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Passing the Vehicle Inspection to Drive with Uber

Passing the Vehicle Inspection to Drive with Uber

October 22, 2018
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When Do Vehicle Inspections Take Place?

Before you can even start driving with Uber, your car will first have to pass a vehicle inspection. Afterwards, the frequency of your vehicle inspections vary depending on your state of residence. For the state of California, passing the vehicle inspection to drive with Uber is required every year or every 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

How Does it Work?

  • First, you schedule an inspection at a location partnered with Uber OR a facility licensed by the state for automotive repair.
    Note: Check the Uber site to locate your nearby partnered location to get your inspection done for free.
  • Then on the inspection day, the inspector checks each inspection point on your vehicle.
  • Lastly, the inspector completes the Inspection Form, passing or failing your vehicle.

Passing the vehicle requirements to drive with Uber should be relatively simple. Overall the vehicle inspection process should take less than 30 minutes. Assuming your vehicle passes, as the final step you’d upload the completed Inspection Form and receipt to your account for review by Uber.

How Much Does it Cost?

If you use an inspection location partnered with Uber, the inspection cost is free! However, that if your vehicle does not pass the inspection, Uber won’t cover the costs of any repairs or maintenance needed for your car to pass.

What’s Checked in the Vehicle Inspection?

Given that you’ll be transporting passengers in your vehicle, it’s also important that your vehicle is functioning properly with all the necessary features. During the Vehicle Inspection, the mechanic checks the following components of your vehicle to ensure it’s working properly:

  • Headlights
  • Tail Lights
  • Turn Indicator Lights
  • Stop Lights
  • Foot brakes
  • Emergency / parking brakes
  • Steering mechanism
  • Windshield
  • Safety belts (driver and passengers)
  • Rear window and all glass
  • Windshield wipers
  • Front seat adjustment
  • Doors (open/close/lock)
  • Horn
  • Speedometer
  • Bumpers
  • Muffler and exhaust system
  • Tires (including tread depth)
  • Mirrors (interior and exterior)

See the Inspection Form utilized for this vehicle inspection.

What Happens if My Vehicle Doesn’t Pass?

While passing the vehicle requirements to drive with Uber should be simple, if your vehicle does not pass, don’t worry – there’s still hope. If you don’t pass then you can get the required repairs and maintenance done on your vehicle to get inspected again. Just be aware that you’ll be on your own to cover the costs of these repairs. Sign up to drive with Uber.

Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan is a Britain transplant. Finance background, enjoys tea, politics and soccer (or football for everyone across the pond). Get in touch with him via email

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