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If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

I travel a lot for work so when I want to go out to eat and drink I use Uber rather than the rental. Thankfully, my company encourages this so they have no issue paying for my Uber rides. 

 

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Valued Contributor

Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

When no one wants to be designated driver, or when I want to avoid long-term parking (train stations and airports).

 

My Uber rating has suffered lately (despite my "apology tips") due to times I order the car but my drunker and less-Uber-experienced friends annoy the driver.

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

- avoided airport parking fees (big one)

- planned nights out not wanting to risk a DUI

- not risking car being broken in to on the 'other' side of the city where mall parking security is pathetic

- avoided using rental cars at the other end of the flight (I always get lost anyway even with map apps)


CommanderLexa wrote:

When I was without my car recently, Uber was a lifesaver.  Now that I have my car back, I'm curious how it might be still useful.  Other than using Uber to concerts or sporting events where parking may be a pain, what situations have you found Uber/Lyft useful?


 

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

I don't usually use Uber, I drive myself wherever I want to go. However, a few days ago, a friend need a ride. I couldn't do it cause I was working so I called her an uber instead.

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

Whenever I plan on having more than a drink or two. Also, when traveling. Mainly for when I'm out drinking, though. If I get a DUI in my career, I'm done-zo.

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

I use Uber if I’m going to be away for a while and it works out cheaper than parking at the airport. Outside of that, my last few trips to Toronto and NYC I used Uber / Lyft for rides to get somewhere faster than public transportation. 

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

I've only used Uber a few times, mostly when my old car (a 2001 Ford Focus that was on its last legs by 2016) was in the repair shop. Since I bought my present car, I think it unlikely I'll be using Uber except in case of transport emergency (I did use it one time last year when my commuter train was seriously delayed due to major mechanical problems).

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

If it is cheaper to Uber to/from the airport than to park our car there, like for our recent 2-week trip to Europe, we Uber to/from.

Anytime we are going somewhere where parking or traffic will be a nightmare, like an NFL game in my city which does not have a parking lot or structure for the stadium, we Uber.

When traveling to places where we mostly walk or use public transport, Uber comes in handy for trips after dark or if the weather isn't great for waiting.
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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

Only when going out for serious drinking.  On the way back it is cheaper to use a cab as the Uber rates get jacked up at closing time and it easier to just jump in a cab. 

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Re: If you have a car, what situations do you use Uber/Lyft?

Funny you mention uber, I've used it quite a bit lately and I have a car as well. Last week used it on my way home as my commuter train was "stuck" and I didn't want to wait. So I requested uber. Again last week, I was out to dinner with colleagues late and didn't want to take the commuter train home. And of course just two days ago when I don't want to drive and I've had one or two drinks, to be safe I Uber'd it home. Smiley Happy
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