What if you could get paid for simply going through your normal daily routine, commuting to work, school, the grocery store, and the gym? By allowing companies to place advertisements on your personal vehicle, you can earn money each month with minimal time and effort. This article shows you how to find a reputable company so you can start earning extra income. We’ll cover the requirements you’ll need to meet and the scams you’ll want to avoid as you get started earning money with car wrap advertising.
Included in This Article:
How to avoid common car wrap advertising scams
Who is eligible to advertise on their car?
Which legitimate companies will pay you to place an advertisement on your car?
How to Avoid Common Car Wrap Advertising Scams
While car wrap advertising is a great way to make money, there are, unfortunately, many fraudulent companies looking to scam people who are interested in this method of income. Scams related to car wrap advertising have become so rampant that the Better Business Bureau has published warnings about these types of fraudulent companies. Luckily, there are a few telltale signs of a fraudulent company that you can look for in order to keep yourself (and your wallet) safe. We have detailed each of these important warning signs below.
1. Unsolicited Contact
Many of the scams begin by sending the unsuspecting target an unsolicited email, text message, or letter with an incredible offer. If this message comes out of the blue from a company you’ve never contacted or never even heard of, it is very possible that this is a sign of a scam.
2. Online Classified Ads
Places frequented by scam artists are websites that provide a platform for job offers, such as Craigslist. Scammers will make extraordinary promises of easy money for little effort. Generally speaking, legitimate companies will use their own professional websites and social media pages to advertise opportunities.
3. (Fake) Checks
Offers sent by scam artists often come with a check enclosed, giving instructions to cash the check and/or wire funds to a car wrap vendor. However, while the check may seem legitimate at first, the check turns out to be counterfeit. The bank withdraws your funds and the target will lose the money they wired. Victims of this type of scam could even run into problems with their bank for having deposited a fake check, even though they didn’t do so intentionally. This is why any offer that seems too good to be true…probably is.
Who Is Eligible for Car Wrap Advertising Programs?
While each company has specific requirements for their drivers, there are certain criteria that make you a more competitive candidate to earn money through car wrap advertising. Most companies favor applicants who:
- Has a clean driving record. Car wrap advertising companies do not want to risk their name on a driver with a history of aggressive driving, frequent crashes, or other liabilities. The advertiser may also require a criminal background check.
- Meets the age requirement. The minimum age may vary by company, but it is commonly required that the driver be at minimum of 18 to 25 years of age.
- Owns or leases their own personal vehicle. This might seem obvious, but companies are looking for drivers who own or lease their own personal vehicle. This commonly means one driver per vehicle and one vehicle per driver.
- Maintains full insurance coverage. It is essential that each driver maintains their car insurance coverage because, since drivers are considered to be independent contractors driving for their own personal reasons (and not explicitly to advertise), they are covered by their personally held auto liability coverage in case of an accident.
- Have a new(er) model car. Generally speaking, this means a car less than 10 years old, but the exact requirement depends on each company’s policies and the image they are looking to present.
- Drive frequently. Since the vehicle is a kind of moving billboard, the more it is driven, the more people will see the advertisement. Some companies pay per mile driven for that very reason, while others simply require a minimum number of miles per day.
- Drive within high-traffic areas. Most companies are looking for drivers in densely populated urban centers. A driver living in the middle of a rural region will not generate many impressions, even if they drive many miles each day; as a result, advertisers who work with car wrap advertising companies normally request their ads be placed in high-traffic areas where they can reach the most people.
The List of Legitimate Car Wrap Advertising Companies
We have rounded up a list of the legitimate companies that will pay you to wrap your car with an ad promoting one of the advertisers’ products. This list would be longer except, while there are many more companies that claim that you can get paid to wrap your car, many of them are scams. Here are the legitimate car wrap advertisers:
- Location: Nationwide (currently, Carvertise has active campaigns in 10 states)
- Drivers must be at least 21 years old
- Drivers must drive at least 25 miles a day (800+ miles per month)
- Drivers must have a clean driving record
- Drivers must own their own vehicle
- The vehicle must be a 2005 model or newer
- The vehicle must have a factory finish paint job
- Reviews: Carvertise currently has an A+ rating (with one complaint) from the Better Business Bureau of Delaware and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on the Carvertise Facebook page. Here is one such review (four stars) from Carol Boyer on I Just [sic] finishing my first Campaign. From the first phone interview and every call/text/email in between, the staff of Carvertise has been exceptional. I had some issues with the wrap installation, which was no fault of Carvertise, that was quickly taken care of. I was paid on time as promised, although I am still waiting for a referral payment. I highly recommend the company. This is a great way to make a little extra cash. Keep up the good work! I can’t wait for the next Campaign!”
