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Uber question

I'm buying a "new" used car in Southfield and am not trading in the old one, so I need a ride there to pick it up. I'd rather not ask a friend to drive two and a half hours round trip for something that only benefits me and isn't a crisis, so I'm considering using Uber. I'm fairly flexible on when I go. Am I likely to get a response from Uber for a drive like that?

created by suz on Jun 28, 2016 at 07:39:52 pm     Business     Comments: 17

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If they go nearby, perhaps one of the casino busses could drop you off nearby for about $15 plus give you some coupons to take the "new" car the the casino to try to win enough to offset the "new" vehicle price.

posted by Trilby on Jun 29, 2016 at 07:09:50 am     #  

I have used Uber to DTW airport before so they would probably go to Southfield. I was told that since Detroit is out of their area the drivers aren't required to go there and to make sure to contact the driver as soon as he accepts the ride to tell them where you are going (the driver has no clue as to where you are going until they get to your pick up spot). If you contact the driver you won't have to wait for another Uber if they decline the ride and they aren't out their time and gas picking you up.

I tell the driver I am going to DTW and will tip them well and haven't had an issue getting a ride to the airport.

I was told by an uber driver that took me to DTW one time that Detroit is out of their service area so they can't pick up a passenger in Detroit and have to drive back to the Toledo area for more rides. Same if I do uber from DTW home, the Detroit uber driver can't pick up fares in Toledo, so I would be sure to tip the driver very nicely.

posted by classylady on Jun 29, 2016 at 10:42:23 am     #   1 person liked this

Suz, Im an Uber driver. Classylady is spot on. Maybe we can set up a time.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 29, 2016 at 10:49:48 am     #  

Classylady, Thanks for the info, that was exactly what I needed to know. It's a shame they can't pick up a return trip, that's not very efficient!

Bulldog, I already tapped a friend but will keep you in mind for the future. Approximately how much is a trip to DTW?

posted by suz on Jun 29, 2016 at 12:13:02 pm     #  

Around $50

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 29, 2016 at 12:36:39 pm     #  

Bulldog: Would you consider $20 to be an appropriate tip between DTW and Toledo? I didn't know a Toledo uber driver couldn't pick up at Detroit so I want to make sure he's compensated appropriately.

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 29, 2016 at 08:06:48 pm     #  

Yes, $20 would be appropriate. This covers the 45 min to an hour drive back where the driver cannot accept pickups (Ohio Uber drivers cannot pickup customers in Michigan).

Uber states that tips are included in the fare, but we all know thats really not true. At least a couple bucks should be customary on all trips.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 30, 2016 at 02:40:20 pm     #  

Thanks Bulldogbuckeye. I usually tip $20+ one way to a metro car driver so figured it was appropriate for Uber, I just feel bad taking uber to or from Metro since the driver is stuck driving back home without being able to pick up any more fares.

Uber needs to change their wording on tips and also include a tip feature like Lyft. I travel a lot and usually tip $5 to and from an Airport (it's local trips in other cities where the driver can continue to pick up after my drop offs). And even going from a downtown bar to my place in the downtown area I always tip the driver a couple of dollars even though it's only around a mile trip (I'm not lazy and walk and bike a lot but if I've been walking/biking all day sometimes I'm just not up for the walk home and also sometimes have safety issues if I'm alone and have had too much drink).

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 30, 2016 at 03:42:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

Anyone have a preference on using uber VS. lyft to and from the Detroit Airport?

Aprox costs?

posted by toledolen_ on May 30, 2017 at 11:12:09 am     #  

I drive both Uber and Lyft. I make about $40 for a trip, so you'd be paying app. $50. The only difference I see between the two is that Lyft allows you to tip electronically.

posted by Toledostrong on May 31, 2017 at 08:22:31 am     #  

I get the same service on either Lyft or Uber. There are some good sign up bonuses right now if you don't have one of the apps.

If you look for it, Delta has one where you get a credit and bonus miles.

You can tip on the Lyft but not Uber app but I always try to tip in cash to Lyft (I will use Lyft if I have no cash so the driver isn't stiffed) so they know I tipped for rating reasons and also so they don't get 1099'd for the tip and have the cash right then.

