In order to drive for Uber in Boise Idaho, you may or may not need to get your vehicle inspected first. It depends on the age of the vehicle and the geography. Usually if you need an inspection you can get it within 30 days of being activated.
There are no Greenlight inspection locations in Boise, so you’ll have to have a third party mechanic perform the inspection. It’s pretty quick. Below you’ll find everything that is on the Uber Inspection form, that way you know what to expect during the inspection.
See also: Uber Vehicle Requirements: Boise
Uber Inspection Locations in Boise
You might get the option to take an inspection form to a mechanic. Every item on it is listed in the next section. You’ll be given a link to the most current version of the form when you register. If they don’t say anything to you about an inspection, don’t worry about it. It’s not a given that you’ll even have to get an inspection.
Uber does have a deal with Jiffy Lube in many markets for the inspection. What’s nice about them is that they can’t profit from most of the things they could fail you on, since they are a lube shop.
There’s two things you should keep in mind when bringing your car in for an inspection somewhere other than a Greenlight Hub:
- It’s not free.
- A mechanic can profit from failing your car. So make sure to go to one with a good reputation.
Here are some good resources to help you:
Uber Inspection Form Boise
The Mechanic will look over the vehicle to ensure that it’s in good working order. One thing to keep in mind is that while it’s not as thorough as a State inspection, they are also checking to make sure that the car is up to Uber’s appearance standards as well. So, it certainly can help things along if you bring the car in clean and ready to go.
The inspector will have you pull the car in and check the safety belts, honk the horn, check the brake lights and more. Here are all the items that are on the Uber Boise inspection checklist.
In order to pass the Uber inspection, they need to verify that the following lights are functioning properly:
- Tail Lights
- Turn Signal Lights
- Brake Lights
If your vehicle is equipped with fog lights from the factory, they don’t need to be working. Make sure to walk around the vehicle and check to see if all of these lights are working before you take your vehicle up for inspection. This is the most common reason for a vehicle to not pass inspection.
Most state inspections require that one wheel be removed and the brakes be inspected that way. If one passes, than they all pass. The Uber Inspection form requires that all 4 brakes be examined.
They are looking to see that the brake system passes the minimum requirements for each wheel. Here is an example of how it looks on the Uber Inspection form:
They also check that the parking/emergency brake is functional. Before you go in for the inspection, park on a hill and check to see if your emergency brake will hold the vehicle. If it doesn’t, you will need to have it serviced before you take it in.
The minimum tread depth for the vehicle’s tires to pass the Uber Inspection are 32nd’s/in. That’s very generous. As long as your tires aren’t bald, it should pass.
The mechanic will check the steering system to make sure that it’s operating properly. They check the following items:
- Ball Joints
- Tie Rods
- Rack & Pinion
The model year requirement to drive for Uber in Boise takes care of this one for the most part. If your vehicle goes down the highway straight and doesn’t have an excessive amount of steering play, you’ll be fine.
Uber like to make sure that the vehicle doesn’t have broken glass. This is for both safety and aesthetic reasons. They check all the glass for cracks:
- Windshield– Large Crack
- Windshield– Small Crack
- Rear Window
- Other Glass
Uber will look over your vehicle’s interior to make sure that it meets their quality and cleanliness standards. So make sure that it is wiped down and vacuumed out. You don’t want to give them to tell you to clean it up and come back.
You’ll want to keep your car tidy anyway. You can be the nicest rideshare driver in the world, but if your car is messy, that’s all your riders are going to see.
Here are some items that they’ll be checking on the inside of your vehicle:
- Windshield Wipers– Are they functional?
- Front Seat Adjustment
- Doors– Do they open, close, and lock? (All of them. Trunk too)
- Safety Belts– Are they present for passengers and the driver?
Bumpers and Exhaust
The inspector will make sure that the vehicle has bumpers that are intact, without visible damage. He/She will also make sure that the exhaust system is free from leaks and functioning properly.
What if You Fail the Inspection?
Most of the time it’ll be for a light being out or your tires are too bald. They’ll let you come back as soon as you fix the problem. They want you driving for them. Best of luck to you!