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3 Popular Car Rental Options for Rideshare and Delivery Drivers

Harry Campbell The Rideshare Guy
October 7, 2022

If you want to earn money as a rideshare or delivery driver, you’ve got to have a car. Sometimes life happens, though, and you may find yourself without wheels. If you don’t own a car, don’t want to rack up the miles on your own vehicle, or the one you normally drive is unavailable, renting a vehicle from a car rental company could help.

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If you want to earn money as a rideshare or delivery driver, you’ve got to have a car. Sometimes life happens, though, and you may find yourself without wheels. If you don’t own a car, don’t want to rack up the miles on your own vehicle, or the one you normally drive is unavailable, renting a vehicle from a car rental company could help.

If that’s the position you’re currently in (or will soon be in), then you need to know what the best car rental companies for delivery drivers and rideshare drivers are. Below are three of the best car rental companies for rideshare drivers and delivery drivers that can help you get on the road and start earning. Let’s take a look.

HyreCar

A popular option for drivers who drive/deliver for: Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash, and more.

HyreCar is a car rental company, but they’re not like your typical car rental company. Think of it more like Airbnb, but rather than matching people who have accommodations to rent to people who are looking for places to stay, HyreCar works to match up drivers who need vehicles with private vehicle owners who want to rent to others, which is one of the factors that makes them one of the best car rentals for delivery drivers.  

Renting a car through HyreCar is a fairly straightforward process. The first step is to create an account and sign up. Once you’re a member, you can search through the cars available in your area and book the car you desire. A background check is required the first time you rent a vehicle, but this generally only takes a few hours.

Minimum age: 21

Rental cost: $200 to $300 per week + refundable security deposit  

Get started with Hyrecar here!

Hertz Car Rental

A popular option for drivers who drive/deliver for: Uber

If you’re already approved as an Uber driver, you may find Uber’s partnership with Hertz a great way to rent a car, especially if you need to keep a vehicle for an extended period of time.  

Through their partnership, Hertz allows drivers to extend their rental agreement for up to 56 days. This gives you more time to keep driving the same car without constantly having to exchange vehicles and securing them a spot as one of the best car rentals for rideshare drivers. The good news is that once you’ve returned the current vehicle you’re renting, you can open a new contract and start the process all over again.

Age requirement: Normally 25, but drivers as young as 18, 19, or 20 (age varies depending on your state or province) may find they can qualify for a rental by paying a daily ‘young drivers fee.’

Rental cost: Starts around $260 per week + refundable security deposit

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Lyft Express Drive

A popular option for drivers who drive for: Lyft  

Lyft’s Express Drive program is very similar to Uber's partnership with Hertz. In fact, when you rent a car through Lyft’s Express Drive program, you’re actually renting the vehicle through either Flexdrive or Hertz, depending on the location you’re renting from.

To get started, you will first need to sign up to become a Lyft driver and go through their background check. You’ll also have to pay a security deposit to rent the car. The good news is that you don’t have to just drive for Lyft if you want to keep the rental. The company says that you can keep the rental for as long as you want as long as you make the weekly payment, giving them a seat as one of the (while last in this list) best car rental companies for delivery drivers.

Minimum age: According to Lyft Express Drive, an age of at least 25 is required to rent with Flexdrive and Hertz, however, Hertz car rental states they may allow drivers as young as 18 to rent their vehicles by paying a ‘young drivers fee,’ so check with the location in your area to see which policy they follow.

Rental cost: As low as $219 + refundable security deposit

Looking for smaller, regional operators? If you live in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Houston, TX, a company like Rideshare Carz could be an excellent option! Rideshare Carz is specifically catered toward rideshare and delivery drivers, and your rental includes commercial liability insurance coverage, maintenance, and tolls. Learn more here.

How You Can Choose The Best Car Rental Company for Gig Drivers Like You?

When it comes to the best car rentals for rideshare drivers and delivery drivers, figuring out the best option for renting a car is a bit like walking through a maze with a blindfold on. There are many companies out there to choose from, but when you dig into them a little further, a lot of them bring you right back to where you started. This is because car rental companies often have partnerships/affiliations with different car companies to provide service when they are not in a particular area.

We suggest that if you drive for multiple driver/delivery companies you check for partnerships between each company to see how you can get the best deal. Also, before you sign a rental agreement, find out whether you can still qualify for special rental deals through each company if you wish to use the vehicle to work for multiple driving companies.  

Once you’ve done all that, check out our rideshare insurance or our delivery insurance to learn how we can help cover you when you need it.

Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for ridehail drivers and other gig workers and author of, The Rideshare Guide. Over the years, Harry has covered the gig economy industry closely and talked to tens of thousands of drivers and gig workers about their experience on the road.

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