I'm told Lyft treats their drivers a little better.

I haven't noticed much difference in rates. If you are a Delta frequent flyer you can get skypesos using lyft if you link the accounts but it's only 1 mile per $ except airport rides and it's 3 miles per $. If you have an Am Ex Platinum they give you something like $15 a month in Uber credits.

posted by jamesteroh on May 31, 2017 at 08:45:09 am     #  

Is it hard to fine a Lyft/Uber ride home from Detroit?

posted by SensorG on May 31, 2017 at 09:09:00 am     #  

I think it would be easier to find an Uber home from DTW than to there. At most major airports they queue up waiting for passengers and have a ride share lot. Not sure how DTW works but a lot of airports I take Uber from have a designated rideshare pick up spot, just tell the driver you'll tip them well and I'm sure it won't be a problem. Worst case scenario is you grab a metro car or metro cab and there are always cars waiting and they will go to Toledo (I think it's around $95 one way).

Has anyone taken an Uber early morning to DTW? I have a trip coming up soon but it's an early morning flight and I'm not sure how many Ubers are downtown around 5 a.m.

posted by jamesteroh on May 31, 2017 at 10:50:50 am     #  

have a co-worker looking to use Uber or Lyft to get picked up in Toledo on 11/6 at 6 am to head to DTW.

I personally have never used either service, so I'm not much help for her.. but told her TT might have some good advice.

She's been checking availability each morning this week to see how many drivers are available at that time. She said she was only able to find drivers available on Wednesday this week. She's nervous that no one will be available on the morning of 11/6 when she needs it and she'll be scrambling.

She's also concerned that drivers will not be available on 11/14 at 5 pm to bring her back from DTW.

Alternative is to do the "Park n Fly" option with her own vehicle. She'd prefer to Uber/Lyft to and from though.

Any advice for her?

posted by wahhutch9 on Nov 03, 2017 at 08:46:08 am     #  

There are plenty of Uber drivers at DTW, but she's going to be charged an arm and a leg. I took an Uber from DTW to Toledo and they charged me $146.13 because the driver also charged me for an empty drive back to get to their market. The driver didn't surprise me with it, he called me first to tell me and Uber sent me a text message to approve this empty drive back.

posted by odnation on Nov 03, 2017 at 09:23:13 am     #  

I have used Uber and Lyft only when bopping around Toledo for fun and frolic.

We arrived home yesterday from a trip across the pond. We used Childer's limo service to and from DTW. From our West Toledo home, the cost was $113 plus tip each way.

We have used Childer's in the past too for DTW airport runs. It's one fewer thing to think about, especially when it's an early morning flight departure time from Detroit. Pickups from home and from the airport are scheduled in advanced. The drivers arrive early.

When coming home, Childer's monitors the flight departures, and drivers adjust when they should be at the airport. Our flight home yesterday from LHR was rescheduled and then delayed, but we didn't contact Childer's. They monitored that info themselves.

And on arrival after we pass through the secure area of the terminal, the driver is standing ready with a sign with our name on it. EZ-PZ. Solid and reliable. And maybe it's that way with Uber and Lyft too, but we like using Childer's.

posted by jr on Nov 03, 2017 at 09:55:22 am     #   1 person liked this

If you tell the Uber driver up front you are going to tip them well there is a possibility they will end the trip at DTW and not charge back to the state line. The Uber driver can't pick up until they are in Ohio so Uber allows them to charge until they reach the state line.

There's been times where I've need a ride just one way and have used Metro Cars out of Detroit. I think it was only around $90 one way plus tip coming home and your driver is waiting for you at baggage claim and they are allowed to park literally outside the door at baggage claim at Detroit.

If I'm only going for a few days and can't find a ride I just use Qwik Park across the street from the McDonald's. It's only $9 a day with a AAA card and when you enter the cashier tells you the row to go to so you aren't stuck driving around trying to find an empty spot and they drop you off right at your car and pick up outside of baggage claim.

posted by jamesteroh on Nov 03, 2017 at 01:55:13 pm     #   1 person liked this