3 Companies That Pay You to Advertise on Your Car

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While not the most sightly way to move around town, advertising on your car can net you hundreds per month. Here are the companies to know about and how much they pay.

Unless you live in a city or somewhere with good public transit, you probably spend a lot of time in your car.

With all that driving — to and from work, running errands, visiting friends, going to the gym — the cost of gas and car maintenance can start to add up. But what if there was a way you could offset those costs?

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Get Paid to Advertise on Your Car with These Three Companies

If you don’t mind putting stickers or wraps on your vehicle, there are a number of companies that will pay you to advertise on your car.

1. Nickelytics


In a space wrought with scammy looking websites and empty promises, Nickelytics is a clear standout in terms of instant trust. You can listen to an interview with the CEO (above) and hear him talk in depth about the business model and how drivers can benefit.

How the Program Works:

The first step towards making money with Nickelytics is to download the app and sign up to become a driver. From there, you will fill out a short questionnaire answering questions about yourself and your driving habits, your insurance coverage, etc. From there, you’ll just need to activate the app while you are driving so that Nickelytics can then match you with advertising campaigns that you are eligible for.

Once you’ve been matched with a campaign, you will have the option to accept or reject the campaign. If you decide to move forward, depending on the wrap style of the campaign, you will either have a self-install wrap sent to you or you will have a custom install performed. 

Nickelytics website screenshot
Source: Nickelytics

Pros:

  • Backed by reputable names: Trust is huge in this space. Nickelytics is backed by some of the most prominent VC firms and has a stacked team.
  • Focused on delivering strong advertising results: Based on their client-focused approach, it’s likely that Nickelytics will continue to grow in popularity (which means more opportunities for drivers)

Cons:

  • Mileage requirements: To drive for Nickelytics, you should drive a minimum of 30 miles a day, 150 miles a week, and 450 miles a month.
  • Newer model required: Your vehicle must be no more than 10 years old without any major body damage to qualify for Nickelytics.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn

Nickelytics reports that most of their drivers earn between $175 and $250 per campaign, with some campaigned earning drivers up to $500. Most campaigns last somewhere between 7 days and three months. 

2. Wrapify

Founded in 2015, Wrapify partners with advertisers who are interested in rolling billboards. It hires drivers who don’t mind placing ads on their car and pay them based on how far they drive.

How the Program Works:

To work with Wrapify, download the app and sign up to become a driver. Then, drive to the places you normally go to and receive offers for campaigns. Your offers will be based on your driving habits, which the app will track.

Once you see a campaign that piques your interest, you’ll register, get the advertisement placed on your car, and start to earn money.

The miles you drive within a campaign zone, which is usually within 50 miles of the advertiser’s location, will determine your earnings.

wrapify income estimator
Wrapify offers different wrap levels and payment levels based on user interest. Source: Wrapify

Pros:

  • Easy, consistent payments: Wrapify will pay you every other week via direct deposit.
  • No long-term commitments: Most campaigns are between 1 and 3 months long, so you don’t have to make any long-term commitments.

Cons:

  • Must pass a background check and be at least 21: To drive for Wrapify, you’ll need to pass a background check, which requires no more than two accidents in the past three years.
  • Newer model required: You must have a 2010 or newer vehicle without any major body damage to qualify for Wrapify.
  • Early termination fees: If you break a contract before its end date and remove the wrapping, you’ll be charged with early termination fees.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn

Wrapify drivers report earning $196 to $452 per month, depending on mileage driven.

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3. Carvertise

Carvertise is a Delaware-based advertising company. It was founded in 2012 and hires thousands of drivers throughout the country.

How the Program Works:

To apply to Carvertise, you enter your name, phone number, and email on a short form on its website. The company will match you to a brand that targets the areas you normally drive to.

After you are approved to become a driver, the company puts car wrap advertising on your car and pays you via direct deposit. The company pays $100 per month for the duration of the campaign. If you participate in a three-month campaign, for example, you’ll earn a total of $300. At the end of the campaign, you will remove the ad.

get paid by driving with Carvertise
Source: Carvertise

Pros:

  • Opportunities to earn more by parking: If you park your car in certain locations during a set time frame, you may be able to boost your earnings.
  • Can accept or decline campaigns: You don’t have to commit to a certain number of campaigns and can participate as much or as few as you’d like.

