You saw the headlines about Driven Media Online, a car-wrapping advertising company, and you think you’re entitled to a free car. Well, my friend, I’m here to shatter your free car dreams.
(Other names for this post: “All About Driven Media Online And Free Car Scams” or “There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.”)
Before I really get on my high horse, let me say I believe there are SOME “free car” media companies that have programs that will pay you to drive your wrapped car or one of their cars. But those companies – like Driven Media Online – are few and far between. “Free car” scams are much, much more prevalent.
I did some online research and found a couple of websites claiming to offer information about car wrap programs.
- FreeCarIndex.com: $29.95, no refunds, no guarantees. Their FAQ even states that you’re likely to be “put on a waiting list.” In my opinion, FreeCarIndex.com is a scam.
- TheFreeCar.com: $39.50 – $29.50, depending on length of membership. Think for a second. If TheFreeCar.com really connected you with an advertising company and got you rolling on the road, would you need a five-year membership? In my opinion, TheFreeCar.com is a scam, too.
- Both those sites have registered their domain names through a proxy website – meaning the real owners have chosen to hide their information.
- TheFreeCar.com is under investigation by the Better Business Bureau, and FreeCarIndex.com isn’t even listed on the BBB website.
If there really are free car media companies desperate for drivers, then why do all the comments online say things like: “I signed up about 3 months ago, I haven’t heard anything yet. But I sure hope I do!”
Not all “drive my free car” programs are scams. But they all have catches.
For example, Driven Media Online requires verified information -- your age, drivers license, driving record, and insurance -- before even considering you for their free car program. If you're selected, they require you to drive a certain amount of miles per day and don’t let you leave a predetermined advertising area.
While free car programs do exist, they are rare. “Mobile advertising” is interesting, but when the rubber meets the road, there aren’t that many free cars to go around. Don’t get sucked into paying for information, and don’t get your hopes up too high.
Basically, be realistic, folks.
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