Legitimate Car Wrap Advertising Companies: Requirements, Pay, Reviews

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 advertising companies to place advertisements on your personal vehicle with a car wrap, you can earn money each month with minimal time and effort. We have the list of reputable companies — and the list of those that to do not appear to be legitimate.

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Who’s Eligible?

While each car wrap advertising company has specific requirements for drivers, there are certain criteria that can make you a more ideal candidate. Most companies favor applicants who:

  • Have a clean driving record. Companies do not want to risk their name if you have a history of aggressive driving, frequent crashes, or other liabilities. The advertiser may also require a criminal background check.
  • Meet the age requirements. The minimum age may vary by company, but it is commonly required that drivers are between 18 and 25.
  • Own or lease your 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.
  • Maintain full insurance coverage. It is essential that you maintain car insurance coverage. Since you’re considered an independent contractor driving for your own personal reasons (and not explicitly to advertise), you’re covered by your personally held auto liability coverage.
  • 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.
  • Drive frequently. Since your vehicle will be a kind of moving billboard, the more you drive, the more people will see the advertisement. Some companies pay per mile for that very reason, while others simply require that you drive a minimum number of miles per day.
  • Drive in high-traffic areas. Most companies are looking for drivers in densely populated urban centers. If you live in the middle of a rural region, you won’t generate many impressions, even if you drive many miles each day. As a result, advertisers who pay car wrap companies normally request their ads be placed in high-traffic areas where they can reach the most people.

How to Avoid Common Scams

While a car wrap advertisement can be 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 fraudulent car wrap companies. Luckily, there are a few telltale signs of a fraudulent company that you can look for in order to keep yourself (and your finances) safe.

1. Unsolicited Contact

Many scams begin by sending unsuspecting targets unsolicited emails, text messages, and/or letters with an incredible offer. If this message comes out of the blue from a company you’ve never contacted or even heard of, it is very possible that it is a scam.

2. Online Classified Ads

Scam artists frequently target websites that provide a free 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 include a check with instructions to cash the check and/or wire funds to a car wrap vendor. While the check may seem legitimate at first, it can turn out to be counterfeit. If you are a victim of this type of scam, you could even run into problems with your bank for having deposited a fake check, even if you did so unknowingly. You can report this type of activity on the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker. In addition, you can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau’s Online Complaint System. Complaints are usually resolved or closed within 30 days.

The List of Legitimate Car Wrap Companies

We have the list of legitimate companies that will pay you to wrap your car with an ad promoting one of the advertisers’ products. This list is pretty short because there are so many scams out there.

1. Carvertise

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 21
    • Must drive at least 25 miles a day (800+ miles per month)
    • Must have a clean driving record
    • Must own your own vehicle
    • The vehicle must be a newer model
    • The vehicle must have a factory finish paint job
  • Reviews: Carvertise currently has an A+ rating (with one complaint) from the Better Business Bureau and a 4.5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook.
  • How much can you expect to earn? $100 per month for the duration of the campaign. Carvertise campaigns typically run for three to six months, so, on average, you’ll earn $300 to $600 per campaign.
  • How to get started: Fill out Carvertise’s driver application online. This involves answering some basic questions about your vehicle and your driving habits. In the matching stage, Carvertise compares your profile to the needs of partnering advertisers. When a potential match is found, you’ll be notified by email.

2. Wrapify

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 21
    • Must have a clean driving record and clean criminal record
    • Must own or currently lease their vehicle
    • Cannot drive for ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft
    • The vehicle must be a newer model
    • The vehicle must be in good condition
    • Some vehicles, such as Hummers, Jeep Wranglers, and Volkswagon Beetles, are ineligible because they cannot be wrapped within a few hours.
  • Reviews: The Wrapify Facebook page does not have any reviews, but it has a few thousand likes and posts actively. Wrapify is not listed on the Better Business Bureau but has been featured in articles by NBC4 Los Angeles and The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • How much can you expect to earn? You’re 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 you earn, 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 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: Download the Wrapify app from Google Play or the App Store. Then, open the app and run it when driving each day to log your daily drive time. After your driving has been assessed, you’ll be eligible for campaign offers when your area and your driving activity matches the campaign’s needs.

