Owning a car can be expensive. With the average car payment being roughly $482 per month, it would be nice to be able to have some help offsetting that expense. Did you know you might be able to earn cash if you are willing to work with one of the companies that will pay you for driving your car?
Earning money for driving your car might be a great way for you to help cover car ownership expenses such as car payments, insurance, maintenance costs and more. Getting paid to drive your car usually comes with certain requirements.
How Do I Qualify to Get Paid to Drive My Car?
Most venues that will allow you to be paid while driving your car have certain requirements. They want your car to be clean and in good shape. They expect you to have a valid driver’s license, carry car insurance, and they want drivers with a clean driving record.
If you fit into the parameters above, you might be able to make money one of these four ways while driving your car.
Get Paid to Drive Others Around
If you enjoy spending time with people and enjoy driving your car around, you might want to check out ways you could get paid by driving others around.
People like using companies like Uber and Lyft to get from one place to another because it’s often cheaper than traveling via a traditional taxi service, and Uber and Lyft drivers tend to provide more personalized service.
As a driver for rideshare companies, you get the flexibility of being able to set your own schedule for when you are available to drive others around.
You simply sign in with the rideshare company you’re working with when your available hours start, and sign out when you wish to be done for the day.
Here is some specific information on the two biggest rideshare companies, Lyft and Uber.
How to Get Paid Driving for Lyft
Each rideshare company works differently. Here is some basic information about driving for Lyft.
What are the qualifications for driving for Lyft?
- You must be at least 21 years of age (the legal age for being able to sign a contract in many states)
- Own an iPhone or Android phone.
- You must have a Social Security number and have a state-issued driver’s license that is at least one year old.
- Your car must have four external door handles and at least five seat belts.
- You must also carry in-state car insurance on your vehicle.
How does driving for Lyft work?
When people contact Lyft for a ride, Lyft searches their database of drivers in that particular city. Whichever driver is closest to the rider will have the first opportunity to pick up the rider.
If that driver isn’t available, Lyft will contact the next closest driver.
How does Lyft pay me?
When you pick up a passenger as a Lyft driver, you tap a “pick up” button on your Lyft driver app and Lyft begins calculating the miles and minutes you carry the passenger. When you drop the passenger off you let Lyft know by using your app again.
Lyft keeps track of the rides you give each week and pays out on a weekly basis after deducting a percentage of the fare for their commission. Lyft drivers get to keep any tips for themselves and never pay commissions on a tip.
Uber is another popular ridesharing company people utilize to make money driving their car. Here are some quick facts about driving for Uber.
What are the qualifications for driving for Uber?
- You need to be at least 21 years of age
- You also need to carry a valid in-state driver’s license for at least one year, and for at least three years if you are under twenty-three years of age
- Your vehicle must be an eligible 4-door vehicle
- You must be the registered owner of the vehicle and carry insurance on the vehicle
Know that both Lyft and Uber will perform a criminal background check as well as a driving record check for all potential drivers.
How does driving for Uber work?
As with Lyft, Uber has an app that allows you as a driver to sign on when you are available to drive and sign off when you are not available. As riders become available, Uber will let you know and you can pick them up and be paid depending on the number of miles and minutes the rider spends with you.
How does Uber pay me?
Uber pays on a weekly basis, just as Lyft does. In the past Uber has not allowed drivers to accept tips, but that has changed as of July 2017, as Uber is now implementing tip acceptance in all of its cities.
How can I maximize my income with Lyft or Uber?
There are lots of variables to consider when it comes to maximizing what you can make when driving other people around with companies like Lyft and Uber.
Giving rides to passengers is just one way you can make money by driving your car, however. Here is some information on a couple of more ways you can make money by driving.
Get Paid to Advertise on Your Car
There are legit companies out there who will pay you for placing advertisements on your vehicle. Sometimes those advertisements might consist of a simple magnetic placard, other companies may want to install an entire vehicle wrap on your car.
However, it’s important to know that there are some scams out there that say they’ll pay you for placing advertisements on your car. After we go through the details about how you can get paid for advertising on your car, we’ll talk about which car advertising companies are legit.
How does getting paid to advertise on your car work?
Many companies feel that advertising via car wraps and placards is a great way to have a mobile advertisement for their business.
Think about it: If a company is using a billboard to advertise, people must drive by that particular billboard if they’re going to see the ad. Similarly, if a company advertises in a newspaper, the only people who will see the ad are those who read that particular newspaper.
