Placing advertising on your car is an easy way to make money.
This is something virtually anyone with a car can do to make a few extra bucks per month. You may not be earning much, but it’s effortless income once you get everything setup.
In this article, I’ll show you how to get rolling (no pun intended)…
Can You Really Get Paid to Advertise On Your Car?
Yes, you CAN earn money by advertising on your car.
However, there’s a lot of scams in this space too, which makes it difficult to know what’s legit and what’s not.
I’ll delve more into the scams and what to look for in a moment.
But for now, here’s what a legitimate offer from a real company looks like…
First of all, legitimate car wrap advertising offers generally pay $100 to $200 per month. So this is not a high paying gig in most cases, which is why you should always be skeptical of any site promising you large amounts of money.
Second, legitimate companies do NOT ask you for any money upfront, it’s always free to join. You should never have to pay even a small fee to get started with this.
Third, the company you’re working with will organise and pay for the car wrapping installation for you. They will NOT send you a cashier’s check and ask you to then pay for the wrapping to be done yourself. This is the hallmark of a scam.
Fourth, there are always certain requirements for you to qualify, such as the age of your car, your driving history and the amount of driving you do.
Think about it…
These are legitimate companies who are looking to place advertising on your car. And they are doing so on behalf of real businesses who want real advertising to help grow their businesses.
So naturally, they want to make sure placing ads on your car is going to pay off for their clients. And that it won’t reflect badly on them or their clients in any way. This is why real companies always have a vetting process in place.
In the next section, I’ll show you how to get started.
How To Make Money By Advertising On Your Car
Earning money through advertising on your car is a 5 step process:
- Find a company to work with
- Apply to work with the company
- Get your car wrapped in ads
- Drive your car as normal to fulfil your contract
- Get the ads removed, and start a new contract
As you can see, it’s a fairly simple process to make money this way. But there are definitely some things you should know before plastering ads all over your car.
So in the following sections, I’m going to cover each of these steps in more detail.
Step 1- Find a Legitimate Car Wrap Company to Work With
This is the step where most people go astray.
As mentioned, there’s a lot of scams operating in this space so just finding a legitimate company is more than half the battle.
Fortunately, there are real companies that pay you to place ads on your car.
For example Carvertise, which is probably the most popular and trusted company currently operating in this space.
Carvertise has been operating since 2012, has an A rating on the BBB (Better Business Bureau) website and ticks all the boxes with respects to how legitimate car wrap companies operate.
But there are other great companies you can work with, such as Wrapify and Free Car Media for example.
Whatever company you choose, the key to finding a legitimate one, is making sure they fit the criteria I went over earlier.
To recap that criteria.. always look for companies that:
- Don’t use unrealistic income hype (most companies pay $100-$200 per month on average)
- Don’t ask you for money upfront or send you a cashier’s check
- Ask you questions such as your driving history, milage you drive and age of your vehicle
Real companies want to ensure you are going to be getting quality exposure for their advertising client. So they want to ensure you drive enough miles in a safe manner, with a clean looking vehicle.
You can also check with sites like the BBB and search for reviews from others before deciding.
Step 2- Become an Independent Contractor for the Company
Once you’ve chosen a company to work with, the next step is to apply.
The application process is obviously going to be different depending on the company you sign up with. But there is a general way in which this works that I will explain so you know what to expect.
The first thing you need to do is visit the company website, and look for the ‘apply’ link or something similar.
Next, fill out the application which usually involves a vetting process. The aim of this is to ensure you are a good fit for the company and the clients they represent.
So these questions ask the basics such as your name, age, address, D.O.B etc. But also include questions about the type of vehicle you drive, how often and how far you drive, and whether or not you have a good driver history.
This is all very basic stuff, and most people (assuming your car is less than 10 years old) will be accepted.
Step 3- If Accepted.. Get Your Car Wrapped In Advertising
If you are accepted to work with the car wrap advertising company, the company will be in touch with you once an advertising opportunity comes up that fits your profile.
