5 ways you can make bank with your wheels


If you live in an urban area, you probably own a car. And even though you're undoubtedly spending a fair amount of time behind the wheel, your car spends most of its time parked in a driveway, garage or lot.

Why not put your wheels to work and pick up a side gig that can help offset your car payment or insurance and put some extra money in your pocket?

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The following are five ways you can make bank with your wheels:

Rent your car

Companies like Turo – which bills itself as an Airbnb for cars – connect you with drivers who need to rent a car, according to Money Talks News. Post photos of your car and list where and when it's available, while also setting preferences such as price and mileage limits. Turo will notify you when someone requests your car, and you're free to accept or decline the booking. Once you've accepted, just meet the other driver in an agreed-upon location.

Use it to make deliveries

Although you may think making deliveries applies only to pizza and newspapers, the market has expanded to include just about everything. Drive for Amazon Flex, and you'll be delivering for people who order through its Prime Now program, according to The Penny Hoarder. Atlanta-based companies Kanga and Roadie also use supplemental drivers to deliver a wide variety of products that range from furniture to electronics. And for people who don't want to fight the traffic to get a meal, companies like Grubhub, UberEATs, Zifty and Postmates will pay you to do it for them.

Offer rides

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are extremely popular in Atlanta and other cities, and you can make some side money by signing up to drive for one or both of these services. Clark.com offers some pointers on the differences between the two platforms to help you decide where to focus your efforts.

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Let it appear on TV or in the movies

Many movies and TV shows are filmed in Atlanta, and production companies often need cars to appear on-screen. The pay is usually modest, but for more specific requests, you can make more. For example, Kevin Hart's "Night School" recently needed several specific types of vehicles and was willing to pay $250 to $350 a day. To find out which productions need vehicles, look for casting calls on the AJC's Jobs page.

Wrap your car in an ad

Some companies will pay you to wrap your car in an ad, or if you drive for Uber or Lyft, place ads inside your car. There are reputable companies who will pay you to do this, but there are also some scams, according to The Penny Hoarder. Never pay any money upfront, and make sure the company has contact information on its website. The Penny Hoarder recommends Carvertise as a legitimate company. 


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