We provide a 19-point vehicle inspection that is used by rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft to determine if your car meets the minimum requirements to become a driver with their companies. You can see an example of a 19-point inspection here.
Yes, to verify our California Bureau of Automotive Repair (CBAR) license, tap here: https://goo.gl/XGLbcX.
Enter License number 287461.
Then tap "find".
This is the same license number that will be on your inspection form.
We are an independent mechanic and are not officially affiliated with Uber or Lyft. We are one of the many mechanics across the country that can provide vehicle inspections that driver applicants can submit to Uber or Lyft. Unlike traditional mechanics, we only focus on the 19-point rideshare inspection, and do our inspections over video chat.
Yes! We can be your one-stop shop for both Uber and Lyft vehicle inspections. By working with us, you can receive both inspection forms usually within about 15 minutes.
We can provide inspections in most states. Please apply for an inspection and see if we can help you.
Here are the things you can do on your end to ensure that you have a fast and smooth inspection at the time of your appointment:
- Have enough battery life for your phone so it will last for a 5-10 minute video chat.
- Make sure that you have a video chat app downloaded on your phone. We work with most of the popular apps such as Duo, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Viber, and Facetime (limited to iPhone). If you do not already have an app installed, please download our preferred app, Viber, which you can download from the following links:
- Have a clean penny ready (this is used for measuring the tire tread- don’t worry if you have never done this before; your inspector will guide you through it). See this image which explains how to measure tire tread with a penny
- Make sure that you are in a location that gets good cell signal and that your cellular data is turned on, or that you are connected to wi fi when you are with your car (sometimes if you go too far from the home, you will lose the wifi signal, so we recommend that you disconnect from the wi fi if your car is outside the garage)
- Make sure that there is plenty of lighting where you are at the time of the inspection (especially if you schedule your inspection at night). Gas stations are excellent for night-time inspections.
We are risk free! We will only charge you if you pass the inspection. Having said that, if you are aware of any obvious issues your car has (i.e. cracked windshield, bald tires, dead headlights), please save us both some time and get those issues resolved before you schedule an appointment.
Unfortunately, no. We will only charge you if your vehicle passes the inspection. You will receive your inspection form from us after the inspection is complete and we have received your payment. We are not involved in the driver approval process by rideshare companies (i.e. the background check).
After you pass your inspection, your agent will send you a payment link so that you can make your payment. We accept all major credit and debit cards and use a secure online portal powered by Stripe, one of the most widely used online payment processing platforms. Alternatively, we can accept payments via Paypal, Venmo, and Cash App.
No, all payments go through Stripe, which is a 3rd party online payment processing platform; we do not see or store any of your payment information.
Uber and Lyft require that you complete a vehicle inspection every year or every 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. You will also need a vehicle inspection each time you add a new car to your driver profile. We love our repeat customers!
All of our video inspections are done virtually using video chat (i.e. Facetime, Duo, Viber). With technology, we are able to verify all of the items required in the 19-point vehicle inspection. When your assigned inspector determines that your car passes the inspection, what they are acknowledging is that they believe that your car meets the minimum requirements for the 19-point inspection required by Lyft and Uber. Please note that we are not a full-service mechanic, and do not provide comprehensive inspections to determine the safety of your car; we only focus on the 19-point rideshare vehicle inspection.
All of the video chat apps work fine, the more important thing is to have a decent data connection or wi fi connection, so the video chat app can work with good quality video. See a list of the video chat platforms that we use here! Don’t worry if you have never used a video chat app; our agents are experienced in helping our customers use video chat for the first time.
Maybe for you but not for us! We mostly look at specific mechanical safety features mentioned here. Unless your car is so dirty that we can’t assess the windshield for cracks, you won’t need to worry about the cleanliness of your car.
Yes. As far as the inspection goes, that is not a problem!
For the inspection, this is not an issue; however, we recommend that you check with Uber or Lyft to understand their policy with regard to out-of-state driver’s licenses or license plates for your particular situation and region.
We will not check your insurance when doing the vehicle inspection. However, to drive for Uber or Lyft, your name must be on listed on the insurance.
We do not check the registration when doing the vehicle inspection, but Uber or Lyft do not require that the car be registered in your name. As long as your name is on the insurance, you should be fine; however, we recommend that you contact Uber or Lyft for confirmation.
The only platform that we support which allows you to drive a 2-door car is Uber Eats.
To drive for UberX or Lyft, you must be at least 21 years old. For Uber Eats, you must be at least 18 years old.
Once your car passes the inspection and you make your payment, we will send the completed inspection form to you (either via text message or e-mail), which you can upload to your Uber or Lyft profile. We can provide instructions on how to do it.
Uber and Lyft require that the driver’s personal information be included on the inspection form, so the form with one person’s form will not work for someone else.
Uber and Lyft each have a separate inspection forms that must be used for your vehicle inspection, one inspection will not work for both companies. We can perform your inspection and offer both forms, and we also offer a discount to customers who purchase both as a bundle.
Yes! Uber allows you to retroactively add our referral code even after you have completed some trips. The number of trips for the cutoff varies from region to region, so we encourage that you contact us to see if it may work for you to receive a sign up incentive.
We are an independent mechanic and have no access to your Uber or Lyft account.
The approval process is contingent upon a number of items, one of those being the vehicle inspection. Regardless of your vehicle, you still have to pass a background check and driving record check; Rideshare Mechanic is not involved and does not influence those steps of the approval process.
We are an independent mechanic and only provide vehicle inspections; we are not Uber or Lyft, and outside of the vehicle inspection, we have no influence on their decisions to allow you to drive.
Acceptable forms of payment are: All major credit and debit cards, and Paypal
If you schedule your inspection when it’s dark outside, you will need to take your vehicle to a well-lit area such as a parking garage or gas station, and we can complete the inspection from there. Street lights usually do not have sufficient lighting to complete the inspection in an effective manner.
We offer inspections 7 days a week, from 9 AM to 9 PM, PST (12 PM to 12 AM EST).
Yes! The wait time can vary depending on how busy we are, but we can typically take care of your inspection within 30 minutes of your request for an on-demand inspection. To request one, just schedule a normal inspection and then when you receive your confirmation text message, text back to inform us that you want an immediate inspection.
We are a virtual mechanic; all of our inspections are done remotely via video chat. We do not have a physical location for customers to come to.