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 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 offer that you can look for in order to keep yourself (and your finances) safe.

Be aware that even if the company’s name seems legitimate, all of the practices noted below are signs of a scam; scammers sometimes use the names of legitimate companies so people will be more likely to comply. It is best not to accept any unsolicited offers and to sign up with an advertising company directly if you are interested in earning additional income from car wrap advertising.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

StickerRide

  • Location: Worldwide, including the U.S.; Campaign availability varies by city and advertiser demand
  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 18 years old
    • Must have a smartphone
    • Must be willing to use GPS tracking while driving for campaigns
    • Must not participate in more than one campaign at a time
    • Must own your vehicle
    • Vehicle requirements vary by campaign
  • Reviews: StickerRide does not have a Better Business Bureau profile, but does have reviews on Google Play and the App Store, with an average star rating of about three out of five. StickerRide also has active profiles on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • How much can you expect to earn? StickerRide’s payment system is points-based. The exact payment varies by campaign, as well as by the size and number of stickers you install. You earn points by logging active driving time in the StickerRide app. Points usually accrue for each mile you drive, but you can earn higher points by participating in quests, driving during peak times, and driving in highly-populated areas.
  • How to get started: Download the StickerRide app for iOS or Android and register. After registration, you will be able to see the currently-available campaigns and apply. Drivers must meet certain criteria for each campaign, including the advertiser’s desired car types and locations; if your application meets those requirements, you will visit a professional installer to get the stickers applied to your car.

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.

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.

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.

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.

advertiseonmycar.net

For detailed information, see our dedicated article on whether advertiseonmycar.net is a scam or a legitimate company.

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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  • Annie Sheahan says:

    I have a question concerning Wrapify. I was contacted via text message, out of the blue, was told a check for $2495.00 was sent out on August 3rd, and was provided a tracking number. I am to take $500.00 for me, $50.00 for the guy that comes out to wrap the car and send $1945.00 to the advertising company. I have yet to receive this check, but I have done my due diligence re: research on Wrapify, which is legit according to BBB. My question: is the contact person, check, etc., legit and how do I find out?

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      Hello, Annie! While Wrapify is a legitimate company, the person contacting you is most likely a scammer. Wrapify conducts business only through its app and does not provide unsolicited offers by text message to unregistered drivers. It sounds like you have encountered a fake check scam. If you receive the check, do not attempt to cash it or send the contact person any money.

      Unfortunately, scammers sometimes use the names of legitimate companies in an effort to make themselves appear trustworthy. We have updated our article to include a warning about this practice.

  • 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?

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      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.

  • Jorge Aguilar Palacios says:

    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.

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      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.

  • Judy Mckay says:

    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

    • Dont do it says:

      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

  • Mrs_Lynott says:

    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

    • Kathleen Wilson says:
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      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?

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      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?

      • Elizabeth says:

        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.

          • Elizabeth says:

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

        • Laura Bachmann says:
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          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…

  • Christina says:

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

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      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.

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      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.

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      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.

    • Kathleen Wilson says:
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      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!

        • Kathleen Wilson says:
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          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.

  • alphonce says:

    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

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      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.

      • alphonce says:

        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

        • Laura Bachmann says:
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          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.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Dustin,

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

  • I saw an ad on Facebook for advertizeonmycar and I should’ve researched it before giving in. I realize that it might be a scam. But I was pretty convinced since I found myself talking to a real person and all. I gave them my debit card information, along with my address and stuff. I regret it, and now I don’t know how to cancel it. I am hoping they don’t continue charging my card…what should I do??

    • Kathleen Wilson says:
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      Hi Renee,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having a difficult time canceling the charges on your debit card. If you’re trying to work for a car wrap advertising company, they should be the ones paying you, not the reverse! If you believe you may be the victim of a scam, you should report it on the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker. In addition, go here to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau’s Online Complaint System. Complaints are usually resolved or closed within 30 days.

      The article has been updated to reflect this information.

      • Thank you. I did call their customer service and I asked for a refund. They asked why I wanted to cancel and I said a random reason. The lady on the other end granted my request, but she didn’t sound very happy. I checked my bank account and it looked like it went through.

  • Everyone of the companies listed on this site as “legitimate” are all scammers, connected!
    Once they have scammed enough people to generate questions by the BBB, then they change their company name!
    Don’t Trust any of them!
    Just walk away!
    Keep you $20!
    Contact the Marketing department of whichever company, that you are interested in advertising for.
    Can’t lose there!
    It’s gonna be a straight forward answer- Yes or No!

