Auto Trader is offering one lucky person in Durham the chance to get paid to eat and rate their favourite tasty Drive-Thru takeouts. 

With global web searches up more than 100 per cent year-on-year for “get food smell out of car”, the business says it seems motorists are juggling their love of naughty-but-nice drive-thru meals with their desire to keep their car’s interior pristine and smelling fresh.

This summer Auto Trader is looking for a researcher to find out which dine-out dishes make the least amount of mess and smell in our cars.

One lucky Durham driver to sample drive-thru meals and deliver the ultimate ranking for the best and worst drive-thru foods to eat in your car. 

The reviewer will get £300 to cover the costs of their meals and fuel as they embark on this exciting food journey. 

The successful Drive-Thru Reviewer will be tasked with exploring and ranking five drive-thru meals within their local area. But their mission goes beyond tasting: the reviewer will be compensated £300 to evaluate everything from the quality of the packaging to how messy the food is and how long the scent lingers in their car after that final delicious bite.

To apply to be Auto Trader’s Drive-Thru Reviewer applicants will need a full UK driving license, be 18 or over and have access to a car that can be used to access drive-thrus.

  • The responsibilities include:
  • Visiting your area’s drive-thrus
  • Rating and reviewing a meal from five different drive-thrus, based on the mess and smell it leaves in the car
  • Share your reviews, with images of your meals
  • Auto Trader will compensate you £300 to cover the costs of fuel, food and time

Think you’re the one who should take on the challenge of being Drive-Thru Reviewer? Drivers can apply by heading to the online form on the Auto Trader website and enter your details now. Entries to the prize draw close on Sunday, July 14, 2024.

Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader, comments: “We know that grabbing a quick bite while on the road is a very common occurrence for lots of drivers.

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"Unfortunately, with delicious meals come not-so-delicious odours, crumbs and stains.

"With most of us spending a portion of our days driving, it makes it all the more important that our cars are both comfortable and smell good, which is why we’ve launched this exciting Drive-Thru Reviewer prize!

"We hope our cleaning tips and the ultimate fast-food rankings revealed by our lucky winner make it easier for everyone to enjoy a clean and fresh car, without sacrificing the comfort of eating on the go.”