Do you want to get paid to drive your car? It would be great if you could, right? Since it’s something you do all the time anyway. It would be like getting paid to watch TV or eat Hot Pockets!
Luckily, there are lots of ways you can make your car earn money for you, instead of it just costing you money all the time!
No need to Google how to get paid to drive your car — we’ll tell you the top ways.
How much money can you make? That depends on a ton of factors.
A Washington Post story reported that drivers in Denver make an average of $11.21 an hour, but that’s after taxes and expenses, which include insurance, car depreciation, maintenance and gas. So that figure doesn’t really seem fair, since wages are not generally reported after-tax. Other estimates put the figure at around $20 per hour, before taxes and expenses.
If your car is newer and you live in a warm climate, you’ll probably have fewer repair bills, which will save you money. If you live in Washington D.C. or Atlanta, the number of rides you’re able to give will probably be much higher than if you live in a small town.
But it’s not just how much you can earn, it’s how you spend the time. If no one needs a ride, you don’t get paid, but you don’t do any work either. And giving people rides can be fun. You get to meet lots of new people and you don’t have to carry anything heavy or do anything gross.
There are a few rules, however. You must be 21, have a driver’s license and insurance, have one year of driving experience (three if you’re under 23), and drive one of the accepted makes and models of vehicles. For instance, it has to be a four-door vehicle. Your Jeep Wrangler might be cute, but it won’t make the cut.
You have to keep the car clean, too. No crumbs, no empty water bottles, and don’t eat an onion pizza in there on your downtime. It will come through in your reviews.
2. Make deliveries
As much as people love to shop, they also love to stay home, hence the proliferation of Amazon and other online shopping tools. These types of deliveries are relegated mostly to USPS, UPS and FedEx (although Amazon does use some independent contractor drivers). But you can get paid to drive your car delivering food and other items.
For many years, your best food-delivery option was pizza. Americans love pizza, and they love having someone bring it to them. Although lots of restaurants offer takeout, the concept of delivering food that wasn’t pizza or Chinese didn’t really take off well outside of NYC. It was just too expensive.
But you can deliver other stuff too, like flowers. Some big florists have their own refrigerated trucks, but not all of them do. And on big holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, florists need anyone with a vehicle that they can get. You can make big bucks delivering on these days.
Other items you can deliver include pharmacy prescriptions, groceries, medical equipment, auto parts, weed (only in some jurisdictions!), dry cleaning, and human blood and organs. Those last two require more than just a clean driving record.
Indeed lists tens of thousands of delivery jobs nationwide. But beware: Some don’t say what drivers will be delivering and the job ads specify they are looking for “fearless” drivers. Know what you are delivering. No drugs. No explosives. No contraband.
3. Take patients to medical appointments
Sure, they could take an Uber, and some do, but many of the people in need of a ride to a doctor’s appointment are elderly or seriously ill and may need more assistance than an Uber driver would provide.
For instance, a driver may need to help a patient who uses a wheelchair or a walker in and out of the vehicle. Further, these drivers often accompany the patient to the appointment, helping them get into the office and checked in, and facilitating with the appointment, possibly asking questions on the patient or family’s behalf and/or taking notes.
Although these jobs are still often independent contractor jobs, they require more vetting and are, by their nature, less flexible than driving Uber or delivering food.
4. Use your car for advertising
We’ve all seen vehicles wrapped with advertisements, but they’re usually company vehicles, like delivery trucks. However, wrapping cars is not uncommon.
Some companies nowadays will pay you to wrap your vehicle in their advertising. Be careful though — the vast majority of these offers are scams. Their racket is to tell you they are sending you $1,000 and they instruct you to keep $300 for yourself and give the rest to the company that’s going to wrap your car. But then later, the check bounces after you’ve already sent real money to the car wrapper (which isn’t real and is part of the scam).
Some companies have been deemed legitimate, like Wrapify. But keep in mind that you will only get in on this car-wrapping deal if you live in a big city, drive a lot and acquiesce to the company installing a GPS in your car to track where you go and how often, so they can be sure they are getting their money’s worth.
5. Rent out your car
Not everyone wants a car, but at times, most people need access to one for various reasons. Maybe they want to buy some patio furniture that they can’t carry home the way they do with groceries. Maybe they want to go somewhere that’s not on the subway line, like a friend’s house. Maybe they want to do a weekend getaway.
Sure, they could rent a car, but that gets expensive. Companies like Rent-A-Wreck and Ladybug rent ugly cars for much less, and you could do the same.
If you work with a company like Hyrecar, you probably will not be able to list your ’98 Alero on there, but you could do it privately. Imagine earning money while you sit at home, watching the game and having a beer.
There are, of course, liability concerns with this venture, as there are with any business deal you enter that you use your car for, so check with your insurance company first. And see what The Zebra has to say about letting others drive your car.
Learning how to get paid to drive your car can give you that extra boost in income that can help you pay down debt, save for college, take a vacation or anything else you’d like to do but aren’t able to on your present income.
The security and flexibility that extra income brings can make your life easier. Get paid to drive your car and bank the benefits.