If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably within a population of people who follow a daily routine. Your routine may be getting up at 6:00 AM and preparing your children for school. You may also make breakfast, lunch, and dress your children appropriately. But what if you couldn’t provide your children with the basic needs of shelter, food, or clothes? Think about this, the cold weather is breaking and your children don’t have a simple warm coat to protect them. This is difficult for some people to imagine, especially when their closet may have four or more winter coats.
Driving Away the Cold
Year after year we hear how children living in poverty go without basic needs such as food and clothing. Yet, we never consider the magnitude of how the lack of basic needs can change a life. For example, a new winter coat provides more than protection from the elements. In fact, a winter coat supports a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. In an effort to facilitate keeping our children warm, Gateway Kia Quakertown and Gateway Kia Warrington stores maintain active memberships in The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
YMCA Distribution Event
Recently, staff from those stores participated in coat distribution. On Friday, October 19, 2018, Gateway Kia in Warrington and Gateway Kia in Quakertown both participated in the distribution of winter coats at the Upper Bucks County YMCA. For more information about the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and the Driving Away the Cold program, please watch the video below or give us a call! If you’d like to make a personal donation, use this link to the More Than Auto Dealers website.
The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP). The organization is distributing a record 51,696 brand-new winter coats to area children in need this month. Approximately 7,000 new coats will be distributed in Bucks County specifically. The effort is part of the eleventh annual Driving Away the Cold program, which involves nearly 180 local auto dealers teaming up for the greater good. One in six children in the Greater Philadelphia region lives in poverty and a warm winter coat is one of the essential items they often live without. This program aims to change that.
Over the past years, people around the world recognize they have access to a new source of income. That source is you providing transportation to other people using your personal vehicle in exchange for a fee. Basically, you become an independent taxi-like service (ride-share services) regulated by a digital network. There are two main organizations that provide those networks, namely Uber and Lyft.
The hook to tapping into this new source of income is drivers must have a vehicle qualified by Uber or Lyft. The good news is Gateway Kia in Quakertown PA inventories qualified vehicles for both Uber and Lyft ride-share services. If you’re thinking about driving for Uber and Lyft, then this blog will help you decide the best Kia model for each ride-share option.
Considerations For a Ride-Share Kia
First, we found drivers in ride-share services can accumulate as much as 1,000 miles per week on their vehicles. If driving on weekdays only, then you could be totaling 200 miles per day. For that, we consider the obvious reliability, fuel efficiency, and safety. But, to get good passenger reviews and repeat business, you must consider passenger comfort (back-seat head and legroom, seat comfort, smoothness of ride, storage capacity). Our suggestions here cover all factors to help choose the best possible Kia model.
To choose the best Kia model for Uber and Lyft ride-share services, you must know the class your vehicle fits into. For that, we’ll simplify our information by using Uber terms, which align easily with Lyft terms. So, let’s get started!
- UberX = Lyft: Sedan or larger vehicles valued from $15,000, this is the most popular class because passenger fare is the lowest.
- UberXL = Lyft Plus: SUV, Minivan, or larger valued from $20,000, higher fares and may be driven under UberX services. These vehicles also qualify for UberPool.
- UberBLACK = Lyft Lux: Mid to Full-sized luxury vehicles valued from $25,000, black interior and exterior, may be driven in lower services.
- UberSUV = Lyft SUV: Full-size SUV vehicles valued from $30,000, if black on black the SUV qualifies for UberBLACK, also may be driven in lower services.
One thing to keep in mind, all UberSUVs (the highest fare) can be driven for all lower class services. So, if you are a pre-existing owner of a Full-sized SUV or planning to purchase one, then you have access to the maximum potential for earned revenue. If you have a Kia vehicle and don’t see it here, then please contact Uber or Lyft and ask if your model qualifies.
Minimum Requirements in PA
Next, you need to know Uber minimum requirements in Pennsylvania.
- 15-year-old vehicle or newer
- 4-door vehicle
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- No commercial branding
- Pass a vehicle inspection
- Uber accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.