Cons:

  • Must drive 30 miles per day: If you drive less than 30 miles per day, Carvertise won’t hire you as a driver.
  • Newer car requirement: Your car must be a 2008 or newer model.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn

Pay ranges from about $300 to $1,200 per campaign.

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Companies We Aren’t Sure of But Have Seen Mentioned

A quick Google search will give you long list of car wrapping advertising companies, but that doesn’t mean all of them are worth your time. The names on the list below kept popping up on other articles across the web, but we can’t vouch for their authenticity. We recommend trying to work with Nickelytics, Carvertise, or Wrapify before trying any other companies.

Free Car Media

Why we left them off our list:

❌ Very outdated website along with a weird “start your online business today” link on their homepage that is unrelated to car wrapping. Clicking on the sign up page takes you to a totally different URL.

ReferralCars

Why we left them off our list:

❌ While a clunky website isn’t always an automatic fail, the ReferralCars website leaves a lot to be desired. For starters, the site is not secure, which is a red flag. It also appears that the link to sign up for campaigns just redirects back to the homepage, so it’s impossible to sign up. Chances are, the site used to be legit but is no longer active.

StickerRide

Why we left them off our list:

❌ According to App Store reviews, the customer service has been on the decline. According to users, the app also appears to be very buggy. Proceed with caution.

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What Kinds of Ads Will be Placed on Your Car

Each company has its own strategy for placing ads on cars. While some companies pay to advertise using simple decal stickers, many of them opt for vinyl car wrapping. The wrapping option makes it look like the ads were actually painted onto the cars.

Depending on the size of the ad, the wrapping may cover your entire vehicle or a small part of it. Car wrapping isn’t permanent, so the car advertising company can easily remove it from your car if and when you decide to stop working for it. It’s unlikely that vinyl wrapping will cause any damage to your car, so you shouldn’t have to worry about expensive repairs or new paint.

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How to Find Legitimate Car Advertising Companies

5 Signs of Legitimate Car Advertising Companies

The reality is that car wrap scams are rampant. Do your due diligence and vet a company to make sure it’s legitimate before you agree to work with it.

Application Process: A legitimate car advertising company typically has a formal application process and evaluates your car’s make, model, and year as well as your driving history. If a company isn’t asking those kinds of questions, it might be best to go in a different direction.

No Application Fee: You shouldn’t be charged any application or annual fees to work with car advertising companies.

Insurance Requirements: If a company is reputable, it’ll require you to show proof of car insurance coverage. The company won’t hire you to drive with its ads unless you meet the minimum car insurance requirements in your state.

It Pays for Your Car Wrapping: If a car advertising company asks you to cover the cost of applying or removing car wraps, or states that it’ll reimburse you, it may be a car wrap advertising scam. A legitimate company will pay for this process.

Good Customer Service: Make sure the company you choose offers a customer service phone number or email address you can use to contact it when you have a question or concern. If there’s no customer service information, consider looking elsewhere.

Other Ways to Make Money with Your Car

There are a number of other ways to earn passive income with your car. You can deliver packages for Amazon Flex or restaurant meals via Uber Eats or DoorDash. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, live in a city, or work from home, you can also rent out your car with a company like Getaround to make money when you’re not using your vehicle.

To maximize the earning potential, try combining a few of these options. With just a little time and effort, you can turn your car into a money-making machine.

Related: DoorDash Driver Review: How to Make Money Driving for DoorDash

Author
Anna Baluch

Anna Baluch is a personal finance expert who regularly covers a mortgage, retirement, insurance, and investing beat for The Balance, Business Insider, Experian, and other well-known publications. Anna lives in the suburbs of Cleveland and holds a master's degree from Roosevelt University.

37 comments
Chris
Chris

Thank you for the information Anna!

Taylor
Taylor

Thanks very helpful! Knowledge is always good to give.

