background check.
  • An Uber driver needs an in-state Driver’s License.
  • An Uber driver will have to have a clean Driver’s License.
  • An Uber driver needs three years of driving experience.
  • An Uber driver must be twenty-one years of age.
The following information is to give those interested as much information as possible on the requirements of a Uber driver, continue reading if you are one of them.
Below you will find a list of requirements for each of the Uber car services:

Uber X Car Requirements:

Uber X is the lowest costing service car offered by the Uber Company. Nearly any vehicle that is the year 2006 or newer is going to qualify for this Uber car service type. Statistics show that most of the requested rides on the market will be for the Uber X service.

The Uber vehicle must be a four door sedan with seats for four or more passengers, not including the driver.

Here are the requirements for the Uber X vehicles: 

Vehicle must seat up to four passengers, this does not include the driver.

Vehicle must be ten years old or newer (The year 2006 or newer) for most cities.


Uber X Exceptions

There are exceptions, a 15 year old vehicle (The year of 2000 or newer) is allowed in the following states: Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco.


Examples of the vehicles that can be used for a Uber car:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Accord
  • Mazda 3 & Mazda 6
  • Toyota Camry & Corolla
  • Ford Focus
  • Nissan Altima
  • Ford F-150
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Honda Civic
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Cruz
  • Chevrolet Cobalt
You Must currently drive a vehicle that is 2000 or newer (the year of the vehicle requirement can vary in each state, but currently, the year 2000 still stands).
  • NYC-201
  • Chicago - 2001
  • Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - 2007 (with one-hundred mile or less)
  • Some cities require the vehicle to be 2005 or newer
  • There must be in-state automobile insurance on the vehicle
  • There must be in-state tags on the vehicle
  • There must be a current registration on the vehicle
  • Must be unmarked, taxi, and salvaged vehicles
  • Vehicle must pass the given Uber Vehicle Inspection

The Uber XL car requirements:

The Uber vehicle must be a four door sedan with seats for six or more passengers, not including the driver.
This type of service is used when there are going to be a rather large groups consisting of five to six passengers. The rates for the fare is higher than it is for the Uber X. So naturally, one is going to make a little more money driving the XL than those driving the X.

Vehicle requirements for the Uber XL:

  • Vehicle must seat up to six passengers, does not include the driver.
  • Vehicle must be the year 2006 or newer.

Example of cars used for the Uber XL:

  • GMC Acadia
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Dodge caravan
  • Ford Explorer
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Ford Expedition
  • Honda Pilot
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Dodge Durango
  • Chevrolet Suburban
Must currently drive a vehicle that is 2000 or newer (the year of the vehicle requirement can vary in each state, but currently, the year 2000 still stands).
  • NYC-2011
  • Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - 2007 (with one-hundred mile or less)
  • Chicago - 2001
  • Some cities require the vehicle to be 2005 or newer
  • There must be in-state automobile insurance on the vehicle
  • There must be in-state tags on the vehicle
  • There must be a current registration on the vehicle
  • Must be unmarked, taxi, and salvaged vehicles
  • Vehicle must pass the given Uber Vehicle Inspection

The Uber PLUS Car Requirements:

The Uber PLUS is better known as the Uber SELECT, in the markets, this type of Uber are only available in select cities. The Uber vehicle must be a four door luxury sedan, with seating for five or more passengers, not including the driver.
  • Must have a vehicle that is 2007 or newer
  • Have leather interior
  • There must be in-state automobile insurance on the vehicle
  • There must be in-state tags on the vehicle
  • There must be a current registration on the vehicle
  • Must be unmarked, taxi, and salvaged vehicles
  • Vehicle must passed the given Uber Vehicle Inspection
  • Vehicle must pass an Uber vehicle inspection

Here is a list of vehicles approved for Uber PLUS:

  • Acura: RLX, TLX, TL, RDX, ILX
  • Audi: Q3 Q5 Q7, S3, S4, S6 and A3 though A8 models.
  • BMW: X1, X3, X4, X5,X6 and 3-series, 5-series, 7-series.
  • Cadillac: CTS, ATS, SRX, DTS, XTS.
  • Chrysler: 300 series.
  • Hummer: H3.
  • Hyundai: Equus and Genesis.
  • Infiniti: FX, EX, JX, G, Q, M, QX70, QX50.
  • Jaguar: XJ and XF.
  • Kia: K900.
  • Land Rover: Range Rover.
  • Lexus: OS, ES, RX, NX, GX, GS, LS.
  • Lincoln: MKS, MKT, MKX, MKC, MKZ and Town Car.
  • Mercedes-Benz: GLK-Class, S-Class, E-Class, C-Class, G-Class, R-Class and M-Class.
  • Porsche: Panamera, Cayenne and Macan.
  • Tesla: Model S.
  • Volvo: X90, S60, S80. 
*Uber also accepts both, the Uber LUX car and the Uber BLACK car. Source: Uber

What is the Uber BLACK car? 