    • Kathleen Wilson says:
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      Hi LucyLou,
      Thanks for sharing your experience – it’s always good for our readers to hear first hand accounts of their experience with companies. And it’s very important to check reviews to make sure you have full information before entering into a business partnership with any company!

  • r baggett says:

    Do you know anything about Vehicle Wrap Advert, Inc in Austin, TX?,
    i was told they would pay me $300 for rental fees for advertising for Abita Beer Company. Today I received a cashier check for almost $3000. They said deposit it then when it clears take the money out keep $300 for myself $150 for a wire transfer fee to send the fee for wrapping my car to Texas, I live in Alabama. Seems to me that they would pay a local company for wrapping my car.

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      Hi R,

      This is a classic scam model: send someone a bad check, and tell them to deposit it and wire a portion back to the sender. Don’t deposit the check, it’s almost certainly bad and you’d face fees and penalties for cashing a bad check.

        • Rebecca Turley says:
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          Hi Ashley,

          Proceed with caution on this one. We were unable to find any information regarding BF Goodrich offering vehicle wrap opportunities.

  • Diana Byars says:

    ExcelXL Energy Drink®i contacted this company and want to know if they are real please help me find out if these people are scammers Kenny Howard
    CHAIRMAN AND CFO EXCEL XL ENERGY DRINKS this is who is on email .here is first message that I seen to start.
    Here do it
    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: “Brandi Herrera”
    Date: Jun 24, 2017 2:58 PM
    Subject: Re: Make Passive Income Driving Yourself
    To: “Kate Becca Roderick Griffin Lamont”
    Cc:

    Home address is 1501 E. 12th str

    On Jun 24, 2017 12:56 PM, wrote:
    Yes, I am interested.
    Brandi Herrera
    New mexico Alamogordo
    88310

    On Jun 20, 2017 11:09 AM, “Kate Becca Roderick Griffin Lamont” wrote:
    Hello,

    Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for $400 Weekly? If you have got a car, truck or a bike you are qualified. The wrap doesn’t damage paint, please send your feedback if you are interested in this business opportunity.

    Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or delivery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

    We are currently seeking to employ individuals in the United States of America and around the world. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped by ExcelXL Energy Drink®

    How it works?
    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: XL Energy Drink® seek residents in the United States who drives to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for ExcelXL Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    Don’t Have a Car?
    If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
    Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

    What is the Contract Duration?
    Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 8 weeks and maximum is 4 month.

    Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
    The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

    You will be compensated with $399.99 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space and no fee is required from you. ExcelXL Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $400.00 in form of a check or bank transfer for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

    It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

    Applicant information

    Name :
    Home Address :
    State/Province:

    Kenny Howard
    CHAIRMAN AND CFO EXCEL XL ENERGY DRINKS

    I want to know please thanks

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Diana,

      While we don’t know if this is legitimate or not, if you any company asks you to deposit a check and wire money back or send a check to a third party, DON’T! These checks are usually bogus. A good sign that this offer is bogus is the language used in the ad. There are many grammatical errors throughout — an established company would never send a letter like this. Play it safe and avoid this offer.

  • Pit bull energy drinks. Contacted me out of the blue. I told them I was suspicious they assure me it legit. They gave me slink to a fb page and other site. I called the numbers on fb page and suspended phones. He persisted in telling me it’s not a scam. He said I can wait for the check to clear. Everytime I asked for more info on his company I got nothing.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Dave,

      Great job on being extra cautious when dealing with these companies. If a company is not willing to provide you with the information you need to ensure it is a reputable company, it’s best to not proceed.

  • What about Carwrap advert? With 5hour energy drink decal making $500 a week and will send tracking # for check??

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Monique,

      As a general rule of thumb, if any company asks you to deposit a check and then withdraw a portion of it to “pay” another party, it is a scam and should be avoided.

  • has anyone ever heard a CarAdvertizing? They put their advertising in our back window. i hate to send in even my name and e-mail address without knowing about them

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Jan,

      Car Advertizing is a website that collects information on consumers interested in car advertising and then sends this information to companies that provide this service. Some of the affiliates working with them include: AdvertiseOnMyCar.net, WrapMatch, DriveClub, DrivePerks and ZoomBenefits, VehicleAdvertizing, DriveBenefits, and AdverDrive. If you sign up with Car Advertizing, you will likely be contacted by one or more of these companies.