With mobile advertising such as car wrapping, companies get information about their services spread all over major metropolitan areas when people drive their cars with the company wraps on them. Companies can reach a much bigger audience, usually for a much lower price.
As a potential car wrap driver, you submit an application to a legitimate car advertising company. Once your application is approved, the wrap is placed on your car and you get sent a monthly check simply for doing your normal, everyday driving.
Are there certain qualifications drivers must meet?
Most legit car advertising companies have certain qualifications for drivers. Generally, they are looking for drivers of newer vehicles that are in really good shape. Body damage and rust must be virtually non-existent as those types of problems can hinder the process for placing wraps on vehicles.
Also, drivers generally have to drive a specific number of hours each week in order to qualify to get paid for advertising with their cars.
In addition, legit car wrap companies want drivers who live in bigger cities. Ad companies are looking for drivers who spend a lot of time on the road and spend a lot of time driving in major metropolitan areas so that the company paying for the advertising gets maximum exposure.
Car wrap companies also generally prefer drivers with decent driving records. It wouldn’t reflect well on a company if a driver is driving irresponsibly while advertising for that specific company.
If you think your driving habits and your vehicle specifications might fit in well with what many car advertising companies are looking for, you can check out some online car advertising companies and begin the process for driver qualification.
However, as with any type of business there are legit car advertising companies and scammers. Here are some of the signs you can look for that will help you determine the difference between a legit car advertising company and a scammer company.
Legit Companies Won’t Ask for Money up Front
If a car advertising company is on the level, they won’t ask you to pay money at the time of application. If a company is asking for money up front, you might want to avoid it.
They Will Ask About Your Driving Habits
If a company doesn’t seem to care about how much you drive, where you drive or whether or not you’re a responsible driver, there’s a good chance that the company is not legit.
Professional car wrap companies work to maintain integrity by only hiring drivers that will make their advertising clients look good.
They Display Detailed Contact Information
You may want to be concerned if a car advertising company you’re considering working with doesn’t have detailed contact information. By “detailed” I mean that they have an address and phone number listed on their site, as well as an email or other contact form.
Another way to spot a legit car advertising company is to do an Internet search on the company. Legit companies will often have interviews on major news media outlets, and non-legit ones will have scam alert articles.
Now that we’ve talked a bit about what to look out for in order to avoid being scammed, I’ll share some information about a couple of the car advertising companies that are legit.
Carvertise specializes in side wraps and rear window wraps to help companies advertise their product or service. Here is a list of some of their driver qualifications and/or FAQs.
- Carvertise drivers must be at least 21 years of age
- They must drive at least 25 miles per day (800 miles per month)
- Drivers must have a clean driving record
- They must own a 2005 or newer vehicle
- The car they own must have a factory finish paint job
With Carvertise drivers do get to approve the wraps that are placed on their cars. The company pays $100 per month for the duration of the ad wrap campaign, and typical campaigns last three to six months.
The wraps that Carvertise uses on your car are made of vinyl and deemed safe by the company, and the company says they will actually protect the paint on your car.
Wrapify works a bit differently than Carvertise. In order to be determined eligible to drive for Wrapify, you need to first download the Wrapify app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. After you have downloaded the app, you need to activate it to track each day’s commuting miles.
Once you have reached fifty commuting miles, you become eligible for campaign offers that are in your area provided you meet the advertiser’s driving criteria.
Here are some of the other things you may want to know about driving a car with a Wrapify wrap.
- Wrapify drivers must be at least 21 years old
- They must have a clean driving record and criminal record
- They must own a vehicle that is 2008 or newer
- The body of the vehicle must be free of rust and body damage
What you would get paid driving with a Wrapify wrap depends on a number of factors, such as how many miles you drive, what times of the day you are driving and how extensively the wrap covers your car.
From what reviews are saying, Wrapify does sound like it will pay out more than Carvertise’s $100 per month if the driver’s driving habits qualify them to earn more, although the company website is not specific about exactly how much they’ll pay.
Since the pay varies based on the driver’s location and driving habits, it makes sense that Wrapify wouldn’t be able to give an exact monthly payment amount, but the reviews we found were positive overall.
Driving with legit companies like Wrapify and Carvertise can be a great way to make some extra cash while driving your car, provided you are okay with driving around with company advertisements on your vehicle.