A professional chauffeur service, that is what Uber BLACK is. Anyone interested in driving for Uber BLACK would have to meet all the requirements for the Uber BLACK car, and the requirements are much more stricter than they are for the Uber X. In fact, only certain cars will be accepted.

Furthermore, all of the Uber BLACK chauffeur services have to meet the requirements to be a chauffeur. They must have proof that shows they have commercial automobile insurance, an airport permit, and a TCP.

The difference in the Uber types such as the Uber BLACK car is the cost of the fare. The fare for the Uber BLACK is higher than the other types of cars, compare $3.55 per mile and $0.45 per minute plus there is an $8.00 additional base fare. whereas, the Uber X fares are only $1.00 per mile and $0.18 per minute, without a base fare. This is more or less self explanatory, the Uber BLACK driver is going to make more money than a Uber X driver.

The Uber BLACK & the Uber SUV:

This is the Uber car service that holds the highest driver standards and the highest vehicle standards. It is a high end and high cost Uber Service

Requirements for the Uber BLACK car:

  • One must possess commercial automobile insurance, an airport permit, and a TCP.
  • The vehicle for this Uber service must be Black on Black and in perfect condition, with a Black leather interior.
  • It must be the year 2012 or newer.
  • It must have Commercial automobile insurance and a commercial registration.
  • This vehicle must a specific city airport permit. (When it is required)
Relate Materials:
You can learn even more about the Uber Black driver requirements.

The following criteria must be met:

  • Must be a full size SUV, Sedan, or a crossover SUV
  • Must have Black interior
  • Must be in great condition
  • Must be at leas a 2012 or newer
  • Must have four doors
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection

Here are the types of Uber BLACK cars:

  • The Uber BLACK car type: 
This one stands out from the others, it is our traditional color of black, it is our Luxury Sedan.
  • The Uber SUV car type: 
This one is the larger version of an SUV, the regular size SUVs have room to accommodate up to four passengers, however, this version seats up to six passengers.
  • The Uber LUX car type:
This is our High-End version Uber car, this type will only be found in a few select cities.

Here is a list of the approved vehicles for Uber Black:

  • Mercedes-Benz: E-Class 
  • Lexus: GS 
  • Jaguar: XF
  • Infiniti: Q70
  • Cadillac: XTS
  • BMW: 5 Series
  • Audi: A7 & A6.
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Infiniti QX80
  • Lexus LX
  • Mercedes GL-Class

*Uber LUX vehicles accepted.

Sources: Uber

Requirements for the Uber SUV:

Must have an airport permit (in some cities), must have commercial automobile insurance, must have a TCP.
  • Vehicle must meet the following criteria:.
  • Must be in great condition
  • Must have black interior
  • Must have black exterior
  • Must be a full-size SUV
  • Must comfortably seat six +passengers
  • Must be a 2012 year or newer
  • Must be a four door vehicle
  • Vehicle must pass the Uber vehicle inspection

Approve vehicles for the Uber SUV:

GMC: Yukon XL
Lexus: LX
Cadillac: Escalade ESV
Mercedes-Benz: GL-Class
Chevrolet: Suburban
Infiniti: QX56, QX80

Source: Uber

Requirements for the Uber LUX:

(In select cities only) Must have an airport permit for most cities, a TCP, and commercial automobile insurance. This is Uber's Luxury Service car and will only accept the best luxury brands.

To be considered for a luxury brand vehicle for the Uber LUX car service: Vehicle must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be in great condition
  • Must have black interior
  • Must have black exterior
  • Must be a full size luxury vehicle.
  • Must be a crossover SUV, Sedan, or a full-size SUV
  • Must comfortably seat up to four passengers
  • Must have four doors
  • Must be at least a 2010 or newer
  • Must pass a Uber's vehicle inspection

Here is a list of approved Uber LUX vehicles:

BMW: 7-series
Audi: A8
Jaguar: XJ
Lexus: LS
Land Rover: Range Rover
Mercedes-Benz: G-Class & S-Class
Tesla: Model S
Porsche: Panamera
Maybach: All four door
Bentley: All four door

*This type is only available in the Los Angeles area.

