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. 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.

In This Article

  • Who’s Eligible?

  • How to Avoid Common Scams

  • Legitimate Car Wrap Companies List

Who’s Eligible?

While each car wrap advertising company has specific requirements for their drivers, there are certain criteria that make you a more competitive 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 requirement. The minimum age may vary by company, but it is commonly required that you be at minimum of 18 to 25 years of age.
  • Own 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.
  • Maintain full insurance coverage. It is essential that you maintain their car insurance coverage. Since you’re considered an independent contractor driving for you own personal reasons (and not explicitly to advertise), you’re covered by your 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.
  • Drive frequently. Since your vehicle is a kind of moving billboard, the more you drive, the more people will see the advertisement. Some companies pay per mile driven for that very reason, while others simply require that you drive minimum number of miles per day.
  • Drive within 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 ad 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 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 even heard of, it is very possible that this is a sign of a scam.

2. Online Classified Ads

Scam artists frequently target 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 then you’ll lose the money you wired. 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 didn’t do so intentionally. This is why any offer that seems too good to be true…probably is.

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.

Legitimate Car Wrap Companies List

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 is pretty short because 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:

1. AdverDriver

  • Location: Southern California (currently, with plans for expansion)
  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 25 years old
    • Must have a clean driving record
    • Generally cannot drive for ride sharing companies like Uber or Lyft while yor car is wrapped
    • The vehicle must be a 2010 model or newer
    • Must have insurance that meets the minimum coverage of 100/300/100. Auto liability coverage must be in place before you have your car 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 you expect to earn? Depending on the size of the car wrap ad, you can earn $150 — $300 a month. You can also earn a $50 referral bonus for each qualified driver you 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 you to arrange the car wrapping.

2. Carvertise

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 21 years old
    • 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 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 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 January 11, 2017: “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 you expect to earn? $100/month for the duration of that campaign. Carvertise campaigns typically run for three to six months, so, on average, you’ll earn $300–$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 your habits (where you drive, how often, etc.). In the matching stage, Carvertise compares the you profile to the needs of partnering advertisers. When a potential match is found, you’ll be notified by email.

3. Wrapify

  • Location: Nationwide (a list of current cities with campaigns can be found on the Brands page of the Wrapify website)
  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 21 years old
    • 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 while your 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, such as Hummers, Jeep Wranglers, and VW Beetles, are ineligibile because they cannot be wrapped within a few hours.
  • 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 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: 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 you’ve logged 50 you’ll become eligible for campaign offers when campaigns are available in your area and your the driving activity matches the campaign’s needs.

In Summary

Wrapping your car can be a simple way to earn supplemental income during the hours that normally go to waste while you drive. While it is possible for you 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 on to participate in an advertising campaign, 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.