Sharon Vieites
Sharon Vieites

Thank you, Anna.
I am a stay at home mom and you gave me hope of making some well-needed income.

Donlad
Donlad

Looking forward to earning an extra few hundred dollars this month — this sounds like the way to do it. Thank you!

Angel Seymore
Angel Seymore

Thanks for sharing this — every little bit helps!

Carmen
Carmen

I received a cashier’s check from Kassas to advertise a Nivea lotion product. They want me to deposit or cash the check, keep an upfront payment and send the rest to the graphic artist agent that is going to put the advert on my car. Now, do you think that is legit? Why didn’t they pay the graphic artist directly?

Hmm, that does sound fishy. Is that the correct spelling (Kassas)? Cashier’s checks are typically bank certified (and are guaranteed funds) but I’m leery it’s a legitimate cashier’s check. I’m not familiar with that company but I would wait before the check actually clears/to ensure it doesn’t bounce in any way. If you send funds to a designer and the check bounces, you may be out of luck. Let us know more about the company when you get a chance.

Gary
Gary

No! I just got scammed the same way. The check they send will be fake! I’m only on this site right now looking for ways to track them down and go after them legally.

Jason Grubbs
Jason Grubbs

Yes this is a very common scam. Don’t deposit the check.

Thomas
Thomas

I received a check recently for $1,850. $1,050 goes to the crap wrap. The message to me was I would receive $800 weekly to advertise. The name of the company (or person) is Hugo Williams advertising Lutron electronics. Does this sound legit?

Hmmm — was the check solicited or unsolicited? (i.e. did you apply for anything?)

$800 per week sounds a little too good to be true to me. Most legit car wrapping services pay out between $200-$500/month, so yeah, $800 does sound a bit like a ruse.

John Bonang Jr
John Bonang Jr

Hello Anna, I am a retired disabled Navy veteran living in Charlotte, NC, and was thinking about helping out at the DAV and/or Wounded Warriors with their advertising programs. Do you know if they have this type of opportunity? I have tried getting some info through the VA but no one seems to know anything.

Margarita
Margarita

Thank you for this article. I recently received what LOOKS like a real check for $2600. I’m supposed to cash it, keep $600 for my first week and then send the rest to? I cant remember now, but there’s a letter explaining details. Hubby immediately called it a scam and I thought, well maybe. However, after all of the criteria you mentioned to assure legitimacy — I never got that vibe.

No doubt — receiving a large check upfront asking you to cash and send a portion to a third-party is almost never a legitimate opportunity.

John Curro
John Curro

I was contacted via text to put a wrap on my car for $600 per week (it was an energy drink company). They told me to deposit the $4,650.00 check, keep $600 for the first week, and then pay the wrap guy with the balance of the money. They wanted my bank account number to make future deposits and that sounded strange to me (I didn’t give it to them). They said they will pay me for up to 14 weeks. What do you think?

Definitely a scam. Most legitimate opportunities will pay only $100-$400 per month, and require an application before getting a wrap applied.

Marie Dickerson
Marie Dickerson

Thanks for sharing this information with us, Anna. I have had been contacted by people who said they wanted to put their decals on my car, but I stopped them in their tracks by asking the right questions.

Sabrina Carlos
Sabrina Carlos

This is by far the best article about car advertisements that I’ve read. Thank you so much for the help.
I appreciate it!

Marcia Chalkwater
Marcia Chalkwater

The information on the different car advertising companies was a great help. I am on a mission to find one that will use my van and make some extra cash to pay my bills. The explanation of the differences in the companies has really helped me to decide which one or ones I will apply for. Only problem is my van is a 2007 and even though it is in excellent shape, it may not qualify as being new enough. I hope I can find a legitimate one.

Matthew Carnley
Matthew Carnley

My fiance has just received a check for almost $3,000. She was told to take out $700 for herself per week and give the balance to a technician to perform the wrapping job. This was from Coca-Cola. Is it legitimate?

No — this is almost certainly a scam. A legitimate company will not issue a large upfront check asking the recipient to take out a portion. Furthermore, they will have contracted technicians to apply the wraps in select cities.

Sherry Ballard
Sherry Ballard

Thank you, very helpful!

