How Much Does Car Advertising Pay? (full guide)

How much does car advertising pay? You’ve seen people driving around town with ads on their cars. But can you make extra money this way? And is it enough extra cash to make it worth your while? In this post we are going to look at how much money you can make. We will also look at whether car owners can use this as a source of passive income.

So let’s jump right in to this latest income idea.

Car wrap companies

Using car wrap companies is the main way people move towards car advertising. These companies pay you a fee for having your car ‘wrapped’ with an advertising message. They tend to pay at the end of the month.

Sometimes you may have a company that pays you when an ad campaign ends. Another payment method involves paying you for the time you spend in your car on a daily commute. The advertising company links your payments to your driving habits.

How much money you get paid may also depend on whether you agree to a full wrap or partial wrap of your car.

How much does car advertising pay?

This will not make you rich. Let’s get that out of the way first. But you can expect a nice passive income. It’s a great way to help with your household bills too. Remember also that the amount of money you make does depend on the car advertising companies. They will have their own earning potential models.

Some car wrapping companies offer commission rates. There is no real industry standard here. But you can expect up to $700 per month on a commission basis if you use your car heavily.

Full wraps cover the front bumper, rear bumper, and headlights of your car. The wrap covers all windows except the front windshield. It’s like a moving billboard.

Full wraps can earn you more money per month depending on your commute. Longer commutes mean more miles driven, more money earned.

The partial wrap only covers part of your car, either one side or the other. Usually, smaller businesses that want to advertise their products use these wraps.

How much does car advertising pay? – Car wrap scams and how to stay clear of them

The best way to ensure you don’t get caught up in a car wrap scam is to complete a thorough check on the company. Start off by checking to see if they have a legitimate website and phone number.

This is part of due diligence,and should ensure you are protected from any nasty events. If you sign up to a car wrapping company without this step, you could be leaving yourself open to trouble. Look for a legitimate company and you can avoid a lot of stress.

If you want to go the extra mile, look the car wrap advertising company up on the Better Business Bureau site here.

Legitimate companies that pay you to advertise

Let’s take a look at some of the legit companies that will help build your monthly income. These companies specialise in car vehicle advertising.

Free Car Media

This is a popular car advertising company with an easy setup and registration. According to the website:

Get paid to drive up to $400 a month depending on the advertiser you are matched up with. You simply self register yourself using our registration form and if you match an advertiser’s criteria, you will start getting paid to drive. It really is that simple.

How it works

They ask you a few questions about yourself in the online application. This will include your driving habits. If you’re selected for an advertising campaign, they’ll contact you via email.

Depending on the advertisement, it might stay on your car for a few months or two years. will re-wrap your vehicle if it needs it.

Is it a full car wrap?

Right now, most of the advertisement opportunities are for rear window ads. You can apply these yourself (Free Car Media supply a how-to guide).

How much does it pay?

A rear window advertisement usually pays $50+ a month. Wrap your whole car and get $400 a month.

Driver registration:

Verdict: Lots of good reviews here, and an easy sign-up process. They are honest about earnings and make it clear that much of the advertising will be on rear windows.


StickerRide offers a fun twist on car sticker advertising:

Our app helps you earn money as you drive! Compensate for your vehicle expenses

such as gas, car washes, and parking by driving with us.

Ready for more? Take part in quests and flash mobs to increase your earnings. With

StickerRide, each trip becomes an opportunity!

Yes, you can actually complete quests (as in taking photos in certain locations) as well as flash mobs. This is a new idea, and involves you being in the same area as other StickerRide users. It’s different, and scores points for that.

How it works

You download the app first. Then you register your car and choose one of the campaigns. The car is then ‘tuned’ by a StickerRide operative. This means they install the stickers. Once your stickers are on, use the app in ‘map’ mode and press ‘start’ when you’re ready to go.

They have a point system?

In StickerRide, a point is a calculated activity ratio. A point equals one mile multiplied by your tariff in StickerRide. Depending on geography, time, car class, and sticker type, the tariff varies. Trips in the city center during peak hours are more expensive than trips in the suburbs at midnight.

How much does it pay?

No real information here on StickerRide for how much money you can make. There are tiers (bronze, silver etc.) that mean you earn more. The more you drive, the more you earn. And the more stickers installed, the more you earn.


With Nickelytics, you can wrap your vehicle with a brand’s advertising. Then you can help to connect brands with consumers.

