If you drive a vehicle regularly, you’ll know that it can often be one of the biggest expenses in any family. However, with a little work and research you can turn that scenario round and make your car work for you. If you’re not driving your car 24/7, there are some ingenious ways in which you can make some extra money using your car.
1. Cross Country Courier
The demand for cross country couriers is higher than ever before as people continue to move away from their town’s stores and order more goods online. Somebody has to deliver those goods, so why not you? Courier work isn’t exclusive to the big boys and many firms are currently looking for extra drivers to cope with the workload. A quick search will identify those firms and once you are approved and your vehicle is vetted, you are set to go. This is also a great way to see the countryside and visit places you’ve never been.
2. Car Advertisments
Some of the ways in which you can make money from your car are a little less obvious and it may surprise some drivers to know that you can get paid to advertise on your car. Whether you own a new or a used car, there are many firms who will be happy to pay you to drive around with their logo. Once again, a quick search on the internet will uncover who those companies are and while estimates vary as to how much you may make, it is generally accepted that figures of around $300 per month are easily attainable this way. Advertising on your car will be more tempting to companies if you spend a lot of your time on the highway but if you find that your vehicle spends most of its time on your drive, why not consider renting it to other drivers.
3. Car Rentals
Traditionally, car rental has been given for longer periods but the demand for short-term rental is increasing all the time. In some cases, drivers may only want to use a car for a few hours and they don’t want to have to pay a day rate with a major firm.
This is where you can step in by signing up with a registered firm that operates shorter-term vehicle hire. There will be a strict check of your vehicle but once it has passed, you simply tell the firm when your car is free and they arrange for it to be collected and driven as and when it’s required. At the end of the hire period, it will be returned to you in the same condition and with the same amount of gas that it left with.
Alternatively, if you just drive your car to one place of work, could you be renting out your garage or parking space to commuters while you are away? Parking space all over the country is at a premium and rather than pay high prices for parking in town, office and other workers who come to your area on a daily basis would be happy to pay a reduced price to you as long as you aren’t too far away from their place of business.
4. Uber Driver
You can basically run your own taxi service with your car. You set the times you are available and can work as little or as much as you want. Simply turn the app on when you want to work, and they will tell you where to pick up your customer and where to drop them off. The optimal times where you make the most money is during “surge pricing” when Uber drivers are in high demand. These are usually on the weekend nights when people need rides home from the bar and/or if there is a special event going on in your area. Sign up to be an Uber driver for free!
These are a few good ideas of how to turn expense into profit and with a little clever thinking and a bit of research, it really is possible to make a good second income from your car.