What: Carvertise allows you to turn your car into a rolling billboard, but watch for fraud

Expected pay: $100 month

Husl $core: $$$

Where: National

Requirements: 

  • Drive at least 30 miles a day
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Own a 2008 model car or newer
  • Have a factory finish paint job.

Rating:

Carvertise essentially allows you to rent out the outside of your car for advertising.  Like Wrapify, all you need to do for this money-making opportunity is have a long commute in some city where advertisers might want to have rolling billboards. 

Because that billboard won’t get a lot of eyeballs parked in your garage, you need to drive a lot to make it worth the advertiser’s while. The company will wrap (and unwrap) your car and pay you a monthly stipend for as long as the campaign lasts.

Carvertise differs from Wrapify in its payment formula, however. Carvertise generally pays a set amount per month; Wrapify varies the amount based on the number of miles you drive. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a campaign, however. And when you do get one, it typically will last for just a few months – usually one to 6 months. So, this is more a way to defray your auto expenses than a way to earn a living.

Carvertise gets a slightly lower rating than Wrapify mainly because some drivers have complained that their cars were damaged when the wrap was removed. 

A company called MyFreeCar offers a nearly identical service (with a slightly different pay formula). If this type of side hustle suits you, there’s no downside to signing up with all three services. Indeed, since offers don’t come around every day, signing up for all three services puts you in a better position to get a gig. What if you get competing offers? Congrats! Naturally, pick the one that pays best. But pay attention to our fraud warning below.

If someone is offering to pay way more than what we’ve estimated here — or pay with a big upfront check — you’re likely dealing with a ruthless scammer.  The fake check scams they’re pulling can cost you thousands of dollars. Be careful.

Fraud Warning:

One more caution: A new scam involves crooks pretending to work for this company (or one of its competitors), promising huge pay-outs to consumers who sign up. They then send these same consumers big checks that FAR EXCEED the amount promised, telling them to deposit the whole amount and send the balance to another entity. This is a fake check scam. And by the time your bank discovers the forgery, the crook will be long gone and you will be on the hook for the entire amount of the fake check. DO NOT DEPOSIT these checks. Legitimate companies — including Carvertise and Wrapify — do not expect you to be their payment intermediary.  For more about this con, check out this story at CBS News.

What their drivers say: 

“Overall, everything was fine with this company until damages occurred to my car as a result of them removing the wrap incorrectly from my car. It’s been 2 weeks and no resolution has been offered to fix my car. It’s very disappointing since they clearly have had similar issues with previous drivers. You guys should have a speedier process in place for fixing damages. People shouldn’t have to expose you on social media for a remedy when you are at fault, and it definitely shouldn’t take 2 plus weeks!”

 

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