Uber vs Car Ownership in India (Excel Calculator)

Deepak Abbot
2 min readJul 31, 2015


Based on my tweet earlier today, I got a lot of feedback on this topic. My rough calculation concluded that it was much cheaper to use Uber/Ola than owning a car.

To corroborate, I decided to polish my rough excel and create a self help version for anyone to play with various scenarios in case Uber/Ola decides to increase their prices in the future.

Here is the link to download the excel calculator. Have fun calculating: http://j.mp/GoUber

Some findings:

Overall car ownership will be cheaper if one doesn’t keep a driver. However the point is that we need to compare the similar deliverables — chauffeur driven 5 Lakh (Swift Dzire) type car.

At Rs.16km rate, Uber/Ola will turn out to be more expensive than owning a car. So keep Ubering till they reach that point :)

Also The Times of India published the following graphical version of this sheet in the newspaper today:

Let me know your feedback twitter.com/deepakabbot or mail me at dabbot@gmail.com

p.s. I might have made some mistake in this quick work so please do not crack down on me :)



Deepak Abbot

I write about Growth, Product & Analytics | Currently at indiagold | Earlier Product @Paytm