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My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 8:25am On May 10
I got into a agreement with a car owner on the 15th of April 2019 to drive his car ( Toyota Camry XLE 2003 ) on Uber/Taxify platform,the agreement was a weekly rental agreement of 35 thousand weekly remittance with 5 thousand as support for service and maintenance when the car is due for service and maintenance.

The weekly remittance start from the first week of work

1st week
I did not work too well but i send 13 thousand on fuel and make 22 thousand due to this is my first experience using Uber and Taxify driver app to work,also i had to use the whole 15th of April for Taxify training and 16th of April for washing of the car both engine and inside and started working properly on Wednesday,but i still deliver the weekly payment to the car owner on the 22nd of April 2019,i remitted 35 thousand


2nd week
I work using 23 thousand naira for fuel and making 30 thousand naira for the week
I noticed the working state of the car on the next paying day to car owner and talk to other driver in the business who knows much more than me about cars and i was told i need to do services and maintenance of the car,i reach the car owner and told him that the car needs servicing because the engine is leaking oil from the top,the car owner says he will only support me with a 5 thousand naira for servicing,i had to plead and beg before he ask me to use 10 thousand naira from the 35 thousand naira weekly remittance,i took the car to machanic for servicing and spent 13 thousand 500 hundred naira,the car owner ask me to send him 25k after informing him what i spend and i send him 25 thousand naira for the second week on 29th April 2019.

After all this,i call him for renegotiation of the agreement to weekly 25 thousand naira remittance with reasons but he did not accept,so i continue


3rd week
I work using 28 thousand naira for fuel and making 40 thousand for the week and i remitted 35 thousand naira to the car owner on 7th of May 2019 and make a decision to drop the car back to the car owner after having enough of the whole thing on the 7th of May 2019 and above all the insensitivity of the car owner to whether i am getting anything out of the working relationship and i had to give the car to the owner for my peace of mind

Toyota Camry XLE 2003 that is know as big daddy is a high fuel consumption car and not advisable for Uber/Taxify work


MY LESSON

1, As a driver who wants to either get a car from a car owner for either rental or hire purchase, please do your due diligence in research about the car, consult a specialist machanic on the car working state,know the fuel consumption capacity of the car and never sign a agreement in a hurry

2, As a driver have a written terms and conditions for the car owner too,the car owners agreement document should not be the only one to de signed and agree upon,the driver must have a written document stating what the car owner must agree also,for example if the agreement is a rental agreement,the driver should include in his agreement document that the service and maintenance is completely the owners responsibilities because the car belongs to the car owner and if the car owner wants the driver to immediately starts remitting the first week of driving the car for work,then the car owner must buy a full tank with a addition 5000 thousand naira for fuel in order for the driver to remit the first week of working and some other form of agreement,even to the point of dent on the car that a car owner must agree to because driving in Lagos environment or in Nigeria is crazy,if the driver of the car owner don't go looking to hit or dent the car,there are always car,keke,danfo or bike drivers that will hit ones car or dent ones car,let the car owner know if you don't want your car dented,then please don't give it to me to drive

In summary a driver should have a written document as agreement for a car owner to sign in order to protect one self as a driver either a rental or hire purchase arrangement.

3, As a driver never let a car owner feels he is doing you a favor or you are at his or her mercy, rather let each party know that we are both in an agreement to get something out of and there have to be top most respect for one another with compliment to agreement signed by both parties to achieve a great working relationship.


I don't have a car i am driving now so i am looking for a car to drive on Uber and Taxify platform,i have a registered account on both platform

HELP NEEDED
I(Godwin) am looking for a car to drive on Uber&taxify as a driver,if there is anyone who own a car & want to give out to a driver for either rental or hire purchase arrangement should reach me on
07036395383
07019674338( Whatapp only )
I live in Lagos State,Obga Fabga at Jonathan Coker road,Iju area & i am single

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by donsilas(m): 8:35am On May 10
All the best Bro..

Keep us updated!