Your daily routine involves driving around, errands, and work. Your daily commute or weekly travels can earn you extra money with Nickelytics.

Drivers can earn between $175 and $250. This is dependent on the advertising type and campaign length.

How to create an account

Signing up for Nickelytics is simple. Download the app to your phone. To register, you must provide your name, age, and a valid driver’s license.

How to get started

Make sure the app is activated while you’re driving. The brands and designs they suggest are based on your routes and mileage.

How do I become a Nickelytics driver?

  • A minimum age of 18
  • Driving record must be clean
  • You should not drive an older vehicle than 10 years
  • Drive for no less than 30 miles a day, 150 miles a week, and 450 miles a month
  • The company prefers drivers who rideshare. But daily drivers who meet the requirements are also welcome

Pay Me For Driving

Located in St. Louis, MO, Pay Me for Driving specializes in car wrap advertising.

The company only hires drivers in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or St. Charles.

Local companies advertise on cars through Pay Me for Driving. This is usually via a small decal on the rear window. The pay scale structure varies by brand and advertiser. As a result, their pay scale is as follows:

  • The company pays commissions
  • There is a flat rate
  • Rates for recurring services

Become a member

Apply online for Pay Me For Driving and provide some information about your car. A background check is performed by Pay Me For Driving, and they need a clean driving record.

Upon approval, you will have to sign a driver agreement. After placing the ads and signing the contract, you can begin earning money.


This is the one company that impressed me the most. The Inc 5000 has featured Wrapify many times. This means it has been highlighted as one of the fastest growing companies.

The first thing you will notice about Wrapify is the transparancy. The website outlines exactly how much you can expect to get paid for a ‘full’, ‘partial’ or ‘lite’ wrap. The entire car is wrapped for the full option, and the light wrap is still a very visible wrap but leaving some of your car untouched.

It’s simple. Download the mobile app and register in just a few minutes. The app is quite polished and easy to use. It took me about 30 seconds to get things pretty much done. Marketing campaigns in your area are then sent to your app so you can choose whether you want to get involved or not.

Driving for Rideshare: How to Get Started

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What is a rideshare driver?

Rideshare drivers can supplement their current incomes or work for themselves full-time. Whether you are looking for supplemental income or self-employment, you may have considered becoming one. Besides transporting passengers, drivers of ride share services may also pick up and deliver food orders. Flexibility in work hours and location makes this work appealing.

In North America, Uber and Lyft are the two biggest competitors. Driving is open to anyone as long as they meet the company’s minimum requirements. A valid driver’s license and auto insurance are usually required by ride-sharing companies.

Additionally, you may need to perform a few tasks for safety reasons. Your statement of residency and proof of current insurance are likely to be required, as well as confirming that you own a vehicle. Your driving history and criminal history will also be reviewed by most companies.

If you are interested in obtaining or applying for a job for any other ride-sharing company, please visit the company’s website.

So how much does car advertising pay?

Like I mentioned earlier, it won’t make you rich. Go into the process with the aim of finding an extra source of income and you will be fine. I saw the whole deal as a way to pay some of my more annoying household bills (you know, the kind that you just don’t enjoy paying) and that has worked out well for me.

For example, if you manage to qualify for a small sticker to be placed on your car, then you are looking at the lower end of the income scale. Most of these small sticker jobs give you around $50 a month. That is still extra money though, and if you need $50 extra a month in your bank account, it’s perfect.

If you do need more money though, consider going for the full wrap option. This, alongside plenty of daily driving (remember that companies want you to drive a significant amount to qualify) will mean you can move towards that magic $700 a month figure.

How much does car advertising pay? – The verdict

This is a great way to earn extra money, but it is not for everyone. And it is not ‘easy money’.

If your car is your pride and joy, you may not want to have it covered in advertising by a car wrap company. And if you have any reservations at all about being seen as someone who is out to make money in this way then don’t even bother getting started. Once you’re inside the process, you have to be very visible for a lot of your time.

If that is not an issue for you, test things out by having some minimal work done on your car. Even a small sticker can be a great place to start if you want to test the waters a little. Once you start making money, you can then focus on where you want to go from there.

If you are working for companies like Uber (and especially if you drive in major cities), then this is very much a no-brainer. Maximize your earnings by adding a wrap and you are getting the most out of your car.

How much does car advertising pay? Enough, as long as you are happy with the car being wrapped and have realistic expectations around income.

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Sal Ashraf

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