- How much can a driver expect to earn? Once a driver qualifies for a campaign, they earn $100/month for the duration of that campaign by simply driving as they normally would. Carvertise campaigns typically run for three to six months, so the average Carvertise driver will earn between $300 and $600 per campaign.
- How to get started: Get started by filling out the driver application on the Carvertise website. This involves answering some basic questions about the vehicle and the driver’s habits (where they drive, how often, etc.). In the matching stage, Carvertise compares the driver’s profile to the needs of partnering advertisers. When a potential match is found, the driver is notified through email.
- Location: Nationwide (a list of current cities with campaigns can be found on the Brands page of the Wrapify website)
- Drivers must be at least 21 years old
- Drivers must have a clean driving record and clean criminal record
- Drivers must own or currently lease their vehicle
- Drivers cannot drive for services like Uber or Lyft while their car is wrapped
- The vehicle must be a 2008 model or newer
- The vehicle must be in good condition, free of damage to the paint or body of the car
- Some vehicles are excluded from eligibility because they cannot be wrapped within a few hours. Hummers, Jeep Wranglers, and VW Beetles are some examples of cars that will not qualify.
- Reviews: While the Wrapify Facebook page does not have reviews, it has a few thousand likes and posts actively. Wrapify is not listed on the Better Business Bureau Website but has been featured in articles by NBC4 Los Angeles and The San Diego Union-Tribune. As one driver, Calder Pearce, told the reporter from the San Diego Union-Tribune, “Wrapify has a pretty good sell. I literally just open the app and go about my day and … make extra money.”
- How much can a driver expect to earn? Drivers are paid per mile driven and can earn more than $500 a month, but even Wrapify acknowledges this is very rare. Many factors impact the amount a driver earns, including the type of wrap coverage (a fully-wrapped vehicle earns more than a partially wrapped one), daily mileage caps set by the advertiser (the most a driver can be paid for driving each day), the time of day the car is being driven (with peak daylight hours earning more than nighttime driving), and the vehicle’s location (heavy traffic means more money per mile).
- How to get started: First, download the Wrapify app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Then, open the app and run it when driving each day to log the vehicle’s daily commute using GPS. After 50 miles have been logged by the app, the driver becomes eligible for campaign offers through the app if campaigns are available in that area and if the driving activity logged matches the campaign’s needs.
- Location: Southern California (currently, with plans for expansion)
- Drivers must be at least 25 years old
- Drivers must have a clean driving record
- Drivers generally cannot drive for ride sharing companies like Uber or Lyft while their car is wrapped
- The vehicle must be a 2010 model or newer
- Drivers must have insurance that meets the minimum coverage of 100/300/100 (not needed to apply, but auto liability coverage must be in place prior to the car being wrapped)
- Reviews: The AdverDriver Facebook page does not have reviews. The company does not have a Better Business Bureau report, and no other reviews are available. However, no negative reports could be located.
- How much can a driver expect to earn? Depending on the size of the car wrap ad, drivers can earn between $150 and $300 a month. Drivers can also earn a $50 referral bonus for each qualified driver they refer who is chosen for a wrap campaign.
- How to get started: Visit the AdverDriver website to fill out an application form (currently only available to drivers in Southern California). Once there is a match with a campaign, AdverDriver will contact the applicant to arrange the car wrapping.
There are many other companies out there that claim to offer payment for car wrap advertising. However, many of these companies have turned out to be fraudulent. Take a look at our tips on how to spot a scam and always use good sense when it comes to working with any company.
Legitimate Car Wrap Advertising Companies: Conclusion
Wrapping your car can be a simple way to earn supplemental income during the hours that normally go to waste while you drive. While some drivers can earn more than $500 a month, most drivers earn closer to $100 per month and only when they are matched to an active campaign.
While this might help you to earn some extra cash for gas or savings, it is not an employment option to rely on for paying the bills.
Before you sign on to participate in car wrap advertising, it is critical to verify that you’re working with a reputable company so that you can avoid scams and begin earning pocket money as soon as possible.