Is there a cut off for what year car you can drive for Uber?

I have been looking into driving for Uber for a while now but I can't seem to find a straight forward answer about this. My car isn't exactly new but it is in good working shape and in terms of cosmetic details, I have taken good care of it. I just want to know if there is a year where they cut off that you can't actually drive for them, that being the car is too old. Anyone know?

May 3, 2020 5:17 PM
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Yes, you can drive any car in working function that is 10 years old or newer. So this means in 2020, any car that was made prior to 2010 will not be eligible to drive for Uber. The new the vehicle the better as Uber prefers newer, safer models of most cars makes and models.

May 4, 2020 5:45 PM


I think it is 10 years for Lyft as well. This is mainly down to safety reasons. I think it is a reasonable number. I wouldn't feel safe in a car older than 10 years myself so I don't expect passengers to feel safe.

May 5, 2020 3:12 PM

I understand the point of limiting a cars age to 10 years, but there are still plenty of vehicles older than that which look great and run just fine. I have a Land Rover from 2007 as a second car and it has been wonderful. I can feel safe in a car from the 80s and I can feel unsafe in a car from 2020, it comes down to who's driving it for me.

May 9, 2020 9:41 PM

10 years seems to be the standard for all public transport vehicles, even buses these days. At least this is the case in my area. Schools were even forced to upgrade their buses a few years ago.

May 12, 2020 11:32 PM

Found out the hard way when I was told I had to stop driving because my car was "too old",

I actually had already been leasing a car at the time so I just switched over to using that and have done so since.

May 17, 2020 7:20 PM

Some sites will say no cars prior to 2003 but I think this is outdated information. Based on what I have heard from people and as what was mentioned, 10 years is the oldest your vehicle could be.

May 18, 2020 6:06 PM


Uber accept manual and automatic transmission vehicles, however we recommend automatic transmission as this makes for a smoother and easier driving experience for the rider and partner-driver.

May 21, 2020 10:31 PM


I drive a 2006 and I'm pretty sure it's out at the end of the year. I advise using the oldest car possible that also satisfies your personal needs. 

One thing people need to consider is the required fuel type. Chicago has the largest difference in price between regular and premium gas. Spending extra for car that gets 15% better mpg but uses gas that costs 25% more is a bad deal on Uber.

May 23, 2020 11:23 PM

Vehicle must be at most 15 years old or younger (this means your model year should be 2001 or newer.)

Must seat 4 or more passengers excluding the driver.

Must be a 4-door car, truck, or minivan.

Must have the driver’s name on the vehicle’s insurance, however, the driver’s name does not need to be on the registration of the vehicle

May 28, 2020 10:17 AM

No full-size vans (Ford Transit, Ford E-Series, GMC Savana, etc)

No taxis or taxi-style paint

No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles (salvage title)

May 31, 2020 10:33 PM

May 31, 2020 10:33 PM