The List of Car Wrap Companies That Do Not Appear to Be Legitimate

There are many car wrap and car advertising companies out there that are not legitimate. The following list includes questionable car wrap companies.

Note: Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean a company is not legitimate, however, we feel there is enough evidence to warrant being cautious before signing up to work with them.

1. Pay Me For Driving

  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Why we question its legitimacy:
    • Pay Me For Driving’s website leaves out a lot of important information, such as how you get paid, how much you can earn, and how quickly you can start advertising once you apply. It states that it can take anywhere from a few days to several months after applying before you can begin advertising.
    • The website states that filling out an online application means you agree to the company’s terms of service, but, when you click on the terms of service link, the page cannot be found.
    • Pay Me For Driving mentions “commission-based programs” that allow you to increase your earnings, but there is no further information about how this works and how it’s different from the advertising you’ll already be doing.
    • The company, on its homepage, states that advertisements will be professionally installed, but on the FAQs page, it says wraps may be sent with instructions to self-apply. This conflicting information is confusing and a cause for concern.

2. Referral Cars

  • Location: Lehi, Utah
  • Why we question its legitimacy:
    • The live chat option on the Referral Cars website is misleading. It is set up like a live chat, but, once you fill in your information, you’ll receive a message that says its team usually responds in under two hours. (We sent a message via “live chat” and 48 hours later still have not received a response.)
    • Referral Cars has multiple Facebook pages, making it hard to tell which one is legit. One of Referral Cars’ Facebook pages has more than 14,000 likes but no recent activity. Another Referral Cars Facebook page has less than 200 likes and no recent activity; the last post on that page states Referral Cars is no longer accepting new drivers until further notice, prompting comments from drivers who signed up, paid, and have not been able to reach anyone at the company.

3. Stickr

  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Why we question its legitimacy:
    • Stickr charges a membership fee. Paying a fee to earn money can be a sign that the company is illegitimate.
    • The Better Business Bureau’s database does not contain a profile for “Stickr,” “Stickr.co,” or “Stickr LLC.” State, county, and city business databases also do not return any legitimate, licensed businesses under these names.
    • It shares a name with a more established vehicle branding company based in South Africa, but it is unclear whether the companies are genuinely affiliated.
    • The company’s Facebook page only has one post at the time of writing — an upload of a profile photo. The Facebook reviews are also negative, with complaints of unreceived pay and issues getting in contact with the company. One review notes that when signing up, the company didn’t verify the person’s identity, car insurance, or driver’s license.
    • Stickr does not have an official Twitter profile, and most mentions of the company on Twitter are automatically-generated affiliate links from suspicious profiles.
    • The Stickr website contains very little information about the company’s policies, payment terms, total membership costs, or average earnings. The business address listed on the website is an office suite, but appears to house a different business than Stickr.

4. advertiseonmycar.net

For detailed information, please see our article: advertiseonmycar.net Reviews: Scam or Legit? Here’s the Consensus

In Summary

Legitimate car wrap advertising companies are out there. And working with a car wrap company can be a simple way to earn extra income. While it is possible to earn more than $500 a month, you’ll generally earn closer to $100 per month — and only when you’re matched to an active campaign. Before you sign up to participate in an advertising campaign, it is critical to verify that you’re working with a reputable company so you can avoid scams that can be harmful to your finances.

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  • Just got a check for $2,600 and it’s supposed to be for Autoadvert Group, supposed to be for auto wrap promo. I’m supposed to deposit the check and deduct $500.00 for my first week payment and $100.00 and then send a $2,000 money order to the installer that will come and install the decals on my car. Has anyone done this before or is this a scam?

    • Hello, John. Unfortunately, this appears to be a fake check scam. Do not deposit the check or send a money order; the check will bounce. After reading your comment, we also researched “Autoadvert Group” and could find no record of a legitimate company with this name — not even an official website. You may want to report this to the Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker.