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by Diegostan(m): 8:50am On May 10
Very insightful...

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by ruby360: 9:05am On May 10
Sorry about your problem. Big Daddy is a no no for Uber/taxify business.

Next time look for Toyota yaris, corolla, Honda civic or Accent Tokunbo cars.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by Lexusgs430: 9:07am On May 10
N23000 & N28000 for only fuel........ Wetin come remain for owner and hirer to share.........

Look for a 1.2/1.4 engine............


Goodluck in your hunt.......

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by muyoge: 9:07am On May 10
Toyota Camry 2003 has 2 versions: 4 cylinders and 6 cylinders.

Maybe it's the V6 version(6 cylinders )
You were supposed to go for four cylinders.
Na you look for trouble.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by muyoge: 9:09am On May 10
Do you like Nissan Versa? The fuel economy is super.

I have one.
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by XD3G: 9:09am On May 10
Nice.

Salient points raised, but in your lesson (2), you said the Driver-Owner Agreement should cover for dents on the vehicle, i.e, that the Owner should sign that whenever his/her vehicle gets dented, he will be responsible for fixing it.
I don't think that's a good clause to insert into the agreement because, that's just like encouraging the Driver to be reckless and careless with his/her driving, since he/she will not be the one to fix whatever damage is done.

But again, what do i know

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by GideonOludayomi(m): 10:23am On May 10
I am happy you are one of the few elite drivers who is conscious of operational developments on field. I really salute you.
As a player in the transport industry, most car owners are always quick to cry wolf of their ordeals in the hand of drivers and I tell them in simple terms that they are part of the problem...you see, owner/driver relationship is a seriously complicated one, so I won't say much.
Here is my all time advise to drivers, never drive for anyone whose only interest is just to 'make money' with his car and who has never driven that car(for the same business purpose) himself. It never ends well, never!
And lastly, a thorough agreement is good but I can tell you this, no agreement can ever be good enough for the industry. So, when writing your agreement, make it clear and open for periodic reviews. This is the point where negotiations usually come to a halt.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 10:55am On May 10
muyoge:
Toyota Camry 2003 has 2 versions: 4 cylinders and 6 cylinders.

Maybe it's the V6 version(6 cylinders )
You were supposed to go for four cylinders.
Na you look for trouble.

The one i drove is a 4 Cylinder and it was part of my decision to take the car,still the car fuel consumption is high and i will say a big daddy of either 4 or 6 cylinders is a complete NO NO for Uber/Taxify business

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by timifakay(m): 12:03pm On May 10
inspire22great:


The one i drove is a 4 Cylinder and it was part of my decision to take the car,still the car fuel consumption is high and i will say a big daddy of either 4 or 6 cylinders is a complete NO NO for Uber/Taxify business

When you say you spent 28k on fuel and made 40k, is the 40k what you had left after buying fuel. And as for the engine service, did you use mineral or synthetic oil?

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 2:51pm On May 10
XD3G:
Nice.

Salient points raised, but in your lesson (2), you said the Driver-Owner Agreement should cover for dents on the vehicle, i.e, that the Owner should sign that whenever his/her vehicle gets dented, he will be responsible for fixing it.
I don't think that's a good clause to insert into the agreement because, that's just like encouraging the Driver to be reckless and careless with his/her driving, since he/she will not be the one to fix whatever damage is done.

But again, what do i know


People who say what do i know always know so much and i respect these people a lot

The provision of that clause is to have a common place of settlement of both parties,i believe a driver personality is important to how a car is carefully maintain and taken care of,i am a driver with a careful personality that even rider client do assume i just start to drive because i am very careful as i drive in order not to dent a car but almost at every occasion one drive in Lagos and trying to keep a car dent free that others users using the road with Okada,Keke Napep,Yellow big and small Danfo,all these categories of most users have almost little or nothing to loss so they drive rough and then a couple of private car driver's too are also rough,with all this against a Uber/Taxify driver,a car owner should be considerate and be fair with a driver who is careful enough,a Uber/Taxify whose personality is reckless and careless will definitely be rough with a car and that will impact negatively on the drive rating because riders will give feedback on how a driver drive and the general appearance of the car when riders sees the car they requested for,the clause is not to encourage a driver to drive recklessly because a reckless driver can not do Uber/Taxify

