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 covers a program from Fair that can get you on the road quickly.
I’ve been leasing a car from Uber since March 2016, back when the program was known as Xchange Leasing. But these days, the program is being run by a company called Fair and since my lease is coming to an end in a couple months, I was eager to hear about Fair’s new program in California. Here is everything drivers need to know about Uber’s new Fair rental program.
What is Fair’s Uber Car Rental Program?
Fair’s new car rental program allows you to pay one weekly price of $185 for everything 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 70 trips in a week. You can also earn additional revenue if you complete 120 trips in a week:
- Drivers earn a reward of $185/week from Uber for 70 trips
- Drivers earn a reward of $305/week from Uber for 120 trips
This program is a lot better in my eyes than the original program Fair launched with which was more like a flexible lease and required a $500 start-up fee ($100 off with our affiliate code RSG100 though). That program did have lower weekly payments but the new car rental program has no start-up fee and allows you to earn bonuses that can offset the car and then some.
How Do You Get Started with Fair?
For a full list of vehicle options, visit our Uber Vehicle Marketplace here.
In order to get started, you will need to pay a refundable security deposit of $185.
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.
If you don’t have a car or a ride you can actually reach out to the Fair Concierge team for a free Uber ride to pick up your car by emailing email@example.com or calling 833-387-6677.
Which Cars Are Included?
You can look for available cars 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 can preview cars. One advantage of the Fair program is the immediate guaranteed availability of cars. It’s easy to complete the whole transaction on your phone (in app). There are over 30 models available including:
- 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 $185 per week.
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. 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.
Lyft Weekly Car Rental Fee – $219
Fair Uber Car Rental Fee – $185
Weekly Savings with Uber – $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 on top of a free car rental 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 (and there is no bonus).
Those are some very compelling reasons to consider Fair’s Uber 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 bonus. 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 owing to Fair, which can include past payments, damage or gas charges (Fair will email you a final bill with 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 7th day period, it will auto-renew for another 7 days and they will automatically charge your weekly payment.
What is the renewal policy?
Your Fair car is on a 7-day auto-renewal for up to 3 renewals totaling 28 rental days. If you’d like to stay in the car past these 28 days, you can sign a new contract by bringing the car in for a quick inspection at your Fair Station.
Are all Fair cars $185/week?
Yes, all Fair cars are $185/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 $185 refundable security deposit ?
With the new California program, there is no longer a Start Payment. All you need to get a Fair car to drive with Uber is $185 for a refundable security deposit. After that, you’ll just pay $185/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?
Uber drivers with Fair cars qualify for special rewards based on the trips they complete with Uber. Specifically, they qualify for trip surge areas and for weekly rewards to earn on top of the fares as described here (regardless of Uber Pro tier), but 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 to the same location that you picked it up from. 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 San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Greater Area, Sacramento, and San Diego. Check out the Fair Station where you can pick up your car, on the car details pages when shopping 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 833-387-6677. 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, Los Angeles Greater Area, Sacramento, 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?
Fair and Uber have an exclusive partnership. This is what allows Fair to offer cars to drive with Uber for only $185/week including insurance, unlimited miles, roadside assistance, and basic routine maintenance.
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 full-time drivers 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 Uber 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?
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