Want to drive for Uber but don’t have a car? A new program from Fair can help you out. Senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur went out and rented a car from Fair for 10 weeks to test it out and today, he covers exactly what the Fair program is like for rideshare drivers and who it makes the most sense for.
- Fair’s New Program (available in these states: CA, GA, VA/Wash DC) – click here to download the Fair app and get your first week ($214 savings) free!
- Drivers in other states – click here to download the Fair App and get $100 off your Fair car rental (or enter code “RSG100” at checkout)
- Fair’s legacy program – has a $500 start-up fee – click here to download the Fair App and get $100 off your Fair car rental (or enter code “RSG100” at checkout)
Uber & Fair
Since my lease is coming to an end in a couple of months, I was eager to hear about Fair’s new program in California. Here is everything I think drivers need to know about Fair’s new rental program.
What is Fair’s Uber Car Rental Program?
Fair’s new car rental program allows you to pay one weekly price of $195 (plus taxes), with a $195 refundable deposit, for what you need for vehicle rental, including:
- unlimited mileage
- routine maintenance
- limited vehicle warranty
- roadside assistance
All of this – no start up fee!
Uber gives each Fair driver the opportunity to cover their entire weekly payment by completing just 90 trips in a week. You can also earn additional revenue if you complete 120 trips in a week:
- Drivers earn a reward of $195/week from Uber for 90 trips (***Thresholds are different in every city so this number may vary)
- Drivers earn a reward of $305/week from Uber for 120 trips
This Fair program is a lot better in my eyes than the original program Fair launched in CA which was more like a flexible lease and required a $500 start-up fee ($100 off with our affiliate code RSG100 though). That program had lower weekly payments but this new Fair car rental program has no start-up fee. And, with the new Uber offer you can earn rewards that you can use to offset the weekly car payment.
How Do You Get Started with Fair?
For the list of companies who Uber partners with visit the Vehicle Marketplace here.
In order to get started with the new Fair program, you will need to pay a refundable security deposit of $195, and your first week’s payment.
The rental term is one week, and you can automatically renew 3 times, for a 28-day rental period. You may initiate another month by resigning your contract in the app.
Don’t have a car to pick up your Fair rental vehicle? No problem! Drivers who don’t have access to a vehicle to pick up their Fair car at the designated Fair Station can reach out to Fair Concierge. Drivers can reach out via chatting in-app, emailing [email protected] or calling 833-387-6677. Fair Concierge will then arrange an Uber ride for the driver to pick up their Fair car.
Which Cars Are Included?
Fair has Fair Stations across California where you can select your car. You can make a reservation for a car using the Fair app, which you can download on your Apple or Android phone. The Getting Started screen looks like this:
Once in the app, you’ll select the Fair Station most convenient for you and the day and time period you want to pick up your car. Once you confirm your reservation and complete the transaction in the app, you’ll go to the designated Fair Station and get your car. You’ll choose your car from models that are available at the Fair Station that may include:
- Hyundai Sonata
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Corolla
- Hyundai Elantra
- Kia Soul
- Nissan Versa
- Honda CR-V
Fair’s inventory changes daily and many more makes/models may be offered, so make sure to check in constantly to find your ideal car. No matter which car you select, the price will be $195 per week.
No matter which car you select at the Fair Station, the price will be $195 per week (plus taxes).
How Does This Compare To Lyft’s Express Drive Program?
There are three factors favoring Fair’s Uber rental program over Lyft’s Express Drive program. First is car selection. Fair allows the driver to select his or her car from an assortment of cars available at the Fair Station. When I attended Lyft’s Express Drive presentation, a car would have been assigned to me. I did not have a choice, and most of the drivers were getting Chevrolet Malibus.
I like to choose my car. With Fair, I can. Second, we must look at the weekly price for a car. Lyft charges $219 for a car rental in San Francisco, which you can find on your Lyft app. Fair charges $195 for a car rental in San Francisco.
Lyft Weekly Car Rental Fee – $219
Fair’s Car Rental Fee – $195
Weekly Savings – $34
Per Year Savings (52 Weeks) – $1,768
Saving over $1,700 for your vehicle is hard to beat. But let’s look at the third factor, which is the bonus revenue Uber and Lyft make available. Let’s look at two markets, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and compare the minimum bonus available:
And with the Fair program, you can earn an additional $305 per week from Uber when you complete just 120 trips in the week.
The best Lyft offer I could find here in San Francisco is free car rental when you complete 155 trips.
Those are some very compelling reasons to consider Fair’s program over Lyft’s Express Drive program. It is important to note that when you participate in either Fair’s or Lyft’s program, you will no longer be eligible for the standard weekly bonuses offered by each company.
