How to Make Money From Your Classic Car
Do you own a classic car? Your first reaction may be a proud yes. Classic car owners love to talk about their cars and the history surrounding them. They can tell you what they are currently being sold for and how lucky they are to have them. However, do you enjoy it as much as you thought you would? Perhaps you find the car is just sitting in your garage doing nothing but costing you money.
6 Ways to Earn Money With Your Classic Car
If this is the case, let's look at some of the ways you can make it work for you and regain a pride of place in your heart and at the same time put some money in your wallet to offset the cost of owning one.
Before beginning, always check with your insurance company to see if you need to change your policy.
1. Rent Out to Film Production Companies
Contact movie and film companies. If they are making films from the era of your car, and yours is original looking, they may be interested in using it. They may opt to rent it by the day, week or month, depending on their time schedule.
If you are observant when watching films, often you'll see the same car being used time and time again. The company like owners who are accommodating and easy to deal with.
You may find that working through an agency will ensure your car is offered to a variety of different clients. If you are in a location, such as Southern California, where movies are made, this is definitely one to consider.
2. Wedding or Prom Hire
Have you considered renting your car out as a wedding vehicle? There are many people who opt not to have a limousine but want something a bit different. This could include picking up the bridal party with you driving or renting this out to them. There is good money to be made from this type of venture. There are always people getting married.
This is the same for proms. Many schools have proms at different times of the year, one normally in spring and a Christmas one as well.
3. Weekend Hire—Classic Car Rentals
Is yours a vehicle that you could rent out for a week or a weekend? Perhaps you have a VW camper van. Many families or couples want something different, or even retro to get away in. This makes an ideal vacation for a small family. There are also people who want to try this way of camping before purchasing one themselves.
I know of a woman who has done just this. Although her VW bus wasn't original, it was brightly painted and had a pleasant mixture of both mod cons, and traditional décor in a 'hippy van'. Perfect for a beach/surf vacation but with a bit more comfort than it would originally had.
4. Marketing with Custom Vinyl Graphics
What line of work are you in? If you are in sales, a car makes an ideal mobile billboard. Using removable transfers on your car will get people's attention.
People often see ads on taxis, buses and other common vehicles but less so on a classic vehicle. If you drive your car and park in public places, you are a good candidate to offer advertising space. For example, a VW van would be ideal to place advertisements for a surf shop on the side.
You can either make the custom vinyl graphics yourself or let someone else pay you a monthly fee to advertise on your car.
5. School Events
Many people will never have the opportunity to ride in a classic car. You could offer rides at school and community events. Obviously, you would have to either split what you make with the promoters or pay them a flat fee to be there.
Many community groups are always looking for something different to include in their annual events. Contact the schools early to secure a spot. Most will hold outside events in April or May.
6. Photo Shoots
Promote your car to photographers for them to use them in their photo shoots. These could be with people in them or simply as a prop in the background.
Also, some people want to enhance their photographic skills. Contact professional photographers and let them know what you have and that it can be hired for their uses.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
I have a classic car and I wish to use it for wedding events. What do I need to do first? Do I need a different driving license? I know I will have to change the insurance policy as well. What should I do step by step?
First, go to your local department of motor vehicles. They will tell you what is required for licensing. Also, go to your Chamber of Commerce, they will tell you of any other necessary licenses with regards to beginning your business. See an accountant. You will be self-employed and will need to pay taxes on your income.
When the necessary permits and licenses are in place, have business cards printed and begin to network with people.Helpful 3
Are there any specialized companies in the UK that would manage and let out your classic car on behalf of the owners and if so can you recommend any?
I would suggest you look in the back of magazines such as Classic and Sportscar or Hemmings Classic Car. In their classified ads, you will likely find them. Check with your insurance company before allowing them to hire out your car.
© 2013 Mary Wickison