Wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually get paid for driving your car?
Well, you can!
No, we’re not talking about making money driving for Uber or becoming a Taxi driver.
And no, this isn’t about getting paid to deliver groceries either!
You don’t have to do any of that.
In fact, you don’t have to change anything about what you normally do or how and where you drive to and from.
Let me explain…
Have you ever seen those cars and trucks with Monster or Red Bull energy drink logos all over ’em?
That’s your vehicle (pun intended) to making money while driving your car!
Car Wrapping (as it is known in the advertising world) is one of the most unusual and interesting ways you can make money with your car.
Here’s all you need to know to get started, including a list of car wrapping companies that will pay you to put ads on your car…
Wrap advertising or a vehicle wrap actually started way back in the 1920s with putting vinyl decals on taxis.
But Pepsi Co was the very first company that used car wrapping in a commercial setting. It allowed them to essentially create a moving billboard and advertise their product to millions of people 24/7.
So why would companies pay people for simply driving around with a product logo on their cars?
Because it allows them to advertise their product 24/7 to hundreds of thousands of people in a way that is simply hard to ignore.
How Car Wrapping works
Usually, companies go through car wrapping companies to find willing drivers.
It would be hard and time consuming for individual companies to go out and find drivers and convince them to put their ads on their car.
That’s where advertising companies that specialize in car wrapping come into play.
As a driver, you sign up with these ad agencies.
You are usually required to give some detail about your car and commute.
- The kind of car you drive.
- Your daily commute route.
- How many hours a day you actually drive.
These are necessary information that advertisers have to consider in order to find a driver that can actually get those ads in front of as many eyeballs as possible.
Once you are accepted, you will be entered into their database. Then, when there is an ad that matches your profile, you will be contacted.
They’ll tell you how much it pays, what you need to do and so on.
Usually, you don’t have to change anything as far as your daily commute and driving habits go. The only thing changing is your vehicle since they have to actually put the ad on it.
To get the ad on the car, a technique called “auto wrap” is used.
The material is typically vinyl decal and it is effective in creating the impression that some sort of paintwork is directly applied to the car.
Depending on the ad, the vinyl may cover part of all of your car.
How much can you make?
There are various factors that determine exactly how much you get paid for each assignment.
- The kind of car you drive.
- Your daily commute.
- The route your commute takes place on.
- Whether the ad covers the whole car or just a small part.
That said, generally, you can expect to earn between $200 to $1000 a month for each car wrap.
The average stays around $400!
And that’s not bad really. Especially considering the fact that you don’t have to change anything or do anything unusual (besides the giant ad on your car, lol.)
Once they put the ad on your car, that’s it.
All you do is drive as you would normally.
Now, there are cases where you don’t have to use your own car.
Sometimes, companies will actually give you an already wrapped car for free.
It is known as the “Free Car” promotion.
Basically, the company will purchase a car, warp it with their own ad, give it you for free under certain conditions (such as you must drive X number of hours a day.)
Unfortunately, “Free Car” advertising is becoming obsolete as companies have realized using people’s own cars and paying them a few hundred dollars a month is a much more economical way of advertising.
Requirements for getting paid to drive a wrapped car
As I mentioned earlier, companies look for specific kind of cars and people with commutes on busy routes.
So your geographical location plays a huge part in whether or not you can get one of those fun side hustles.
For example, if Apple were to pay a driver to drive a wrapped with an ad for a new iPhone, they’d probably want someone who commutes near a college since college students are a big segment of Apple product users.
There are also a few other criteria that usually companies look for.
- Obviously, you have to be 18 years or older.
- You must have a clean driving record.
- You must have a car insurance.
- You have to agree to keep the ad on your car for the entire duration of the contract.
- There may be a minimum millage you have to drive each week/month.
- You have to either have a GPS or agree to install one provided by the company so they can keep track of your commutes.
These are some of the usual requirements.
Depending on the company, there may also be other requirements as well.
You will always be notified of any and all requirements before you are given the assignment.
Get Paid to Drive scams
Unfortunately, like any other industry, this one is also full of scammers who can’t wait to scam you out of your time and hard-earned money.
One of the most often used scams is the Western Union Check scam which is also used (in the exact same way) in mystery shopping industry scamming people who are inserted in finding legitimate mystery shopping jobs.
