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May 12th, 2000


If you’ve got a car, you can pocket an extra $400 per month. How? Make your car a rolling advertisement.

The idea is a love/hate one and has polarized everyone I’ve mentioned it to. Some think it’d be a small price to pay for money that could cover a car payment. Others aren’t so sure. I’m going to side with them, particularly after looking at the stipulations of being in the program. You’re going to monitor my car location at all times? I must wash it twice a month – even when it’s 30 below? I can only park in certain locations? I must sign a waiver stating that it might damage my paint job?! I’ll pass.

I already thought the buses and electric trains that were totally "wrapped" in advertisements were ugly. I don’t see why cars wouldn’t be any different. -pm

Posted in Cars

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday May 12, 2000 -- 11:07:15AM
I think this "selling out" has gone just too damned far.

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Friday May 12, 2000 -- 4:31:41PM
I've seen a number of Yahoo cars around San Francisco. There are some others too, but I've been able to erase them from my memory banks.

FROM: karl
DATE: Monday February 26, 2001 -- 5:05:28AM
sign up at to get a free car in the northwest, soon to be nation wide.

FROM: Dana
DATE: Thursday April 12, 2001 -- 4:53:42PM
auto wraps are great,if you would have read the stipulations completely you would have noticed the waiver is only for cars with bad paint, 3M actually garanties against dammage for 5 YEARS, which the wrap would make look better anyway. Also if it ever gets to 30 below in southern California, where the company in your story is located, I bet the people at, another company, would let their drivers park in a garage on those days , they prefer the car be visable at all times which is understandable since the sponsors are paying for the space. email them and ask.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday April 12, 2001 -- 5:52:42PM
Thanks but no thanks. The only ad that'll go on my PT is for and/or the Ping.

FROM: karl davis
DATE: Monday April 16, 2001 -- 7:08:07PM
send me information on using my vehicle

FROM: karl
DATE: Tuesday April 17, 2001 -- 7:17:17PM
There is some info at they tell me they are updating the site soon.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday April 17, 2001 -- 11:28:59PM
Every time I read "Autowraps," I think of a really big sandwich served at a trendy New York City deli...

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday June 20, 2001 -- 8:15:15PM
Wow, it looks like Autowraps are getting nasty (hooray!) Imagine driving around in your Jeep Grand Cherokee with anti-Jeep ads on it. Yes sir, Oldsmobile is testing just that.

Can you imagine? You're driving a lemon, and now you can get an ad on it that claims you've got a lemon. All this... for money!

FROM: Geraldine R Peltier
DATE: Sunday February 24, 2002 -- 3:43:36 pm
I can,t see anything wrong driving with a wrap on my van. I would like to drive with one on it I sure can use the exta money a senior in Alpena mich. Please let me know as soon as possible Gerry

DATE: Monday March 11, 2002 -- 2:34:34 pm

DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 1:21:35 pm
Check out ! They now have a free car program.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 1:58:21 pm
That has got to be the worst web site I have seen in a long time...

FROM: jon
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 2:21:33 pm
Ryan you're just an idiot. Didn't your mother ever teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all! Just because they would rather pass on money to drivers than spend it on web design doesn't mean it's a bad site. At least there smart enough to not have gone banko in two years like so many dot com's or should I say dot bomb's.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 3:04:43 pm
Well, he got "you're" right but missed "they're" and got the apostrophes wrong. You win some, you lose some.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 3:19:11 pm
Jon -- Thanks, love you, too.

As far as spending money on web design, it wouldn't cost them a damn thing to stop using that awful "Ravie" font on the front page.

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 10:30:40 pm
Dang, wow... haven't seen them use the Trainspotting text for a website before. Looks like the generated the graphic in Microsoft Word though...

As far as the idea, hey... since I need a new paint job on my car anyways, perhaps I can just cover up the rust and GM quality paint (read: falling off) with an autowrap. ;-) Use the extra cash to save up for a nice Impreza WRX.

I can see it now... an Apple graphic'ed Corsica roaming around Lyons. ::rubbing hands together:: Exxxxxxxxxxx-cell-ent...

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Wednesday May 15, 2002 -- 10:32:02 pm
"Looks like they generated..."

Whoooops, typo... ::slapping wrist::

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:23:05 pm

FROM: ronjon
DATE: Thursday February 3, 2005 -- 2:13:12 am
I would love the extra $400 a month. I have a car and a van. I'm sure you'll choose the van. I'm open to most companies and products. Let me know asap how we get started.

FROM: cindy
DATE: Wednesday November 2, 2005 -- 7:57:08 pm
when can i begin

FROM: Jeff D.
DATE: Sunday May 28, 2006 -- 4:13:03 pm
if you want a good wrap try one at Andrea's Pizza in Winchester, MA on route 38 Main St. and Swanton St.

YUM :)

they also have great pizza and subs :)


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