Model 3

Anyone using your Model 3 for Uber or Lyft?

edited November -1 in Model 3
Im considering using my M3 to do Lyft/Uber but im also scared what will happen to my nice white seats. I’ve seen those seat covers for dogs and i might just use that to cover the backseats. Thoughts on this?
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  • edited November -1
    We use ours. Hubby gets insomnia and figures he may as well make a couple bucks if he's gonna be awake anyway -- and he'll take directional rides to/from his parent's house about 30 miles away when he's going up there.,I'll occasionally go out on a Saturday or Sunday morning if he is finally sleeping. We have black seats, though. The biggest issue we've run into is that people have no clue how to open the door. He can reach the rear door handle, to open it from the inside for them, but I'm too short to do that, so I have to put down the window to tell them how to open it.
  • edited April 2019
    @hokiegir1, I’ve also been considering this. Lots of horror stories out there about bad passengers (dirty, leave vehicle a mess, get sick, on and on). Have you had any passengers less than respectful to your vehicle?
  • edited November -1
    @Sam - not so far, and like I said -- hubby will drive during the 11pm-2am hours at times (though usually on weekdays rather than weekends). He has actually gotten more people getting off work at that time than barhopping -- and they are just glad to have a non-creepy driver. Most people are really impressed by the car and ask all kinds of questions about it (how charging works, range, costs, etc). I did have one person that asked if she could finish her pizza, and I said ok. She got a couple greasy smears on the back seat from her fingers when she was getting out, but they just wiped off with a windex wipe. There is a small splatter that we think was sweet tea, but that could just as easily have been my sister in law or one of our nephews instead of a passenger, since we don't know when it actually happened. We tried the windex wipes on that and it didn't work, so we'll get out a better cleaner soon (just noticed it this weekend).

    Honestly, most people are so excited to ride in a Tesla, they are very respectful of it.
  • edited April 2019
    @hokiegir1 So is your car registered as Uber Black or Lyft Lux? Does that have a different clientele than regular Uber or Lyft?
  • edited November -1
    We're only with Lyft, and while it does qualify for Lux, we get so few requests with that (between us, we've gotten 1 in 4 months) that we just leave it on regular.
  • edited April 2019
    @hokiegirl: Don't you also have an MX? Do you use that for Lyft?
  • edited November -1
    We had a loaner X, but nope -- just the 3 and a Hyundai Santa Fe, which we did also set up. Like I said -- hubby will do directional requests toward his parents when he's not on a schedule, so whichever car he's in, he just picks that. He gets way more airport runs in the Santa Fe (XL), but he can still generally cover his gas in that to/from where he was already going anyway. With the 3, it's mostly all profit. We track our electric costs and mileage pretty closely and just had our first non-free service (an alignment and rotation that weren't done at a service center), so I've added that in. We're still running at a .02/mile lifetime cost of operation.
  • edited April 2019
    By the way -- if you do decide to do it, I highly recommend adding in TeslaFi if you don't use it already. Lyft supposedly sends a mileage summary at year-end that includes your "to a pickup" mileage, but being able to track it on your own is much more helpful. I actually set up 2 tags -- "Lyft pickup" and "Lyft rider" and I tag each "leg" of the day when one of us is doing it, then use that to see earnings by mile (and it already gives hours logged in, so you can do an hourly rate). The few times I've done it, I average about .84/mile earnings at just under $15/hour. I normally only do about 2 hours at a time (I can't "people" that long, plus I'm still in school and working full time....so it's really just boredom and desire to drive that sends me out). He does more than I do, but isn't as good about tagging drives, so I don't have as good earnings per mile for him.

    The other nice thing is that I can "follow" him when he's out there and have records of where his last stops were if something happens. We'll probably never need it, but if we do, it will be significantly easier for me to send than to try to get the info from Lyft.
  • edited November -1
    I drove my M3 for Lyft in January and February, in the Denver, CO metro area. I quit my corporate job last May and took a year off, and I did it mostly just to get out of the house during the winter.

