People who intend to have us manage their vehicles on the Uber/Bolt platform ask all the time what the best cars for Uber business is.
It has become a more regular question since the post about The 3 Reasons You’re Losing Money in Your Uber Business. (You Should Read It).
In the post above, I had mentioned that the single most important factor for success in the Uber business is the choice of vehicle. An inappropriate vehicle will make a good driver become bad, yet a ‘bad’ driver could become good if the right vehicle merges with good working conditions.
When choosing the most practical vehicle to use, you want to consider the following factors: Fuel economy, good air conditioner, reliability, maintenance cost, life span, resale value etc.
In this post, I will highlight the top 5 cars for the Uber business in Nigeria:
- TOYOTA COROLLA
This is actually the most preferred.. no wonder most companies use them as official cars. The 1.8 litre 4 cylinder engine gives an average of 30 miles per gallon (mpg). The air conditioner is excellent, sound system is good enough and the car makes your passengers arrive like a boss.
With the Corolla, you’ll get good reliability, reasonable space and excellent resale value.
Estimated Price: Tokunbo — N1.9million (2006 model)
2. TOYOTA YARIS (Sedan)
This car is small but mighty and arguably the best in the Uber line-up. Its 1.5 litre 4 cylinder engine gives you an amazing average fuel consumption of 32 mpg.. That’s about half the consumption of several 6 cylinder engines. Although, acceleration suffers but still good enough for city trips. It is also reliable and maintenance cost is moderate which all add up to increase your earning potentials.
Don’t be deceived by the small exterior.. it is pretty spacious inside. Thanks to the small engine and short bonnet. The small bonnet and the low belt-line makes you feel like you are sitting up high.
Estimated Price: Tokunbo — N1.8million (2008 model)
3. HYUNDAI ELANTRA
A roomy and well-built economy car with surprisingly sharp reflexes, the 2007 Hyundai Elantra is a good vehicle for the Uber business.
Standard on all Elantra sedans is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine capable of 138 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque.
I particularly like the 2007 model as it comes with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints.
With several Nigerian mechanics familiar with it, it has low maintenance and its spare parts are readily available.
Estimated Price: Tokunbo — N1.4million (2007 model)
4. HYUNDAI ACCENT
Another Hyundai product. Seems as if they are made for the Uber business.
The 2008 Hyundai Accent has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder which makes it quite fuel efficient.
Unusual for a vehicle in this segment, all models of this vehicle include standard front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Antilock brakes are standard on SE coupes and optional on GLS sedans.
Estimated Price: Tokunbo — N1.5million (2008 model)
5. KIA RIO
The 2008 edition of Kia Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 with 110 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard across the board, while a four-speed automatic is optional on all but the base sedan.
Seat comfort is very good for most body types, though drivers north of 6 feet tall may get fidgety after more than an hour behind the wheel. In back, headroom is a bit tight for 6-footers, but legroom is fully adequate and the tall bench provides good thigh support.
For most Nigerians, it is a comfortable vehicle.
Estimated Price: Tokunbo — N1.6million (2008 model)
Asides the top vehicles highlighted, the following vehicles also offer value for money in the Uber business:
- Toyota Prius
- Toyota Matrix
- Kia Cerato
- Honda Civic
- Mazda 3
- Mazda 6
So there you have it! The 5 most effective cars for the Uber business in Nigeria.
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