Ways to make money with your car
If you have a car that is in reasonable working condition, you can take advantage of it to earn extra income.
There are several ways to make money with your car and in this article we will explain them to you.
Whether driving your car or not driving it yourself, you can get a not insignificant figure in cash.
In fact, in some cases, a quick way to get money is by selling a car . But what you may not know is that there are many other ways to make money with your car.
If you have a vehicle and you don’t mind driving it, then you can earn hundreds of dollars a month.
For decades, many people have been making money from their cars . Hitting the road or taking on a pizza delivery job has always involved using your own wheels.
However, the economics of internet and app-based jobs have greatly expanded the ease of getting paid to drive your own car.
Without further ado, here are some of the ways to make money with your car today.
10 ways to make money with your car
As we already discussed, there are a wide variety of ways to make money with a car. For example:
- Airport shuttle service
- medical transport service
- Child pick up service
- mobile advertising service
- errand service
- Recycling product transport service
Read also: How does auto financing work?
Now we will focus on the 10 most common ways to earn money with your car .
1. Deliver orders from an app
Today, everyone prefers to have their food and other items delivered right to their door.
If you’re willing to get down to business, you can spend some of your time listening to music while taking food orders from the restaurant to the customer.
Of course, the schedule is flexible: you choose when you sign up for the delivery, instead of being assigned by a manager.
One of the most popular delivery services is Uber Eats . You can deliver food instead of transporting people.
DoorDash is another good app for people whose cars can’t meet the requirements of Uber and Lyft. You just have to be 18 years old and have a clean driving record.
You deliver food but also other items from local stores. At DoorDash they pay you per delivery and you also keep the tips.
One great thing about DoorDash: A minimum of $10 per hour is guaranteed, even if business is slow enough not to earn that. The median salary ranges from $10 to $20, and up to $25 an hour.
If you are a college student you can try Tapingo , which focuses on campus delivery .
There are many options. For example, Seamless and Grubhub are both restaurant delivery services.
All you have to do is schedule a block of time, then follow the app’s instructions to pick up food from various restaurants and deliver it.
You get paid for each delivery and you can also keep tips from customers.
If you’re willing to do more than just pick up pre-packed orders and deliver them, Instacart can be a great option.
You’re going to do the shopping for customers following their list , and then drop off the groceries at their house, all using your car.
You can earn anywhere from $10 to $25 an hour, depending on how busy the service is when you want to work.
Lastly, Postmates has become very popular recently. The service gives you a prepaid card that you can use to buy what people have ordered, at which point you hand it to them.
Customers may order food, but they may also want garden tools, clothing, cleaning supplies, jewelry, or just about anything else you can imagine. You get paid quickly, via direct deposit within a week.
If you don’t want to leave your car in the hands of other people but want to earn extra money, you must be willing to drive a little more than usual.
But what if you wanted to earn money driving your car as usual? It is also feasible, you just have to be willing to advertise it.
Wrapify offers an app that allows you to connect with potential advertisers. Once you sign up and download the app, the service records your ride for a period of time.
It then puts you in touch with campaigns from local or national companies, and partially or fully “wraps” your car (don’t worry, the wraps are removable and won’t damage the car).
Depending on your car, your location, and what part of the car is covered, you could earn anywhere from $100 to $450 a month doing nothing different than usual.
3. Help people move and move things
In many cases, when we have to move a piece of furniture or other large object, we think of a friend who has a van or a large vehicle.
However, there are also applications where they offer a furniture or object transfer service.
If you have a large vehicle or a van, you can earn between $20 and $50 an hour , depending on your location and the services you can offer.
If you have a cargo van or box truck, in addition to Craigslist you can try apps like GoShare.
You should also check out the new Dolly app, which puts you in touch with people looking to move things.
Everything from moving a house to picking up items from a garage sale.
4. Shared rides
Uber is no longer a new company: it has been around since 2009 and remains the dominant player in ride sharing.
Its competitor, Lyft , which has been around since 2012, has a reputation for being a bit more friendly to drivers. However, many people keep both apps open, as a way to earn more money more reliably.
Uber and Lyft have their drawbacks – you can wear out your car a lot, for example, and there’s some worrying evidence that safe drivers earn less on the apps than people who speed –
but there’s no question that if you have the The right type of car and a clean driving record are very easy and reliable ways to earn money driving your car.
They can be especially good if you’re willing to drive on Friday and Saturday nights in busy areas of big cities, or during rush hour.
You get paid per minute and per kilometer (and there is usually a base rate), but the exact amount can depend on the time of day due to the ‘surcharge’ charged during peak hours.
