Although it can be convenient to have your own set of wheels, hitting the open road can get costly. Between the car itself, the gas it guzzles and even the insurance you pay to stay on the right side of the law, it seems like getting anywhere is a major drain on your bottom line.
Thanks to ridesharing services, you can let the transport troubles be someone else’s problem.
Click through and learn why you should ditch your car and Uber everywhere.
1. You Don’t Have to Buy One
This might be obvious. Although some people complain about Uber prices — especially during surge pricing — it’s astronomically cheaper than buying a car. With the average price of a new car purchase clocking in at $36,113 according to Kelley Blue Book, those Uber fares don’t look nearly as bad.
2. Skip DMV Headaches
Many have been there: The endless afternoons spent waiting in the DMV, waiting to renew your license or update your address. Be sure to bring something to entertain you — because you’ll be there a while. Rather than dedicating a lifetime to lines and bureaucracy, hop right onto Uber and get where you need to go — no license necessary.
3. You Don’t Need a Driver’s License
If you don’t have a license, you can’t drive. But with Uber, you can still hit the road. Thanks to the convenience of Uber and other ride-sharing apps, busy teens now can hit the road and get where they’re going without having to rely on mom or dad as a chauffeur.
4. No More Gas Grief
Next time you wince at the Uber calculator, remember that you’re not outside at a gas pump watching your hard-earned dollars pour into your car. Relying on someone else’s ride means you’ll never have to lose your paycheck to the pump ever again.
5. You Helping Someone Make Ends Meet
In an altruistic sense, Uber is helping someone earn a living — so by relying on someone else to get you where you need to go, you’re paying it forward and helping another hard-working individual put food on the table.
6. It’s Easier to Budget
Thanks to the convenience of the Uber fare estimate, it’s even easier to budget your transportation costs than ever before. You can see before you hit the road exactly how much it’ll cost — and how that affects your bottom line.
7. No Car Insurance
According to Progressive, the average cost of a car insurance payment across the country could range anywhere from $137 to $232, depending on where you live. Assuming an average fare of $15 per Uber ride vs. a car insurance payment of $137, you could take about nine trips in an Uber rather than pay for car insurance.
8. No Parking, No Problem
One of the biggest headaches of car ownership comes with parking. Once you get where you need to go, you need to figure out what to do with your wheels — and in cities, this becomes a particularly irritating and expensive problem.
By opting to Uber, you’re ditching the constant need to feed meters or fork over some major coin for a primo spot in a parking garage.
9. You’re Helping the Environment
In another altruistic example, by choosing to take Uber Pool — or Lyft Line — you’re actually carpooling, which cuts down on pollution. By sharing your ride with another person, that’s two less cars on the road — which does a huge amount to reduce your carbon footprint.
10. You Help Your Bottom Line
When you’re in a situation where car ownership is a costly detriment to your dollars and cents, choosing to Uber places might make sense and save you money. By choosing Uber, you’ll free yourself of the costs associated with vehicle ownership and put the freedom of choice back in your hands.
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