Harry right here. It’s been a short while since we did an replace on what it’s like driving for UberXL or UberSELECT, so when visitor poster Monika Dean reached out to me about her XL and SELECT expertise during the last two years, I knew I needed to share her experience with you. Keep studying to see should you can nonetheless generate income driving for XL or SELECT, and if it’s well worth the put on and tear in your car. Do you drive for XL or SELECT? Leave a remark under and tell us what your expertise has been.
It’s already been two years since I left my first feedback on this web site asking Harry if he thought I might make any cash driving the UberXL/SELECT platform. Naturally, the very first thing most individuals ask me is, why drive for Uber? Can you even make any cash driving a $70,000 luxurious SUV with Uber?
The reply to that query shouldn’t be so simple. Yes, I’ve made cash driving for UberXL/SELECT with my Audi Q7 luxurious SUV. It has had its setbacks as properly, subsequently it appears solely applicable I take you a bit nearer into the world of driving on the XL/SELECT platform.
Making the Move to XL/SELECT
First of all, it’s necessary to know I’m a part-time driver. I might not advocate driving for Uber as a full-time gig. It might be exhausting driving 12-14 hours a day 5 or 6 days every week! It’s essential we attempt to discover a stability in our life and work just isn’t every little thing! I’ve a day job working within the subject (oddly sufficient doing a substantial quantity of driving over the southern a part of California), so driving is not any stranger to me.
I started driving for Uber initially, like most, as an X driver, driving a cheap Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Crossover car. The gasoline financial system was superior, the journey was enjoyable, however it was UberX. I did okay, making round $200 – $225 a weekend driving simply the Friday and Saturday night time membership scene crowd for Eight-10 hours every night time. But I calculated I used to be solely making about $10/hr after bills driving the UberX platform. I felt I used to be value greater than that.
After in depth analysis, I made a decision to leap into the XL/SELECT area and bought a pre-owned Audi Q7 TDI Diesel luxurious SUV again within the spring of 2015. I felt with the gasoline financial system of the diesel and the decrease diesel costs on the pump, I had a winner!
How Much Can You Make as an XL/SELECT Driver?
First, and in all probability an important, how did it improve my backside line? To reply that although, we have to perceive the prices related to driving a luxurious SUV. It’s not low cost when an oil change for an Audi at a German Auto store runs about $140, versus in all probability $50 for a traditional home car.
There is an upside to that artificial oil change, although, that must be taken under consideration. My Audi solely requires common service each 10,000 miles, versus each three,000 miles. I solely required four oil modifications in 2016, so it doesn’t appear that dangerous after you common it all out. On the opposite hand, breakdowns? Yes, I had a couple of!
First, to not any fault of my very own, I had 2 incidents that required my Audi to be within the physique store twice final yr. One occurred throughout a extreme wind storm, when the wind caught my driver’s door and swung it previous the door stops and bent your complete door and quarter panel. That value me a $500 deductible to get that repaired. The second occurred when I had a valet service scratch the complete aspect of my automotive on one event and that value me three weekends of not with the ability to drive for Uber whereas it was within the physique store.
Then the Audi developed a crack within the exhaust manifold for the turbo, and that value me $1,200 straight out of pocket for a brand new one (there was no guarantee left on my Audi). So, there have been some setbacks in 2016 that made it difficult to say the least.
Nonetheless, I used to be shocked to find I nonetheless made $18,500 part-time driving UberXL/SELECT in 2016. That is after all UBER charges, working simply part-time weekends. Subtracting on a regular basis my Audi spent in service and the physique store and some weekends I took off, I might say that isn’t too dangerous!
I in all probability solely drove 35 weekends out of the 52 weekends final yr, so general I really feel it was a hit. Hourly, I calculated I used to be making roughly $18-$24/hr whereas on the XL/SELECT platform.
It’s Not Just the Money
Did I really feel like my life was improved financially and in any other case general from driving UberXL/SELECT within the final 2 years? Overall I can say my life is richer in some features. I’ve met some loopy enjoyable individuals Ubering! I’ve had some fairly well-known individuals get in my automotive that I might have by no means in any other case met! I had the pop singer Sia experience in my automotive over Labor Day weekend final yr and inside the similar week I picked up Victoria Secret supermodel Adriana Lima at LAX.
One time I used to be in Santa Barbara and answered a request to Santa Barbara Airport. It turned out to be a movie crew who simply completed filming a music video on a Lear Jet for some rap star whom I don’t keep in mind, and their flight from SB to LAX was cancelled, in order that they paid me $500 to take them and their gear to LAX. Last summer time I picked up women from a celebration Selena Gomez was attending in Malibu Hills, and most just lately drove the guitarist and singer from Def Leppard right down to the Magic Castle with some buddies!
Those experiences would have probably NOT occurred if I hadn’t been driving UberXL/SELECT. So, from a social facet, I can say I’ve had some very enriched experiences. Some of my greatest pals I’ve now, I met whereas driving for Uber.
Building Your Business
Was it value it from a monetary standpoint? Well, that’s a troublesome query! I keep in mind one of many earliest recommendations Harry gave me once I started driving on this platform was “network”! Network with others to realize a personal clientele base from which to generate income from. One factor I did initially was get enterprise playing cards made up.
Anytime I picked up a rider filter out in Ventura County that was heading my method into LA, I might ask them “Will you be needing a ride back into Ventura County later tonight”? Naturally they virtually all the time stated sure, so I handed them my card! When I picked them up later that night, they merely waited till they received in my automotive to order the XL journey and BAM, now my rider simply paid for my return journey again residence!
These have been a few of the issues I did to provide me an edge with each experience. On the opposite hand, networking to construct a personal clientele didn’t work out as properly. I feel it may be the world I reside in. In Ventura, I by no means discovered the loyalty that must be current to determine a daily shopper base.
Maybe that type of factor might work in such areas as South Orange County or West LA, however I didn’t have a lot luck in Ventura County establishing that. I had two personal shoppers that wanted rides to LAX a couple of occasions a yr, however that was about it.
Driving a Luxury Vehicle
From a monetary standpoint, driving a used luxurious SUV for Uber isn’t with out its surprises! Just just lately, my Audi left me stranded when the gasoline pump imploded internally.
The value of the restore? $10,500! No, that’s NOT a typo! Luckily, it was an issue Audi was conscious of of their “Silent Recall list” and they carried out the restore freed from any prices to me.
Overall although, I might say driving a luxurious car within the XL/SELECT class is NOT for the faint of coronary heart. If you’re the sort that flies by the seat of your pants for your funds, or is ill-equipped to deal with a sudden pricey restore, driving a luxurious SUV might be not the only option. If then again, you might have a secure day job and wish to add some spending cash to your checking account and have a luxurious car already, driving on the XL/SELECT platform might be rewarding and only a LOT OF FUN!
About Monika: Monika lives in Ventura, however has been a little bit of wanderer all her life, dwelling in 5 totally different nations and touring to over 50. Monika was honored to serve 10 years within the Air Force as a Flight Engineer earlier than discovering her approach into Automation Controls within the civilian world. During the day, Monika is a Field Applications Engineer, and an Uber/Lyft Driver by night time. What began out as only a brief cease hole measure to pay payments has was a three yr gig!
Monika started driving first for Lyft in the summertime of 2014. In 2015, she started driving for Uber. She started driving with a Mitsubishi Outlander, however inside a yr had upgraded to her Audi Q7 S-Line.
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I am Harry, the proprietor and founding father of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I was a full-time engineer however now I am a rideshare blogger! I write about my expertise driving for Uber, Lyft, and different providers and my objective is to assist drivers earn extra money by working smarter, not more durable.