Paid To Drive?

I heard that it's possible to get paid money to drive my car. How does it work, am I supposed to place ads on my car and I get paid?

asked by Yoom in Buying & Selling | 3840 views | 08-12-2009 at 05:07 PM

The get paid to drive concept gained popularity during the 1990s when roadside advertising was near capacity. Many companies wanted to advertise their service or product to people driving, but billboard and other traditional advertising space along busy roads and highways was severely limited.

A solution to this advertising problem was addressed with car wraps. Companies could advertise their products or services on the outside of cars to reach people driving along the roads where they couldn't get advertising space on billboards. The car wrap gained popularity through the 1990s when traditional billboard advertising remained tight, but when billboard advertising softened in the late 1990s, this took a heavy toll on the car wrap advertising companies and many of them are no longer in business.

So what's the catch? The main one is there are far more drivers wanting to be paid to drive than advertising campaigns available. If you don't drive a lot of miles (typically over 800 miles a month) or live in a highly populated area (large college campuses seem to be an ideal location) where the advertisement will be seen by a population the advertisers crave, your chances of being chosen are slim.

If you meet the requirements and live in an area you believe would be desirable to advertisers, it could be worth the 15 to 30 minutes it takes to fill out a few free the online forms. If you are lucky and do get picked, you will significantly reduce your driving expenses with little effort on your part.

answered by Jim | 08-12-2009 at 05:09 PM

Yes you get money by displaying ads on your car. Some people think it is a scam.

It is not a scam because there are companies who actually offer this kind of opportunity. And there are real people who are participating in these programs all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as in many other countries.

How do "get paid to drive" programs work ?

The concept is pretty simple.You drive your own car, on which an advertisement has been placed, and receive payment for doing so. In some cases, you may even be provided a free car, instead of having to drive your own car.

It's simply a type of advertising media, similar to billboards or taxi ads. Ads might promote a new business in town, an upcoming sports event, or even a new movie.

Don't worry though, because the ad is not an ugly pizza-delivery car-top box, but an attractive paint-safe vinyl film or decal that advertises some company's product or service. The ads can in the form of complete-car wraps (looks great on SUVs and trucks), partial wraps, or window decals. Ad decals can be easily removed or changed without harming the paint finish on your car.

These get-paid-to-drive or free-car programs are administered by advertising companies who are paid by their clients to promote their products and services. When you agree to place one of the ads on your car, you receive part of that advertising fee.

Whether or not you'll be accepted into a "get paid to drive" program, or get a free car, depends on where you live (metro areas are best), where you drive (high traffic streets are ideal), and where you park (high visibility is great). It also depends upon personal qualification.

If you only drive a few blocks to work in the suburbs, or drive only to school or church, you probably won't qualify for this kind of program. Generally, you must drive at least 1000 miles per month.

What's the catch with "get paid to drive" programs?

In order to qualify for a "get paid to drive " program, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid drivers license, have a clean car, and have an excellent driving record. You must sign an agreement that specifies how and where you will drive, for how long, and under what conditions. You usually pay for your own insurance and maintenance. If you fail to live up to your part of the deal, your agreement can be terminated.

You may or may not be able to select the type of advertisement that goes on your car, depending on the company and the type of ads it handles. Of course, if you don't like an ad, you can turn it down and wait for a better one. Most ads are attractive and professionally designed so that you shouldn't be embarrassed to be seen with it on your car.

Many companies place a GPS location system in your car so that they can periodically verify that you have driven where you said you would drive, and determine the number of miles you've driven. Occasional inspections may also be necessary to check the condition of the ad.

Remember that the advertisement remains on your car 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are not permitted to remove it. You must be willing to drive the car everywhere you normally drive to the mall, to your job, to school, to church, and everywhere else.

"Get paid to drive" programs are in heavy demand by potential drivers. There are more applications than there are opportunities. It may take 90 days or more to be accepted after you make application, if you get accepted at all. Therefore, patience and persistence are required. However, the effort and wait may be well worth it in the end.

If you want to get started, visit these websites:

http://www.freecarindex.com/
http://www.thefreecar.com/?hop=leasekit

answered by Pauline | 08-12-2009 at 05:12 PM

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