All Uber and Lyft drivers have to have their cars inspected in order to be qualified to drive, which can be a hassle and cost drivers money. But what if you could get both inspections (for Uber and Lyft) for free? Senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur shows us how drivers can get free inspections for both Uber and Lyft – in half the time.
When you first sign up with Uber and/or Lyft, you will have to bring your car in and pass a 19-point inspection. Both companies require an inspection to ensure your car is both safe and capable of delivering a comfortable and pleasant ride.
Once you pass, your car is good for one year. But at your one-year anniversary, and every year after that, you will have to go through the inspection process to re-confirm that your car is road ready. This article will share the details of how I was able to save both time and money during the process. It all started with this email:
In addition to an email, both Uber and Lyft will begin to remind you daily of your required inspection through their respective apps. Don’t worry, you will know when it is time to have your car inspected!
Uber Greenlight Center
There are a few places you can go to get your car inspected. The first is one of Uber Greenlight locations. This has been my go to spot for inspections in the past.
Uber does not charge for the inspections, and the inspection time from entering to departing has been less than 30 minutes. You can visit the Uber website to find your closest local Greenlight location. On the website, go to Help and then type in Greenlight and hit enter. Then click on Greenlight locations and you will get a map of your area like this:
There are two other options for you if you don’t want to go to a Greenlight Hub. They aren’t free but they may be more convenient – especially the virtual option with Rideshare Mechanic below.
Use Your Own Mechanic
Both Uber and Lyft provide a list of mechanics which are authorized to do these inspections. You can Google “authorized Uber inspection sites” and you will get to this page which provide a downloadable form and details about authorized mechanics.
You can get Lyft’s information from their website as well. Go to Help and type in Vehicle Inspection and you will get to this page:
And you can click on the link to find the local hub locations:
Rideshare Mechanic – Virtual Inspection
The third option is to use a virtual inspection service. Yes you heard me right! These services will do the inspection via video chat, walking around your car with your phone so that a mechanic can see your car. The mechanic can then email you a completed form that you can upload to both Uber and Lyft. Again, there is a fee for this service but it’s by far the most convenient!
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It will save you time if you make sure all aspects of your vehicle are working before getting your car inspected. Here is the downloaded Uber inspection form which you can use as a checklist prior to getting your car inspected:
And here is Lyft’s form which you can download from their website:
Although the formats are a bit different, they both cover the same inspection points. In preparation, make sure all your light bulbs are working. Update your wipers as necessary. One year, my rear windshield wiper was very worn out and the inspector failed me. I then drove to an auto parts store, bought and installed a new wiper blade, and returned to the Greenlight Hub to get re-inspected.
The other areas that will need your attention are your tires and brakes. Bald tires and squeaking brakes will not pass.
My Strategy In The Past
For the past two years, I went to the Greenlight Hub in Daly City. It is close, it is fast, and it is free. The inspector asked me to fill out my identifying information at the top portion of the paper inspection form. Then he or she would conduct the inspection, asking me to turn lights on and off, blinkers on and off, parking brake on and off, etc.
Next, the inspector signed the document and I would bring it inside the Greenlight Hub to turn it in and mark my inspection as complete. Before turning it in, I would take a scan of my document (I use a free app called Cam Scanner) so that I could upload it to my Lyft account. One free inspection, two companies updated.
Change in Policy
This year, I showed up and I was asked a few questions to identify myself. The inspector began the inspection, asking me to do the normal tasks of on and off.
Interestingly enough, there were no paper forms. I asked about this, and she said I would need to request it. Make sure to request this paper form so you can scan it when complete!
Uploading the Inspection Documents
I found it easiest to take a photo of the document from within the app. Here are the screenshots for Uber:
And here are the screenshots for Lyft:
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There is an old saying: “If you don’t ask, the answer is NO.” When getting your car inspected, get a paper inspection form for your records. This will allow you to upload the document to both your Uber and Lyft account.
Both services will take a day or so to approve your document, and then you are off and running for another year. I hope this article will save you some time and money in the upcoming years. We are all running our own businesses, and time is money, and money is money. Let’s keep as much of it as we can. Be safe out there.
Readers, what has your experience been with inspections for Uber and Lyft? Did you know you can get your inspection for free?
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-Jay @ RSG
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