Here’s how it works:
You may see an ad or be contacted by someone, claiming to be a legitimate car wrapping company, claiming you’ll make a couple of hundred bucks (let’s say $500) by agreeing to shrink wrap your car with an ad.
They then send you a check which is for more than the original offer (let’s say $800.)
They then ask you to deposit the check, keep $500 for yourself and wire that extra $300 to a company that will wrap your car.
A few days or so after you wire the money, the check bounces.
Unfortunately, the $300 you wired, came out of your own balance and not the bounced check.
You’re our $300, just like that!
The scammers try to fool people by using famous products in the name of their supposed “ad campaign.”
They do this using especially brands you may have already seen their logos on wrapped cars – you know, Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar energy drink…
There is one known as the “Red Bull Job Offer” where scammers send you a $1500 check. They then ask you to deposit and wire $500 to a “decal wrapping company” so they can come to your house and wrap your car with Red Bull decals.
But you know how the story ends.
Some of the current scam ” ad campaigns” include:
- Get Paid to Drive Concept by Miller Lite Beer
- Paid To Drive Concept By Tropicana Orange Juice
So, how do you protect yourself?
There is an easy way to protect yourself from any scam that has to do with depositing checks and wiring cash.
I’ll let The Federal Trade Commission explain:
“If you get a message urging you to deposit a check and wire money back, it’s a scam. Every time. No matter the story. And if this were a legitimate car wrap opportunity, wouldn’t the company directly pay the car-wrapping vendor, instead of asking you to do it?”
Car Wrap scam protection resources:
For more details on this scam and how to avoid becoming a victim, please take a moment to read these resources:
- Beware of “Get Paid to Drive Concept by Miller Lite Beer” Auto Car Wrapping Advertising Scam: by OnlineThreatAlerts.com
- How to spot a car wrap scam: by Consumer.ftc.gov (A site maintained by The Federal Trade Commission.)
- The “Car-Wrap” payment scam: an old form of fraud that refuses to die: by ConsumerAffairs.com
Hopefully, these tips and resources will help you avoid these scams.
But if for an unfortunate reason you did fall victim, be sure to file a complaint and report the scammers to the FTC Complaint Assistant department.
Legit companies that pay you to drive your car
Let’s get to the part you’ve been waiting for…
Legitimate auto-wrapping companies that actually pay you to drive your car around.
Here are some of the most trusted companies in the industry:
What I like about Wrapify is their honesty. They don’t claim everyone can make X amount every month. They say you can make up top $500 a month with them, but very few people will. Nonetheless, you can easily make an extra few hundred with them, especially since they are becoming more popular with advertisers and have many clients that are ready and willing to pay to put their ads on your car.
- Where to apply: https://drive.wrapify.com/
This is one of the most well-known car wrapping companies.
- Where to apply: https://carvertise.com/drivers/
Most of their advertisement opportunities are for rear window advertisements. They’ll send you the ad along with instruction on how to apply it.
- Where to apply: http://freecarmedia.com/new-application
CarWraps is a Canadian based company. They don’t really advertise their opportunities, but you can find out about available opportunities by contacting them.
- Where to apply: http://carwraps.ca/#contact
This is another Canadian based company.
- Where to apply: http://www.adstogo.ca
This one is different than the Canadian based AdsToGo. This one operates in the U.S.
- Where to apply: http://www.ads2go.net/
With this company, you can get free gas by placing small ads on your car.
- Where to apply: http://www.freegashelp.com
This one operates out of my hometown, St Louis, MO. So if you live nearby, give them a try.
- Where to apply: http://www.apply.paymefordriving.com
How to find more paid to drive opportunities?
The easiest way to find more companies that will pay you for driving a wrapped car is to contact major car wrapping companies in your local area.
Since they are in the industry, they may know interested advertisers. Some may even be actively looking for willing drivers.
You can also keep an eye on Craigslist and local newspapers. But please be cautious. Scammers can also out ads on Craigslist and local newspapers!
The bottom line
This is an easy way to make some extra cash.
Obviously, you can’t expect to get rich doing it, but just like the “get paid to rent your car” idea we covered before, you can make an extra $300 to $1000 a month.
What do you think?
Do you have a wrapped car, or know anyone who has?
Would you put ads on your car driving it around in exchange for money?…