    My experience was the same as hokiegirl (PS - my hubby is a VT alumni!) Each time I went out at least one person said "I can't believe you're driving this awesome car for Lyft!" Always respectful and curious about the car, and gives me a chance to gush about it to strangers since all my friends are probably sick of hearing me gush about it - LOL! I also have Lyft LUX but leave my settings on regular. Airport runs have been the most profitable for me, and where I'm most likely to get a LUX passenger. I have zero horror stories from my experience, and I usually drove Friday evenings, but would end by midnight.

    I just wish there was a way to get the driver app on our screens, and use our nav, which is often better than whatever Lyft uses. Only a minor annoyance, though.
  • edited April 2019
    @hokiegirl @moabchick how did you guys settle about the insurance, what I was told is that your current insurance will NOT cover when you're driving for Lyft and as soon as your passengers come into the car for the ride, it will void it and Lyft's insurance will then take over. Is that not true?
  • edited November -1
    @bcb2220 - I seem to recall that when I signed up, Lyft told me that their "coverage" acts as supplemental to my personal? I honestly don't remember. But looking on Lyft's website, they are now offering a "rideshare policy" - you can look here for info. I would ask someone at Lyft to clarify for you.

    https://www.lyft.com/driver/insurance
  • edited April 2019
    interesting....thank you @moabchick

    i'm still hesitant to do this because living in the bay area, i've heard lot of horror stories lol
  • edited April 2019
    Oh, I have one other suggestion for Lyft driving - go into Chill and Low Regen modes. Passengers are NOT used to the acceleration ;)

    I've had 2 passengers that asked for the full "Tesla experience" and then I went to standard
  • edited May 2019
    @bcb - USAA offers a rideshare "gap" policy for about $8/month, so we added that to the 2 vehicles we use.

    And @moab - Totally agree about the Lyft app on the screen. I typically run both the Lyft nav, and I ask the passenger where they are going...and explain that it's easier for me to follow it on the main screen. I'll also take a quick minute when a ride pops up to look at the pickup location and nav to that...but I really wish we could at least use the browser for it if nothing else.
  • edited May 2019
    When I started last June, I used my Model S90D and my wifes' Honday CR-V with Uber and Lyft just to get a feel for what it was like and to settle on a best use scenario. Although the S qualified for Uber Select and Lyft Lux, I'll echo others here who say you don't get enough of those rides to make a difference. I also drove in LA and Palm Springs. Palm Springs is just not big enough and the trips aren't long enough, plus the airport trips there are a waste of time. I will say that last month I drove the 3 during the tennis tournament in Palm Springs and had good results...those riders could all afford to buy a Tesla and had a lot of questions and enjoyed the experience. Some had taken test drives or otherwise checked it out.

    Now I've settled on using the Honda for (mostly) Uber, but I very occasionally drive the 3 and keep both apps, Uber and Lyft, open. I have two iPhones and they fit nicely side by side on the charging pad in the console. It's just fun doing it in the 3. It's a great working environment --- comfortable, stylish, great in traffic, fuel cost zero (I have solar panels), fantastic sound system and it impresses the hell out of the riders, without exception. Basically I'm cruising around town and someone else is paying for it. If the numbers ever add up I'd love to get another 3, more basic, and use it exclusively for rideshare. Gas prices are too high, but right now rates are too low but one day it all may line up.
  • edited May 2019
    I typically do Lyft on my drive home from work. Then occasionally on weekends. My experience has been positive, with people asking questions about the vehicle.
    @bcb2220 on your question about insurance, unless your current insurance provider offers a Ride Share policy, then your insurance won't likely cover when your carrying a passenger. Lyft does have their own insurance policy, but the deductible is quite high compared to my normal policy. I have State Farm, and added their Ride Share policy which added about 25% to the cost of my existing insurance to have my State Farm pick up the difference in the coverage from Lyft to keep the same coverage I had with my vehicle. While it will cost you more, the peace of mind when your doing Lyft is worth it to me.
    Other things to remember, under current Tesla Supercharging Fair Use, you can't use the Supercharging locations if you have free Supercharging coverage on your car while doing a Ride Sharing service.
  • edited May 2019
    Yep $5k in revenue so far but I get stubborn sometimes and try and hold out for the upper tier rides.... but at the end of the day just not enough of em.