      • Hi.

        I recently saw a friend post a link where she had signed up for car advertizing.com. I asked her if they were legit and if she was making money. She said that she had just started, but I had assumed she had gotten her car banner. So, I clicked for info and someone called. Ended up paying 24.95 (with shipping) for a banner for Zap TV. Got some kind of sign on bonus, but can’t touch it until first commission. Also said that once I got banner and put it on my vehicle to take a picture and send it in via the website, that they would reimburse the cost of the banner…that it along with the sign on bonus and any future commissions would be placed in what is called “my wallet” on the web page…which again, you can’t cash out until your first commission. I went on and signed up, I probably shouldn’t have and wouldn’t you know it, 12 days later and still no banner. I’m calling this company a scam.

        • Sandra, just did the same thing….any updated news on this situation? Did you ever get the banner or get reimbursed?

        • Angela Marie Clifford says:

          I’m found paid.caradvertizing.com/zap on facebook. I spoke to a lady she told me I’d have to pay $19.99 for the window decal but I’d be reimbursed for it once I gave them proof that I actually put it on my car. I haven’t paid for the decal yet. Just looking into the company to make sure it’s legitimate.

          • Laura Bachmann says:
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            Hi Angela,

            I’d be wary of paying through the link you provided. First, the terms of service and privacy policy links at the end don’t seem to work, they led me back to Google. Second, the company doesn’t come up on the Better Business Bureau website. You can also try going back to where you found the link on Facebook and seeing if there are any reviews. If these companies have Facebook pages, that’s a great place to look for negative reviews, because Facebook is readily accessible to people a scam company would scam.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Karen,

      We have confirmed with Budweiser that this is, in fact, a scam. The company running this scam sends consumers a check that they are to deposit. The company running the scam then asks the consumer to keep part of the check for payment and forward the rest on to another individual in charge of making the decal. What happens is the money is forwarded on to the unknown third party, but then the consumer finds out from their bank that the check was bad. The third party has the money and the consumer is left a few hundred dollars poorer in their bank account. Good for you for checking this out beforehand!

  • I was contacted by someone claiming to be part of Baskin Robbins Advert Company and offered $400/wk to wrap my car. They did not ask for any info beside address and name, so it seem legit at first. But then all communications were through email. They sent the check but wanted me to send them a picture of the bank deposit slip before they can send someone to wrap my car. At that point I asked for a number to speak with someone and no response yet. email is from Silas Valentino valentinosilas200@gmail.com, the signature on the email is his/her name and Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Advert Coordinator. I have not cashed the check and been trying to check to see if this is a scam, but this is the closest I have come to getting help. Please let me know soon. The check is tempting but my freedom is more important;)

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Regina,

      Wish I could give you better news but, unfortunately, this sounds like a scam. Here’s how it works: They send you a check and ask you to deposit it. They then request that you withdraw a portion of it to send to a “graphic artist” who would then use the money to either wrap your car or complete the decal to send to you. These scams usually involve them asking you to have the money wired to this “graphic artist.” And you guessed it — the money you sent is long gone and the bank calls you in a few days to let you know that the check was bad. Stay away from any company asking you to show proof of deposit and certainly any asking you to wire money to a stranger. Good for you for checking this out before you make any moves!

      • Same story. I received the check.
        In reading the back of it, it states there are security features, however, there is no watermark. That was my first inclination that this car wrap advertising was a scam. Having worked in retail, I know what to look for in terms of counterfeit checks and money. I was so disappointed but now relieved to know I saved myself a lot of problems.

        • Rebecca Turley says:
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          Good for you! Looks like taking time to research allowed you to avoid a huge headache!

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Brad,

      While I can’t speak to the legitimacy of this business, I did notice that asked people to “pay a small registration fee” to get started. Always be wary of companies asking you to pay THEM money to begin working.

  • What about paid.caradvertizing.com? Saw it on Facebook then applied but webpage won’t load and got a text saying to call that number???

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Al,

      Car Advertizing is a website that collects information on consumers interested in car advertising and then sends this information to companies that provide this service. Some of the affiliates working with them include: AdvertiseOnMyCar.net, WrapMatch, DriveClub, DrivePerks and ZoomBenefits, VehicleAdvertizing, DriveBenefits, and AdverDrive. If you sign up with Car Advertizing, you will likely be contacted by one or more of these companies.

