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 simply rent a 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 PCO car hire 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 car for Uber.

Step 1
How can I get a car to drive 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 car for Uber driving?

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 no cost, with a two-week notice 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 for Uber?

Yes, you can get started right away if you’re already an approved Uber driver. If you’re not, we can help you get there. Learn more about the requirements for becoming an Uber driver in London, and read our detailed guide below about getting licenced for private hire driving.

What is the best PCO car for Uber 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 manoeuvre 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
How much does it cost to rent a car for Uber?

How much does it cost to rent a PCO car for Uber?

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

Do I need to pay a deposit to rent a PCO Uber 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 Uber 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. Less paperwork, quicker process, more flexibility.

Are there any additional costs involved in renting a car for Uber?

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 can I start driving Uber with a rental car?

How do I get started with Uber car rental?

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 you with a personal account manager who is always on hand with dedicated support to help drivers succeed.

What happens if I quit Uber driving?

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 provide eco-friendly and affordable cars with dedicated support, so you can focus on earning an income.

In addition to providing you with the most important tool in your career as a rideshare driver, we also offer ongoing training, support, and data-driven feedback via your personal Member Success Representative. You’ll also enjoy a growing pool of member benefits beyond the wheel, including discounts at our partners.

Drop by our Member Support Centre at 393 Edgware Road Cricklewood, London, email us, or say hello on 0333 016 4331