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Make your car a TV star to earn £100s

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Written by: Douglas Rotberg
27/01/2017
The average car owner only drives 4% of the time but whether you're out on the road or if you leave it sitting at home, here are five simple tips on how you can make £100s, if not £1,000s from your motor.

Get your car on TV

Think how frequently you see cars on TV shows. More often than not, they’re provided by agencies who have people like you and I on their books. Of course, if you run something popular like a 2013 Nissan Qashqai, you’re unlikely to get many takers. But if you’ve got a classic or unusual car, you never know how much it could make. According to agencies we spoke to (Star Car Hire and Film Cars), you should be able to earn somewhere between £150 and £600 a day, depending on the car. A couple of things to be aware of: make sure you pick a reputable agency and that it insures your car. That means one that doesn’t charge to have you on its books. Its money should come from the TV and film companies, not the people whose cars it’s using.

Share your commute

Car sharing is becoming increasingly popular among hard-pressed commuters. The platform BlaBlaCar puts you in contact with passengers looking to travel to the same destination as you. The website places emphasis on passengers and car owners sharing additional information about themselves to promote social interaction. People will pay around £30 for a trip from London to Manchester so taking a car full of people with you on the journey could easily cover the cost of your travels and leave you with spare change.

Rent out your car

Registering your motor with a venture such as easyCar Club enables others to use your car when you don’t need it. According to easyCar, owners can make up to £3,000 a year. It also claims to vet renters thoroughly for owners’ peace of mind.

Become a delivery driver

If you do a regular commute, your journey may be of interest to a courier company. You might have to go a bit out of your way though. But working for a company such as Anyvan.com will help pay for your fuel. As well as you earning some money, the courier company will probably be able to charge its client less than if it has to send its own vehicle, and it also takes a car off the road. It really could be a win-win-win.

Turn your car into a billboard

If you don’t mind people staring at you, why not let other companies advertise on your vehicle? Thanks to the magic of vinyl wrapping, its straightforward for companies to plaster their logos over cars without it being a permanent thing. To make it worthwhile for companies, you need to cover at least 1,500 miles a month. Company Comm-motion.com claims you can earn £220 a month, simply by doing your everyday driving. The downside of course is that by its very nature, any advertising is going to make your muted motor appear as conspicuous as Coco the clown’s comedy car.

Douglas Rotberg is founder of garage price comparison site BookMyGarage.com

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