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Make Money with Your Car With These Side Gigs

Turn your car into a money maker with these side gigs. Keep reading to learn how to make money with your car!

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Do you have a reliable vehicle?

If yes, then congratulations! You have a way to make some extra money!

Other than a house, a decent vehicle is the biggest asset most Americans own. And if you spend a lot of time in your car, you might just be able to spend that time wisely and make some extra money.

The most well-known way to make money with your car is to drive people around. Ridesharing apps are on the rise and increasingly growing. However, there are other ways you can use your car to make some extra money, too.

Keep reading to see if one of these money-making side gigs is right for you!

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Ways to Make Money With Your Car

Reminder: Using your car to make money will add extra miles to your car’s odometer along with some extra wear and tear. When you total up your earnings, be sure to include that information in your records. Also, you can deduct your mileage on taxes if you are using your car for work.

Deliver Groceries

You can sign up with Instacart to be a grocery shopper and deliver groceries.

With Instacart you have two options: full-service shopper and in-store shopper.

As a full-service shopper, you will shop groceries on-demand, meaning you accept the job, do the shopping, and deliver the groceries. As a full-service shopper, you are considered an independent contractor, so you get to choose the hours that work best for you. The amount you earn depends on the number and type of items, driving distance, and shopping and delivery effort. You are allowed to keep 100% of customer tips.

As an in-store shopper, you’re only shopping in the store. You shop for all the items in an order and earn an hourly wage. Shifts are scheduled based on availability and you usually work up to 29 hours a week.

Deliver Food

Uber-Eats offers flexible food delivery options and delivers in just about every state in the US. (Check the location page to see if they are in your area.) With Uber-Eats, you are an independent contractor who picks up and drops off food orders to customers.

Drivers are paid a pick-up fee and a drop-off fee as well as payment for distance traveled. After accounting for vehicle expenses, you can make up to $12 an hour delivering food.

If you’re interested in delivering food as a way to make money with your car, but don’t want to use Uber-Eats, also check out DoorDash and/or Postmates. DoorDash is one of the fastest-growing delivery services out there.

DoorDash pays anywhere from $2-$10 or more depending on the estimated time and distance. You also have the opportunity for fun promotions plus keep 100% of customer tips.

Deliver for Amazon

Amazon has a delivery program called Amazon Flex that allows you to delivery Amazon packages. To work for Amazon Flex, you’ll have to download the app and set up an account. You’ll then search for and choose delivery blocks in your area. Finally, you’ll head to your designated Amazon location to pick up the packages and deliver them to their proper addresses.

Check a list of cities to see if Amazon Flex is available in your area.

You can make up to $25 an hour delivering for Amazon Flex. Earnings depend on your location, time delivering, tips received, plus a few other factors. You keep 100% of customer tips, if the option is available.

Drive for Ridesharing Apps

If you are a people person and are comfortable with driving people around, consider driving for ridesharing apps. This is honestly one of the best ways to make money with your car, even though I personally wouldn’t consider doing it.

There are a lot of ridesharing apps available, but the most well-known are Uber and Lyft. You can make up to $12 an hour driving people to their desired destinations. Of course, how much you get paid is determined by how often you choose to work, where and when you drive. City drivers tend to earn much more than rural drivers.

Become a Mobile Mechanic

If you’re knowledgeable at working on cars, this could be a great side gig for you.

Instead of running an actual auto-body shop, YourMechanic is a company that sends a specialist to a customer’s location when their car needs to be serviced. They offer oil changes, battery replacements, brake pad replacements, and so much more.

YourMechanic offers flexible opportunities for those who want to work in the automotive service industry. The company schedules all the appointments, orders parts, and handles invoicing and customer support. You set your own hours through their app and the company schedules service calls for you within your availability. All you need to do is show up to assist the customer and get paid between $40-$50 an hour.

Place Ads on Your Car

This is such an easy way to make a lot of money each month, especially if you drive your car a lot in high traffic areas. and are just two of many companies that will pay you to place ads on your car. If you don’t want your entire car wrapped, there may be other options, such as rear window decals. However, full car wraps will make you more money, sometimes up to $400 a month!

You do have to have a clean driving record, be over 18 years old, and have a background check and credit check.

Haul Stuff

If you own a truck and can lift heavy items, register with Task Rabbit and haul people’s stuff for them for a fee. With Task Rabbit, you choose how, when, and where you want to work. And you don’t have to just haul stuff – you can offer whatever services you have in over 50 categories.

Also, you get to set your own rates and keep 100% of what you charge plus any tips. Task Rabbit has their own secure payment system that you use to accept payments. They connect you with clients in your area.

Rent Out Your RV

Were you one of those people that purchased an RV a few years ago with plans to use it way more often than you actually do? If so, consider renting it out to make some extra money.

You can list your RV on RVshare for free and earn up to $40,000 a year. You set your own rental prices and how many nights a renter can rent out your RV.

Find out how much money you can make by renting out your RV here.