  • Has anyone tried Stickr.co? I couldn’t find it on BBB and hardly any reviews on it. There is a membership fee of $10, but they state that the funds are reimbursed. They say you can make upwards of $400 to $500 a month, but for a one-time payment of $29.99 you can double your earnings so that you make $800 a month. I don’t feel comfortable paying a fee for anything especially when I’m trying to make extra income, even though they say I’ll get my money back. Anyway, thanks.

    • Hello, Jorge! Based on our research, Stickr does not appear to be legitimate. Its payment terms and policies are not transparent, and aside from the reviews posted on the homepage of its own website, all of the reviews we found were negative. We have added this information to our article.

  • Referralcars.com had a banner up for advertising. I signed up just last night and they already have a campaign specialist who matched me with a campaign. Get through all the steps , watch 3 or 4 videos. It all sounds very good. You can make a few hundred a month no matter what, and some ongoing commissions supposedly based on the unique phone number a customer will call.

    But then you get to the very end of it all and they say you need to pay for shipping. That seems to be the only charge. But it still seems scammy.

    • I just signed up as well and it seems referralcars is a clickfunnel scam, kinda like a pyramid, you get paid by scamming others under you to sign up but there’s not really a product as far as I can tell. Zoom benefits hides behind a paywall meaning if you haven’t paid for the service you can’t really see what it’s all about. I feel like a total idiot for signing up so now I plan to out them if that’s what this is. SMH

      • Can anyone who has actually had success with zoom benefits please update? I haven’t signed up but I was considering it.

        • It’s fake. If you go direct to their website and they instantly funnel you into working for Zoombenefits. there’s no option, it sends you straight to the videos on “Zoombenefits”. No company info, they just immediately ask for information. No agent to assign you either.

  • What do you know about ReferralCars? Advertising for Zoombenifits. No checks only paid $7 for shipping my decal and they pay through pay pal? We’ll see how it goes I guess.

    • How did it go Shauna? I only ask cause I have a back ground in graphic design, marketing and building landing pages/email creative for affilate marketing companies. I have seen 18 year olds make 10’s of thousands monthly placing ads for other companies via the internet. This auto decal could work however the constant visbilty of your decal maybe a problem thus effecting conversions.

  • Hi I have been reading about these kind if scams…if it seems to good to be true it usually is…I made a contact on Craigslist they texted me the similarities about getting a check deposting it giving the balance less my my 500.00 to the sign placer…it is supposed to be for Sheets Energy Strips. I haven’t received the check but I’m totally suspicious of this being a scam. I don’t know anything yet because I haven’t gotten the check…but I haven’t given any information to anyone except my name and car model & year. I’m scared to deposit the check now…any info on this scam? I live in Florida and Sheets Energy Strips is located in Boca Raton. Thank you Judy

    • Do NOT do this! The check is phony, but is real enough to pass a teller and be deposited. A few days later the bank will realize its a bad check, take back the amount from your available funds, and you will be out the amount of the check and charged a bad check fee

  • Does anyone have any information on ReferralCar out of Utah? I am hesitant, but very interested in this opportunity. Please help!

  • Stay away from “Budlight”. They are sending checks for you to deposit and wire money to the decal artist.

  • what about media-396.com? has anyone heard of them? they said they sent me a check today and let them know once I make the deposit. now I’m scared to actually deposit that check. I can’t find anything on them

    • Hi Christy,
      I’m not finding any website or information for media-936.com, which is suspicious. Scams often operate by randomly sending you a check and telling you to deposit it but then using that to just get your bank information. This definitely seems like something you should stay away from.

  • Hey!
    How about refferralcars attempting to get me to advertise zoom benefits? Saying I pay shipping to receive a decal with a personal phone number which I would receive commission off each sale made from my personal number?

    • Hi Ryan,

      At first glance this sounds like a scam. Making you pay shipping for the decal and asking you to make sales from your personal phone number are both indicators that something is amiss with these deals. Legit companies usually pay for the decal completely, and even install it. Also, their website has no area for explaining how the service works for companies that want to advertise. What are the paying by? Check? Paypal? And when in the process do they say they’ll pay you?

