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Be on lookout for rideshare cars when buying a used car

Posted at 7:52 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:35:01-05

Cars used by Uber and Lyft drivers are popping up in used car lots and that could be a problem.

Uber driver Anyika Hunt put more than 50,000 miles on her VW in less than 2 years.

Unfortunately, a vehicle history report won't tell you what a car was used for. The report for Hunt's 2016 vehicles listed it as a "personal lease."

But Uber and Lyft drivers actually use their car like a "commercial vehicle" and that means much higher mileage than normal and excessive wear on various car parts.

Local mechanic John Skaw of Vegas Auto Care also pointed out that commercial vehicles spend a lot of time sitting, which also is not good for a vehicle. 

Because of the additional maintenance required, potential buyers of these used cars could pay up to 35 percent more than a car is worth.

Other things to be on the lookout for include signs of excessive wear inside the car and residue from Uber or Lyft stickers on the windshield.