Vehicle Inspection for Uber – What You Need To Know
Before you can get on the road, you will have to pass a vehicle inspection for Uber. It is the final step in the process of becoming an Uber driver. After your vehicle passes inspection and you submit the Uber inspection form, you can begin to make money driving, which is what its all about.
In this post you will learn the requirements of the Uber inspection, where you can get your car inspected, what the inspection will look at, common points of failure, and more.
Ubers inspection requirements are nothing out of the ordinary. All they ask is that your vehicle be inspected by a certified inspection center.
To maintain Uber driving eligibility you must continue to get your car inspected every year, which is in accordance to state laws.
Where To Get Your Vehicle Inspected
As mentioned above, you can get your vehicle inspected anywhere that is licensed to perform inspections. But you might not want to do this.
Because if you go to certain places Uber will cover the cost of inspection. Thats a lot better than paying $20-$35 (depends on state) out of pocket to get your vehicle inspected.
Free Inspections Provided By Uber
Uber partners with Jiffy Lubes, Auto Dealerships, Sprint Stores and other places all across the US. They call these locations “Greenlight Hubs” and they are where you can go to get free inspections so that you can get out on the road without any startup costs.
The amount of Greenlight Hubs in your area and how far you have to drive to get to one will vary. In large cities like Los Angeles there are a lot (14), but smaller areas will likely not have as many.
Finding a Greenlight Hub In Your Area
To find local Greenlight Hubs go to uber.com/drive and then click on “Local Driver Guide” in the top menu…
When you click on that it will automatically take you to the page based on your location and the title will be “Drive With Uber (Your City)”. If you scroll down the page you will see a place where you can click on “Vehicle Inspections”. Click this and it will take you to a page that tells you more about inspections and gives you a list of Greenlight Hubs.
There are some cities that might not have a list of Greelight Hubs on Uber’s website, so another way to find them in you area would be simply to Google “Greenlight Hubs (Your City Here)”. Or you can add your city into this link and see if it comes up… www.uber.com/drive/your city/inspections/
Here are some links where you can find Greenlight Hubs in these popular Uber areas…
- Chicago – https://www.uber.com/drive/chicago/inspections/
- Los Angeles – https://www.uber.com/drive/los-angeles/inspections/
- Las Vegas – https://www.uber.com/drive/las-vegas/inspections/
- Miami – https://www.uber.com/drive/miami/inspections/
- Philadelphia – https://www.uber.com/drive/philadelphia/inspections/
Will Your Car Pass?
In order for your car to pass inspection it must be up to par in 19 different areas. The 19 areas that will be inspected on your car include…
- Tail Lights
- Turn Signal Lights
- Brake Lights
- Foot Brakes
- Emergency Brake
- Steering Mechanism
- Safety Belts
- Rear Window & Side Windows
- Windshield Wipers
- Front Seat Adjustment
- Muffler & Exhaust System
- Interior & Exterior Rear View Mirrors
Each of these areas of inspection will be looked at on a pass or fail basis.
Take notice that the inspection does not include anything about the cosmetic appearance of your vehicle. While Uber tells you that your vehicle must not have cosmetic damage, you are able to get away with it in some circumstances.
What Uber doesn’t know won’t hurt them. You do have to upload images of your vehicle when you sign up for Uber, but you might be able to get away with it by using images that hide the damage. Small dents, scratches, etc, are something that people get away with all the time.
Advice – If your car does have minor damage you might want to consider getting it inspected by a 3rd party instead of an Uber Greenlight Hub. 3rd party inspection centers are more likely to overlook cosmetic damage.
Most Common Reason for Failing Inspection
The breaks seem to be the main cause for failing an inspection. Drivers are constantly wearing down the break pads and shoes and it is important to monitor these areas.
During inspection the mechanic will make sure your vehicle’s break pads and shoes are of adequate thickness. According to Reference.com the minimum thickness of a disk break pad is 1mm, but this may vary depending on state inspection laws.
If They Squeak They Probably Need Replaced
Disk break pads have a way of telling you when they are worn too thin. They have a small piece of metal that sticks out and rubs, making a squeaking or squealing noise when your breaks need replaced.
There could be a number of reasons why your breaks squeak, but if this is the reason then you will absolutely not pass inspection without getting them replaced.
What If Your Vehicle Fails
If your vehicle does not pass inspection it is not a big deal. Unlike the Uber background check where you have to wait 3 months to do it over, with vehicle inspection you can retry immediately.
After inspection you will receive an inspection checklist that the mechanic has filled out. It will show you the reason why your vehicle failed.
Fix the problem area, get your vehicle inspected again, and get out on the road.
Uber 19 Point Inspection Form
Before you go to get your vehicle inspected you will need to download the inspection form and bring it with you. This is the form that the certified inspector will use to pass or fail the 19 different areas of your vehicle, as I listed above.
Here is what it looks like… (You can download this form here)
When you receive this form back after inspection you will then have to upload a photo of it to Uber so that they have proof your vehicle has passed.
You can download and print off the inspection form here.
A Word of Advice
Before you take your vehicle to the inspection center run through the 19 points real quick to see if you find anything wrong. Because there is no point in getting your vehicle inspected and wasting time and possibly money when its going to fail.
Take a look at the tire treads, do they look ok? Listen to your breaks, do they sound alright? Check your lights and turn signals, etc. You don’t have to be a mechanic to do a quick look over.
And if your vehicle (god forbid) doesn’t pass inspection, then that is probably for the better. Inspections cover the drive-ability of your vehicle and if it didn’t pass then it is probably not safe to drive and I would suggest you fix the problem immediately.