Z Trip, once the taxi-industry’s answer to Uber and Lyft, now requires drivers to lease a car from them to drive

Expected pay: speculative

Husl$core: $

Commissions & fees: $80 + per day

Where: Austin; Baltimore, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Northern Colorado, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburg, San Antonio, Tampa, West Palm Beach.

Requirements: Over the age of 23; a U.S. citizen; never convicted of a felony; be willing to be finger-printed and thoroughly background-checked

Z Trip Review:

When we first reviewed Z Trip, it was the taxi industry’s answer to Uber and Lyft. it simply offered an app that allowed you to book a taxi like you would a ride share driver.

But when we went back to update our review in January of 2023, the company was a different animal. Now, it essentially requires that you lease a vehicle from the company to drive with Z Trip. The site says it takes care of your maintenance, and gives you the benefit of saving your own car from the heavy wear-and-tear of rideshare driving.

While rideshare driving is tough on your car, this company’s leases are expensive. And drivers still pay for their own gas.

This now appears to be one of the least attractive options in an industry that’s not known for great choices.

How it works

Officially, you work for yourself through this app. While rides are arranged through Z trip, riders can pay in cash you want. You don’t pay the app for processing payments or doing your marketing. If the rider pays via credit card, Z Trip will process the payment and pay you within a few days of completing the trip.

But you’re likely to pay so much to lease a Z Trip vehicle that it can be tough to make a living. Uber and Lyft have also occasionally arranged leases for their drivers. These are almost always terrible deals.

If you have your own car, which gets great mileage, you may be able to make a decent living with ride share — if you’re strategic about when and where you drive. When you don’t own your own car, ride share is a terrible way to make a living. The costs are high; the competition is stiff; and the hours are long.


Notaly, Z Trip is one of the few apps that’s panned by drivers and customers alike. Reviews at both app stores, as well as Indeed and other job-rating sites say this is an “opportunity” you should pass up.

Better-rated driving apps include Lyft, Wingz and DoorDash.

If you have a truck and are willing to drive it around to help people move, check out GoShare, which offers high hourly pay.

What their drivers say: (From Indeed)

Daily rentals are normally around $115 a day which means you’ll have to make $115 to pay your vehicle lease before you see any money. Then, you still have to pay for your own fuel. Couple that with the fact that no taxes are withheld and you’ll have to pay taxes out of pocket and you’re looking at a total loss.

You pay high dollar for car it’s always broke. We always have to pay in advance for your rental leases, yet you get paid in two or three days out for your work. Seems you’re always in the hole.

Better options

Unless you can’t read or write , there are a million better companies that know what their doing. Street Bums make more than I was able.

You just have to drive 12+ hours everyday, and lease is very expensive. But if you are willing to drive that many hours 7 days a week this is the perfect job for you.

You are paying more to the lease of $80 a day for the vehicle plus you have to pay your own gas! So in reality you’re putting more of your money towards the car than you will ever take home. They promise a lot but you never can count on it. Super unreliable place to work! Please avoid this place like the plague…

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