Best car options for Uber-entrepreneurs

2018-11-01 06:01
Toyota Corolla Quest and Volkswagen Polo Vivo are extremely popular UberX choices, but so is the Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Focus, Mazda3 as well as the Honda Accord.      Photo:SUPPLIED

Toyota Corolla Quest and Volkswagen Polo Vivo are extremely popular UberX choices, but so is the Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Focus, Mazda3 as well as the Honda Accord. Photo:SUPPLIED

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MANY South Africans have a dream of owning their own business and having financial independence.

Uber offers this – but there are some conditions. One of the most important pertains to vehicle selection. According to AutoTrader CEO George Mienie, Uber has very specific requirements.

“It is vitally important to meet these requirements when it comes to vehicle selection – otherwise it is impossible to become an Uber rider,” he warns.

The single most important aspect to bear in mind is vehicle age.

“It must be a 2013 model or newer. Also, a vehicle must be in good condition, the windows must work, and it must have air-conditioning,” Mienie explains.

Michelle Bell, operations manager of ABT Logistics (a company that provides support to Uber-entrepreneurs), suggests buying a 2014 model vehicle.

“As it is already November, I strongly advise anyone looking to enter the Uber market as an investor to purchase vehicles from 2014 or newer,” she advises.

The next consideration is which vehicle option to pick. UberX is the most popular, along with UberXL and Uber Van - options required when travelling with more than four people.

UberX is available in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. The vehicle must be a four-door sedan, it must seat at least four passengers in addition to the driver and it must have a 1.4l engine (or a bigger capacity engine).

While salvaged or rebuilt vehicles are not approved, a used vehicle is absolutely fine – and this is what Mienie recommends.

“Everyone aspires to owning a new vehicle but, in the case of an Uber-entrepreneur, this really is not necessary.

“Of course, you should select a vehicle with very low mileage, bearing in mind the fact that the vehicle will be driven all day every day,” he notes.

While the Toyota Corolla Quest and Volkswagen Polo Vivo are extremely popular UberX choices, Mienie says that there are several other good options too.

“You need a vehicle that is reliable and fuel efficient. Parts should be readily available (you do not want your vehicle off the road) and the dealers should provide excellent service.

“The Ford Focus and Mazda3 are also good choices in this regard while the Honda Accord and Suzuki Ciaz are worth considering too,” he contends.

Mienie adds that Uber-entrepreneurs should also consider a sedan from the Chevrolet stable – an Aveo, Cruze, Optra or Sonic.

“These vehicles often represent good value for money in the used car market,” he points out.

Based on ABT Logistics’ experience in the Uber market, Bell also suggests that Uber-entrepreneurs consider the Toyota Etios, Honda Brio and Nissan Almera.

(ISSUED: Haveyoursayza)

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