Started in 2006, Kid Car is a New York City-based kid-friendly car service. It offers scheduled rides in the New York City area, including local airport transfers ($6–$19 plus tolls).
It offers scheduled and on-demand rides (30 minutes notice min) with three different vehicle options:
It offers local rides and airport transfers, which are billed a little differently. Airport transfers have fixed rates and local rides have a variable rate, with some charges, etc.
All rides can be scheduled from 30 minutes in advance to 30 days in advance. Schedule a ride as soon as possible. Customers are notified 12–24 hours before the pickup time that a driver has accepted a request.
Wait Time Policy
Local price quotes include the following:
Local quotes don’t include the following:
With a two hour minimum, you can also just get a ride for an hourly rate (+ taxes, tolls, and tip)
Keep reading for more about this family-focused ride service, including pros and cons.
This car service ensures that it has the right kind of drivers:
To participate in Kid Car training, drivers are required to have a valid Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) license and the appropriate TLC plates. They even have to participate in in-person training before they are allowed to take rides.
Most state laws require that children under 8 years or 4 ft 9 inches tall use a car or booster seat. The company states: “Using a properly installed, age-and-weight Appropriate Car Seat reduces the likelihood of permanent injury in a crash at low speeds.”
Kid Car uses convertible NCAP crash-tested car seats made to fit children newborns and babies from 5 lbs to booster seated kids at 120 pounds. You even get to specify how the car seats should be adjusted for your kids when you make a reservation. If you are bringing your own car seat, you need:
Drivers are also trained in the proper installation method of many car seats in less than five minutes. Kid Car takes vehicle safety very seriously. Its vehicles pass a DMV inspection every four months to assure that they are always in good working order.
Kid Car even offers special services to help bring new babies home from the hospital, including special instructions for reservation. You can bring your own car seat or use the Kid Car provided car seat. It is rated for kids 5–41 lbs.
If you need a reservation for more than three times per week for more than one month, you can make a recurring reservation. Recurring reservations will have consistent drivers.
If more than one family using the service together, there is a carpool option. The service recommends three families minimum, but will work with fewer.
Kid CarPool even offers school-year quotes can be provided and drivers are consistent because this is a ride service rather than a rideshare where drivers are selecting rides as they come.
If your child gets car sick, you have to pay for cleaning fees. Most car sharing and rideshare services have a cleaning fee policy. Kid Car suggests that you let your driver know if your child is prone to feeling car sick. The drivers can try to make the ride smoother.
No food is allowed, except water. This is to help avoid any allergic reactions for future riders. Additionally, pets are only allowed in carrying cases.
While parents can get a price estimate for the ride online, all reservations have to be made in the mobile app. This is a little tricky, especially when parents might want the convenience of using a desktop or laptop to schedule rides while working.
This service is only in the Big Apple. While it has established itself with much sought-after ride services, this car service hasn’t broadened its service area further than the city. There is an added surcharge for any rides that either start or end outside of the city.
This definitely isn’t going to be the cheapest option to get you and your kids around town, but its focus is really on safety and driver competence, rather than low costs.