Here at Ridester, we’re always searching for new ways that you can make extra money with your car. Whether it’s driving for Uber and Lyft, delivering with Postmates and DoorDash, or even renting out your car with a platform like Turo, there are now more ways than ever to turn one of your most expensive assets into something that produces income.
But what if you just want to earn extra money while driving your car? Are there any platforms that make this possible? As it turns out, there are. When you get a car wrap from the right company, you can get paid just for driving your car as you normally would.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at what car wraps are, how they work, and how you can start using them to earn extra money.
What Are Car Wraps?
The odds are good that you’ve seen a car wrap at some point in your life. It’s simply a way of altering the exterior appearance of a vehicle using a special kind of decal. Typically, this decal is made of vinyl, though other materials are possible (we’ll get to this in a moment).
People have all kinds of reasons for putting vehicle wraps on their cars. For some individuals, it’s a cost-effective way to give a car a whole new look without the expense of a new paint job. In this category, you’ll find products like color change wraps, which use high-quality vinyl to change a vehicle’s color.
You can also use vehicle wraps to change a car to have a matte finish, chrome finish, satin finish, or even a high gloss finish. Some people will use carbon fiber vinyl wraps to make it look like parts of their car are more expensive than they actually are (by placing a carbon fiber wrap on the car’s hood, for instance).
Some people will also use vehicle wrapping to add protective coatings over a car’s paint. Protection film is often less expensive than getting new paint for the entire vehicle, and the owner can remove the coating if they ever want to sell the vehicle, leaving the original paint job intact.
Beyond personal use, we have commercial vehicle wraps. If you use vehicles for your business, you might decide to add a vinyl layer that shows your company’s logo, phone number, slogan, or any other relevant information that you want people to see.
Vehicle wraps aren’t just about changing a car’s appearance, however. In certain cases, companies will pay you to get a vinyl wrap that advertises a particular product. You can get a vehicle wrap for almost any kind of product that a company wants to advertise from car insurance to energy drinks.
But how exactly does this process work? And will it damage your vehicle? Read on to find out.
How Do Car Wraps Work?
So how exactly do car wraps work? If you’re unfamiliar with the process, you might think that putting a vinyl wrap over a car’s paint would cause damage, especially if the vinyl film ever has to be removed. Luckily, this is rarely the case as long as the car is clean and the owner chooses a professional installation option.
Auto wraps work using a special adhesive. The adhesive itself is immensely strong, able to resist both rain and UV rays. Despite its strength, this adhesive is relatively easy to remove with the right mix of solvents and a little heat. This makes it possible to remove the car wrap film without damaging the current paint.
Most modern vinyl car wraps also use special air release technology to prevent unsightly bubbles from forming underneath the vinyl. Still, it’s essential that the car is free of all road debris and other dirt, as these will show up as bumps under the wrap once it’s applied.
There are three main types of vinyl vehicle wraps: panel wraps, partial wraps, and full wraps.
Panel wraps aren’t technically “wraps,” as they don’t require much shaping to get the vinyl to fit on your car. With a panel wrap, you apply a vinyl graphic to a particular body panel of your car. Usually, this will be one of the door panels, but it’s also possible to use this kind of wrap on your car’s hood.
Partial wraps take things a step further. They don’t cover the entire car, but rather a particular section of it. For instance, you might see someone use a partial wrap to apply vehicle graphics to the entirety of a car’s hood, trunk, or door.
With a full wrap, a technician will wrap vinyl around the entire vehicle. This is a more time-consuming process, but the result can be a complete transformation of a vehicle’s appearance, whether it’s to change the color of the car or display a large-format advertisement.
How to Get Paid for Car Wrapping
Now that you understand how car wraps work, let’s take a look at how you can use them to make some extra money.
We’ve identified two companies that will pay you for wrapping your car with particular advertisements. Here’s an examination of each.
Carvertise will pay you a flat monthly fee in exchange for showing advertisements on your car. To get started with Carvertise, you’ll first need to answer a few questions about when and where you drive.
Based on this data, Carvertise will then match you with a brand that could benefit from advertising on your vehicle. After that, you’ll take your car to a local shop to have the advertisement professionally applied. Depending on the type of advertisement, your car will get either a partial or a full car wrap.
From there, Carvertise will send you a flat monthly payment for as long as the advertisement is on your vehicle. Once the ad campaign has ended, Carvertise will remove the advertisement from your car.
Generally, Carvertise pays a flat rate of $100 per month. In some cases, you can earn up to $200 per month, but this is only for special ad campaigns (the company is vague about what makes these campaigns special). Furthermore, Carvertise will sometimes pay you to park your wrapped car in certain locations. This usually pays $30 for every hour the car is parked.
