Yes, it's true. There are companies that will actually pay you to drive your car around. The catch? You just have to agree to let them cover it with ads for a certain period of time. They want their ads seen by as many eyes as possible, so you are more likely to get selected if you rack up a lot of miles each month. It also helps if you park your car in a fairly traffic-heavy location.
How much do you get paid for driving your car around?
This varies from company to company, but anywhere from $100 to $500 per month is about average for doing this. So it won't pay all your bills, but it could certainly help you out financially if you get selected to do it.
What are the requirements?
Requirements differ from company to company, but most want people who are 18 or old with valid driver's license and insurance. You'll be expected to drive a minimum number of miles per month, and you may have to check in once per month just so they can check the mileage on your odometer to make sure you are racking up as many miles as you agreed to. If you are not, you will probably still get paid for what you did drive, but the company reserves the right to let you go from the program.
What if you don't have a car?
Lucky for you, some of these places will actually give you a car that is ad-ready to drive! It's not yours to keep, but you'll be allowed to drive it for a while. Keep in mind that if this is the option you choose, you may not get paid cash. The company might consider the privilege of allowing you to drive their car payment enough. And if you don't have one, this could really come in handy.
Are you interested in doing this? Here's a short list of places you can sign up.
Keep in mind that you may not get selected if you don't drive much or drive daily in places where a lot of people would see your car. But the more places you sign up with, the better your chances will be.
- Autowrapped (US)
- AdSmart (US)
- Ads2Go (US)
- Ad-Wraps (US)
- Advercarzing (CA)
- Auto Car Wraps (UK)
- Car Wraps (CA)
- Free Car Media (US)
- Free Gas Help (US)
- Adson (UK)
- Vista Motion (UK)
- Whip Car (UK) (Rent Your Car Out)