How to Honestly Win a Car Onlineby Neal Litherland
There are numerous sweepstakes and drawings online that claim a winner will get a free car or other sort of huge prize. However, with many "free" sweepstakes, it is beneficial to watch and see just what you're actually getting into. There are sites on the Internet on which you'll be able to win cars and other prizes, but you usually can't get something for nothing. You'll always have to do something, no matter how minor, to win a prize as large as a car.
Create an email account. Most of the time when you enter contests to win a car or any other prize, you are consenting to allow spam email and advertisements into your inbox. If you set up a dummy email account to catch all that spam, it won't affect your normal, day-to-day activities.
Go to survey websites. Websites such as surveyspot.com will often have drawings that take place for cars, money, and other sorts of prizes. You have to fill out surveys, and for each survey you fill out you get an entry into the contest.
Go to auction websites. This might not technically be "winning" a car, but you can often bid on cars at much cheaper prices. This is a fairly safe way of getting a car at a lower price, and still feeling like you won, even though you paid for it.
Look for sweepstakes websites and contests on the Internet. Searching for phrases such as "win a car" will usually allow any search engine to find dozens of contests that you can enter with the hope of winning a vehicle.
- Be realistic. There are a lot of contests out there, and you might not win any of them. You might also find some that are just a smoke screen offering a prize that no one's going to win. Don't get your hopes too far up.
- Read the fine print when you enter. Many contest entry forms state you are giving the website permission to use your information for advertising purposes. There might also be a buried clause that says you agree to pay or purchase something to get your entry. Make sure you know what you're signing before you enter any online contest.
Neal Litherland is an author, blogger and occasional ghostwriter. His experience includes comics, role playing games and a variety of other projects as well. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Indiana University, and resides in Northwest Indiana.