Can you use someone else’s car for DoorDash? You might be asking yourself this question for a variety of reasons. Maybe your car is in the shop, so you need to borrow someone’s car. Or maybe you signed up to drive for DoorDash and don’t even have your own car.
The answer is that, for all practical purposes, you can use someone else’s car for DoorDash. Technically, you aren’t supposed to do that, but there’s basically no way for DoorDash to know that you’re using someone else’s car. And since DoorDash is a food delivery service, the type of car you’re using doesn’t really matter (in contrast to Uber or Lyft, where your car is important).
In this post, we’ll look a closer look at whether can you use someone else’s car for DoorDash and consider some other options to consider instead of using someone else’s car.
Can You Use Someone Else’s Car For DoorDash
When you sign up for DoorDash, you are required to submit your car and insurance information, as well as go through a background check. Technically, that means you are only supposed to use your car and are not allowed to use someone else’s car.
However, from a practical perspective, there’s no way for DoorDash to know which car you are using. That means you could use any car you’d like to complete your deliveries.
There are a lot of reasons why you might use someone else’s car. You might have a family member that has a more fuel-efficient car, for example. Or maybe your car is damaged and is being repaired. Rather than lose out on your earnings, it might make sense to borrow a car for a bit until you are able to go back to your own car.
Of course, there are insurance considerations to consider if you’re going to use someone else’s car. If you get into an accident while you’re driving someone else’s car, for example, you may have issues with determining whether coverage applies to you. You’ll have to determine whether your situation makes sense to use someone else’s car.
Renting A Car For DoorDash
In addition to using someone else’s car, you could also consider renting a car. DoorDash does explicitly allow you to rent a car to do deliveries. Indeed, they have a partnership with Hertz for Dashers to rent cars, and car-sharing services like HyreCar allow you to rent cars for gig economy work.
Whether it makes sense to rent a car will depend on your situation. To make it worthwhile, you have to be doing DoorDash enough to cover the costs of the car rental and make a profit
That being said, one of the things I like about renting a car is that you avoid putting wear and tear on your own car and you get a better view of what your expenses actually are. Cars are interesting because most costs are invisible and it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how much your car actually costs you. Most sources put the cost of operating a car at between 50 cents and 80 cents a mile, so if you drive a lot, your car costs more than you might realize.
I wrote a more detailed post about renting a car for DoorDash, so check that post out if you’d like more information on renting a car. You can find the post here: DoorDash Car Rental – Is It Worth Getting A Car Rental For DoorDash.
Using A Bike Instead Of A Car
Another option to consider is to deliver for DoorDash using a bike, rather than using a car. There are a lot of advantages to using a bike. You can avoid traffic and don’t have to worry about parking. Your operating costs will be minimal. And you can even get some exercise while you do DoorDash.
If you live in a dense area, you’ll likely make even more money than if you use a car since you’ll be able to move faster and can avoid traffic and parking.
Bikes are good too because they don’t require insurance, so any insurance issues with using someone else’s car can be avoided.
If you live in a few select markets, you could even opt to walk your DoorDash orders, although this generally isn’t a good option if you’re looking to make a lot of money (I’d only walk orders if I was looking more to enjoy myself or get the experience of walking).
I’ve been writing for years about how biking is the best way to do DoorDash and if my choices were to use someone else’s car or use a bike, I’d always choose to use a bike. If you’re interested in learning more about biking with DoorDash, you can check out the posts I’ve written on this topic below:
In conclusion, you technically are only supposed to use your own car to do DoorDash, but in reality, you can use someone else’s car if you need to. There are things to consider – primarily insurance considerations to think about, as using someone else’s car while doing DoorDash can muddy things a bit.
Rather than using someone else’s car, you could also consider renting a car. And beyond using a car, you could also opt to use a bike, avoiding all the hassles of insurance and the other issues that come with cars.