  • Hello. Is it normal for a company (AdverDriver) to ask for a copy of your drivers license and vehicle registration?
    Thank you,
    Jeff

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Jeff,

      Yes, a company will want to verify that you have a valid driver’s license and that you have a vehicle registered in your name.

  • Do you have any info on Car Advertizing? I saw a friend comment on a Facebook post of theirs recently. Their website is caradvertizing.com

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Teresa,

      It looks like Car Advertizing is a website that collects information on consumers interested in car advertising and then sends this information to companies that provide this service. Some of the affiliates working with them include: AdvertiseOnMyCar.net, WrapMatch, DriveClub, DrivePerks and ZoomBenefits, VehicleAdvertizing, DriveBenefits, and AdverDrive. If you sign up with Car Advertizing, you will likely be contacted by one or more of these companies.

      • Name* (displayed publicly) says:

        Just checked in with her the other day and she hasn’t made any more money.

        • Laura Bachmann says:
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          Yes, caradvertising.com is a scam, according to many consumer reports. You can see our full article reviewing them, complete with links to negative reviews online, here.

        • Laura Bachmann says:
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          Yes, caradvertising.com is a scam, according to many consumer reports. You can see our full article reviewing them, complete with links to negative reviews online, here. They also go by two other names —
          Advertiseonmycar.net and Get Paid to Drive — these might be easier to search for reviews of.

  • Jeanette says:

    Sheets Energy strip. They send a check through usps or fed ex gove you a tracking number. Once you get it you pay the specialist to get decal on. Scam?

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      I researched this “deal,” and found out that it is a scam. It looks like this company sends customers a fraudulent check, asks customers to deposit it and withdraw a portion of it to send to a graphic designer. The check, of course, turns out to be bad, and the customer loses the money they sent to the ‘graphic designer.’ Any company that asks you to pay upfront or requests that you deposit a check and forward the money onto a third party is almost always a scam. Good for you for checking on this!

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Gloria,

      We were unable to find any information about Drive Club. It may be possible they are no longer in business.

      • Susan Silver says:

        I just spoke to someone named Donna at Drive Club and they did ask for 19.99 for decal to be refunded plus a $50 sign up bonus

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Eric,

      Use the links we’ve provided in the article to check the list of current campaigns available through Carvertise, Wrapify, and AdverDriver. Good luck!

    • Jose Mendez says:

      I just was asking the same question! Because i send my info. And i was curios what the people say! I am scary now!:(

  • I just learned about drivebenefits.com and I am wondering if it is scam? According to what I read here, it seems legit but I don’t want to be careless.

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Anne,

      I’d proceed with caution. Drive Benefits is a fairly new website; although the website says that it’s based in the United States, the owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity so that their actual origin can’t be seen. Some of the web traffic is coming from the US, but much of it is also coming from Panama. I can’t find any additional information about Drive Benefits, but if you do decide to sign up, watch for any of the warning signs mentioned in the article that it may be a scam. Good luck!

    • I went through the application process and they say they give you a $50 sign on bonus, but you have to pay $20 to get the decal. I shouldn’t have to pay if there is a sign on bonus. I went through the process and they didn’t once ask me the make and model of my car, and they went right into requiring payment. When I said I wanted to find out more information before giving a payment, I was immediately hung up on. Seems like a scam for sure.

      • Rebecca Turley says:
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        Hi Heather,

        I would be happy to look into this for you if you provide me with the company you contacted. Thank you!

        • Ashley L. says:

          caradvertizing.com just wanted a 19.99 payment for the decal and then id get that back after i proved id placed it on my car/truck. is this legit? she was foreign and said the web address was car advertising with a z not an s… i was skeptical.

          • Laura Bachmann says:
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            Hi Ashley,

            Caradvertising.com is not a legitimate company and you should not take this offer from them. Many drivers have reported being taken advantage of by this sort of scam. This company also goes by a couple other names: getpaidtodrive.com and advertiseonmycar.net.

          • Yes-I am usually very careful about checking out companies and offers-well I got scammed with Advertizing.com. Paid $20 and got the decal but whenever I contacted customer service,they were out of the country, difficult to understand and rude. I have alerted my credit card company, that was charged.