All i am saying is fairness to minor dent and complete understanding from a car owner point,car owner should know that no sense able drive will go out and just go denting a car owners car for the pleasure of it, likewise every car owner should explain what type of insurance cover they are using so that drivers can know how the insurance cover the things that happens to there car and work effectively with a car owner
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by ogawisdom(m): 5:59pm On May 10
Any 4 cylinder engine above 1.6l is a no no for the Biz

Big daddy has minimum of 2.4l engine n should be a fuel guzzler for Uber

Corolla 1.6l manual is ur best bet
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by dru23(m): 9:47pm On May 10
ogawisdom:
Any 4 cylinder engine above 1.6l is a no no for the Biz

Big daddy has minimum of 2.4l engine n should be a fuel guzzler for Uber

Corolla 1.6l manual is ur best bet

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 10:31pm On May 10
muyoge:
Do you like Nissan Versa? The fuel economy is super.

I have one.

Let's please talk via WhatsApp on 07019674338
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by Lexusgs430: 11:22pm On May 10
ogawisdom:
Any 4 cylinder engine above 1.6l is a no no for the Biz

Big daddy has minimum of 2.4l engine n should be a fuel guzzler for Uber

Corolla 1.6l manual is ur best bet


Manual gearing, for a commercial driver in a traffic infected city.............

Oga, fear pesin clutch leg o..........

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by ogawisdom(m): 8:12am On May 11
Lexusgs430:


Manual gearing, for a commercial driver in a traffic infected city.............

Oga, fear pesin clutch leg o..........

Abuja is not traffic infected
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by Lexusgs430: 9:00am On May 11
ogawisdom:


Abuja is not traffic infected

Cluth leg nko, for a commercial driver?......

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by Nobody: 11:00am On May 11
timifakay:


When you say you spent 28k on fuel and made 40k, is the 40k what you had left after buying fuel. And as for the engine service, did you use mineral or synthetic oil?

Op should answer this question
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by ogawisdom(m): 1:57pm On May 11
Lexusgs430:


Cluth leg nko, for a commercial driver?......

He will get used to it no hustle is easy what of the neck of the serving Mason,? It's called adaptation provided he is making money.
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 4:42am On May 12
timifakay:


When you say you spent 28k on fuel and made 40k, is the 40k what you had left after buying fuel. And as for the engine service, did you use mineral or synthetic oil?

I am requested to answer this question

At the third week of work,i spent 18k of my personal money and because i got more cash ride than card ride,i send 10k from money i made for fuel,so i use 28k for fuel,i made 40300 as recorded on the driver's app but i had a 3k offline trip,so that sum up to 43k for the week,i did not remove my personal 18k for fuel because if i do that from the money made for the week,i will not be able to pay the car owner,it was at this point,i told my self that i have had enough of the car and the whole arrangement,in this week,i worked from Tuesday to Sunday

As for the engine service,i got in touch with the owner to know the type of oil he use and he said i should get Mobile oil XHP,the blue regular 4 liter Mobile oil,the Mobile oil sold for #4800 naira,i really don't know if it is mineral or synthetic oil

Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by Nobody: 6:46am On May 12
It is a 2.4L.
Go for 1.6-1.8L Toyota Corrolla or Honda Civic.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by woodrow(m): 8:33am On May 12
U dnt venture into a terrain u know nothing about.u r obviously not cut out for the transport bizness.id suggest u try ur hands in some other things.you are not the 1st neither would you be the last to use a 2.4l engine for ehailing.you obviously don't learn positioning, u kept moving all around buying fuel all about.
If people like you find yourself in the banking industry where some pple have made profitable,you are still gonna complain about how unprofitable it is.

