- How To Avoid Car Wrapping Scams
- Is Car Wrapping Legit?
- Legit Car Wrap Companies:
There are a number of legitimate reasons why you would want to put a wrap on your car, but there are only a few legitimate companies worth looking into to get paid to advertise on your car.
Maybe you already spend time in your car commuting or doing gig work such as deliveries and ride-share driving. Or maybe you’re trying to find some passive income opportunities, or it just sounds like quick and easy money and you want in.
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Below, I’ll go over what 4 legit car wrap companies we found to be reputable and also how to look out for the scams.
How To Avoid Car Wrapping Scams
First, understand what should raise the red flags.
In short, stay away from anyone trying to give you a check for a larger than agreed amount and never pay anything, ever.
To be absolutely certain, you should just stay away from ad postings trying to “sell you” on wrapping your car – such as ads posted Craigslist, Facebook group, or anything unsolicited.
Is Car Wrapping Legit?
Yes – but it’s understandable why someone would think otherwise. As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
But the business model makes sense. Advertisers want eyeballs on their product/service, and if your car is frequently on the road in a popular city with lots of people – advertisers will pay you to get their product/service ad in front of those eyeballs.
And since this business model is legit, you just need to find the very few companies that do just that – match advertisers/brands with car owners to advertise on to get you paid, with no shady business.
There is even a company called AdBike, based in the UK only, that allows you to use your bike to advertise on it and get paid.
All in all, this is a great way to add a couple of hundred extra dollars to your income each month and make some extra money with your car.
Note: Car wrapping is the low hanging fruit of passive income and you should take advantage of it if you do your due diligence on the company, feel comfortable wrapping your car in decals, and meet the requirements of the advertising agency.
Legit Car Wrap Companies:
Wrapify has been around since 2015, has major sponsorship campaigns, but is not Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited.
What we like about Wrapify though is they operate nationally in every major city, are very transparent with earnings, and have lots of major sponsorship opportunities for drivers – with more than 280,000+ drivers in the US.
Wrapify was also #309 on Inc. 500’s list of fastest-growing privately held companies in 2019, featured in Forbes, and made Business Insiders “Hottest Startup List” in 2015.
- 21 years or older
- Clean driving record
- 2008 car model year or newer
- Have an iOS or Android to download the Wrapify app
- Full Wrap – $264-$452/month
- Partial/Lite Wrap – $181-$280/month
Carvertise has been in business since 2012 and has major sponsoring partnerships with advertising campaigns that typically last between 2-6 months.
They are also Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited.
Though they are not in every major city in the US, their website says they have launched campaigns in over 75 markets across the country with over 550,000 drivers getting wrapped in the US.
Locations: (7 cities and surrounding areas)
- New York City
- Wilmington, Delaware
- Los Angeles
- Drive at least 30 miles/day
- Clean driving record
- 2008 car model year or newer
- Factory finish paint job
- Have an iOS or Android to download the Carvertise app
- $174+/month (with partial wrap)
- $452/month (with full wrap)
Nickelytics is a newer company, founded in 2019, that hasn’t been around as long as Wrapify or Carvertise – but, according to their website, have a strong team of investors and strategic advisors including, business and strategy advisor Mitch Golub, who founded and sold Cars.com in 2014 for $2.75 billion.
But what is nice about Nickelytics is they also have more subtle ad placement options to get paid, which is a nice perk if you do not want to advertise on your car with a full or partial wrap.
Get your back windshield only or try out there innovative Ad Shield, which puts a clear barrier in-between the front and back seats (like a taxi cab) to advertise on (and the added bonus of safety during COVID-19).
Locations: Florida (Primarily), and also markets in Colorado, Louisiana, and Maine
- Valid driver’s license
- Own, rent, or lease a car that is a 2010 or newer
- Be signed up for a qualifying rideshare company (Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Postmates, etc.)
- Drive 30 miles/day, 150 miles/week, and 900 miles/month
- Drive in target markets for majority of the time
- Have an iOS or Android to download the Nickelytics app
Their website does not specify breakdowns by ad type (Full Wrap, Lite Wrap, Ad Shield, or Back Windshield Only). It only mentions that most of their drivers are in busier cities, drive for work, and have lots of ad exposure, so their average driver makes $400-$500 a month.
Earning Potential: $400-$500/month
This UK based company, founded in 2013, operates in the US and says to have more than 370K+ drivers worldwide.
StickerRide operates on a “points” system. So, you get a point for every mile you drive, which will then factor into the total earnings. So the more you drive = the more you advertise = the more you can earn – unlike the other car companies mentioned, where you get paid a fixed amount.
Representatives of ShareRide say they have drivers and sponsorship campaigns in every city with a 1M+ population in the US.
Must have an iOS or Android to download the StickerRide app.
Locations: (US cities with 1M+ population)
- New York, New York
- Los Angeles, California
- Chicago, Illinois
- Houston, Texas
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- San Antonio, Texas
- San Diego, California
- Dallas, Texas
- San Jose, California