  • Margaret Perry says:

    What about Scheckters Organic Energy Drink?
    The company says they will send me a check which will include the detailer fee. I will keep my portion then take money to pay the detailer when the wrap is applied.

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Margaret,

      Although we haven’t included Scheckters Organic Energy Drink in our list of legitimate car wrap advertising companies, it sounds like what you’re being offered could be a scam — note the section above about fake checks. Were you contacted by the company through an email, text message, or letter without having heard of them previously? Did you find their ad on Craigslist or a similar platform for job offers? If either of the previous situations applies to you, I would assume that this is a scam. I hope this helps!

    • I just got a text from this same company did you ever pursue them further? It seems to good to be true.

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Thiago,

      It’s always a good idea to watch out for scams. As you can see, we’ve included neither of the companies you mentioned in our article on legitimate car wrap advertising companies.

  • What about the drive benefits company? They were sponsored on FB. I can’t find out anything about them online. The website is drivebenefits.com

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Tiffany,

      Great question! I wasn’t able to find any customer reports or reviews for DriveBenefits.com either — which is suspicious in itself. To investigate further, I signed up for a test account. After the initial introduction page told me that a representative would call me to activate my account, I clicked on a link to finish setting up my profile — and was redirected to AdvertiseOnMyCar.net, a known scam site that has repeatedly charged customers upfront fees and never reimbursed them for it. I would steer clear of DriveBenefits.com and any other affiliates of AdvertiseOnMyCar.net. I hope this helps!

  • Ray Flowers says:

    If they send you a cashier or other check and tell you to deposit it in your account and pay from that it is a SCAM!! If they ask for money upfront stay away also . Legit company’s won’t ask for any money up front !

  • Mindy Lincoln says:

    Advertisemycar.net I’m wondering if this is a scam. They say that they direct deposit my commission directly to my account but first have to prove that I put my decal on my back window. That I buy the decal for 19.99 but they refund me once I show proof that I placed it in my car. What do u think?

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Mindy,

      After a little digging, it seems that you’re probably best off avoiding this company. (Just to be sure, are you referring to AdvertiseOnMyCar.net?) According to the website ReportScam, numerous people were not reimbursed after paying for the decal. There aren’t a lot of reviews, but in light of the ones that have been posted, I would steer clear of AdvertiseOnMyCar.net. In general, I would recommend being extremely cautious about any company who requires you to pay money upfront to make money. I hope this helps!
      (P.S. I did reply to your comment a few hours ago, but it seems that the comment didn’t post correctly. My apologies for the delay!)

      • Kristine says:

        I just had them on the phone. They wanted money and credit card info. I asked if they had a PayPal option for buyer protection..She didn’t know what that was. I looked up the company and found scam alerts. I told her that they were a reported scam and that I was disconnecting.

        • Hillary M. Miller says:
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          Hi Kristine,

          It definitely sounds like you made the right call there. Good thinking for checking the scam alerts, and I’m glad to hear you were able to hang on to your money! Thanks for sharing your experience!

        • I stupidly tried to look them up after they called me quickly after the application. I couldn’t find the information quickly enough and figured – it’s $20, if you get screwed, you get screwed. I found this after I got off the phone and promptly shut down my credit card after reading about recurring charges. Looks like I got screwed. LOL

          • Rebecca Turley says:
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            Hi Dustin,

            Good for you for looking into this. A loss of $20 is tough, but continued charges on your credit card could be a huge headache. Great decision to shut down your card.

      • BConnelly says:

        I just seen an ad on FB Called, RefferalCars that is for window decal advertising. No fees…have you ever heard of this place? They match you with a campaign.

      • I just seen an ad on FB Called, RefferalCars that is for window decal advertising. No fees…have you ever heard of this place? They match you with a campaign. They also say, they can direct deposit or use PayPal for payment. ?? Sound like a scam? Thanks!

    • Name* (displayed publicly) says:

      I tried this and actually had no success I put it in on February of this year till the present and got nowhere with it

    • I believe it is a SCAM. I fell into this trap, paid them to send me a decal (Which was nice) and just a few weeks later another $39.95 was missing from my account. This was a yearly maintenance fee, hello? My “ACCOUNT” online was drizzled with refunds and gift cards up to about $75, but I could not cash out until my decal made a sale or 3. (Sorry bad memory). In short, I spent about $60, and got zip in return so before they could take another “Maintenance” fee, I cancelled and cut my losses..