3 step guide to renting a PCO car for Uber

A three-step guide to renting a car for Uber
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Ridesharing is a good way to earn an income regardless if you have a car or not. Most people believe it’s only for car owners, but you’d be surprised how many drivers have decided to simply rent PCO car for Uber.

Pros and rookies alike are starting to see the benefits of PCO car hire, and they find themselves asking the same questions:

Over the years we’ve helped thousands of drivers get their driving careers into gear with our Rent plan. We get these questions almost every day, so we thought it was time to collect all the answers into a simple, three-step guide to renting a PCO car for Uber.

Step 1
What do I need to know about using a rental car for Uber?

Does Uber have a car rental program?

No, Uber have retired their car rental program several years ago. Now, Uber partners with vehicle solutions companies like Splend to provide driver partners with flexible access to Uber-ready cars.

Is it worth it to rent a PCO car?

The short answer is yes. Thousands of people choose to rent a car for Uber instead of purchasing or financing a car, and renting continues to get more and more popular.

Should you decide that renting a car for Uber is not for you, you can hand the car back after your minimum rental period.

At Splend, we provide advanced coaching and training using data analytics, so you can maximise your earnings and become a safer, more fulfilled driver.

Can anyone rent a PCO car?

The short answer is yes, if you are already an approved Uber driver you can get started right away. If you are not an approved Uber driver, we can help you out.

Learn more about the requirements on becoming an Uber driver in London.

What is the best car for PCO driving?

Small SUVs and estate cars are generally considered the best type of cars for Uber. Due to the extra legroom and boot space, your riders and you will be extra comfortable and safe, but they’re still compact enough to be easy to maneuvre in the city traffic.

In London,  fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars are also gaining popularity among on-demand drivers, because they’re exempt from the Congestion Charge, saving money in the long run.

At Splend, we provide our members with the Kia Niro Self-Charging Hybrid, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid Touring Sports,  the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Premium, with more models coming soon including fully electric ones.

Step 2
What are the costs of PCO car hire?

How much does it cost to rent a PCO car?

It will depend on your rental provider. At Splend, our PCO rental cars start at £199 per week.

Do I need to pay a deposit to rent a PCO car?

Most companies ask for a deposit which is usually 1-2 weeks’ rent in advance.

At Splend, we don’t ask for a deposit. You just pay a one-time joining fee and get access to our services, member events, and partner discounts.

How often do I pay for my PCO car rental?

We charge weekly payments, always one week in advance. This means when you pick up your car, you’ll need to pay for the next week as well as the remaining days of the current week.

Paying in advance means we don’t have to issue credit, which in turn means we don’t have to perform credit checks either. Less paperwork, more flexibility.

Are there any additional costs involved in PCO car hire?

Yes, there will be other costs you’ll need to consider, such as excess mileage fees and insurance excess if you ever have an accident.

Step 3
How to start driving Uber with a rental car?

How do I get started with PCO car hire?

Once you’re approved for Uber, it’s a simple case of signing your rental agreement and picking up the keys, and you’re ready to go.

Do I need a driving strategy for Uber?

Yes, we strongly recommend you have an Uber strategy in place. There’s a lot you can do to minimise your time on the road and maximise your income, but you need a plan. You need to put some thought into driving efficiently,  take the necessary steps to maintain a good Uber rating, and have a strategy in place to boost your earnings with tips.

At Splend, we provide personal account managers who are always on hand with dedicated support to help drivers succeed.

What if I decide I no longer want to drive Uber?

If you no longer need the car, you can hand it back at no extra cost after the minimum rental period.

Like a normal rental car, you need to return it with a full tank of fuel, cleaned inside and out, and with no damage.

About Splend

We are Rent to buy specialists enabling on-demand drivers to make money by driving. Our vision is a future where every on-demand driver can be successful.

We can set you up with a brand-new or new-model car on a Rent to buy plan, and provide the training and support you need to become a more profitable, safer, and fulfilled driver.

Don’t take our word for it, hear it straight from the horse’s mouth — Uber drivers rate us excellent on Trustpilot.

Come and say hello at our Member Support Centre at 393 Edgware Road Cricklewood, London, email us, or give us a call on 0333 016 4331.


Balazs Szekely

Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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