Get Paid to Deliver Groceries (and other stuff) with Your Car
In line with the world’s never-ending chase of modern convenience, there are now companies that will pay you to deliver groceries and other goods to people who can’t or don’t want to leave their home to do the shopping themselves.
People’s busy schedules provide great benefits for side hustlers: the ability to make money driving their cars.
Here is some information about a couple of companies that will pay you to deliver packages or other goods to other people while using your car.
Amazon Flex hires drivers as independent contractors to deliver local packages, primarily for Amazon Prime customers. The Amazon Flex website says they’ll pay drivers between $18 and $25 per hour for delivering goods.
As with companies like Lyft and Uber, when working for Amazon Flex you download their app onto your smartphone. You can also use the app to let them know which days and hours you are available for work, turning it on when you can drive and off when you can’t.
Amazon Flex jobs are currently available in nearly fifty major cities around the United States, although they aren’t hiring in all of the cities available right now.
If you head over to their website, they will tell you which cities currently have Amazon Flex openings and lead you to an application page.
For cities that do not currently have openings, you can apply to be on a wait list for when openings arise.
According to its website, Instacart is an “on-demand grocery delivery service”. This means that customers order groceries through Instacart and Instacart has independent contractors deliver the groceries.
After applying to be a driver with Instacart, you’ll meet with a local Instacart employee who will interview you and explain how the process works. Basically, Instacart shoppers do the shopping and independent contractors do the delivering.
To qualify as an independent driver for Instacart, you need to:
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license and current auto insurance policy
- Have a newer smartphone
- Submit to a criminal background check
- Be able to lift at least 30 pounds
- Be at least 21 years of age (18 in Boston)
- Be eligible to work in the U.S.
Instacart says their drivers make “up to” $25 an hour, but that wage can vary based on a number of factors. Instacart has dozens of locations all over the United States, with a higher concentration of locations in the Eastern half of the U.S.
Similar to Instacart, Shipt is also an on-demand grocery delivery service. Independent contractors that work for Shipt need to shop for a client’s groceries and then deliver them to their specified home or business address.
After downloading the Shipt app, drivers get notifications of grocery orders. They get to see the total dollar amount of the order and then decide whether or not they want the order. After accepting an order, the driver heads to the grocery store and shops for the customer.
They then deliver the grocery order to the customer, getting paid a base pay of $5, plus a 7.5% commission of the total grocery order, plus any earned tips.
There are certain requirements to be eligible to drive for Shipt.
- Drivers must be at least 18 years old
- They must have an eligible smartphone
- They must have a reliable vehicle that is 15 years old or newer
- They must agree to a background check
- They must own an insulated cooler bag
- They must have a thorough knowledge of the produce department in grocery stores
- They must be able to lift at least 25 pounds
- They must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and carry current auto insurance
Shipt claims its drivers make between $15-$25 an hour on average for deliveries. Although Shipt isn’t available in all U.S. states, they are currently operating in 16 states including Arizona, Alabama, Washington and Illinois.
Know that you’ll make more money with these types of side hustles if you have a fuel-efficient vehicle. The less you are paying out for fuel purchases, the more profit you’ll earn by driving your car.
Get Paid to Rent Your Car Out
Alright, although you won’t technically be driving your car to make money with this one, you can get paid by letting others drive your car.
Companies like Turo match those willing to rent out their car with those needing a car to drive. How much Turo pays you to rent out your car depends on a number of factors, including the year, make and model of your car and how long a driver rents it out for.
Location of your vehicle and time of the year also impact how much you can make with Turo. Turo sets the rental prices automatically when you list your car, or you do have the ability to set the list price yourself.
Customers rent cars with Turo for a variety of reasons. They may want to take a vacation, for instance, or they may need a car to drive while in your town as they travel for work purposes.
Car owners get between 65% and 85% of the total trip price, depending on which protection package they choose. Yes, Turo provides protection packages to keep rental cars safe.
They also provide $1 million in liability damage to help protect those who rent out their vehicles with Turo, and they thoroughly screen all renters before approving them to rent a car listed with Turo.
This could be a great way to make money with your car if you don’t use it very often or if you have an extra vehicle available.
As you can see, there are several ways you can earn money with your car in order to offset car costs or to make extra money for whatever your financial goals are.
Which of these ways would you like getting paid by using your car?
Make Some Extra Cash by Taking Surveys
Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra dough fast. Check out Survey Junkie which will pay you instantly with cash via Paypal. They have over 6,000,000 members and they have an 8.9/10 rating on Trust Pilot.