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Express Drive Rental Car Program

Don't own a car? No problem! Lyft's Express Drive program helps you rent a car so you can start driving in select cities. The rental period length is flexible with no long-term commitment. Insurance and maintenance are always included in the rental cost

Prices and program details vary by city and rental car provider, so you’ll only be able to view those details once you begin the application process. Sign up here or check out the guide below to learn more.

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Express Drive: Getting Started
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Express Drive is available in the following cities:

Atlanta | Baltimore | Boston | Chicago | Dallas/Fort Worth | Denver | Detroit | Las Vegas | Los Angeles | Miami | Nashville | Orange County | Phoenix* | Portland | Sacramento | San Diego | San Francisco | San Jose | Washington, D.C. 

*Cities with an asterisk aren't accepting new Express Drive applicants at this time.

To become an Express Driver:

  1. Apply to drive at lyft.com/expressdrive if the Express Drive program is available in your city. If you’re already an approved driver, visit the ‘Vehicles’ tab of your Driver Dashboard. Tap the ‘Rent a Vehicle’ button to get started with the Express Drive program. 
  2. You must be 21+ years old to rent a vehicle through GM Maven and 25+ years old to rent a vehicle through Hertz.
  3. You must meet Lyft’s driver requirements
  4. You must provide a refundable deposit to begin the Express Drive program.
  5. After you’re approved to drive, you can schedule a vehicle pickup and get started driving with Lyft.

Express Drive Insurance
Lyft’s Insurance Policy provides primary Auto Liability coverage when you’re logged into ‘driver mode’ in the Lyft app. When you’re not in driver mode:

  • Hertz: You’re covered by Hertz’ Loss Damage Waiver, with a period deductible for physical damage to the rental. See your rental agreement for details.
  • GM Maven: Your GM Maven rental agreement provides personal insurance coverage for you and the vehicle. This insurance is included in the weekly rental costs.

Rental Car Period Length
Car rental periods vary by city. See the Vehicle section below to learn more.

Rental Car Personal Use
You can drive a rental car for personal use.Vehicle rentals include unlimited mileage so you never have to worry about extra mileage charges. 

Personal/Rental Car Switching
You can still drive with your own car if you also use a rental car. Car switching allows you to switch between multiple Lyft-approved vehicles. You can use both cars, though you may be ineligible for Power Driver Bonus and Rental Rewards if you switch between vehicles.

Rental Car Agreement
Your rental agreement varies by car provider and outlines specific details like rental length, personal use policy, applicable fees, etc. Here’s where you can find yours:

  • Hertz: You should receive a paper copy from Hertz when you pick up your rental car.
  • GM Maven: View your rental agreement using the link under your vehicle in the ‘Vehicle’ tab.

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Vehicle Pickup, Return, and Maintenance

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Vehicle Pickups & Availability
Demand for rental cars is high. Rental vehicles are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule a vehicle pickup, visit your Driver Dashboard.

Vehicles are available if pick-up dates are available in the Driver Dashboard. If you tried to schedule a pickup reservation and no cars were available, keep checking back to try again.

Vehicle Renewals
Renew your rental in the Driver Dashboard on the ‘Vehicles’ tab. The ‘Renew’ button will appear three days before your rental end date.

  • Hertz: Renew your rental via the app every seven days by hitting the ‘Renew’ button under the image of your vehicle on the ‘Vehicles’ tab. After 28 days, if you want to renew again, you must renew in-person at your Hertz location. Hertz will inspect the car and approve it, or service it if needed. 
  • GM Maven: The rental period varies by city (to check yours, view your rental agreement). You have the option to renew via the app every few weeks.

Vehicle Swaps

  • If vehicle is operable: Visit the 'Vehicle' tab to schedule a return and follow the instructions. When you arrive, someone on site will help you swap cars if there is an available vehicle. 
  • If vehicle is inoperable: Call roadside assistance (for Hertz: 800-654-5060), or OnStar (for GM Maven: Use the OnStar button on your car’s dashboard).

Vehicle Returns
View your return date and schedule a return in the Driver Dashboard on the ‘Vehicles’ tab. Returning your vehicle late can create additional charges (check the details in your rental agreement).

Repairs or Maintenance Issues

HERTZ What to do Your costs 

Routine Maintenance
(Oil change, check engine light, headlight out, etc.)

Take the car to the Hertz where you picked it up. Hertz will perform maintenance as needed. You won’t be charged for routine maintenance.

Damage & Repairs
(Brakes Issues, Transmission Issues, etc.)

