I finally got my background check approved to drive for lyft in Los Angeles.
From start to finish, the background check process was very long and had me impatiently waiting every day. It took a total of 10 days for everything to be processed but I finally have the green light.
Once your background is approved then your status will change under the vehicles and docs tab and you should now have the option to select a pick up time for your GM rental.
I was sooo excited to see that I was approved but once I clicked the rent vehicle button I was quickly disappointed when I saw this message.
No vehicles are currently available.
Please check back later.
Well this sucks, I paid a deposit which I don’t get back til my first ride and now I have no idea when that first ride will be. It doesn’t say anywhere when signing up that cars are based on availability. If I knew this ahead of time then I might have went for the hertz program instead.
It’s GM, a car manufacturer, how could they have a shortage on cars?
If there are no cars available then why do they continue to let people sign up for this rental program?
My next step was contacting lyft support to ask them what type of time frame I would be looking at before I could get a car.
I received a reply about a half hour after sending the message which was nice. (Atleast they are on top of their support)
Here is what lyft support told me.
Sep 24, 8:39 AM PDT
Thanks for reaching out! I’m happy to offer some insight.
The Express Drive program has gained more interest than expected and the demand for vehicles is very high. Our team is working really hard to get more vehicles added for our drivers! We are just as eager as you are to get you on the road.
At this time, we do not have a way to see when vehicles will be available. Vehicle availability depends on both GM’s supply of vehicles and when vehicles are turned in by other drivers. Vehicles are added to the dashboard as soon as they become available and we add new vehicles daily.
While we would love to assign you a vehicle today, we do not have the ability to do so. The best way to secure a vehicle is to keep checking the dashboard often.
Thank you so much for your time and patience while waiting to secure a vehicle. We can’t wait to get you on the road with us!
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns- I’m here to help. Have a great day, Frank!
All the best,
Lyft Support Representative
What do I do now?
They say they add new vehicles daily so I gueess I’m going to be the big refresher all day every day until I get to make an appointment.
It really sucks to have to do it that way. I’d much rather be in a first come first serve queue than having to randomly check and hope for the best.
I know this program is new to lyft so I won’t really hold it against them but I feel like they do need to make this process better for drivers and they need to do this immediately because not all people are as understanding as me when giving a deposit and then being told you have to wait.
Just like most of you guys and girls out there, I am doing this because I want to make extra money. I don’t have an extra $50 to let sit there. I work full time and have lots of bills so all of my money is accounted for. It was a big sacrifice for me to put up that $50 and I’m sure a lot of people looking at ridesharing for extra income are in the same position as me.
I really hope this article is able to reach those in the same position as me. It’s hard to be stuck in a spot with no answers. As always, I strive to give you the information that other websites leave out. Let me know if I’ve helped you and share your experience in the comments section below.