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    I read a ton of articles about rideshare driving.  Since I write about it, I have to be knowledgeable about the topic.

    Here in the United States, I have written quite a bit about how drivers can get cars.  I leased a car through Uber’s Xchange Leasing and then I rented a car through the Fair for Uber Car Rental Program.  [Note: these two programs no longer exist. You can find a list of Uber vehicle rental companies here.]

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    Recently I stumbled upon Splend, a company that not only rents cars to Uber drivers but also has a program for drivers to purchase their rideshare cars outright.

    Unfortunately for those of us here in the US, Splend does not have a United States presence.  It is currently available in the United Kingdom and Australia. In this article, I will share with you what I learned about an intriguing company called Splend.

    This post is a paid partnership with Splend. We only partner with companies we believe are actually helpful to our readers. You can see our affiliate policy here.

    How Did Splend Get Started?

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    All companies start with a vision.  Spend’s vision is simple and direct: A future where every on-demand driver can be successful.

    Splend is a five-year-old company that started in Australia.

    Unlike my experience with car rental companies here in the US, Splend takes a sincere interest in its drivers.  This is smart on Splend’s part.

    As long as a driver is experiencing success, that driver will continue to drive and utilize Splend’s cars.  As their website states it:

    “We’ve helped students, retirees, former refugees, and single parents find work they love, which fits their lifestyle. We take pride in everything our members  and  teams achieved so far, and we’re only just getting started.”

    Splend Locations

    As mentioned previously, Splend is not located in the US. For US companies offering rideshare vehicles, check out our Uber Vehicle Marketplace.

    There are currently seven locations in two countries: Australia and the United Kingdom.

    If you are in Australia or the United Kingdom, then you are in luck.  Splend has operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, as well as London.

    If you are a rideshare driver and you need a vehicle then you should definitely check out the Splend AU and Splend UK websites and look at your options.

    Renting A Car Through Splend

    As with all car selection decisions, there are several factors to consider.

    First, do you like the car?  I drove a Toyota Prius for three years and loved the car.  It was roomy, held plenty of luggage capacity, and got over 50 miles per gallon.

    At the end of the lease, I wanted a car with more amenities and a quieter interior.  I purchased a 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid.  I love this car now.

    Here are just a few screenshots of cars you can get through Splend with the price in Australian dollars:

    My recommendation is that you pick a car that you will enjoy driving because as a rideshare driver, you will be racking up the big miles.

    The second consideration is the price.  You have to make sure the price makes sense.  I have always created a spreadsheet with the cost of the car, the cost of gas, the cost of insurance, the impact of depreciation, and the cost of repairs (breakdowns, tires, oil change, etc.).

    Here is what comes with the rental agreement:

    What Else Comes With Your Splend Vehicle?

    Splend is a very hands-on company. Again, their success is dependent on your success as a driver.  I like this very much.

    I never felt much love coming from Xchange Leasing or Fair.  I got my car and that was that. Splend makes customer service personnel available and takes care of you when the unexpected happens.  Here is a detailed list of what you get from Splend in Australia:

    • Your Uber approved car
    • Six-weeks minimum contract
    • Personal account manager
    • Advanced driver training
    • CTP insurance 
    • Rideshare insurance
    • Servicing, maintenance, repairs
    • 24/7 roadside assistance
    • Member Support Centre access
    • Community events
    • Replacement car after an accident*

    * Subject to availability

    As you can see, your car will be Uber approved.  You have your very own account manager to hold your hand throughout the process.

    In addition, all insurance is covered, as are all maintenance and repairs. Roadside assistance is covered  These are all expenses you would normally have to cover on your own.

    Finally, as a Splend customer, you will have access to member benefits:

    Benefits include dedicated support, driver coaching, and additional ways you can earn extra revenue.

    I like the way Splend makes a driver feel as if they are a member of an exclusive club.  It is good for morale, gives drivers a purpose and makes it more fun.

    Rent to own

    I will cover more on this in an upcoming article, so stay tuned.  The quick take is that if you plan to do rideshare driving over an extended period of time, you may want to own the car you are driving.

    Splend gives drivers the opportunity to get a car, invest in the car, and then own the car.  I would have appreciated the opportunity to own my Toyota Prius at fair market value at the end of my lease.  However, that option was not available.

    If you work with Splend, you will have that option.  Click here for more information on Rent to own with Splend.

    Key Takeaways

    I like this company.  I don’t feel they are a factory churning out rental agreements.

    Instead, Splend places a premium on customer service so drivers have an experience of being taken care of while also being supported to be good and successful rideshare drivers.

    Splend is smart in this regard.  The more drivers on the road who love what they do, the more cars Splend will keep on the road.  If you are in the UK or Australia, I strongly recommend you check out Splend for your vehicle needs.  Be safe out there.

    Readers, would a car rental program like Splend be something you’d like to see in the US?

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    Jay Cradeur

    Jay Cradeur

    Jay Cradeur, a graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, is a full-time driver with over 26,000 rides. Jay has a driver-focused podcast: Rideshare Dojo with Jay Cradeur. When Jay isn’t writing articles or making videos, he is traveling the world. You can see what Jay is up to at www.nomadjay.com.