Examples of the vehicles used for the Uber LUX car service:

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • BMW 7-Series
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Audi A8
  • Tesla Model S
  • Range Rover

Requirements for Uber Select Car:

This type of Uber car service lets riders feel a little luxury as the vehicle has a very nice leather interior. This Uber car service type was once known as the Uber PLUS. the following gives the vehicle requirements.

Here are the vehicle requirements for Uber Select:

  • Vehicle must be a year 2007 or newer.
  • Considered an entry level luxury sedan.
  • Must have leather interior.
  • Must seat up to four passengers, does not include the driver.
*This Uber type of car service is not available in all locations.

Examples of the vehicles used for the Uber Select services:

  • BMW3 3-Series & up
  • Audi A3 & up
  • Mercedes C-Class & up
  • All Lincolns
  • Acura
  • Volvo S60
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Cadillac
  • All Infiniti's

Examples of vehicles used for the Uber Select car service:

  • BMW 5-Series & 7-Series
  • Audi A6, A7, A8
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class & S-Class
  • Tesla Model S
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Jaguar XF & XJ
  • Cadillac XTS

Does your vehicles meet with the requirements to be a Uber driver?

The most common question we have been asked "Will my vehicle meet the requirements to be a Uber driver?" If you are interested and being a Uber driver, but would like to know if your own vehicle can be used, the first and foremost thing for you to do would be to review all of the requirements to know if your vehicle would meet with the requirements, all of the requirements under the specific type of Uber driver you are interested in would have to be met. If your vehicles appears to qualify under one of the driver types the next thing to do is to follow the referral link and apply.

Most of the requirements of a Uber driver are compiled below. It also includes some example cars to give a better understanding of what our requirements mean. Each of the Uber markets requirements would vary a little and can change without notice. Also, the final decision on hiring is entirely up to our company.

This is meant to be a guide in the requirements of an Uber driver and an Uber drivers vehicle requirements. If interested in driving for Uber and you feel your vehicle qualifies, the next step is for you to apply. It doesn't take long for you to find out.

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Is it feasible to rent, lease, or purchase a vehicle to drive for Uber?

Requirements of the Uber driver.

The general requirements of a Uber vehicle. These requirements are consistent with all of the Uber Services:
  • The vehicle used for the Uber driving services must at least ten years of age or newer (the year 2006 model). (SEE THE EXCEPTIONS BELOW)
  • The vehicle used for the Uber driving services must be a four door minivan or truck and may be a Manual or Standard transmission.
  • Appearance should not contain any major damage.
  • The vehicles automobile insurance must contain the drivers full name.
  • All drivers of the Uber driving services must pass a routing background check. (SEE HERE)

Restrictions of a Uber driver's vehicle.

The following vehicles do not qualify for any of the Uber driving services:
  • Full size van's, such as the Ford E series, Ford Tranzit, and the GMC Savana cannot drive for Uber.
  • Vehicles that have been previously marked, such as a taxis.
  • No rebuilt or salvaged vehicles, a vehicle cannot have a salvage title.

Should the vehicle qualify for more than one of the services we offer, you will receive ride requests from both (All)?

An Uber XL driver is apt to receive requests for both, the Uber X and the Uber XL riders due to a default unless Uber has been previously asked by the driver not to send the XL requests. The Uber XL's pay rate is higher than that of the Uber X although, the rider demand is exceptionally lower. And that is the reason that most Uber X drivers will choose to except both. The same thing occurs with the Uber Select and the Uber X, Select will receive the Uber X unless you request not to receive them.

How do I know for sure if my car qualifies or not?

One sure fire way of knowing whether or not your vehicles qualifies would be to apply for the position of one of the Uber drivers. Once you have provided the needed information regarding your vehicle Uber will take it a step further and let you know if there is any point in going to the next step. If your vehicle has qualified, Uber will let you know that you will need to go ahead and get your vehicle inspection taken care of.

If you pass your vehicle inspection and you also pass your background check you will then be cleared to drive for the Uber chauffeur Services.

(Notice: The Uber Company holds the right to change requirements, restrictions, policies, rules, regulations, and guidelines at any time)

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