This is generally based on your location, vehicle and your stated driving habits.
Once you are contacted, and you accept an offer, it’s time to get your car outfitted with vinyl decal advertising. This is basically a high quality ‘sticker’ that goes over your existing paint job and covers your car in ads.
To what extent depends on the offer (AKA contract) itself.
Some contracts require minimal ad placement on certain parts of your car, like a rear window. While others involved wrapping your entire car in vinyl.
In any case, done correctly, this process is not harmful to your vehicle. The advertising decals are normally installed in an hour or so, and are easily removed once your agreement ends.
The company you decide to work with pays for this, so there’s no out of pocket expense on your part. You simply drive in, let the professionals do their job, and drive out.
Step 4- Drive As You Normally Would, and Get Paid
Congrats… at this point you’re getting paid to drive your car!
This is the easiest part of the process, since all you need to do is drive as you normally would. Except your car now looks like an ad on wheels (lol).
How and when you get paid depends on your agreement.
Carvertise for example, pays the agreed amount once per month. And the length of time they pay this varies from 2 to 6 months.
So you could expect to earn anywhere from $200 to $600 minimum depending on the length of your contract.
Again, this varies from company to company and some do definitely offer higher paying, longer term contracts. So it pays to do your homework if you want to earn the most amount of money.
Also worth noting is that some companies will offer you more money (per hour) for parking your car in certain places during certain times. So other than sticking to your regular routine, this can be an easy way to make a few extra bucks.
Step 5- Get Your Vehicle ‘Unwrapped’ and Find New Contracts
Once your contract is up, it’s time to have the ads removed from your vehicle.
Like ad wrapping your car, this is a process done by professionals. So it’s quick, won’t cost you a dime and shouldn’t damage your car.
The keyword being “shouldn’t”. It always pays to check your car closely once this is done, to ensure there’s no damage. After all, even a small scratch could render the entire effort a waste of time, given the cost of repairs.
Thankfully, most legitimate car wrap companies have insurance, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
In any case, once your car is back to normal, you can then land new contracts and start the process over again.
All going well, you could be earning from ads on your car year round.
Beware of Car Wrapping Scams
If you’ve read this far, you now have everything you need to start working with legitimate companies in this space. Earning advertising revenue by doing nothing more than driving your car.
Before I ‘wrap this up’ though, I want to warn you about car wrap advertising scams.
Believe it or not, there are a LOT of fake companies in this space that are looking to take advantage of people like you, who are just looking for a way to earn some money.
And there are two main ways these scams work..
The first way is by asking you for money upfront. Even a small fee of under $10 is a red flag, because legitimate companies don’t ask you for money upfront.
The second, and far worse, way these scams work, is by sending you a cashier’s check. This unfortunately sucks a lot of people in and can end up costing you a lot of money, and trouble with the law.
The way this works is similar to the Walmart Mystery Shopper scam.
Once you ‘apply’, the ‘company’ sends you a cashier’s check, which you need to deposit in order to proceed. The idea is to keep some money for yourself (your fee) and give the rest to the ‘car wrap installer’ they choose.
Given the way these checks work, the funds WILL be available for you, so you can perform these tasks. However, these checks inevitably bounce.
Which means you have cashed a fake check, which is a crime, and you now have to pay the bank back. Meanwhile, the ‘installer’ receives their money which is really the scammer in disguise.
So the bottom line is, avoid ANYTHING where you need to deposit a check to get rolling. And avoid any company that asks you for money upfront. Because these are almost certainly scams.
You can get paid to put ads on your car.
But let’s face it.. this won’t make you rich nor will it provide you a full-time income.
Considering how easy it is to apply and get rolling though, this is a nice way to earn some extra cash each month. And who doesn’t want to make money by doing what they already do?
The most important thing is avoiding the scams and choosing a legitimate company to work with. If you can find a company you’re happy to work with, you’ll be earning in no time.
I hope you found this article helpful and all the best!