If you have a car, you have several different ways to earn money with that car. You may have already heard of things like driving people around (e.g., Uber, Lyft), but there are many other ways you can turn your car into a cash-generating machine. Here are 10 ideas for you to consider:
1. Grocery delivery.
Instacart, Peapod, Shipt and WeGoShop are all grocery delivery sites that need people to shop for and deliver groceries to customers. Amazon has also recently started grocery delivery services and is seeking both part-time and full-time Fresh Associates through career sites like Monster and Indeed.
If you live in an urban area and/or can find lots of customers that live in one location (e.g., assisted living), you could earn $25/hour or more.
2. Amazon delivery.
Amazon Prime Now and Amazon are both hiring delivery drivers through their Amazon Flex program in major urban centers across the country. To qualify for this job, you’ll need a smartphone so you can download and use Amazon’s delivery app. Positions pay up to $25/hour.
3. Mystery shopping.
There are companies like HS Brands International (in affiliation with ServiceSleuth and The Mershimer Group) that offer mystery shops involving business site inspections, grocery audits, oil change services, movie theater evaluations, etc. To get to and complete most of these shops, you’ll need a car.
Payment for mystery shops varies from $3-$80,and you can earn bonus money if you complete deadline-sensitive shops.
4. Car rental.
If you aren’t interested in actually driving your car to earn money, sites like FlightCar offer you the opportunity to leave your car at the airport and have it rented out.
Other car sharing/rental sites include RelayRides, Turo, Getaround and Zipcar. Yearly earnings from renting your car out vary by the value of your car and how many days it can be used, but some sites estimate earnings between $10,000-13,000.
5. Car wrapping
Believe it or not, there are legitimate car wrap sites that will wrap your car in advertising and pay you money for it. One such site is MyFreeCar, which offers up to $400/month if you end up wrapping your car with an ad. If you don’t mind being a moving billboard for merchants and advertisers, getting a car wrap is a great way to make some extra cash every month.
Other car wrap sites include Carvertise and Advercar.
Sites like TaskRabbit need people to pick up dry cleaning, get movie tickets, assemble furniture at someone’s house, etc. To complete these tasks, you’ll most likely need a car. Payouts from microtasks range from a few dollars to maybe $20; however, if you line up a series of tasks at nearby locations, you could earn at least $25/hour.
7. Moving things.
If you have a larger sized vehicle like a van or pickup truck, you could offer moving services to people who are relocating, need help transporting a large item they just purchased at a store, or need help taking junk to a dump or recycling center.
You could list your moving services privately, such as through sites like Craigslist and Nextdoor. You could also sign up with sites like BuddyTruk, AnyVan, Lugg and GoShare.
8. Sightseeing tours
If you live in an interesting urban or natural locale, you could create a custom sightseeing tours and charge people X number of dollars to take people to places that tourists don’t normally see. To advertise such services, consider teaming up with other local businesses and offering them a “pit stop” on your tour in exchange for advertising the tour and maybe even helping to sell tickets.
To make your tours a success, you’ll need a larger vehicle with big windows, such as a van. Also, consider jazzing up your tour with custom brochures, maps and even souvenirs, which can be sold and/or given away for free.
9. Wedding chauffeuring.
If you have a custom, historic or sports vehicle on your hands, you could offer rides in it for wedding parties and guests. Being at the beck-and-call of a wedding party for rides to and from the church or court house, to the reception area, and to the hotel and/or airport could fetch you an easy $500 or more for the entire day. And you might even get to eat some cake.
To get started as a chauffeur, you should set up a website and post lots of pictures of your vehicle(s) and offered services. You may also wish to take out liability insurance for your business.
10. Newspaper/mail delivery.
These days, the old paper boy route has been mostly taken over by drivers who cover larger territories and offer newspaper, magazine and even USPS mail delivery. Some of these jobs can be found by perusing standard job sites like Monster and Indeed. You should also check with your local USPS office to find out if there is a need for a driver to cover a (usually rural) geographic location.
The pay varies based on employer, but if you cover the same territories for multiple employers, you could easily make an extra $1,000/month.
Other ways to make money from your car (besides selling it).
There are numerous other ways you can profit from your vehicle, including the following:
- Posting car repair/detail videos to YouTube and then marketing those videos.
- Taking pets to and from vet appointments.
- Offering seniors weekly/monthly rides to and assistance with medical appointments.
- Driving people to attractions that have limited/expensive parking.
Can you think of a few more options for making money with your car, truck, van, SUV?