How to make your car pay for itself

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    By Gerri Detweiler/

    Every week it seems we hear from people who are driving a car they can't afford and are trying to find a way out. It's no surprise: the average car payment now has reached $483 for a new car and $361 for a used car, according to Experian Automotive. Unfortunately, these readers are also upside down on their loans, which means that if they want to sell their vehicles, they'll have to write a hefty check to pay off the difference, and it's money they just don't have.

    How about putting that car to work by bringing in extra income?

    Click ahead for a look at three ways you might be able to do that.