As you can see from my username, I decided to select a Skoda Superb to be my Uber office on wheels. It's the 2009 black turbo diesel version with after market mags. I'd never heard of this car until I googled 'best car for Uber' and it was recommended highly, especially in England and elsewhere in Europe.
First, the rear legroom is massive! The black leather interior looks really classy and the sound system is absolutely awesome. it's a little narrower than the Commodores and Falcons I've owned, yet maybe that's partially behind the low fuel consumption. Combined with an aux cable I've had many happy customers listening to their tunes. It makes the ride more interesting for me too.
So far, the fuel consumption is averaging about 6 litres/100km which is remarkably good IMHO. On the open road, it sips 3.9 litres/100km and can go 1200 on a tank. The boot is huge and I mean huge. It's also got a double hinge, so it can open up as a hatchback or as a sedan with a boot.
I bought the car at auction for less than $8000 all up on the road, yet the car truly has the feel and performance of a car worth $20,000 more (in my opinion). Quite a few passengers have commented on the car, with its chrome and woodgrain fittings inside.
I've never had a car this luxurious and it looks a little like a BMW front on. After a year of Ubering, it will probably be worth $7000 based on the price these go for on carsales. So I'm not that fussed about depreciation. In fact, if I stopped Ubering, I'd be more than happy to keep this car until it's truly worn out.
I took a lot of time deciding what car to go with. My previous car was a 2006 Hyundai Getz, which I sold for $3000 to get into the Skoda. I considered a hybrid Camry, yet they were going for about $10-11,00 at auction and whilst cheap to run, looked a little too much like a taxi for me. That's why I also passed on the Falcon G6 and Commodore on gas.
Things to be mindful of when picking a Skoda Superb are:
1. Avoid the 7-Speed auto. The 6 speed apparently is without any problems.
2. Avoid the petrol turbo model. It's quieter, yet nowhere near as cheap to run.
3. Look for a car with complete service history. Mine has, from Skoda dealers, so everything's been done.
4. Get a set of new custom mats from fitmycar. I chose black mats with custom blue stitching!
The stereo has a slot for a SD card as well as an aux input and with three cigarette lighters, (one in the boot) there are plenty of options for phone chargers.
Throw in traction control abs, DSG transmission (manual as well as auto) headlights that turn with you, auto rain sensing wipers, dual climate control etc etc and you'll find driving more enjoyable than ever. Being comfortable driving was an important decision factor for me. I have long legs, and not only does the steering wheel tilt up/down, it also extends out a long way as well.
I thought I might write about my experiences as a newbie driver (17 days, $2490.79 grossed after Uber commission) yet, the best part of my experience has definitely been finding (AND DRIVING) my Skoda Superb!