Lyft Car Requirements

Lyft Car Requirements

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If you are wanting to become a Lyft Driver, you have to make sure your vehicle meets the Lyft Car Requirements. Lyft has come up with very basic Lyft Car Requirements for their drivers and their cars. Again, if you do not have a vehicle, all you have to do is say you are interested in the rental program during your application process. Easy as that! Ok, let's get started. Here is the list of Lyft Car Requirements.

Lyft Car Requirements

Let's start off with the basics that seem extremely obvious, but are definitely necessary. FYI, if you have a new or somewhat new car, most likely your car will already meet all of the requirements for Lyft. Unless you bought a complete fixer upper or something that is older than 10 years (depending on the city/market), you should be good to go. Some of these requirements may seem ridiculous to even mention, but just remember, Lyft needs to make sure that all vehicles meet certain standards, and that no one is trying to sneak a crappy vehicle in to the system just to make money.

So with that being said, here are the Lyft requirements for your car:

  1. You must have fully functioning heating and air conditioning. No one wants to go around sweating bullets or leave with frost bite. Little extreme? Maybe, but you get the point.
  2. Your horn must work. No one wants to be in a situation where you need your horn, but it doesn't work.
  3. You must have properly working wipers that actually wipe away water or anything else. You can't be having a windshield that you can't see out of. These are easy to make sure you have taken care of.
  4. Your exhaust system must be working within the state standards without any kind of modifications. It also cannot have excessive wear and tear. You should know if this is good to go each year when you renew your plates.
  5. The front seats must have the ability to move back and forth. Everyone likes to sit differently and everyone's leg length is different! Someone who is 6'5" will not be comfortable in a small Fiat, which brings me to the next requirement. This can either be electric or manual, it does not matter, as long as the seats can move.
  6. Your car must have 4 doors. In order to comfortably drive around passengers, you cannot have people squeezing through doors and climbing over seats. This basically means you need an average sedan, SUV, or 4-door truck (all with 4 handles on the outside). Sadly, we cannot cruise around in a cute Mini-Cooper or convertible. These doors must be able to open from inside OR outside of the vehicle. The passenger must also be able to lock or unlock their door from the inside. Sorry to all of you sporty cars.
  7. Seat belts MUST MUST MUST work properly! This is cannot be stressed enough. Lives are on the line when in a moving vehicle, and seat belts can save lives. Don't forget to buckle your seat belt as well!
  8. You need to make sure your tires are not worn down and that they have a sufficient amount of tread. During your vehicle inspection, the Lyft team will be checking out your vehicle. If they feel you need new tires, you will have to get new tires.
  9. Next, the body of your car must be free of large dents or damage. You cannot roll around town with a dented-in bumper and expect to be taken seriously as a safe driver with a good driving record. Your vehicle represents how you take care of yourself. If you take care of yourself, it will show in your vehicle. Love yourself!!
  10. Your car must have windows! How many times have you seen another car with no back window, just plastic and some duck tape? Passengers do not want to be in an unsafe car. Your front window also must not have any large cracks or cracks that can obstruct the driver's point of view. The passenger windows all must be able to roll up and down. My grandma's car had an issue with this when I was growing up... it's a big deal. Last, your mirrors cannot have any cracks, either.
  11. When you are at Lyft getting your vehicle inspected, you will be asked to turn on all your lights. This includes your turning signals, headlights, brake lights and reverse lights. Please know how to turn on all your lights. I know cars have automatic systems now-a-days, but make sure you know how to do it yourself.
  12. Your engine, suspension and brakes must all be in working order. If there are any questions about any of these functions, you may have to have your vehicle professionally inspected and bring the verified documentation showing your vehicle has been fixed for Lyft to approve.
  13. Last of the Lyft Car Requirements, your vehicle must be 2005 or newer, UNLESS stated below:
Lyft (Market or City) Oldest year acceptable
California: all cities 2004
Colorado: all cities 2004
Florida: Tampa, Miami 2007
Kentucky: all cities 2007
Louisiana: New Orleans 2009
Massachusetts: all cities 2004
Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul 2004
Nevada: all cities 2008
New Jersey: all cities 2004
New York: New York City Requirements governed by the TLC
Pennsylvania: all cities 2007
Oregon: Portland 2007
Rhode Island: Providence 2004
Tennessee: Nashville 2004
Texas: Austin, Dallas 2004
Virginia: all cites 2006
Washington, D.C. 2006
Washington: Seattle 2007

This concludes the Lyft Car Requirements.

I truly hope this helps you in your quest for the Lyft Car Requirments. If you have any questions, be sure to find your local Lyft office and ask a Lyft employee! They are all so nice and are happy to help you with any problems or questions you may have.