    My main Uber vehicle is a 9 yr old XL vehicle I do great with and am more willing to pick up most. On weekends i can stay XL only and be busy all weekend.

    My Tesla shows no wear yet, the writeoff is great and the vehicle is fun to drive. Rideshare will pay for my Tesla at the end of the day.
  • I'm also investigating the opportunity to drive for Uber with my Tesla Model 3. I'm struggling to find ridesharing insurance in California. Since I wouldn't qualify for USAA insurance, does anybody have other recommendations? Thanks.
  • edited January 19
    I was thinking of leasing a Tesla model 3 and do uber...but then i realized about the 10,000 mile a year limit for leasing. Avg uber drivers drive 100 miles a day. If you did that 7 days a week, it would cost you $21,000 in penalties at the end of the 3 yr lease! So not gonna lease one. Maybe finance.
  • edited January 19
    How much money you average an hour being a Uber driver?
  • edited January 20
    Update to my previous post...I stopped driving for Uber because there is not enough money in it. Between gas, maintenance, registration, insurance etc. you're basically driving for charity. Now I go out once in a blue moon in the Tesla just for fun. I drive two, maybe three hours, buzz around town meeting people, then go home and charge my car. It's no longer about the money. If you're thinking of doing it, Tesla is the best option, particularly if you have solar panels, as I do.
  • edited November -1
    Have driven for Lyft for a year (nearly to the day) and Uber since June 2018. Hate to think about the 26,000 miles I've put on the car, but it makes the payments and insurance.
    I frequently mention that I have introduced the Model 3 to a great number of people, and received great praise for the car.
    I'm sure the checks from Elon will be arriving soon.
  • edited January 20
    I'm confused why anybody who can afford Tesla would drive for Uber/Lyft. Spending two-three hours learning a new skill seems to me a better choice than making $10-15 an hour.
  • edited January 20
    @yudansha,
    I started doing it when I was between jobs and was at my wit's end. I signed up on a night when I couldn't sleep and started driving on a snowy day - not the best circumstances to start doing Uber. So money and affordability isn't the only reason people do Uber: Lyft
    The money in the business is pathetic, but the outlook/experiences you get from meeting such a diverse group of people is incredible - it has truly changed me and broadened my world. I've given about 450 rides now, that's nothing compared to a professional driver.
    I hardly made any money with the fares, I really don't know how ICE car Uber drivers make ends meet. There's secondary benefit of writing off the miles as business depreciation when doing taxes. In my opinion the benefit at tax time is greater than the actual fare value.
    All said, I turn on Uber on my car when I'm commuting alone. If someone rides with me well and good, if not that's ok too - I atleast get to meet new people and exchange ideas. I also did some trips when I was home alone (wife and kids at Grandma's).
    It's not always about money.
  • edited January 20
    I used to do uber and Lyft with my Toyota.. but, I didn't want to put too many miles on my new Tesla.. So, I decided to do enough to pay for itself... Going to start this week, but will do it more when we get into better weather.. There are some great areas near me where people tip very very well and they make it worth it.

    What kind of irks me is that there is a small company that has three Model X's and they use it solely for hire use.. I asked one driver if they can get free super charging and she told me that they absolutlely do.. But, I read the terms of use and in the fair use policy, if you are using your Tesla for hire, you don't get free super charging. this isn't fair for the rest of us. I considered getting a X for this purpose, but decided that if I got free electricity, it may be worth it but not if I have to pay for it.. If Im wrong, correct me, but as I see it if you use it for a for hire vehicle, you aren't supposed to used the free supercharging.. If that's true. they need to stop. not fair for the rest of us.
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