PackardV8 wrote: GetOffYourGas wrote:
BoltEV wrote:Why do you say that?
I just purchased a new 2019 Bolt EV to replace my leased 2017 and I expect to pay off the loan in 18 months with income from Uber.
Probably because a car used for Uber/Lyft has much more wear and tear per mile. The doors are opened/closed every few miles. People are constantly getting in and out of the back seat.
That plus most of the hack miles are constant stop-and-go on cratered city streets.
GetOffYourGas wrote:Then again, my Bolt is my family road trip car, and I imagine my kids are far harder on the back seat than most Uber/Lyft passengers. They often snack during trips, spill stuff, put their feet and sticky hands on everything, etc. You get the point. I'm sure the resale value of my car is much lower than one used just for a long daily commute.
For true. One adult making a long daily commute usually does little harm mechanically or cosmetically. Commercial use and/or kindergarten busing can trash one before the lease is up.
I will respectfully disagree: Miles are miles!
Actually in my anecdotal experience Uber miles are much kinder to my Bolt EV!
Using "aggressive" regenerative braking (L mode and steering wheel paddle), I almost never use the breaks except when the car in front of me hits his brake lights or a few times when my speed is high enough to need them to stop for a red light. All the other times my "up/down" motion of my right leg is doing all the work.
So my brake pads must have been in pristine condition when I turned my lease in last Tuesday with 44,640 miles!
Yes, if you can find a used Bolt EV owned by "the little old lady in Pasadena" who ran up her miles on serene Sunday drives, BUY IT!
But since you do not know the particular habits of the previous driver, unless you buy your own leased Bolt EV, it is hit or miss.
That is why I rarely buy a used car; the previous owner had a problem with it!
Except back in the 80s when I bought a used 65 Mustang Convertible! hahahaha
I just purchased my new 2019 Bolt EV specifically for driving full time Uber and when it is paid off in 18 months, even though it will have more miles that my previous leased one, I expect that it will have very few maintenance issues except for requiring new tires!