      • I am also looking at referralcars. Everything listed to watch out for is NOT there. They pay through direct deposit or paypal. I contacted them to sign up. However, it was late last night and first thing this morning I have an email and text about this zoombenefits decal. They have ONE more spot for me, I need to sign up quickly or could loose the spot, all things making me look around. They have a very new FB page with reviews from people that don’t really look legit. It’s asking for $6.99 shipping of the decal, which isn’t much. The phone thing the other person posted isn’t your phone number. They assign a number to your account for people to call so when they call in zoombenefits knows it’s coming from your referral. You don’t actually take calls. I’d love to know if this is legit!

        • They are the same company that is WrapMatch, Kar Wrap, Advertiseonmycar.net, etc) They seem to set up a new website every year or sooner. This one started in September 2017. On their Facebook page, in one of their pictures, I saw Kar Wrap on a picture of their advertisement and I knew that was affiliated with the other ones with bad reviews. Read my review above of Advertiseonmycar.net. When you call, you’ll be upsold to a vanity number, decal that won’t damage your car, and anything else they can think of. When I researched them, I found that most of the ads they were placing were way outside the advertised business’ service area, occasionally in another country. I’m not saying you’ll never get a sale, but advertising a nail salon in Canada when you drive in Arizona is a HARD sale.

          • 😀 thank you! It sets off enough whistles to sound fishy for sure but the stuff that seems “right” was throwing me off 🙂

        • Hi Elizabeth,

          I haven’t been able to quite pin down Referral Cars as well. I’ve chatted with them on Facebook, and they’ve been responsive (a good sign), but their number doesn’t work. I just tried it again now, and the voicemail wasn’t theirs and no one answered. It’s a huge red flag that they require you to pay for the decal shipping, and I would still stay away.

          • Referral cars has an option to only receive offers that do not require you to pay shipping. (They say you may have to wait longer for an offer, yet I was contacted the next morning anyway.) But I’m still wary…

  • What about G-shock promotions? They just sent me check to cash and pay for decal with that money as well.

    • Hi Christina,

      Don’t cash the check. A quick Google search revealed complaints about them — see onlinethreatalerts, for one. I also couldn’t find any website of theirs, or any contact info. They also don’t have a Facebook page, or show up on the Better Business Bureau website. And, strangers sending fake checks it a pretty common scam. These people send someone a check, and ask them to deposit it, use part of it, and keep the rest for themselves. The check ends up being bad, and you end up having used your own money to do whatever they asked for, and nothing left for yourself. You can read more about this sort of scam on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

  • On your article it says that Wrapify can’t be used if you do ride sharing but on their website I can’t find that. On their website it also says that they’re trusted by Lyft.

    • Hi Wesley,

      It’s pretty common for these companies not to allow drivers to also drive for companies like Uber or Lyft while on campaign, and we reached out to the Wrapify to confirm that fact when we wrote the article. You are correct though that the info is not on their website, and just to be sure, I sent them a message to confirm that they still have this requirement, and will update accordingly if they answer otherwise. And, I think the statement that they’re “trusted by Lyft” just means that they’ve done advertising campaigns for Lyft.

  • Seems that Carvertise should be taken off the list. When calling their phone number it refers you to another number which is a disconnected Verizon cell phone. Emails are returned as “address not found” and when attempting to sign up to be a Driver you receive a continuous “Processing” notification.

    • Hi TO,

      Thanks for your feedback. I made test calls right now, it looks like they’ve recently changed their number from (302) 296-8410 to (302) 273-1890. With the latter, I reached a regular customer service menu allowing me to be redirected to the appropriate department. I also sent them an email (to carvertiser@carvertise.com) and didn’t get any automated address not found. I’ve successfully contacted them via their facebook page in the past, and they’ve been helpful and responsive to my questions. We’ll keep an eye out, but I’d guess for now the issue might be that the recently changed their number.