Both Uber and Lyft have pretty strict requirements on the type of car they offer. To begin with, it has to be a new car and have four doors, in addition to the regulations of each state.
Don’t have a car that meets the requirements? Try HyreCar.
5. Rent your car
One of the downsides of tying up money in major assets like a home or car is that they often “sit there” while you’re not actively using them.
Airbnb helps you take advantage of unused rooms, and you can do the same with your car.
Turo is another service that allows you to rent your car Airbnb-style. Car must be 2005 or newer, have a clean title, and have less than 130,000 miles.
You will find a very interesting calculator on the site that allows you to enter some basic data and find out how much you could earn.
Getaround, for example, allows you to rent your car while it’s parked, so you can not only avoid parking fees, but even earn some money.
Getaround covers insurance, screens renters, and installs a device that lets people get into your car without a key.
The amount you can earn depends on how nice your car is, but it can be thousands of dollars a year. (Getaround keeps 40% of the rental fees and you keep 60%, which is paid once a month.)
Interestingly, if you have a nice car you can rent it to rideshare drivers without having to drive it yourself.
HyreCar allows you to rent your car to Uber/ Lyft drivers.
The service says you can earn up to $1,100 a month, though, as always, the exact amount depends on where you are and the type of car you have, as well as how often you want to make it available.
Read also: The best car rental companies in the USA
6. Deliveries for Amazon
Amazon Flex is Amazon’s solution to one of its biggest problems:
Customers want faster and faster delivery, and the Post Office, UPS, and FedEx aren’t necessarily able to get things to customers in an hour or two from the orders arrive.
You can use your own car to be an Amazon courier through Amazon Flex. You can earn between 18 and 25 dollars per hour.
As with many delivery services, an availability block is scheduled. Then you pick up the packages at an Amazon warehouse and the application gives you the instructions to deliver them.
Amazon only hires in select markets, on an ongoing basis. As of mid-August 2018, he is hiring in New York, Northern Virginia, Rochester, Pittsburgh, and a few other cities.
If you don’t live in one of those locations, you’ll need to enter your details and Amazon will contact you when they hire in your area.
7. Transfer for the elderly
There are many people who need to get around but are too young or too old to drive themselves. Some older people hire shared rides “normally,” using their own smartphones, but others need more help.
ElderCare.com and other local services in your community can help you find jobs that include transporting the elderly in your own car.
(Some cities also have partnerships with Uber or Lyft to connect seniors to rides.)
8. Safe driver
Believe it or not, in some cases insurance companies will pay you to be a safe driver. Allstate , for example, will write you a $50 check every six months that you don’t have an accident.
There is nothing to do but drive safely.
Other insurance companies will give you discounts (which is a lot like free money!) for driving safely. State Farm offers insurance discounts of up to 50% if their smartphone app says you drive safely.
The app tracks a few things, including how you drive, like how fast you’re going and whether you come to a complete stop, and tells State Farm if you’re a good driver or not.
Based on that information you will get discounts.
Lastly, you can look into insurance like Metromile , where you only pay for what you drive. If you don’t drive much, you can also save a lot of money.
9. Use your car as a bonus in job applications
There are hundreds of non-app-based jobs that nevertheless give preference to people who have reliable cars . Some examples are:
- Delivery driver for a specific restaurant
- Work on a movie, music show, or anything else where you can carry equipment
- Social worker (travel to client’s house)
- Nurse or occupational therapist (travel to client’s home)
- Photography of events, catering, decoration, work for party or wedding venues
- Home hairdressing, cleaning, and any other service occupation where people want you to come to their home instead of picking you up from an office or store.
Some of these jobs require specialized skills, such as occupational therapy. But others are jobs you can get on Craigslist or other local job boards.
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10. Babysitter and babysitter
If you live on a college campus, you may have a lot of access to babysitting jobs : You can advertise or respond to ads on your college network.
Many of these jobs involve transporting children, dropping them off and picking them up at summer camps, schools, day care centers, etc.
HopSkipDrive is a transportation service for children ages six and up. Right now it operates in California and Colorado (Denver area).
As you can imagine, there are pretty strict requirements for potential drivers. You must be at least 23 years old, not 18 (as in most driving services), and have 5 years of childcare experience.
You also need to have a clean driving record and pass a background check that includes fingerprinting and an in-person interview. You will need a 2008 (or newer) car with four doors.
However, if you meet these requirements, you can earn more money per hour than with traditional ride-sharing services: up to $30 per hour.