Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Also, the last Uber X driver I had that I actually talked to...showed up in a 5-series.

    It was his first day driving...He also worked at a bank as his day job (retail bank like your girl, not what SFers typically mean when they talk about bankers) and knew someone who had switched to driving uber full time.

    And this was in Minneapolis where the market is pretty different from somewhere like boston/chicago (the X drivers can't even pick up passengers within the city limits due to taxi laws that mean only the black car drivers can...although they can drive people *to* the city).

    My gut feeling was that he was feeling the pressure making payments on his shiny new BMW and thus was shuttling people around on new years eve.
     
  2. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    First, I am against you doing Uber for several reasons, GF. However, if you're going to do it, I would suggest exploring some ideas. Maybe put the car into an LLC? Get a phone just for the Uber business. Get some business cards printed. What you want to do is develop a group of people that you know are good passengers and will call you personally vs. going Uber.
     
  3. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Pretty sure Uber gives you an iphone when they accept you as a driver (not for personal use) since that is how they calculate the fares and hook you up with passengers.

    The way uber works though....not really conducive to being the guy you call when you need a ride. Its pretty much exactly the opposite: it is the service you flip on when you have some spare time and want to give someone a ride. Which probably fits into GF's idea a little better anyways...fly back in from work, flip uber on while you put the parking on the corporate card, and then grab a passenger home from the airport. Maybe even catch a surge (where they boost pricing to get more drivers at busy times...like when a big plane just landed full of people wanting a ride)
     
  4. GreenFrog

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    I've definitely thought about the puking aspect; turns out Uber will charge passengers $200 if they puke in your car.

    Also, I'm not looking to do this full-time. It'd be just on the weekends for now (which is when you make the most money off of drunk people.. but again, puking :uhoh:) to see just how much potential there really is.

    I enjoy driving and often go on drives by myself for the sake of driving. Why not make money while doing it?

    bawlin has the right idea with that link -- it's an amazing networking opportunity. I don't htink the opportunity is as large in Dallas (I may be wrong) as it is in Boston, where all the high-paying careers are concentrated in small areas, but I'm insanely curious.

    Anyway, I would be the most atypical UberX driver out there, especially in Dallas. Most of them are minorities who drive regular econocars.

    I'd be rolling up in an M5 looking handsome as fuck, lolol :bigstar:

    If this takes off, I most definitely will look into getting a used, second car, probably a Prius, and drive that instead. This has the added benefit of reducing my insurance premiums, which, btw, I reduced by switching to Farmer's.

    edit: yes, otc is right. They provide you with an iPhone which alerts you of incoming ride requests and whatnot.

    Piobaire, the lady driver I just got actually does what you mentioned. When she gets a client going to a far away location, she'll ask them if it's a trip they make often. If so, she wins them through charm and charisma and makes an implicit agreement that she'll pick them up whenever they need a ride.
     
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  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Did not know that. Interesting.
     
  6. GreenFrog

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    Sounds pretty decent here. Kinda e46 m3-esque.
     
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    Meh...give me the V8.....
     
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    No I think uber uses an app. The drivers aren't exclusive to Uber and sign in as an available car when they aren't otherwise busy.
     
  9. otc

    otc Senior member

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    It is an app... but it runs on a phone that they give you. That is how it works for black cars and cabs... Probably the same for uberx.
     
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    Yes, uber gives you an iphone as a driver with the app and you use it only to receive ride notifications.
     
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    HRoi Senior member

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    Can I pay extra to guarantee that I'm picked up by the guy in the M5?

    Or the chick that is really doing this because she loves blowing people she just met?
     
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    Hmm maybe I should Uber with this M5 I've got for the next few weeks :satisfied:
     
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    And on a related note, the question is if Greenfrog be offering the full GF Experience(TM) for an extra charge...
     
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    Happy Chinese New Year, guys

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    lol i bet every fucking aventador in vancouver is owned by someone celebrating chinese new year tomorrow
     

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