For heavy commuters, shared ride drivers and those looking for passive income opportunities, car wrap ads are a fairly straightforward way to attract some extra cash with little effort.
Just make sure the company is legitimate.
It’s no secret that the auto advertising industry is plagued by scammers. They can send you an email or text: You’ve been selected for an ad campaign! You will earn hundreds of dollars a week!
The pitch isn’t a total scam, but – spoiler alert – you won’t earn hundreds In the week. Even the largest and most profitable companies do not pay much.
However, after you learn how to avoid scams and apply for the right advertising campaigns, you can potentially earn up to hundreds of dollars per month by wrapping your car.
Here’s how to stay away from scammers and find a legitimate job.
Common Car Wrap Tricks
Some dubious companies run schemes where drivers buy and install ads themselves and then the companies hide them. Basically, scammers get free advertising and a few dollars from purchasing a poster or poster – without ever paying the driver.
One of the biggest warning signs: if the company asks you to pay the cost up front to wrap the car.
“Anytime you, as a driver, need to pay out of pocket, this is a scam,” said Judah Longerer, CEO of Nickelytics, a car wrapping service for shared trip drivers.
Pay close attention to how you get paid, too. Some car wrap companies use a referral method where a stranger needs to see your ad, call a number or visit a website to check before the company pays you anything.
Another common and more insidious scheme the FTC describes is a “fake check” car wrapping scam, in which the company tells you to face installing an expensive ad. Then they send you a fake check as compensation, and – oops – overpay you and ask you to return the difference to them. Then, days later, wear the original check and you’ll get the money from the install And the The money you sent them to overpay.
Whether it’s for car wrapping or not, heed the FTC’s warning: “Never give money back to someone who sent you a check.” Don’t spend the extra money either. Wait for the check to bounce, and the bank will automatically withdraw the money from your account.
How to Find Legitimate Car Packaging Advertising Opportunities
Countless companies say they will pay you to wrap your car. Many of them are very local, which means that it is impossible to examine them all.
As some general rules:
- If a company suddenly contacts you, it is likely a scam.
- If a company asks for money in advance, it is very It might be a scam.
- If the company says they will pay you a lot of money without checking how much you drive, it is probably a scam.
- If you are still uncomfortable: Google [company name] + Comments. Check out BBB. Check out his social media accounts.
Craigslist is a great source of classified ads looking for cover car drivers. As with any transaction on the Site, proceed with caution.
Penny Hoarder has looked at larger auto packaging services offering advertising campaigns in several regions around the United States.
Founded in 2012, Carvertis It is an advertising company that collaborates with national brands primarily in large cities as well as small markets across the United States
The company offers partial and full rolls to tour and delivery drivers, as well as long-distance passengers. Partial covers cover both sides and may include bumper decals. Full covers include decals on the entire body including all windows except for the windshield.
Depending on driving habits and the size of the cover, the company pays drivers between $100 and $300 per month.
To qualify, you must drive a 2008 or newer vehicle, have a clean driving record and travel at least 30 miles a day. fill in a driver app And wait for the company to get back to you when a campaign is available in your area.
Requirements: 2008 vehicles or newer; 30 miles or more per day; Clean driving record.
Earning potential: Up to $300 a month.
nicelitic It works with rideshare drivers who log at least 30 miles per day, 150 miles per week, or 450 miles per month in ad campaigns, which range from three to nine months. The company uses mileage logs for rideshare apps to ensure drivers meet standards.
The company offers three different wrap options: rear windshield, light wrap and full wrap. The light casing includes only the doors, while the full casing covers the entire body as well as the rear window. Depending on the cover and mileage, you can earn up to $250 per month.
Your vehicle must be 2010 or later. Most of the miles must be logged in one of the company’s nine major markets, primarily located in Florida:
- Tampa, Florida
- Saint Petersburg, Florida
- Fort Myers, Florida
- Cape Coral, Florida
- Naples, Florida
- Denver, Colorado
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Portland, Maine
- Knoxville, Tennessee
Longgrear, the company’s CEO, told The Penny Hoarder that he plans to expand Nickelytics to 20 cities by the end of 2020.
Penny Hoarder confirmed with Uber and Lyft that car covers do not violate company policies.
Requirements: Rideshare 2010 vehicle driver or later; More than 30 miles a day.
Locations: Nine cities in five states (more to come in 2021).
Earning potential: Up to $250 a month (with full cover).
wrap It operates across the country and covers more than 385,000 vehicles.
The site states that “some cities and regions are busier than others.” “In general, larger cities and towns have higher odds of getting campaigns than smaller cities and towns that are less crowded.”
To be eligible for a campaign, you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Use a 2010 or later vehicle.
- Drive at least 50 miles a day.
- Pass a background check.
If you meet these criteria, download the app at iOS or Android Devices to start the driver application. If checked, you’ll be able to choose from four advertising options, including a light, partial or full wrap and a “fixed” top cover for ride sharing (think: a triangle roof ad in traditional taxis).
Each ad option comes with a set of earning potential. The lowest monthly rate is $175; The highest is $450.
Requirements: 21 or older 2010 vehicles or newer; 50 miles or more per day; Security check completed successfully.
Earning potential: Up to $450 a month (with full cover).
Adam Hardy is a former writer for The Penny Hoarder. Steve Gilman Contribute to this article.