Do any of these side gigs to make money with your car appeal to you? Have you ever done any of these money-making gigs before?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Wow, I never knew you could do some of these! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! It’s amazing how much money you can actually make just by using your car. 😀

  2. This is really awesome!

    1. Thanks! It’s time to put your car to use and make some money! 😀

      1. I still think you need a YouTube channel!

        1. 😀 I’ve been thinking about it ever since you mentioned it. Maybe when we move and get settled? Hmm….

          1. Cleaning videos are crazy right now! Just clean and decorate with your crafts and you’ll have something!

            You already have 2 viewers pending 😁

            1. I never thought of watching people clean! There’s an idea to keep me motivated to actually clean. haha!

              Awww…thank you! 😀

              1. My wife watches 3 women. One is renovating a mobile home and the other 2 clean and explain how they clean and what they use.

              2. That’s pretty interesting. I usually get caught up in DIY videos. lol!

  3. cdloken says:

    I never thought of most of these! Awesome list! Love the idea of renting out an RV!

    1. Thank you so much! Using your car is a great way to make some extra money! 🙂

  4. We have similar options over here. Recently I’ve seen several supermarkets making deliveries by guys on motorbikes.

    1. Oh wow! Hopefully they don’t have a lot of bags to carry! 🙂

  5. So smart Michelle and the makings of a very informative podcast.🍂☕️☕️☕️☕️💓💓🍂

    1. Thank you so much! I never thought of doing a podcast. Now you’ve given me some ideas! 😀

      1. I love your shares! They are so helpful and beneficial.💓👌👌

  6. Brilliant ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  7. Great share Michelle !! 👍

    1. Thank you!!

  8. Some great ideas, we could all use a little extra money! 😉

    1. Thank you!! Yes, I have to agree with that one! 😀

  9. This information is beneficial for a couple of people that I know. I will be sure to save and share. Have a great day/night and remain safe.

  10. This is awesome 👏

  11. Awesome list Michelle!

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  12. robincharmagne says:

    These are so good, good information!

    1. Thank you so much!

  13. Oh my word, Michelle, you are genius! I litterally never thought about any of these. Such a great and helpful list. Thank you! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you learned something new today! 🙂

  14. These are really cool ideas! I wish the Amazon delivery was available in my area!!

    1. Thank you so much! 😀

  15. lynnmumbingmejia says:

    This is an awesome post, Michelle! I’ve been thinking about doing a bunch of side hustles soon especially since the weather is getting a lot nicer. Thanks for sharing xx

    Lynn |

    1. Thakn you! I hope you find some side gigs that you love! 🙂

  16. That was such a smart tip for renting out a personal RV, since these are only used occasionally for personal use anyway.

    1. Thank you! My cousin rents his out and makes pretty good money every summer. 🙂

  17. These are great info. I wish I was living in the USA to earn some extra cash doing some of these.

    1. Thank you! Maybe check to see if there’s anything similar near you. 🙂

      1. I live on a tiny island. 🙂. I was also reading your article about stay at home jobs on the internet. They are quite interesting and I will research on them. Thanks.

        1. Thank you! I hope you find a fun job to make money working from home! 🙂

          1. I hope so.🙏❤

  18. Renting ad space on your car is a pretty smart one, definitely wouldn’t have thought of that! x

    1. It pays really well, too if you drive in high traffic areas like big cities. 🙂

  19. says:

    Great tips for people out of work!!

    1. Thank you!! They are perfect for anyone needed to make some money. 🙂

  20. I have never thought of making money with my car, but these are some great ideas! I’m tempted to see if some of them are available in my area x

    1. Thank you! Hopefully there are some ways near you that you can use your car to make some extra cash. Good luck! 🙂

  21. I saw an Airbnb RV in Sacramento for $2k per month, so yeah…lol I guess that’s totally doable.

    1. Wow! I guess that’s a good deal for that area. 😀

      1. lol I’ll never know lol

        1. Lol!! Me, neither! 😀

  22. Fabulous ideas ❤

    1. Thank you!

  23. Amazing! This list has been growing in recent years. If you are using your vehicle for these type of jobs, be sure to keep track of the mileage (can be used as deduction with income taxes) if you are considered contract services or self-employed.

    1. That’s a great tip! Thank you so much for sharing that! 🙂

  24. I didn’t know Amazon did that! Great ideas, thank you!

    1. I just learned about it recently myself. 😊 Thank you!

  25. These are such great ideas. Who doesn’t need some extra cash?

    1. Thank you!! Yes, I agree! I know I could! 😀

  26. Love this Michelle! What a brilliant idea to leverage something we use every day anyway to make some extra income!

    Many of these options have really improved over the years. Amazon has done a good job expanding into areas they weren’t doing Flex deliveries before which is nice for so many people!

    I’d never heard of ridesharing. Wow. I think I’d be hesitant to try it for myself but can see how others might enjoy it! 😊 Thanks for sharing these my friend! Praying you & your family are well and resting up! ♥

    1. Thank you! There are some ways to make extra money out there, you just have to search for them. 🙂

      I agree about the ridesharing. Some may really enjoy it, but I’m a little hesitant, too.

      Thank you for reading! And for your prayers! Praying you are doing well! Sending positive thoughts and hugs your way!

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