Is DoorDash worth it after gas? The best answer to this question is “It depends.” I know – it’s not that helpful of an answer.
That’s because how much you can make on DoorDash is heavily dependent on the type of vehicle you’re using, where you’re working, and how efficient you are when you’re Dashing. As you can probably guess, DoorDash will be most worth it for people who are able to use fuel-efficient vehicles and can work in busy areas where they can complete a lot of deliveries quickly.
With that said, in this post, we’ll take a closer look at whether DoorDash is worth it after gas. We’ll also look into what you can do to maximize your earnings by considering ways to reduce how much gas you use or even eliminate gas altogether.
Is DoorDash Worth It After Gas?
So, is DoorDash worth it after gas? Honestly, I’d probably say for most people, it’s probably not worth it after the cost of gas and maintenance. That’s because most people aren’t that efficient with how they Dash and they underestimate how much their cars cost. Most people also accept too many bad orders that aren’t paying enough for how long they’ll take to complete or how far you have to drive.
That being said, DoorDash can be worth it after gas so long as you are working during prime hours, multi-app, and are strategic about the orders you accept.
Working during prime hours is key because you’re only paid for deliveries you complete. A common mistake new Dashers make is not understanding that with DoorDash, you’re paid for the tasks you complete, not the time you’re working. This is in contrast to most jobs, where you’re paid for the time you work and not really paid for the work you complete. If you’re sitting around doing nothing, you’re wasting your time and losing money.
Multi-apping is also very important because you can’t rely on a single delivery app for your earnings. DoorDash, for example, is notorious for crashing at times. Things can also be slow with DoorDash, but be busy with other apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub. You always want to multi-app, if possible, to keep yourself busy, give yourself the best orders, and maximize your earnings. For more information about multi-apping, check out my Ultimate Guide to Multi-Apping With DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub.
Finally, you need to be strategic about the orders you accept. Even though you’re in a car, you want to avoid traveling long distances, not only because it will use up more gas and put more wear and tear on your car, but also because long deliveries can take you outside of good delivery areas. If you drive outside of good delivery areas, you’ll be forced to “deadhead” back to better areas, essentially meaning you’re driving for free and using your gas to do it. This costs you money and time.
Ways To Reduce How Much Gas You Use
There are a few strategies I use to reduce (or even eliminate) how much gas I use. Here are the main things you can do to reduce the gas you use.
1. Use An Ebike or Electric Scooter
The main strategy I use to reduce how much gas I use is to complete deliveries using an ebike or electric scooter. I’ve always done my deliveries using a bike, but ebikes are a complete game changer, allowing me to complete deliveries even faster without getting tired.
In many cities, ebikes can be even faster than using a car. This is particularly true in dense areas, which are usually the areas that are busiest for Dashers too. The nice thing about Dashing using an ebike or scooter is that, in addition to not having to worry about gas or other expensive vehicle maintenance, I also don’t have to worry about parking or traffic. There’s no better feeling than riding past a bunch of cars stuck in traffic, and then parking your bike right in front of the restaurant.
Not all cities are DoorDash bicycle cities, but if you live somewhere where you can Dash via bike or scooter, I highly recommend it. You’ll save a ton of money and have a lot more fun with your deliveries too.
2. Use An Electric Car
A second option to eliminate your gas usage is to use an electric car to do your deliveries. The issue with most electric cars is that they’re very expensive- your average electric car costs over $50,000.
That being said, not all electric cars are insanely expensive. I personally drive a Chevy Bolt EV, which is probably the most affordable electric car on the market at the time I’m writing this. I ended up trading an old Prius in for it and all together, I was able to get my Chevy Bolt EV for about $25,000.
The Chevy Bolt EV has great range too, giving me about 250 miles of range on a full charge. For delivery purposes, that’s obviously plenty.
If you’re able to swing it, opting for an EV is a great way to reduce your gas usage. You’ll also reduce your maintenance costs since there are fewer moving parts on an EV as compared to a regular gas car.
3. Use A Fuel-Efficient Vehicle
Of course, opting to go with a fully electric vehicle isn’t going to be for everyone. If you’re using a regular gas car, the best advice I can give you is to use a fuel-efficient vehicle. Hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius are going to be your best option. I drove a Toyota Prius for years before I moved to my Chevy Bolt EV.
For more ideas about good cars to use, check out my post: Best Cars For DoorDash – Ranking The Best DoorDash Car Options
So is DoorDash worth it after gas? The short answer is that it depends, but it can be worth it after gas so long as you’re using the right vehicles to complete your Dashes, are strategic with the orders you accept, and are efficient with your deliveries.
For me, my strategy has been to do my Dashes using electric bikes and scooters, allowing me to save huge amounts of money on gas and maintenance. It’s my top recommendation for most people.
That being said, I know that biking isn’t for everyone or you might live in a city where biking doesn’t work for you. In that case, using an EV or opting for a fuel-efficient car will be how you’ll make DoorDash worth it after gas.