This means you will not be eligible for Uber’s Quest bonus nor Lyft’s Weekly Ride Challenge promotion. Now, let’s look at a few more questions you may have about this program.
Common Questions About The Fair Rental Program
How does the refundable deposit work?
The refundable deposit is a security deposit that will be charged to your payment method when signing your contract. It will carry over if you stay in the same car by extending, until you return it.
When you return your car, your deposit may be applied to any amounts owed to Fair, which can include past payments, damage or gas charges. Fair will email you a final bill showing the amount that will be refunded or any final charges outstanding. If you get a new car, you will need to submit a new security deposit.
What is the extend policy?
To extend your rental, you can sign a new contract every 28 days. If you keep the maintenance on your vehicle, you should be able to sign a new contract directly on your app. Otherwise, you may need to bring the car back to a Fair Station to extend. If you prefer to get a new car, simply return your car and the onsite representatives will help you get a new contract.
What is the return policy?
You can return the car by the 8th day of your contract if you do not want to extend your rental. The minimum use period is 7 days. If you do not return the car by the end of the 7 day period, it will auto-renew for another 7 days and we will automatically charge your weekly payment. If you return your car before the 7 day period is over, your weekly payment will not be prorated.
What is the renewal policy?
Your Fair car is on a 7-day auto-renewal for up to 3 renewals totaling 28 days. If you’d like to stay in the car beyond 28 days, you can sign a new contract directly in the Fair app (proof of maintenance may be required). If you do not wish to extend, simply bring your Fair car to the nearest Fair Station by no later than 12pm of the day after your contract ends (28 days).
If you do not return the vehicle as required, please note that Fair will have the right to recover the vehicle as allowed by law and the contract.
Are all Fair cars $195/week?
Yes, all Fair cars are $195/week (plus taxes) for Uber driver partners. This payment includes insurance, unlimited miles, roadside assistance, options to renew week-to-week, and routine maintenance.
What payment methods are accepted for the $195 refundable security deposit ?
With the new Fair Car rental program, there is no longer a Start Payment. All you need to get a Fair car to drive with Uber is the $195 refundable security deposit and first week’s payment. After that, you’ll just pay $195/week plus tax for your car. Credit card and debit card are accepted for both the refundable security deposit and weekly payment.
Can I participate in other Uber promotional offers?
As described above, Uber driver partners using Fair cars qualify for special rewards based on the trips they complete with Uber, however, they may not qualify to participate in other promotional offers such as Boost, Consecutive Trips, or other Quest promotions.
How do I return my car?
You can return your car at the same location that you picked it up from. Our opening hours are Mon-Fri 10:30AM – 4:30PM Sat-Sun 10:30AM-1:30PM Pacific-Time. To cancel the auto-renew, simply bring the car back to the Fair Station before noon on the 8th day (e.g. If you picked up on Monday, return it before noon the following Monday).
Where can I pick up my car?
Cars are available in multiple Fair Stations throughout California in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles Area, and San Diego. Check out the Fair Station where you can pick a car in the Fair app on your phone.
How can I pick up my car if I don’t have a car?
Drivers who don’t have access to a vehicle to pick up their Fair car at the designated Fair Station can reach out to Fair Concierge. Drivers can reach out via chatting in-app, emailing [email protected] or calling 866-579-1131. Fair Concierge will then arrange an Uber ride for the driver to pick up their Fair car.
Where is this program available?
Right now, the program is available in California. Fair stations are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles Area, and San Diego. Not in that area? That’s okay! Fair has options for drivers nationwide; learn more here.
Can someone use a Fair rental to drive for Lyft or a food delivery service?
Drivers who have opted into the Fair program in California for Uber drivers can use a vehicle for $195/week (plus tax) but per the Fair rental agreement are not eligible to drive with any other transportation network companies so long as they are under that Fair program.
If you drive for Uber, or you are thinking about driving for Uber, then this program should elicit some excitement. This program is particularly valuable to drivers who are on the road a lot as it offers unlimited miles.
If you drive your own car, you will have to consider how much car value you are losing to depreciation. This is the main reason I got started with a lease, which provided unlimited miles.
My final recommendation is to create a spreadsheet and look at all your options: purchase a car, Fair’s program, and Lyft’s Express Drive program. This is a financial decision and it helps to have all the figures in front of you before you make your final decision. We have some resources on how to calculate if owning or renting is a good decision for you here. Be safe out there.
Do you own or rent your rideshare vehicle? Does the Fair program sound like something you would be interested in?
-Jay @ RSG
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