7 Ways to make money with your car

Jumpstart your income with these car-related side hustles!

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Last updated on September 24, 2023

Owning a car allows you to get to where you need and want to go, whenever you want, and without depending on public transportation. 

But have you realized that, apart from enjoying this benefit, your car can also earn you money on the side? Below are some great ways to make money with your car.

1. Offer moving help. 

Provide furniture delivery services or moving services for unwanted, bulky items. You can also offer your reasonably reliable car as part of a service for people who don’t have that many large or bulky items to move from one residence to another. For such people, your car can come in handy, as hiring an entire moving van or truck can be a waste as its space isn’t fully utilized. You can offer a small-load moving service and make money with this car-related side hustle.

2. Rent out your car.

luxury wedding car decorated with flowers, car rental side hustle

Rent out your car to people who need it, or lend a spare vehicle you’re not using. Speaking of renting out your car, why not rent it out as a wedding car? Make sure your vehicle looks sharp and works fine on the couple’s wedding day.

Renting your car can be a great way to help pay your bills, including the monthly payments if it’s a brand-new car!

3. Do driving jobs.

Make money driving your car to get people to their destinations. With this arrangement, you can charge a fixed rate as you transport people with your car. Some people also look for reliable drivers to transport their precious pets.

4. Make deliveries with your car.

man driving van with parcels on seat, delivery driving to earn money with a car

If driving for passengers isn’t your thing and you prefer minimal interactions, you can be a delivery driver instead.

Here are some examples of delivery services you can do:

  • Coffee delivery
  • Deliver food(You can do one-off delivery services for customers looking for faster and more flexible alternatives than food delivery apps!)
  • Deliver groceries
  • Delivering parcels and time-sensitive business documents

5. Sign up for a retailer’s delivery program.

This is another delivery service, but exclusive to certain online retailers like Amazon. You can sign up to become part of a fleet of “special couriers” that are faster than most other delivery service providers.

How this works is you schedule a block of time during the day, pick up items from the retailer’s hub, and the app directs you to the delivery locations. 

6. Sign up for a ride sharing service.

driver using ride sharing app

Most ride sharing services require you to pass their screening processes, including your driver’s history and a driving test. Make sure you have the requisite qualifications for rideshare drivers, like being of legal age, having enough driving experience, car insurance, and having a valid driver’s license.

Don’t forget to have your car repaired if necessary; ride sharing services may insist that your vehicle be pristine and free of even the most minor damage! 

7. Advertise on your car.

Offering up your car as a “moving advertisement” is one unusual and surprising way to make money with your car. In the US, you can make money with advertising on your car! Just sign up with a car advertising company like Wrapify

To qualify, your car has to be a certain model and make (no jeeps without doors, no vans, and no commercial vehicles). It must also be no older than 8 years, duly registered in your name, and looks pristine. You can earn anywhere between $180 to $452 a month of extra money just by driving around in your ad-wrapped car! 

1. Customize cars.

Don’t want to go through the trouble of buying an entire car and then selling it? Then try doing a car detailing side hustle – basically a car customization service. 

Here are examples of services you can offer: 

  • Simple cosmetic jobs like applying a new and unique paint job
  • Customizing car interiors
  • More complex upgrades like installing a larger, more powerful engine

If you can afford it, you can make your daily driver a showpiece for some of the customizations you can do for your clients. Just make sure that the customizations or modifications you offer don’t violate any state laws. 

2. Do car repairs.

If you’re passionate about cars, why not help fellow car owners fix their vehicles? It will help if you are handy with a particular make or model, so you’re already familiar with the most common problems a specific car can develop over time.

man replacing an alternator in a car

More car owners will hire you if you can offer a variety of car repair services, including:

  • Changing tires
  • Replacing the entire engine
  • Fixing damaged upholstery
  • Repairing cracked windows
  • Applying a new coat of paint
  • Fixing and updating the electronic components by installing a new alarm system or keyless entry

Don’t forget to check with your state laws on car repairs and get the necessary certification, tools, and safety equipment!

3. Buy and sell cars.

If you have the extra funds, you can buy used cars and then put them up for sale. You can fix them up if needed by hiring an expert to service the car or customize it to increase its value.

Just be sure to do your research before buying and “flipping” cars; invest in vehicles that are sought after for a quick ROI. You can buy and sell cars in most states without a special license in the US as long as you don’t sell more than the state-designated limit. 

Make money with your car on Airtasker.

Your car can be more than just a means of transport; it can also be a great source of income with car side hustles and odd jobs. With Airtasker, you can easily connect with locals who need your car-related services. Sign up now to find car side hustles and maximize your income. 

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FAQs on car side hustles

Unfortunately, carpooling isn’t always a profitable way of making money with your car. In the US, you can’t charge more than what it costs to get you and your carpoolers to and from their workplace or destination. Carpooling in the US is more of a cost-saving measure that people are encouraged to do that also cuts on emissions of private vehicles in cities. 

Yes! In the US, there’s an app called OnMyWay that pays you to drive safely. The app actually pays you not to text and drive! The app activates automatically when you drive faster than 10MPH and disables text and app alerts. Anyone who texts you while driving receives a message saying that you’re driving. 

For every mile you drive safely, you get rewards like small amounts of money, discounts, or offers from third-party advertisers.

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