To learn more about Carvertise, visit their application page.
Wrapify is the other major player in the paid car wrap space. Similar to Carvertise, they pay you for displaying advertisements on your vehicle. You can choose to have a panel wrap, partial wrap, or full wrap installed (with increased earnings when the ad covers more of your car).
Unlike Carvertise, however, Wrapify uses an app to track the time of day, location, and amount of time you spend driving. Based on this information, they’re able to decide which advertisements make sense to display on your vehicle, as well as how much you’ll earn from displaying them.
Other than that, the process of signing up for Wrapify is similar to Carvertise. Once Wrapify has determined which ad to place on your car, you’ll take it to a professional to have it installed. You’ll then get a monthly payment for as long as the ad is on your vehicle. When it’s time for the wrap to be removed, you’ll just take it back to the same shop where it was installed.
Your earnings for Wrapify will vary depending on the following factors:
- How much time you drive
- When you drive (driving during the day tends to earn more than at night)
- Where you drive (high-traffic areas tend to earn more)
- Type of car wrap:
- Panel: $84–140 per month (on average)
- Partial: $196–280 per month (on average)
- Full: $264–452 per month (on average)
To learn more about using Wrapify, check out our comprehensive review.
Car Wrap FAQ
To conclude this guide, here are the answers to some common questions about car wraps.
1. Will having a car wrap affect my insurance rates?
Generally, no. From the perspective of your insurance company, having a car wrap is no different from painting your car a different color. That being said, we recommend you check with your insurance agent to make sure that getting a car wrap won’t raise your rates.
2. Can I install my own vinyl automotive wrap?
Yes, it is possible. You’ll need the right installation tools, including a squeegee to smooth out any air bubbles and a utility knife to cut the vinyl to size. You’ll also need to be comfortable removing your car’s mirrors, as this tends to make the process easier.
Generally, however, we don’t recommend installing your own automotive vinyl wraps unless you know what you’re doing. Removing the wrap yourself can prove especially problematic, as you risk damaging your car’s paint (or injuring yourself) with the necessary heat gun and solvents. Any damage as a result of this process can make it hard to sell your vehicle.
A much better option for most people is to take your car to a professional car wrap shop. Be sure to read the shop’s reviews and verify that they use the highest quality materials and have the highest standards for their work. That way, you run less risk of hurting your car’s resale value. Another benefit of going with a shop like this is that you have access to a greater range of custom design options and high-end vinyl products.
3. How long can a car or truck wrap stay on a vehicle?
This depends on the product that you use. The life span of most vehicle wraps is a few years, as long as you choose a great product and professional installation. However, you’ll usually have the wrap on for less time if it’s from a company like Carvertise or Wrapify (since the contracts these companies have with advertisers only tend to last a few months).
4. How can I take care of my car wrap?
As long as your car wrap was installed by a professional, you shouldn’t have to do much to care for it. The wraps are designed for outdoor use and all the hazards that come with it.
Generally, you should avoid taking your wrapped vehicle through the car wash, as the friction from the brushes can damage the vinyl. You should also avoid anything else that could scratch the wrap (such as driving off-road).
5. Can I use a car wrap as a rideshare driver?
Theoretically, yes. Uber and Lyft would prefer that you not use car wraps while driving for them, but they cannot stop you from doing so. As long as your car looks presentable, it shouldn’t pose a problem. Just be ready for questions and comments from passengers.
Of course, if you’re getting a car wrap installed just for the purpose of paint protection, then that’s no big deal at all. Just be sure to update things in the Lyft or Uber app if the wrap changes the color of your car.
6. Are there certain vehicles that can’t get car wraps?
Theoretically, a skilled technician can wrap any sort of vehicle. However, Wrapify does mention that the following types of vehicles tend to be more difficult to wrap (and are therefore ineligible to participate in their program):
- Jeep Wranglers
- VW Beetles
- Commercial vans
- Fleets of vehicles
- RV/motor homes
- Freight vehicles
If you’re just getting a vehicle wrap done for your own purposes, then you don’t need to worry too much about the above restrictions. Just be aware that you may end up paying more for wrapping these types of vehicles.
Wrap Your Car With Confidence
We hope you now have a better understanding of the whole process of car wrapping. Car wraps can offer a way to change your vehicle’s appearance at a more reasonable price than a custom paint job, and they can also be a way to earn extra money.
Whether it’s your first time getting a car wrap or you’re a veteran in the process, we wish you the best of luck.