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3 ways to get regular income from your car

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Let your car pay for itself with these three ideas

Do you need more money? Do you have a car? Ready, set, go — to these websites. You have the necessary ingredient to start making money now. Here are three awesome sites that offer up three ways to make money with your car, and two don’t even require doing anything different in your daily life!

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1. Rent your car when you’re not using it is an app that connects people who need a car with cars nearby. Unlike a regular car rental, Getaround allows people in cities to find a car as close as a few blocks away and pick it up. Renters use the app to unlock the car after they’ve paid for the reservation and it’s been accepted by the car owner. There are literally no phone calls or face-to-face interactions required.

If you have a car and don’t use it every day, or perhaps you don’t use it at night or on the weekends, you can make money.

How it works: Car owners detail the location of the car in their ad on the Getaround site and set an availability schedule (the hours during which the car is available). Renters select the car, pay the rental fee and get the unlock code. They locate the car, unlock it with the code, find the keys inside in a predesignated area and drive away. They return the car by the end of their rental period. If not, they are charged extra fees. I’ve used it, and it’s like magic!

Getaround rentals are fully insured, so you don’t have to worry about your car being driven without protection.

Rental fees aren’t high per hour, but for full-day rentals they can really add up, and since no labor is required, this is one of the easiest ways I’ve heard of in a while to make money while literally doing nothing.

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2. Give people rides to where they need to go

Lyft is a service that connects locals with cars and those who need local rides. Drivers are just regular people (students, stay-at-home moms or even full-time workers with spare time) who want to make money and who have a car. Lyft drivers are identified by the pink mustache adorning their cars.

In cities such as San Francisco (where I lived for four years and used it regularly), Lyft is starting to give both Uber and taxis a run for their money, thanks to better prices than Uber and quicker, more reliable service than taxis.

You can apply to be a Lyft driver easily on their website or on your phone through their app. They currently have a bonus offer of up to $500 for new drivers that complete a certain number of rides in their first month. In addition, Lyft drivers boast earnings of up to $35 per hour, and the Lyft app encourages all passengers to show their gratitude with tips, which can add up to significant extra earnings.

When you register on their application page, use the promo code DRIVEGYFT for the bonus offer.

3. Get paid to advertise while you drive

Don’t fancy driving others around or letting others drive your car? You can still make money with your car while continuing to drive it as usual.

Wrapify pays drivers to display advertising on their cars. You are paid by the mile and are required to do nothing but display the advertising and tool around as usual. Depending on your daily commute's mileage, you can earn between $400 and $800 per month (based on 15 50-mile commutes) — easy money.

Once you apply, they will contact you to let you know if you qualify.

With these easy ways to make money, your vehicle doesn’t have to be just a drain on your wallet anymore.

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