If the damage prevents driving, call roadside assistance at 800-654-5060. Otherwise, bring the car to the Hertz where you picked it up. You will be charged for damages if you’re found to be at fault. Hertz won't charge for a tow if you're within their contract's Terms & Conditions.
Collisions (Your driver account will be deactivated until our review is done.) If needed, call 911 or your local non-emergency line. Next, call 800-654-5060 to get roadside assistance. Last, call Lyft's Critical Response Line.

If you were logged into the app and available to receive requests, Lyft provides primary coverage. If you were offline, Hertz provides primary coverage.

  

GM MAVEN What to do Your costs 

Routine Maintenance
(Oil change, check engine light, headlight out, etc.)

Take the vehicle to a Maven-preferred dealership. Unsure where one is? Use this GM site to find one near you. GM Maven covers the cost. If the damages are your fault, you’ll be billed.

Damage & Repairs
(Brakes Issues, Transmission Issues, etc.)

Tap the OnStar button for roadside assistance. If necessary, OnStar may direct you to a preferred dealership within your region. GM Maven covers the cost. If the damages are your fault, you’ll be billed.
Collisions (Your driver account will be deactivated until our review is done.) If needed, call 911 or your local non-emergency line. Then, call Lyft's Critical Response Line.

If you were logged into the app and available to receive requests, Lyft provides primary coverage. If you were offline, GM Maven provides primary coverage.


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Rental Cost: Payments, Deposits, and Charges

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Rental Car Payments and Charges
Rental car prices and program details vary by city and rental car provider, so you’ll only be able to view those details once you begin the application process.

Rental car payments and costs are automatically deducted from your weekly earnings before direct deposits are issued on Tuesdays. The remaining earnings are deposited to the bank on file in your Driver Dashboard. Any weekly rental costs not covered by earnings are charged to your payment method.

To change your payment method:

  1. Open the Lyft app 
  2. Switch into rider mode
  3. Tap your profile picture in the top left corner 
  4. Tap ‘Payment’ to edit your payment methods and default card

If the charge to your card fails, you must pay or return your vehicle within 24 hours to remain eligible to drive with a rental car on the Lyft platform.

Rental Car Deposit
A refundable deposit is required for new applicants or existing drivers to start the Express Drive program. Start an application to see the deposit amount in your city.

Deposit are returned:

  • If you do not pass the DMV/background check
  • If you request to end the Express Drive program before picking up a rental car
  • When you stop using Express Drive and return your car 
    • If you have any outstanding payment amounts on your rental, the deposit will be used to cover some or all of the amount. 

Rental Car Pricing and Costs
After you’ve collected weekly ride earnings, the following rental costs are applied to your earnings:

  • Vehicle Rental Fee* (Weekly Base Fee): Weekly rental rates are based on the amount of rides you give. To see examples of how our tiered rental pricing works, check out “The More You Drive, The Less You Pay” section on our Express Drive page
  • Rental Taxes: Applicable state, local, sales, and rental taxes are added weekly. 
  • Applicable Fees: Rental providers may apply additional fees (e.g., Cleaning fees, key replacement fees, GM Maven’s Vehicle Damage Surcharge). For details on rental fees, see your rental agreement.

*Your vehicle cost is prorated on a weekly basis. For example, Monday is the start of the billing week. So if you pick up your car on a Friday, you'll only be charged for 3 days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This means if your vehicle costs $180/week, your prorated cost is $77.14

To learn more about your city’s rental rates, visit the ‘Vehicles’ section of the Driver Dashboard.

Rental Rewards
Lyft’s Rental Rewards Program helps reduce your weekly rental costs. Each week, Lyft determines if you’re eligible for rental incentives. If so, we automatically add the bonus amount to your earnings, which covers most rental charges. Rental Rewards never cover Rental Taxes.

Rental Rewards are based on:

  • 90% Weekly Acceptance Rate
  • Total rides given

Ride Requirements (as well as the amount of the reward itself) are prorated based on when your rental agreement begins. For example, Monday is the start of the billing week. So if you pick up your car on a Friday, if the Rental Reward is $70 and the requirement is 70 rides, you would only need to give 30 rides for your first week, and the bonus amount would be $30.

Check out the ‘Earnings’ tab of your Driver Dashboard to see your specific Rental Rewards requirements and learn more.

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Driver Bonuses 

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Bonus Eligibility

  • Express Drivers can receive weekly guarantees and sign-on bonuses if they sign up with a code and meet all requirements. 
  • Express Drivers can receive a referral bonus for referring others, but cannot earn a bonus for being referred.
  • Express Drivers cannot earn Power Driver Bonuses. Instead, rental drivers are eligible for exclusive rental pricing tiers and Rental Rewards.

Accelerate Rewards
Express Drivers have access to exclusive perks and discounts with Accelerate, our driver rewards program.

Express Pay
Express Pay is not available when driving a rental car. You’re eligible to use Express Pay again the week after you return your rental vehicle.

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