5 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?

If you’re in search of some extra cash, consider adding a unique passive income stream.

Get Paid to Advertise on Your Car with These Five 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. StickerRide

earn money on advertisement with the StickerRide App
Drivers can earn hundreds of dollars per month with car wrap ads in major cities. Source: StickerRide App

StickerRide connects brands with drivers to deliver advertising solutions that entice their target audience. It was founded in 2013 in Europe and is now used in the United States by over 40,000 drivers and big-name brands.

How the Program Works:

To drive for StickerRide, download the app on your Apple or Android phone. Then register your car, choose an active auto wrap campaign, visit a StickerRide location, and wait for its staff to wash your car and install the sticker ads.

Once the ads are applied, you can start driving and earning money. You need to turn on the app every time you drive so StickerRide can calculate your miles driven and compensate you appropriately. Each mile you drive multiplied by your tariff will equal one point. Your tariff will depend on four factors: location, time, car class, and stickers displayed.

Pros:

  • Freedom to select your ads: StickerRide allows you to sort through a number of ad campaigns so you can select one that matches your style and personality.
  • Optional tasks that allow you to earn more: You can make more money by participating in “flashmobs” and “quests” which require you to perform certain tasks like taking a photo of your car in a popular location.

Cons:

  • App must be on at all times: If you forget to launch your app before you start driving, you won’t earn any money for that trip.
  • Car requirements vary: Each ad campaign has its own set of requirements, and you won’t know whether you’re eligible for it until you apply.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn:

Payments vary greatly and are based on the car you drive, your location, and how many miles you drive.

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2. Wrapify

wrapify income estimator
Wrapify offers different wrap coverage and payment tiers based on driver interest. Source: 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.

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: 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

get paid by driving with Carvertise
Source: 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, it remove the ad.

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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4. Free Car Media

Free Car Media pays users up to $400 per month to place ads on their vehicles
Free Car Media states that users can earn up to $400 per month with car ad placements. Source: Free Car Media

Free Car Media partners with advertisers and pays drivers to place ads on their rear windows or entire cars.

How the Program Works:

If you want to drive for Free Car Media, you need to fill out an online application. If you’re accepted, the company will reach out to you via email and explain the program details. Then it’ll send you an ad for your rear window as well as directions on how to apply it to your car.

If you agree to place an ad on your entire car, the company will tell you where to go to get it professionally installed. As soon as the ad is placed on your car, you can drive and earn money.

Pros:

  • Options for ad placement: If you want to earn money in a more discreet way, you can choose to apply the ad on your rear window rather than on your entire car.
  • Ability to reject programs: You can reject any program you’re not interested in or aren’t comfortable with and still qualify for future programs.

Cons:

  • Must apply your own rear window ad: Free Car Media will send you directions and ask you to apply the rear window ad on your car yourself.
  • Lengthy programs: If you agree to participate in a program, you’ll have to drive around with the ad on your car for anywhere between 6 and 24 months.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn

Expect to earn around $50 to $400 per month depending on the size of the ad.

5. ReferralCars

ReferralCars homepage
ReferralCars is unique from competitors in that they offer commission-based reimbursement in addition to base pay, allowing drivers to increase their earnings. Source: ReferralCars

ReferralCars is a vehicle advertising program that matches drivers with two types of campaigns: commission- and non-commission based.

How the Program Works:

To make money with ReferralCars, you enter your ZIP Code and view campaigns in your local area. Next, you go through a quick online application process where you state how many miles you drive per year, the age of your car, whether you have insurance, and if you drive for Uber or Lyft.

If you’re a good fit, an account manager will reach out and provide you with details on a campaign. If you choose to move forward, you’ll pay a shipping fee and receive a decal.

To activate the decal, you’ll go to the ReferralCars website and enter the unique keyword you see. This will allow the company to track sales back to you. Then, you’ll place the decal on your car, send a picture for proof, and be ready to make money. You’ll need to send additional pictures to show that the decal is still on your car by the first of each month.

Pros:

  • Only small decals: Since the majority of decals are small, you don’t have to worry about driving around with large, obvious ads on your car.
  • Earnings guarantee: ReferralCars claims that you can earn money within 90 days of accepting a campaign or you’ll get a $100 gift card.

Cons:

  • Decal shipping fee: To receive the ad decal for your car, you’ll be on the hook for a shipping fee.
  • Must place your own decal: Once the decal arrives at your home, you’ll need to apply it to your car on your own.

How Much You Can Expect to Earn

Earnings depend on the campaign and whether or not you receive a commission.

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.

18 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?

Ben Huber

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.

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?

Ben Huber

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.

Ben Huber

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?

Ben Huber

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.

Sherry Ballard
Sherry Ballard

Thank you, very helpful!

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