Using a scooter to deliver for DoorDash is my preferred way to deliver orders. I live in a city, so opting to Dash using a scooter is often faster than using a car. This means more money in my pocket since I can complete more orders faster. And of course, I save a lot of money since I don’t have to deal with gas or worry about expensive maintenance.
Delivering for DoorDash using a scooter does require some strategy and understanding, however. You’ll want to be strategic about the orders you accept, specifically avoiding orders that are going too far away. You’ll also need to think about some logistics, such as what scooter you should use and how you’ll carry and deliver orders.
In this post, we’ll walk through how I deliver for DoorDash using an electric scooter. We’ll also talk about what scooters you might want to use, the equipment you’ll need to deliver for DashDash using an electric scooter, and some strategies you can use to maximize your earnings while delivering with an electric scooter.
How To Deliver For DoorDash On A Scooter
At the outset, delivering for DoorDash using a scooter is an option that you’ll find in your Dasher app. To select the option to Dash with a scooter, go to the vehicle management section of your Dasher app (in the account tab), then click “add new vehicle” and add a scooter to your vehicle list.
One thing to note, however, is that I think DoorDash considers a scooter to be the same as a moped. That means you are required to go through a vehicle background check to be able to sign up for a scooter. DoorDash may also send you orders going longer distances if you sign up to deliver as a scooter.
Instead, the better way, if you want to deliver for DoorDash using a scooter, is to select to Dash using an ebike as your vehicle. Selecting to use an ebike doesn’t require you to do a vehicle background check and it will give you shorter distances that are better suited for scooters. A scooter is also more like an ebike, in my opinion, so it fits better to be signed up as an ebike, rather than a scooter/moped.
Which Scooter Should You Use?
The ideal scooter to Dash with DoorDash is one that gives you good speed and has good range. Typically, if you’re doing longer delivery shifts, high-powered electric scooters are the best option. These scooters typically have larger wheels, large decks, suspension, and 30-40 miles of range. They also have high-top speeds, often up to 40 mph. The downside with a high-powered scooter is the price – these scooters typically cost at least $1,500 and more often, are around $2,000 or so.
In terms of good high-powered scooters, the one that I use a lot is the Varla Eagle One. I wrote a review of this scooter a few years ago and it has continued to be a strong scooter for my needs. These days, the Varla Eagle One is an older model, so it can be purchased at a good price point, especially if sales are going on. The newer versions of the Varla Eagle One include the Varla Eagle One 2.0 and the Varla Eagle One Pro, both of which are newer models of the Eagle One. Any of these scooters will work well for you as a Dasher.
Dualtron is another company that makes excellent scooters. I have one Dualtron scooter and it’s fast, comfortable, and has good range. There are plenty of other companies as well that make good high-powered electric scooters (Apollo Scooters is another company that sells good high-powered scooters, though I don’t have personal experience with those scooters yet). If you want to be able to maximize your delivery runs, getting a high-powered electric scooter is what you’ll want.
Another option is to get what I like to think of as “intermediate scooters.” These are scooters that typically have smaller wheels, a top speed of about 20 mph, and a max range of around 20-30 miles. Scooters in this category are often cheaper as well, coming in around $500 to $700. Scooters like this are good for doing quick delivery runs, such as if you only plan to work for a few hours during the lunch or dinner rush. A scooter like the GoTrax G5, for example, is a great option in this category.
Finally, another option is to go with what I call a “toy scooter.” These are scooters that usually have small, solid wheels and usually have a top speed between 15-20 mph and a max range of around 15-20 miles. The advantage of scooters like these is that they’re small, fairly lightweight, and fairly cheap. The downside, of course, is a lower top speed and not that much range. If you’re using this type of scooter, you’ll want to stick to working during prime hours and in a smaller area. Good examples of scooters in this category include the Hiboy S2 or Hiboy S2R, both of which deliver good speed and range at an affordable price point.
What Equipment Should You Use To Deliver DoorDash With A Scooter?
If you’re delivering for DoorDash using a scooter, you’ll also need to think about what equipment you’ll need. One downside with scooters is that you don’t have a lot of cargo space, so to carry your orders, you’ll need a good delivery bag.
I use an Uber Eats delivery bag that I bought for $5 several years ago. It has cup holders inside it and a lot of storage space, so it has worked out well for me. Unfortunately, they don’t sell that bag anymore, but there are still plenty of good, affordable delivery backpacks out there. The main thing you’ll want to look for is a delivery backpack that can hold several orders and has space to securely hold drinks as well. If you really want to be prepared, getting a bag that can hold pizzas is also a good idea.
I wrote a post with some of the best delivery backpacks that I’ve found. Check it out for some good options.
There are other Dashers that have rigged up different setups for their scooters. For example, Yogi Steve from Electric Scooter Academy has a setup where he puts his delivery bag on the deck and stands behind it. Go for what works for you – just make sure that whatever setup you have can securely hold drinks and a couple of food orders.
Other than a good delivery backpack, you’ll also want a bike lock so you can lock up your scooter if you need to. Most of the time, I don’t need to lock my scooter since I can bring it inside, but there will be some situations where you can’t bring your scooter inside. In those situations, a small lock that allows you to quickly lock up your scooter is a good thing to have.
DoorDash Scooter Strategies
The DoorDash scooter strategies are similar to any other DoorDash strategy. You’ll want to be strategic with the orders you accept, sticking with orders from restaurants that are generally fast and sticking in areas that you know are busy. The key with DoorDash is to be able to complete orders quickly and efficiently. Remember, you’re getting paid by the tasks you complete, not the time you work, so working quickly and efficiently is the most important thing you can do to maximize your earnings.
The other thing you should do is multi-app. That means you should sign up for multiple delivery apps, then use all of them at the same time. I often try to line up my DoorDash orders with orders from Uber Eats and Grubhub, allowing me to earn the most money possible in the same amount of time.
Finally, use the scooter to your advantage. That means you should work in dense areas with a lot of traffic and limited parking. These are places where scooters have a huge advantage over cars and where you might have less competition from other Dashers. I always opt to work in the busiest areas of my city, since with a scooter, I don’t have to worry about traffic or parking.
Using a scooter to deliver with DoorDash is an excellent strategy. I never use a car to deliver with DoorDash, opting instead to deliver using an ebike or scooter. It’s much easier to deliver using a scooter, plus it allows me to complete more deliveries and saves me time and money. Thinking of my scooter as an investment, it’s easily paid for itself.
If you are considering delivering for DoorDash using a scooter, I think it’s a great idea. I’ve had a lot of success using a scooter and I think you will too.