Ostin
Ostin

Thanks Anna! Moving from Dallas to Albuquerque soon and I wanted to investigate these car ad decals. Take care!

Virginia
Virginia

This is great info! I have been contacted by someone saying he’s with Budweiser wantings to send me a car wrap form. So far he hasn’t asked me for money. I told him he was the 2nd person who’s contacted me and that the first one never panned out to anything! He ensured me this is real and this is going to happen. He said as soon as I get the check to take a picture of my car for confirmation that I received the check.

I have texted him 2 times this week with absolutely NO response, so now I’m thinking this must be a scam! I will definitely check out the legit companies you have on here! Thank you very much.

Ginna (Virginia)

Generally speaking, specific companies won’t reach out to you unsolicited. They’ll most often work with car wrap/media companies who then take point on helping you get your car wrapped, free of cost. They won’t send a check ahead of time. If things sound too good to be true, they often are. You won’t receive a check and/or payment before completing the miles negotiated in a contract.

Ashley Horne
Ashley Horne

Hey! I was recently sent this message.

“Get $400 weekly with your vehicle.

Cadbury Chocolate will pay you $400 weekly for driving around with their company sticker on your Car/Truck/Van/Suv. The sticker (Orange Cadbury lettering only) is very easy to remove without damaging your Vehicle paint, no mileage is required, and you will be getting ($400 weekly). Kindly provide the following information to get started: 
Full name, Address including street, Apt #, City, State & Zip code, Car/Truck/Van/Suv model, and phone number. Thanks!”

Does this sound legit?

That doesn’t sound legit. Any time you get unsolicited offers for specific cash amounts — especially ones that sound too good to be true (no mileage required) — pump the brakes. This is likely a phishing scam that starts small by soliciting your personal information and then will progress to where they’re asking for money upfront before a wrap is ever placed on your vehicle.

Kenzie
Kenzie

Do you know if I can put a wrap on my car and not have an app? Could I turn mileage in at the end of every month? Is there a company that does it?

Not to my knowledge [there isn’t a company that I know of that does that]. Basically, they need a way to track their campaign/know they’re getting their money’s worth; and the easiest way to accomplish that is GPS tracking through their respective apps.

Thomas Meadows
Thomas Meadows

I keep getting text messages that say AMP will give me $600 a month to let them advertise on my vehicle. Do you think this is a scam?

Yep — definitely a scam. Unsolicited messages offering specific dollar figures are too good to be true.

Here’s a scam that sounds eerily similar: Staunton man warns community of car wrap scam

Bonnie
Bonnie

Do these companies charge $9.99 for an annual fee? Like, if I pick one of the campaigns listed and they tell me there’s a fee of $9.99 a year is that okay, or is that a scam?

Hmm — I’m not aware of any company that charges a $9.99 annual fee? What is the fee for or what is the company suggesting it is for? Is it a specific one on this list? I would be cautious about giving payment info out until you’re certain the opportunity is legitimate.

Susan Clark
Susan Clark

Thank you so much for this knowledgeable information because I have gotten scammed with a car decal advertisement. They sent me a check for $4,950.00 and they wanted me to deposit it in my bank account. My bank told me that this was a fraudulent check and when I tried to contact the company she never respond back. Thanks for the information that you just taught me!

Dale Appell
Dale Appell

Hello! I am a retired federal worker and am willing to use my car for advertising displays. The campaign I am looking at is Stickr.com. They charge $9.99 a month but give it back as a rebate. Also, cash + $100 gift card to restaurants in your area (and guaranteed earnings for verifying correct decal placement each month). Opinions, please?

Rod Collins
Rod Collins

Thank you for the valuable info and yes the first site had a $9 fee. I think you’re right, though. If they are paying for a service why should I have to pay to join from the start? It’s very hard for people like me trying to get a job or something to suit my ability (like data entry jobs at home) but you need to pay for a starter package before you ever work for money. Can’t squeeze cream cheese from a rock, can you…

Clint Bryant
Clint Bryant

Thanks for the info. I drive my truck a lot — and enter it into many car shows — so a lot of people would see it.

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