State inspection & Insurance
Your motor vehicle must meet all applicable inspection requirements and you must maintain a valid insurance policy. In the U.S., Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on behalf of its partners.
In Philadelphia and the surrounding areas like Quakertown PA, the most popular Uber options are uberX, uberXL, and uberPOOL. Most newer cars qualify to drive in uberX class, which is the most popular option for riders because of its lower fares. The UberXL option requires your vehicle seat extra passengers and have a higher capacity. This helps you earn higher fares.
UberX and UberPOOL – Additional requirements:
- A 4-door vehicle with independently opening passenger doors
- Must have 5 factory-installed seats and seat belts
- Working windows and air conditioning
- Definately no vans, box trucks, or similar vehicles
- No taxicabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
- Absolutely no salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
- No aftermarket seating modifications, such as installed seats, seat belts, or BedRyder systems
The Kia models pre-qualified by Uber for uberX and uberPOOL, are the Kia Optima and Sorento. As you know the Optima is our stylish 4-door sedan, and the Sorento is our midsize SUV. Both have a perfect combination of comfort and reliability for your passengers.
UberXL – Additional requirements:
Same additional requirements as above except uberXL is limited to 7 factory-installed seats and seat belts. The Kia model pre-qualified by Uber for uberXL is the Kia Sorento. The Sorento is our midsize SUV with more interior capacity than most SUV classes and has very comfortable three-row seating.
Now that we’ve covered the very basic requirements and the pre-qualified Kia models, check back to read our next blog on Uber and Lyft driver strategies. In that blog, we’ll share the differences between new, used, and precertified vehicles. Also, we’ll write about some best-kept secrets for optimizing your Uber and Lyft ride-share services.
Quakertown is a small borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As of 2016, it had a population of 8,798, and an estimated median household income of $53,530. Because the estimated median house or condo value in that same year was slightly less than $200,000, Quakertown is not only an affordable place to live, the statistics show it’s also one of the safest. With those values, it’s not hard to understand how a Kia dealership could establish itself in this small town. The reason? Gateway Kia of Quakertown consistently delivers high value and premium customer service at an affordable price. Read the rest of this entry »
Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning what exciting events and activities you will be able to participant in. There are many exciting Halloween-themed events taking place here in Quakertown, PA. Today we’re going to help you find some of them by looking at the 2016 trick or treat times in the area. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most challenging tasks as a parent or guardian is teaching a teenager how to drive. It can be difficult to allow your teenager to have that much of control, but it’s all part of the growing up process. Today we’re going to help make the transition a little easier by giving you some teaching tips for when it’s time for your teen driver to hit the road. Read the rest of this entry »
Ride-sharing has become more and more popular in recent years. These types of businesses help people get where they need to go and all you need is your phone! You don’t have to wait for a taxi or train to come your way, you can call a car directly to your location. It is a quick and affordable way to get to your next destination. These organizations like Uber are always looking for new drivers and Gateway Kia of Quakertown is making it easier for people to afford a new Kia vehicle to either start or continue their Uber driving career. Read the rest of this entry »
The all-new Kia Forte is here and it’s ready to hit the road with some new features and capabilities. Today we’re going to see what these new features have to offer and how they can improve your driving experience. Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Forte’s available technology features, which for the first time, includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Read the rest of this entry »
With new vehicles come new videos that help show them off. These ads help explain new features, but they are also a good form of entertainment. Today we’re going to take a closer look at one of Kia’s most recent ads by answering the question, “What song is in the new Kia Forte commercial?”. Read the rest of this entry »
When you decide you need a new vehicle you will have many more tough decisions in your future. Not only will you have to choose the best vehicle for your specific needs, but you will also have to decide if buying or leasing is the best option for you. Today we’re going to help by taking a look at the benefits of leasing a Kia. Read the rest of this entry »
No matter what kind of vehicle you own, you will eventually have to take it in for a service appointment. It can be something as simple as an oil change or something more serious, but no matter what kind of service your vehicle needs, Gateway Kia of Quakertown will be there for you. We are proud to able to offer affordable oil changes to drivers in the Quakertown, PA area and offer monthly service coupons to help you save on your next appointment. Read the rest of this entry »