  • I received a call about advertising on my back windshield. I don’t remember if I filled out something online with a job site or not. She gave me her full name, which don’t know if that’s legit. I am to pay $19.99 for decal, take a picture of car. I will receive a $50.00 sign up bonus & the $19.99 which I’ll get after my first sign up, which each sign up pays $300.00. She said I will advertise for Cox, AT&T, Direct TV, and 2 more, one at a time. I didn’t pay or give any information. She was very nice and said when I can pay $19.99, to call phone # back and ask for her. I asked her the name of company again, and she said Zap. Is this legit? Called from Denham Springs, La. Thank you & look forward to finding out.

    • Hi Kathy,
      Good for you to not give her your information or payment info before looking further into the company. I’m not finding any info for a car-wrapping company called Zap, which is suspicious to begin with. Any company that asks you to pay upfront is almost always a scam.

      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 even heard of, it is possible that this is a sign of a scam. All signs point to a scam, so I’d probably steer clear of this one.

      • She said it was Zap Satellite which I did look up. They do have a Zap thing with Direct tv, etc. Also about Zap, IN where it’s called Zap Satellite. I’m still confused, but better safe than sorry. Thank You!

        • Hi Kathy,
          After doing a bit more research, it looks like you’ve dodged a bullet. There are a number of reports online — such as this one and this one — of it being a scam.

  • hi im really interested on car ads, im asking out how does it work esp on carvetise.. how will the company know if the car im driving is the one registered…. to make it clear suppose i have two cars and i have sign up with one, then how will they know if im driving the wrapped one coz i feel like you may drive the other car without them knowing, how will i know the speed and the routes taken in company like carvertise that has no apps ,this is quite not good to the advertisers, secondly how does the gps system work and how do they calculate impressions and lastly what are their cost to clients per thousand impression… thanks

    • Hi Alphonce,

      Good questions! First, impressions were calculated through consultation with a traffic engineering firm by overlaying the GPS data collected daily from cars, on top of traffic algorithms. Calculations took into account variables like population density, amount of traffic, time of day, road size, etc. Cartvertise doesn’t publish costs for advertisers, and costs vary by location, so they can only really tell you accurate costs once they know more about the advertiser’s desired campaign. Costs range from $2-$5 per mile. Second, Carvertising keeps track of its drivers by placing a small Carvertise sticker on the back of every car along with a “How’s my driving” decal. This allows people to make complaints about the Carvertise driver, and respond appropriately if the driver is not following traffic rules or otherwise poorly representing the brand.

      • Thanks for the reply madam, please I need an advice from you, I’m thinking on starting this in Africa because its kinda unique in here and for what I think the future of tech is in Africa.. The problem is in our country, there’s NO any traffic engineering firms, is there any alternative ways of getting exact number of impression… Thanks again

        • Hi Alphonce,

          I’m afraid we can’t help locate specific traffic engineering firms in Africa. I would recommend networking, ask around, trying calling companies that look like they might be able to collect traffic data. I would also suggest contacting nearby universities for leads, you might be able to find students in related areas, like urban planning and advertising, who would be interested in this sort of project. And, our article is a good list of example companies to study as a guide. Good luck!

  • An update on my experience with Advertizeonmycar.net. I signed up online and got a call within a few minutes, so I was unable to research fully, and despite my speedy efforts to search while on the phone, I wound up giving them my credit card information and was charged around $43 for upsells and all that stuff. I figured perhaps it could be expensive printing those signs and sending them out to people who had no intention of putting them on their car.
    After I got off the phone, I had an “uh oh” moment as I read about recurring charges and shut down my card. Today – 13 days later and receiving nothing, I e-mailed them and asked for a refund. Surprisingly they did it. But between sending the e-mail and seeing a reply, I did a lot more research that opened my eyes. I went through their Facebook page and noted all the advertisements on the back of people’s cars and where they were from. California, Utah, Arizona and other states in the West were advertising a business that is located in the Southeast (Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte). I verified the logo used on the advertising belonged to this particular company. And it’s not even a business that can really ship anything – it’s a pest control company. A few people I saw in Arizona were advertising a business located in Manitoba, Canada. Out of the many photos I looked at, I saw a small handful that were advertising a business in their region. In my opinion, they operate a printing company and not much else.

    • Hi Dustin,

      Information from readers like you is incredibly valuable and can stop others from being scammed by less-than-reputable companies. Thank you!