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How to Use Your Car to Make Money

Updated on January 26, 2013

Make Extra Money With Your Car

When money is hard to come by and you are struggling to get by from month to month, your car could be your way out of a difficult time.

There are many ways that you can utilize your car to earn some extra money taking you out of a financial hole and getting you back on track.

So long as your car is in good condition and can cope with some extra mileage you could be earning money within hours.

Please note that you may have to contact your vehicle insurance company and tell them that you are using your car for business purposes, your insurance premiums may be a little higher.

Earn Money With Your Car

Your car can drive your finances through the roof.
Your car can drive your finances through the roof. | Source

Take Away Restaurant Driver

Most restaurants offer a delivery service, people call them with their food order and for a small charge a driver delivers it to their home. Pay a visit to all of the restaurants in your local area and find out if they are looking for delivery drivers.

Most restaurants give their drivers the delivery charge, money for gas and a free meal at the end of the day. Customers often tip delivery drivers too, some drivers can end up going home with over $200 in their pockets from one night of work.

Even if the restaurant cannot offer you a delivery job you can ask if they have any leaflets or flyer's that they would like delivered.

Display Ads On Your Car

Car wrapping a great way to earn extra money without the need to work for it.
Car wrapping a great way to earn extra money without the need to work for it. | Source

Car Advertising

Turn your car into a billboard for a local company, some companies pay to advertise on your car especially if you use it a lot and it is seen by a lot of people. You could combine your delivery driving with an advertisement on your car for even more money to help out your finances.

Car wrapping is an adhesive film which is marked with a company name and logo made to fit on car doors, trunks and hoods, check out your local area to see if this option is available.

Although it is an easy $250-$500 a month, be warned that when you sign up for some of these schemes you could be signing a contract that lasts for up to 3 years.

Deliver Flyers For Local Businesses

Although delivering flyer's is low paid you can deliver them for more than one company at a time and earn even more money.
Although delivering flyer's is low paid you can deliver them for more than one company at a time and earn even more money. | Source

Deliver Flyers

Small businesses often like to post flyer's through doors around their local area, to save them time they often pay for people to deliver them, check out your local businesses and see if they are looking for someone. the pay is low though often $1.00 for every 100 flyer's delivered but you could kill two birds with one stone and deliver flyer's from different companies at the same time to the same homes. Why not make some flyer's of your own advertising a car and driver for hire and deliver them with the ones that you are getting paid for.

Run Errands

With all of the hustle and bustle of daily life some people are just too busy to find the time to do their grocery shopping, pick up their dry cleaning or even take out their trash on bin day. Why not offer to run errands for a small fee of course and remember to add these services to your flyer's.

Car pooling

If you drive to your everyday work place you could offer to take people who work with you into work for a small fee if they don't have a car, this may only be enough to cover your gas money but it is an extra saving for you.

There are many more options for utilizing your car to help make extra cash, but some require an up front fee from you.

Driving instructor, requires a training course which would cost you money up front, as does a chauffeur or taxi cab driver and that does not include any licence fees or vehicle alterations that may be involved.

You could use your car to offer a service such as mobile hair dresser, odd job person or Gardiner. the possibilities are endless and you could become so successful that it becomes your career.


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    • Li Galo profile image

      Li Galo 

      5 years ago from Mainly the USA but Sometimes Abroad

      Another way to earn money is by being a transporter of pets and small personal items with your car. One such company that allows anyone (all independent contractors) to find jobs is but there are others other there, too.

    • joym7 profile image


      5 years ago from United States

      These are really inspiring tips. I won't like to use my private car for earning money. but For this one should bought a used car.

    • TIMETRAVELER2 profile image

      Sondra Rochelle 

      5 years ago from USA

      Helpful and clever ideas. You need to correct a typo in one of your headings, misspelled restaurant! Easy to do! Well done hub otherwise.

    • James Peters profile image

      James Timothy Peters 

      6 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      This is a GREAT idea, especially the ADVERTISING idea - it was brought up to me once before.

      Thumbs Up & More

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Now, here is some really great ideas! Thank you for sharing. I have tried the flyers and delivery. You are correct in the fact you can make some money. I have yet to make $200 in one night. I will keep at it tho.

      tweeted, shared and UP! :)

    • Coconut Soap profile image

      John Rose 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia, USA

      Hay, great ideas. I once tried to do the advertising on my truck, but my better half wouldn't have it. I never even considered running errands for others. That a great idea


    • MrAhmad profile image


      6 years ago from Edmonton, Canada

      those are some cool ideas you got there

    • donnah75 profile image

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I always wonder about the adverts on the car. I didn't know the committment could be for such a long time. That seems odd to me, as people move or cars get wrecked. Companies would be smarter to make the contract a shorter term. I suppose it could be good money though. Great ideas here.

    • Kate Mc Bride profile image

      Kate McBride 

      6 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      These ideas are great and there are so many of them. The only one I knew of before reading this was food delivery.Voted this hub up and useful.

    • GoodLady profile image

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Brilliant. It would work in UK but it wouldn't where I live in Italy! Small business ideas of any sort are impossible and it's such a shame. Your ideas are not that hard to implement! Very helpful these days to so many people having such a hard time making ends meet. Hope they find you here!

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for your visit and comment.

      The best way to go about it is to do a search for car wrapping companies in your local area and remember to read the small print before you apply.....jimmy

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Good ideas for using your car to make money. I always wondered about how the car wrapping advertising works. I wonder where you find out about it?


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