Bottom line,leave e hailing for those who know how to do it.find something else.if commercial vehicles use that much fuel in a week,I doubt we would find any yellow bus when we are in our way out.
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by richard69(m): 9:41am On May 12
Rather than cast aspersion you could have proffered solution on wat he could have done differeñtly in the biz
woodrow:
U dnt venture into a terrain u know nothing about.u r obviously not cut out for the transport bizness.id suggest u try ur hands in some other things.you are not the 1st neither would you be the last to use a 2.4l engine for ehailing.you obviously don't learn positioning, u kept moving all around buying fuel all about.
If people like you find yourself in the banking industry where some pple have made profitable,you are still gonna complain about how unprofitable it is.

Bottom line,leave e hailing for those who know how to do it.find something else.if commercial vehicles use that much fuel in a week,I doubt we would find any yellow bus when we are in our way out.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by woodrow(m): 9:54am On May 12
richard69:
Rather than cast aspersion you could have proffered solution on wat he could have done differeñtly in the biz

Call it whatever u want,label it ur own way.u can only profer a solution when there is a problem and it's obvious there is no problem here."a square peg can never fit in a round hole"
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 12:28pm On May 12
woodrow:
U dnt venture into a terrain u know nothing about.u r obviously not cut out for the transport bizness.id suggest u try ur hands in some other things.you are not the 1st neither would you be the last to use a 2.4l engine for ehailing.you obviously don't learn positioning, u kept moving all around buying fuel all about.
If people like you find yourself in the banking industry where some pple have made profitable,you are still gonna complain about how unprofitable it is.

Bottom line,leave e hailing for those who know how to do it.find something else.if commercial vehicles use that much fuel in a week,I doubt we would find any yellow bus when we are in our way out.


Thank you for your reply @woodrow

In every nonsense,there is sense

I will take the sense part, which is

" you obviously don't learn positioning "

Once again thank you @woodrow

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 12:29pm On May 12
OkaNaUbe:
It is a 2.4L.

Go for 1.6-1.8L Toyota Corrolla or Honda Civic.


I appreciate you reply and advise
Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by connkg(m): 10:21pm On May 12
Is "positioning" = Airport taxi and the likes?

@OP Insightful story. You will need to ask yourself what you could have done better.
The car owner's part is clear.
Maybe that's the "positioning"...

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by adeeva06(f): 4:49pm On May 13
Ode ni e. You are so frustrated. Just dey rant on top nothing.


woodrow:


Call it whatever u want,label it ur own way.u can only profer a solution when there is a problem and it's obvious there is no problem here."a square peg can never fit in a round hole"

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by woodrow(m): 11:12pm On May 13
adeeva06:
Ode ni e. You are so frustrated. Just dey rant on top nothing.


I'm not the one who wants to sell a rickety civic for 1million.u can offer it to op for 3 weeks and let him come back to share his experience...transfer ur aggression somewhere else.eagles don't drag with chickens.we r not in d same category.seek ur crew somewhere else.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by adeeva06(f): 9:31am On May 14
You are still an ode.

woodrow:

I'm not the one who wants to sell a rickety civic for 1million.u can offer it to op for 3 weeks and let him come back to share his experience...transfer ur aggression somewhere else.eagles don't drag with chickens.we r not in d same category.seek ur crew somewhere else.

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Re: My 3 Weeks Experience Driving A Toyota Camry Xle 2003 by inspire22great: 7:29pm On May 14
woodrow:

I'm not the one who wants to sell a rickety civic for 1million.u can offer it to op for 3 weeks and let him come back to share his experience...transfer ur aggression somewhere else.eagles don't drag with chickens.we r not in d same category.seek ur crew somewhere else.

@woodrow " The evidence of ones character is how one thinks " Anouymous

@woodrow " Your character is so much more important than your looks " Scott Sanford

@woodrow " Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character " Albert Einstein

Mindset and Mentality is Key

@adeeva06 please don't let one who is down in character brings you to his/her level, thank you @adeeva06

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