What if earning extra money was as easy as driving your car? As it turns out, this is exactly what happens when you sign up for car wrap advertising.
There are many ways that you can earn money with your car, from ride sharing apps to meal delivery services. However, car wrap advertising is an option that doesn’t even require you to go out of your way. Simply drive your car like you normally would and make money while you do it!
What is Car Wrap Advertising?
Have you ever seen a car covered in big advertisements, perhaps for an energy drink? Odds are, the owner of that vehicle was making money because you saw it.
All kinds of brands want their logo out there, but it can be hard to reach potential customers. Car wrap advertising is a form of advertisement that involves covering your car with ads for a specific company. These ads may cover your car partially or fully, but will make you money regardless.
Not everybody may want their car covered in advertisements, but it is an essentially effortless way to bring in a bit of extra money if you are willing to sign up. All you have to do is drive your car as you normally would. Whether you are on your daily commute, picking up groceries, or headed to an event, you will be earning money just for driving. Sounds simple enough, right?
How to Avoid Scams
The major problem plaguing the car wrap industry is the abundance of scams. Because it is a way to make money while exerting almost no effort, scammers see the potential to offer a deal that seems too good to be true. Unfortunately for many victims of scamming, it usually is too good to be true.
However, there are plenty of legitimate car wrapping companies, so you shouldn’t give up on this method for making money before you’ve even started. Instead, take the time to learn some telltale signs of a car wrap scam.
The most common form of scam in this industry is unsolicited emailing. You open your inbox only to find an amazing opportunity waiting for you. You sign up, give them a bit of money for “service fees” or some other form of initiation dues, and then you never hear from them again. This is a classic scam that you should not let yourself fall for.
Luckily, your spam folder should catch most of these scammers and you are probably not in the habit of taking offers that are sent to you in unsolicited emails. However, you still may find other unwanted trickery when you go out looking for companies.
As a rule of thumb, no legitimate company should ask you to send them money or transfer them money, especially not before they have paid you for anything.
The cashier’s check scam is another classic maneuver to be wary of. They will ask you to send them a few hundred dollars to cover the initial wrap, and then they will send you a cashier’s check to reimburse you for the expenses. The problem occurs when you go to cash the check and it bounces, leaving you out a few hundred dollars. If you try to get a hold of them to sort this problem out, don’t expect to hear back. It is a typical scam that you should keep an eye out for, as it is still quite common.
Never accept an offer for car wrapping that is sent to you in an unsolicited email or social media message, and never send the company any of your money. No matter how respectable the company seems, it is always going to be a scam. Every time. The more skeptical you are when you start looking for these opportunities, the more likely you are to avoid being burned.
If you want to make sure that you are going into business with a reputable company, you will be best served by verifying their legitimacy with an outside source. This could be the Better Business Bureau (BBB), a local newspaper, or a website dedicated to sorting scammers from legitimate businesses.
What Are Legitimate Car Wrap Advertising Companies?
The good news is that, while there are indeed plenty of scams out there, you should not have trouble also finding a company worth working for. Here are a few opportunities for you to check out if you are interested.
Carvertise is a nationwide car wrapping company that has an excellent reputation. They currently have an A+ rating from the BBB, which means their practices are entirely up to snuff. You won’t have to worry about unfair or predatory business practices when you work with them. You can get started by filling out an application on their website.
Wrapify is another popular car wrapping company that is widely regarded as a respectable business to work for. While they are not recognized by the BBB, you can easily find examples of legitimate outside sources that have confirmed their respectability as a company. You can get started easily by downloading their app, which you will use every time you drive to track your mileage.
Lastly, AdverDriver is a company that checks all of the boxes for avoiding a scam. You will not be asked to give them any money up front, and you will be the one to get ahold of them. If you are interested in driving for them, simply go to their website and fill out an application.
There are plenty of legitimate car wrapping companies out there, so you should not have trouble finding one that suits you. You may end up applying for one of the companies listed above, or you may find another that is better for you. Whatever the case, you should be able to find a good company for you and your car as long as you are mindful of the red flags that often come along with scams.
