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Five ways to make money from your car

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If you need to boost your income, using your car could be the perfect way to earn some extra cash.

Rent it out

If you have a car that you don’t use all the time, you could rent it out to make some extra money.

If you only use your car at the weekend, perhaps you could rent it out during the week to someone who needs it for the school run? Or if you only use your car for the commute to work during the week, why not rent it out to someone who requires a car for a getaway over the weekend?

EasyCar Club is a website that matches people who want to borrow a car with those people who have a car to rent out and it reckons you can make up to a £1,500 a year or more. It automatically screens all drivers booking cars too. You can accept or decline each booking and membership is free! You also get to set your own rental price.

The car cannot be more than 15 years old, mileage must be below 120,000 and replacement value must be £40,000 or less to be able to list on the site. The vehicle must also have a valid MOT and road tax, as well as existing insurance.

Another way to make money from your car is to rent out the parking space you use for it when it’s not there.

If you have a driveway, garage, or off-street space going spare you can rent that out using websites such as YourParkingSpace and JustPark. They allow you to list your space, set your price and find potential users for free.

YourParkingSpace says car owners can earn between £40 and £350 a month renting out your parking space depending on demand.

Just bear in mind that the income you make will be taxable! You should also speak to your insurer.

Sell advertising space

If you don’t mind having your car plastered in advertising, then you could let businesses use your car as a promotional tool for a set period.

If you agree to this, it’s likely your car will be wrapped in a self-adhesive colour printed film – known as a car wrap. You can usually decide how much of your car you want covered; this will determine how much you earn.

For example, Comm-motion.com will pay £220 a month for covering the whole car (apart from windscreen), £185 a month for having the doors, side-panels, bonnet and rear of the car covered, or £150 a month for only covering the door panels and part wings, along with an image on the bonnet and/or rear of the car. So you could potentially earn £2,640 a year, more than enough to cover the running costs of keeping your car on the road. But remember that you will need to declare this extra income to HMRC.

Other car wrapping companies to consider include CarQuids, Use That Space and rollin'ads.

You should read the small print carefully before you sign up. Some companies will require you to commit to a contract which lasts a couple of years and drive a certain number of miles.

If you’re going to do this, check with your car insurance company to see whether having advertisements on the car bodywork will increase your premiums. It’s also important to ensure the company you’ve signed up with fits the adverts professionally, so that any damage to your car is minimised, particularly if you want to sell the car at a later date.

Become a courier

Another option is to become a casual courier. If you do a lot of driving, why not see whether someone needs a package delivered en route? A really easy way to do this is to use Stuff2send.com. This nifty little site allows you to register as a courier and get paid to drop off someone’s stuff.

Once you’ve signed up (it’s free to join), you can then search for items in the areas you’ll be travelling to and from. You will also receive an email when a new item is listed on the website. All you have to do is choose the items you want to deliver and bid for them. If the ‘sender’ chooses you, you can then finalise the details of the transaction. Depending on what you agree you could cover the cost of a journey you were going to make anyway! Find out more about it here.

Anyvan.com is another website worth a look. It originally started with van drivers and transport companies in mind, but it now attracts car owners bidding for jobs.

It is important to extend your insurance to cover the Carriage of Goods for Hire and Reward to ensure the items you deliver are protected and that you inform HMRC of any extra income.

Car share

Okay, so technically this isn’t making money – it’s more of a way to save money – but you could consider car sharing.

If you live near some of your colleagues, why not give them a lift to work and then split the cost of the petrol? Or if you regularly do the school run, why not offer to pick up some other parents along the way?

If you’re not sure who to ask, you could always look at the website CarShare which helps you to find other people travelling the same way as you – so you can easily share your journeys. According to the website, sharing a daily commute could save members well over £1,000 a year!

Just bear in mind that you can’t make a profit from car sharing – if you do, you are likely to invalidate your insurance and tax. However, all that money you save on petrol bills through car sharing can be put towards other things – such as your savings account, bills and everyday expenditure. What’s more, you’ll be helping the environment.

Sell it!

Finally, of course, you could simply sell your car. If you don’t use it on a regular basis and you know you could easily manage without it, perhaps now is the time to get rid!

There are several options for doing this. You could simply sell it privately by advertising in the local newspaper, or by putting an advertisement on your car window. You could advertise it in the classified section of websites such as Auto Trader or Exchange and Mart.

Alternatively, you could sell it to a local car dealer garage. Or you could even try to sell it through an online auction. Just make sure you know how much it's worth by using valuation tools such as those offered by Parkers and What Car? And be careful with private sales – make sure you have the money before your car is driven away.

Alternatively, if your car isn’t in the best shape and is need of costly repairs you could sell the parts off or scrap it. Try CarTakeBack.com to see how much you could get.

However you chose to sell it, remember to get a refund on your car insurance!

This is a classic lovemoney article that has been updated

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