Driveaways are Like Getting a Free Rental Car

Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

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Don’t look now but the open road is calling. Faced with onerous security regulations, endless add-on fees, and uncomfortable planes that squeeze customers in like sardines, more and more travelers are opting for the highways rather than the skyways. Americans are rediscovering the joy of driving cross-country with the wind in their hair, the music cranked, and the freedom to check out quirky attractions that would forever have been overlooked from 30,000 feet in the air.

Hitting the road in someone else's car - for free

Traveling cross-country in someone eles’s car – for free

This resurgent love affair is also revitalizing driveaway companies, services that match drivers with customers who want their cars delivered to distant destinations. Vehicles need to be moved for a variety of reasons, including corporate relocations, military transfers, and quite often in the case of snowbirds who want to have use of their own car at their winter home but don’t want to do the driving. Car owners pay driveaway companies to move their cars and the company contracts with drivers to make the one-way trips. Driver are responsible for all but the first tank of gas, meals and accommodations along the way, and must put down a deposit (generally $300-400), which is refundable upon delivery of the car to the owner.

There are some limitations to this type of travel. Your schedule must be flexible and you must be willing to drive between the destinations required by the customer. The route and schedule are agreed upon prior to departure and offer enough flexibility for drivers to do some sightseeing along the way, however customers will often load trunks and back seats with their personal belongings, so there is room for only one additional passenger and limited luggage. Drivers must also have a clean driving record, three forms of identification, and be willing to undergo a criminal background check. If none of this is problematic, driveaways are like getting a free rental car, especially for those who have no car or own a vehicle that is not dependable.

Although driveaway companies can be found all over the country, some locations need more drivers than others; routes between eastern Canadian cities and Florida or Arizona, for example, are in high demand due to annual snowbird migration in the spring and fall. For more information, contact one of the following driveaway firms, or check your local Yellow Pages under “Auto Transporters”:

Auto Driveway (43 offices across the U.S. and Canada)
Toronto Driveaway (Toronto based)
Cars To Florida (Toronto based)

Photo Credit: Nate Steiner

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902 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. Hi, my name is Laura looking to drive from sc to texas area. Clean driving record, very experienced at long hauls. Please email if you can use me. Thanks

  2. I live in Hawaii and going to go to Northern California to visit friends and relatives then would like to drive to Florida to visit my uncle and spend some time on the road doing some sightseeing with my girlfriend.I am 50 years old I have an excellent driving record and references still employed if you would like me to drive your vehical to Florida give me a call or reply 808.283.3687.
    Thank you

  3. Hello!
    I am experienced in driving cars across the country, from New York to California or near California. (I am willing to work with other locations. I am from San francisco, California and live in New York City so I make this drive often.) I am currently available the month of August and am looking to book something from the last week of July on. I have a perfect driving record with no accidents (this can be viewed) and genuinely like driving and seeing the country. Fuel will be paid up front (depending on vehicle) and a contract will be signed. Price also depends on the amount of time allowed to transport vehicle. Thank you so much and I hope to help you out with your move! [email protected]

  4. Relocating from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans, Louisiana. Looking to transport your car to southeastern destination. Mature and reliable, with clean driving record.

    Available mid April through May 1, 2015.

  5. I need someone to drive my pick up truck from colorado to the los angeles area
    Al 8one8 seven88 seven 0 3 niner
    pick up address is
    autonation ford littleton
    8252 south broadway
    littleton CO 80122
    drop off address is
    19725 sherman way
    winnetka ca 91306

    • All:
      I am interested in moving your vehicle. Contact me at garylego @gmail.com so I may put together a quote for you. Thanks.
      Gary

  6. I ned someone to drive my pick up truck from colorado to the los angeles area
    Al 8one8 seven88 seven 0 3 niner

  7. Hi-
    My fiance and I are moving from LA to NYC the last week of May. We need a car to drive to either Illinois, Pittsburgh, or New York. We are making stops in those three places and will only be traveling with some of my things (no furniture). We both have clean drive records and will pay for gas. Message me and we can talk more.

    Thanks so much,
    Alexandra

  8. The only SPAM this Hawaii guy is close to is w/eggs & rice for breakfast or on my sandwich for lunch! What makes you think I’m full of shit??
    Wally

  9. Hi,
    I’m driving from
    WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
    to MYRTLE BEACH SO CAROLINA
    then on through LOUISIANA
    to TEXAS
    then up to SOUTH DAKOTA
    and back to WESTERN MA.
    I hope to make the most of the trip by moving your autos between any points.
    In my 50s, responsible, nonsmoking, lifelong driver with a clean record.
    I’ll be leaving in mid May, drop off locations should be within fair range of major roadways.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Paula

  10. Hey there,

    I drive professionally as a Tour Manager and Driver for artists and musicians. I’m looking to transport someone’s vehicle from either Portland or San Francisco to Los Angeles on either the 20th or 21st March. If you’re interested please contact me via email. I’m 32 years old and have a clean license.

    Best,
    Aaron.