How to Get Started with Car Wrap Advertising
There are a few things you will need to know before you get started. While car wrapping is a nice way to make some extra money once you are signed up and your car is wrapped, there are some requirements that you will have to meet before you can begin.
Every legitimate company has a minimum age for drivers. It varies from company to company, but they will all require you to be at least 18 years of age. While some will require you to be a bit older (up to 25 years old), you will be able to find each company’s specific age requirements when you sign up to work for them. You will want to make sure you know what a company’s age minimum is before you take the time to get started with their application process.
It may seem obvious, but you will also be required to have a vehicle to drive before you can get your car wrapped. If you own or lease your vehicle then you will be in the clear, but you should wait to sign up if you are planning to sell your vehicle or the lease is coming to an end. Most companies set their campaigns for a certain number of months, so you will want to have a car at your disposal for the entire time.
You will also need to be fully insured in order to wrap your car. This is a standard for all industries that pay you to drive, so there is nothing unexpected with this requirement. Still, you should obviously be mindful of this requirement before you proceed with wrapping your car.
Some companies won’t bother wrapping larger cars, as they can be difficult or time consuming to cover. Make sure that your vehicle fits the bill for what your selected company is looking for, as you will be disappointed to get through the process only to find out that your car isn’t eligible to be wrapped.
Many companies will also require you have a fairly recent model, usually meaning that your car should have been made in the last five to 10 years. Usually, the cutoff will be on the more recent side of this spectrum. Car wrapping companies want to advertise on cars that are more likely to avoid breakdowns so that you can spend more time on the road, but they also want to advertise on cars that may look more appealing. If your car is a bit older, there is a chance that you will not be able to wrap it. Make sure that your car is good to go before signing up with a car wrapping company.
For similar reasons, car wrapping companies will only want to wrap your car if it is in good condition. If you have ugly dents or frequent car troubles, it won’t be worth advertisers’ time to work with you. They want their products to seem appealing and they want their advertisements out in the open, so cars with visible damage and a propensity for breaking down are not what they are looking for.
Because these companies want people to see the advertisements that they wrap your car with, you will be expected to drive a certain amount in order to work with them. While you will generally be paid based on your mileage, they won’t want to take the trouble of getting you started if you aren’t likely to get on the road enough. If you have a long commute and drive regularly, you are probably exactly the person that they are looking for.
You will also be more valuable to car wrapping companies if you regularly drive through high-traffic areas. Your advertising power goes up significantly in Manhattan compared to a small town, so expect to get more interest from these companies if you live in a more populated area. Otherwise, you may have to go too far out of your way for the job to be worth it. The point of wrapping your car is to make money without adjusting your routine, so it doesn’t make sense to go miles out of your way just to get your car seen. If this isn’t a problem for you, then there is a good chance that you will be able to wrap your car.
If you meet all of these requirements, you will be set to start driving. These companies get quite a bit of interest from prospective drivers, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a while before an advertiser matches with you. Once you get going, it is the easiest job in the world. The only difficult part is getting started.
Once you are on the road, you simply check in with the company to show that you really are driving with the car wrap advertisements covering your car. You will generally check into an app and allow them to track you via GPS, and you will be paid according to your routes.
How Much Can You Make from Car Wrap Advertising?
Different companies will pay different amounts, but you can generally expect to make anywhere from one hundred to a few hundred dollars per month. Some drivers even make money in excess of $500 a month, though this is rare.
While car wrap advertising won’t give you enough cash to live off of, it is a great way to add some additional funding to your bank account each month. Considering how little work you will have to do once you get going, it is practically free money.
If you fit the qualifications and are interested in making a few hundred extra dollars every month, car wrap advertising may be exactly what you are looking for. Make sure to sign up with a legitimate company, and understand that you will have the advertisements on your car for the entire duration of the campaign you are selected for. Still, this is hardly asking very much in exchange for money, considering you won’t have to adjust your lifestyle in the slightest.
If you are driven to make the money, car wrap advertising is the gig for you.