Pros: choose your own hours
Cons: app failures, fares come out lower than they should be, terrible driver customer service
My experience with Sidecar started out ~okay~. I didn't make as much money as they'd promised and their app was terrible from day 1. I eventually drove more for their competitors because I just didn't make enough and the app kept crashing my phone.
About 9-10 months in, I started to notice that fares were coming out with really inconsistent rates - sometimes paying me only $5 for a ride that took almost an hour and covered many miles. It's okay for things to go wrong IF the company will listen to complaints and fix it, but Sidecar's response to my repeated messages by phone and email was to ignore me again and again, tell me they'd addressed my concerns when they hadn't, and ultimately threaten to boot me off the service if I didn't stop asking about these wrong fares.
I just wanted to get paid for the work that I had done, and in response, they threatened me.
They frequently run promotions where, if drivers take x-number of rides in a weekend, they get a bonus of x-number dollars. Sidecar has not paid me the bonuses that I have earned, and has so far ignored FOUR requests that they look into it and pay me.
Ultimately these guys are no better than Uber or Lyft and in many ways are worse because they pretend to be the "nice guys" of ridesharing, but I was a loyal, positive, go-the-extra-mile-with-a-smile-on driver, and they won't even respond to me when I say "hey, this fare doesn't look right, I think I deserve more than $4.50 for driving this person almost five miles, could you please look into it".
Passengers are pretty much the same on all the services, but the treatment – more... of drivers is by far the worst on Sidecar. I will never drive for them again and never take another ride with them as a passenger. I have influenced many of my friends to delete their Sidecar apps. I can see in the driver community forum, called the "Garage", that I am far from the only driver to have had this experience. Sidecar are losing a lot more than the amount they owe me by ignoring me, and hopefully will go out of business soon. – less