Getting a DoorDash car rental is an interesting strategy you could use to do DoorDash. By renting a car, you can avoid all the wear and tear (and maintenance) that comes with using your own vehicle.
But is it worth getting a DoorDash car rental to do DoorDash? The short answer is that it depends. It’ll really depend on what you can make doing DoorDash and the costs with the rental. If you can get a good price on a car rental, it can very well be worth it. Most of the time, however, it probably isn’t unless you’re willing to work long hours on DoorDash.
In this post, we’ll look at how a DoorDash car rental works and consider whether it’s worth renting a car to do DoorDash.
DoorDash Car Rental Options
At the outset, you have to ask yourself whether you are even allowed to rent a car to do DoorDash. The answer isn’t exactly clear, but in practice, you can do your deliveries using a rental car.
That’s because unlike Uber or Lyft, which require you to register a specific car and usually pass some inspections, DoorDash doesn’t require registering a specific car. If you’re delivering in a car, the only thing you have to do, other than pass a background check, is to provide DoorDash with proof of your car insurance. So long as you have insurance, you can do your deliveries in any car you want, including a rental car.
This makes sense when you think about it. Uber and Lyft both require you to transport passengers, so they have an interest in making sure cars meet their standards. And for safety reasons, it makes sense that your car has to be tied to your account so that customers know they are getting into the right vehicle. By contrast, with DoorDash (or other food delivery apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub), you’re only delivering food and customers aren’t having any interaction with your vehicle.
So what are your options for a DoorDash car rental? Here are a few for you to consider:
1. Traditional Car Rental
Getting a regular car rental from a car rental company is the most obvious way to rent a car to do DoorDash. However, there are things you need to consider. Most importantly, many car rental companies do not allow you to use the rental for commercial purposes. If you were to have an accident and the car rental company found out, you could have issues.
However, DoorDash does have an official partnership with Hertz, where you can rent a car from them to do DoorDash. Here’s the Hertz website, which provides more information about this partnership. If you’re looking to rent a car to do DoorDash, I’d recommend starting here first to see if the rates make sense for you.
Hyrecar often has more competitive rates compared to traditional car rental companies, so it’s worth checking to see if they operate in your area and have good rental options. When you rent with Hyrecar, you are renting a car from an individual, so it’s a different experience compared to renting a car from a large car rental company.
When you rent with Hyrecar, you’ll get insurance from them, which you can submit to DoorDash to satisfy the insurance requirement.
If you have a spare car or want to earn extra income from your car, you could also try renting it out on Hyrecar. I know some people do this with fleets of cars, allowing them to earn income from the cars they own.
Is Getting A Rental Car For DoorDash Worth It?
If you’re doing DoorDash part-time or as a side hustle, getting a rental car likely won’t be worth it. The only time I’d recommend a rental car is if you are doing DoorDash (and other gig economy apps) full-time. Since the cost of a rental car is fairly high, you’ll need to work steady hours to cover your costs and make a profit.
Like anything, when you’re doing DoorDash, you need to think like a business. That means looking at your expenses, seeing how much revenue you can generate, and figuring out if the profit is enough for you.
If a rental car costs $300 per week, you’ll need to think of that as your baseline expense. Then factor in how much gas you’ll use each week. After you’ve figured out those two numbers, you can figure out how much you’ll need to earn each week to make it worthwhile. What that number is will depend on your situation.
The big benefit of using a car rental is that you won’t put wear and tear on your own car. Most people dramatically underestimate the cost of operating their car (studies show people tend to underestimate the cost of operating their car by 50%). Using a rental car helps you get a clearer picture of what you’re spending each week since you have fixed rental costs that you can visualize, as well as gas costs that you can see.
When I think of it this way, I’d probably opt for a rental car if I was making enough money from DoorDash (for example, check out my post: How To Make $500 A Week With DoorDash).
Another Option – Renting Bikes (Or Ebikes) To Do DoorDash
Perhaps an even better option – and the option I tend to use when I’m renting vehicles to do DoorDash – is to opt to rent a bike. Back before the explosion of ebikes, I used to do most of my deliveries using my city’s bikeshare system. The system cost me $65 per year and gave me unlimited free rides. I could do deliveries all day without worrying about bike maintenance and at $65 per year, I was paying just $9 per month (the bikeshare system ran from April to November). I was more than able to pay for my bikeshare membership and earn a large profit too.
When I’m visiting other cities, I often like to do deliveries as a way of exploring a new city. It’s a way I get paid to travel. And to do deliveries, I’ll always rent a bike from the city bikeshare system. I visit Chicago a lot and always check out a Divvy bike and do deliveries there. A day pass usually costs about $15, which makes it easy for me to earn my money back.
Bikeshares have gotten even better over the past few years with the addition of ebikes to the fleets. Most of these ebikes charge a per-minute rate. In Minneapolis, where I live, I pay 18 cents per minute to ride an ebike. That means I can ride for an hour for $10.80. During peak hours, I can earn $30 or $40 per hour doing deliveries, so even after subtracting my ebike costs, I can still earn a strong profit.
It’s just food for thought. If you need to rent a vehicle, I think renting a bike or an ebike is the better way to do it, particularly if you live in a city.
Using a rental car to do DoorDash is a viable strategy. It’ll help you avoid putting wear and tear on your own car, which helps with maintenance and depreciation. At the same time, using a rental is a useful way to actually see how much your car costs. Most people simply don’t know how much it costs to operate their car and don’t take that into account when determining their profits from DoorDash.
For most people, a rental will only be worthwhile if you’re doing DoorDash as a full-time gig, rather than as a side hustle. If I were doing DoorDash full-time and using a car, I might very well use a rental.
I hope that information helps as you make your decision about whether to use a rental car or not.