When you sign up for a rideshare or delivery job, you can expect to be driving wherever your app directs you to go. But what if you could earn on the road while taking control of your destination?
When you sign up for opportunities to get paid to advertise on your car, you’ll have more freedom behind the wheel as your vehicle makes money for you.
Car wrap advertising has been around for years and it continues to offer drivers the chance to earn just by putting a large vinyl sticker around your car. It’s an easy way to earn passive income, as long as you’re comfortable with the nature of the job: getting noticed wherever you drive.
This article will introduce you to five car wrapping companies and tell you how to avoid scammers posing as legitimate brands.
5 Ways to Get Paid to Advertise on Your Car
If you’re willing to turn your car into a moving advertisement, you’ll earn enough money to pay off your gas bills, as well as some of your car insurance and maintenance costs.
To help you get started, here are a few companies that are offering extra cash in exchange for placing a removable wrap on your vehicle:
Carvertise is one of the most popular companies helping drivers make the most out of their vehicles. This well-trusted brand has a solid A- rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has been accredited by the organization since 2017.
In order to be eligible to earn with a branded decal on your car, which can be a partial car wrap or a full wrap, Carvertise requires drivers to minimally:
- Drive at least 30 miles per day
- Have a clean driving record
- Own a 2009 car or newer
- Have their original factory finish paint job
- Pass a background check and interview
If you fit these requirements, you can earn $300-$1,200 per campaign — the timing of which will always vary. Simply fill out an application by tapping “Become a Driver” on their signup page.
As soon as you’re matched with a brand that’s seeking drivers with your driving habits in your location, Carvertise will reach out to you to schedule a free wrap, pay you monthly for the duration of the campaign, and help you unwrap the ad once it’s over.
If you’re interested in managing your money-making opportunity through your smartphone, StickerRide may be the perfect company for you to work with.
When you download the StickerRide app on your iPhone or Android, you can register your car and get your estimated earnings — based on location, car type, daily driven miles, and more — all at once.
This smartphone-based earning opportunity is unique because you can even earn extra income by participating in quests and flash mobs if you receive offers through the mobile app.
Throughout a campaign, you’ll earn points based on your activity and campaign, with each point being worth 1 cent. The company will still take care of wrapping and unwrapping your car for you.
StickerRide doesn’t technically have a minimum amount of miles driven per day, so it’s possible to earn on your commute. However, many car owners reviewing the app do say that you may be tracking your miles on the app for months without actually getting matched to a campaign.
3. Free Car Media
For drivers who don’t want to attract attention by covering the entirety of their cars, Free Car Media offers plenty of opportunities to make money with rear window decal installations. This small, subtle advertisement — which you’ll get instructions to install and remove yourself — can get you at least $50 per month. Getting a full wrap from Free Car Media can get you up to $400 per month.
As with many opportunities to get paid to advertise on your car, Free Car Media can be choosy, which means your location and kind of car may cause you to wait months for an ad campaign, while others may be chosen in a matter of days. However, there’s no harm in completing a driver application, which shouldn’t take more than five minutes.
Free Car Media has an A+ rating from BBB, making it the most trustworthy and vetted company on our list.
4. Pay Me For Driving
Pay Me For Driving is still a small business, but it has become well-known within the St. Louis, Missouri, area. If you’re located west of the Mississippi River, within St. Louis County or St. Charles County, you may have an opportunity for rear decal or car wrap advertising ahead of you.
Drivers aren’t required to pay for anything out of pocket, but they are required to meet stricter requirements. For example, drivers must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a social security number, drivers license, and auto insurance
- Own a car and drive it regularly, reporting any changes in their driving habits
- Keep their vehicle clean and damage-free
- Have a clean criminal and driving record with no serious traffic violations
Payment varies based on the client paying for the ad. You can learn more about Pay Me For Driving opportunities by filling in a driver application.
Much like Carvertise and StickerRide, Wrapify is one of the bigger car wrap advertising companies around. Drivers have the opportunity to earn from:
- Lite wraps: Ads covering your doors and rear window for $174-$280 per month
- Partial wraps: Ads covering doors, rear window, side panels, and the back of your car for $196-$280 per month
- Full wraps: Ads covering your entire car body and rear window for $264-$452 per month
While there are enough real driver testimonials to attest to the fact that Wrapify is a legit company, be aware that the company’s Better Business Bureau rating has dropped to an F due to failure to respond to two complaints.
Most complaints found throughout the web are due to the poor quality of the app, which (like the StickerRide app) sometimes leads to inaccurate mileage tracking. What really sinks the company’s ratings is its unreliable driver support.
That said, even though Wrapify is a popular car wrapping company, you may want to ask questions, read through contracts, and use a mileage tracking app in addition to the Wrapify app to ensure you get the extra money you expect and deserve.
How to Avoid Car Wrap Advertising Scams
Unfortunately, vehicle wrap scams are a legitimate concern for drivers to be aware of. Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Better Business Bureau have warned against fake car advertising companies that have been prevalent for the past several years.
To help you avoid these scammers, here are some tips to help you find legitimate companies to work with:
- Never send money to companies to cover the cost of a full wrap or decal. Legit car wrap companies will provide complimentary car wrapping and unwrapping services.
- Avoid companies that ask you to deposit a check, then wire money to another business for car wrapping services. This check scam is the most common tactic used by fake companies.
- Don’t accept any unsolicited car wrap offers.
- Be wary of offers that sound too good to be true. Companies will rarely offer more than $400 per month, and even $400 isn’t common.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are plenty of opportunities to get paid to advertise on your car, as long as you know how to select the most legitimate ones.
To learn more about car wrap advertising gigs, here are a few answers to frequently asked questions:
1. Can I turn car wrap advertising into a full-time career?
No. Car wrap advertising is always a side hustle that can help cover your driving expenses, but it’s unlikely to ever offer a living wage. If you see opportunities that are offering enough money for you to make a living, these are probably car wrap scams.
2. Can I drive for Uber or Lyft when I have a car wrap?
Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft both have strict cosmetic guidelines that do not allow you to have advertising on your car exterior. This means that car wrap advertising opportunities are not a match for most rideshare drivers.
3. Can car wraps damage my car’s paint job?
Car wraps should never damage your car’s paint job if you have them professionally installed and removed. Legitimate companies will always instruct you on where to go for your complimentary wrapping and unwrapping. In order to prevent damage, it’s extremely important to never attempt removal on your own and to always schedule a professional appointment instead.
Earn More with Your Car
Owning a car isn’t cheap, but taking on a passive income opportunity like car wrap advertising can quickly help you reduce your expenses. Just by driving around the city as a part of your regular commute, errands, and social plans, you can be making a few hundred dollars per month. As long as you’re smart about choosing a company and don’t mind getting your vehicle noticed, you can sign up to get paid to advertise on your car today.
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