Uber drivers thought leasing cars would boost their credit scores. Wrong.

Like a lot of drivers, Anthony Plemonte turned to Uber’s Xchange Leasing program because his credit was bad.

Uber leased him a 2017 Honda Civic last October in Boston for $163 a week, plus a down payment of $250. The lease came with unlimited mileage and basic maintenance but didn’t include auto insurance. Plemonte, 42, thought the price was steep, but he figured weekly payments to Xchange would help build his credit history, which the company had checked when he applied for a car. But...

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