Amazon Flex Car Requirements – See If Your Car Qualifies

If you are looking to deliver for Amazon Flex then you are first going to have to make sure that your car qualifies to do so. So what are the Amazon Flex car requirements? In this post I went over each requirement they have along with a brief explanation about it.

Amazon’s requirements are pretty lenient in my opinion so it is not much to be worried about.

But before you check to see if your vehicle qualifies you should first verify that you are even able to deliver for Amazon Flex in your area. Amazon Flex is currently available in the following areas…

  • Arlington (VA)
  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Las Vegas
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Manhattan
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee

  • Minneapolis/ St Paul
  • Nashville
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Raleigh
  • Richmond
  • San Antonio
  • Greater San Francisco Area
  • Seattle
  • Springfield (VA)
  • Tampa Bay
  • Tucson
  • Virginia Beach

But all of these areas don’t necessarily have openings. To check the current openings you can go to flex.amazon.com/get-started

If Amazon Flex is hiring in your area then here are the vehicle requirements that you need know…


Vehicle Requirements

Reliability

Amazon requires your vehicle to be “dependable” and of course this is something that should be expected. They don’t want a driver that is going to be breaking down and delivering packages late.

Now what Amazon considers dependable and what you consider dependable are 2 different things. But there is no car inspection or anything of that nature performed by Amazon so it is pretty much your word.

Size

All vehicles must be a a 4-door sedan or larger. Example: a 4-door Honda Civic.

This is must to make sure that you will have enough space in your vehicle to hold the necessary amount of packages that you will need to deliver.

*There is an exception to this that I’ll go over.

Enclosure

Vehicles cannot be left open to the outside elements. What this means is that if you have a truck you must have an enclosed bed. This is just to protect the packages from weather.

You may be able to get away with delivering with an open bed when the weather is nice. I wouldn’t risk it though, you may get sent home.

What You Can’t Drive

As you can infer from the information above, cars that are smaller than your regular 4-door Honda Civic sedan and trucks without enclosed beds will not qualify.

Again, this is has to do with the capacity of your vehicle to be able to actually hold all the necessary packages that need to be delivered as well as your vehicles ability to protect the packages from weather and damage.

Exceptions To The Rule

With Amazon Flex you can deliver for either Amazon’s “Prime Now” service or Amazon.com. The requirements listed above are for Amazon.com order. But if you are going to be delivering for Prime Now then there aren’t really any restrictions. You just need a vehicle that transport packages in a safe and reliable way.

You also may be eligible to deliver on bicycle. In certain cities Amazon does allow bicycle couriers (New York City for example). To deliver on bike you just need to make sure it meets the state or cities requirements to be street legal and it must have a basket to hold packages. You, the rider, are required to wear a helmet.


You Might Want To Try Regardless

Even if you are looking to deliver for Amazon.com and your vehicle just misses meeting some of the requirements, you might want to try anyway.

As I’ve mentioned, Amazon doesn’t actually check or inspect your vehicle to make sure that it meets their standards. They take you at your word.

If you show up at the warehouse to pick up your packages in a vehicle that doesn’t follow the guidelines they may let it slide as long as the packages fit. This does happen. The warehouse workers tend to be pretty lenient when it comes to these things.

So if you don’t have a car that passes the requirements that they lay out for you, you may want to give it a try anyhow, although this definitely isn’t the best choice.


Don’t Have Car That Qualifies?

I don’t think this is the best choice and I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to do this personally, but if you don’t have a vehicle that qualifies you are able to rent, lease, or borrow a vehicle and work for Amazon Flex.

You must have authorization to drive the vehicle, along with  all the necessary permits, licenses, ect. If you are allowed to drive the car, Amazon will let you.

Anyway, I don’t advocate doing this but I thought I would mention it just because this is an option that you can choose.


What About Insurance?

Yes, you are going to need car insurance. But this is nothing to stress out about.

New York City is the only place that I know of that requires Amazon Flex drivers to have commercial insurance on their vehicle.

All other cities just require that you have your normal personal insurance, Amazon Flex will actually give you commercial insurance when you are working for them. This insurance includes liability, uninsured & underinsured motorist, and comprehensive and collision insurance.


What To Do Next

If Amazon Flex is hiring in your area and your vehicle meets the necessary requirements then now it is time to make sure you qualify.

You, the driver, is also going to have to pass the test. Just as the requirements for your vehicle, driver requirements are also lenient. The most concerning part of the process is the background check and this seems to get the most attention. It sparks worry and stress, but it’s probably nothing you need to worry about.

You can learn more about driver requirements by clicking the link below…

–> Amazon Flex Driver Requirements 

 

 

Comments, questions, concerns??? Leave them below in the comment section and I will get back to you soon…

Kyle
 

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