  11. Good morning from Latvia,

    I (entrepreneur in Latvia see web site) am coming to USA with my wife Aija (PhD economic in LV) and our two childern Elizabete (14 years) and Jan (12 years) are going to visit USA from 10th of July till 5th of August. Flying into New York and back from Houston.
    I lived in USA for a year in 1988 so want to go to some old friends in Florida and Texas, Austin and we heard of this opportunity to get some transport done so if you do not write you never know.
    So also flexible in time and places but need to be around places mentioned above.
    Thanks so far.
    Ed-Jan van der Steen

  12. hi, looking for a vehicle to drive from Orlando Florida to Los Angeles California needs to be big enough to put small antique dresser. I am a professional driver retired now class a commercial license I don’t drink or smoke I will be making this trip alone all I ask is gas and tolls to be paid for also vehicle needs to be in good running condition if anybody’s interested let me know thank you Jan

    • Hello Jan,

      Jan – I’m acquiring a very good condition Jeep Grand Cherokee in Columbia, SC. Let’s talk about me paying for you & dresser to get to Columbia, SC via Amtrak [8.5 hrs.], deliver vehicle to southern Colorado. I pay for your Amtrak fares Orlando to Columbia [or perhaps you can get a friend to drive you & dresser to Columbia] & from Southern CO to LA – gas and should be no tolls. Not 100% of your request, however, may work as an alternative. Let’s discuss asap if you are interested.

      Regards,

      John

  13. I drive 100,000 plus Km a year, mostly in someone elses vehicle even though I own a Ford pickup truck and a Camry sedan. I drive all over Canada and parts of the US, picking up and delivering autos, P/Ups, motorhomes. I have driven in Africa and the UK where they drive on the left hand side of the street. I am a non drinker and non smoker, never did either in my life. I am interested in doing some pickup and deliveries anywhere in Canada and the US. My rates are more than reasonable, if interested please call, I live in Gander Newfoundland.
    Ph Number 709 256 8305 ( H ) 709 424 3018 ( C )

  14. I m visiting USA and Calgary in the month of June-15, i would like to drive car from Chicago to Calgary. Please revert back if you required driver during this period my dates are flexible.

  15. I am looking for someone to drive my Toyota Prius from Chicago to San Jose, Ca in 1st week of April, 2015. Car to be delivered in 4 days.

    Please give your details and quote.

    • Time frame not a problem at this time. I need your email so I can get pertinent info to provide your price quote. Thanks.
      Gary

  16. Hi,
    I’m looking to drive a truck or van from Chicago to the Philadelphia or Washington DC area around late May or June. Let me know if you’re interested.
    Thank you!

  17. Hi there. If you are looking for someone to drive your car from Edmonton or Carlgary to Montreal or around there. So im your good driver and Im ready to go. so Email me :)

  18. Am at Toronto ,ready to drive to any province in CANADA
    FULL G

  19. Hi, my name is Jerelyn, and this is kind of short notice, but I am available to drive a vehicle, any type, from Idaho(around the Lewiston area), to St. George, Ut. or destinations inbetween or aproximate to. I have driven all over the United States and have a clean divier’s record. Let me know if you have a need. I will be leaving Idaho around March 18th, 2015. Thanks

  20. Mature, safe driver available early spring, Denver [100+ mile radius or easy Amtrak from Trinidad to vehicle] to east coast – safe vehicle, no clunkers; clean CO DL [former bus commercial DL], x-Army officer, semi-retired. call 510 545 4411, although So. CO located.

  21. Responsible driver clean driving record. Heading from NY to AZ in late May. Can drive your car/small SUV to AZ or somewhere in between :)

  22. Would like to drive your vehicle to alaska via the alcan hwy. i will originate from western colorado to drive your vehicle to south central or interior alaska. I have lots of driving experience including commercial driving. Have driven the alcan hwy twice.
    I would like to end up near anchorage or fairbanks or anywhere from northway, ak on in, with your delivery.
    Prefer a 30 day notice on this.
    I need some room for a few personal items and a 12 lb. dog (he can stay in a carrier during the trip, if you require).
    If you are seriously interested, reply and i will provide email and a phone #.

  23. We have traveled with are 30′ RV but have sold it to someone who really wanted it. However this year we plan traveling from Eugene OR. to Arizona the end of March. Would you like to your RV brought there for you? Let me know.

    Michael

  24. We are a traveling family and after driving through 20 European countries we are heading to the USA to see our children’s grandparents. We can drive any vehicle (sedan and larger) from anywhere in New England (or thereabouts) to anywhere in the Pacific Northwest (or close to it) leaving anytime in June or July. We have a perfect driving record and after driving through 20 countries, we are ready for any roadblocks that may arise. I know that many people may not want a family with children in their car but we assure you our children are very well traveled and respectful of spaces and property. We are flexible on times and dates. We are both working professionals that are trying to show our children the world and we look for creative solutions whenever possible. We would be honored to deliver your vehicle safely and to have the opportunity exceed your expectations. Check out our family story http://www.livology.com if you may consider our services. Thank you!

    • How about driving other way around. Seattle to Burlington vermont. I need my Nissan rogue transported back to vermont
      Anytime In May 2015.
      It’s a stunningly beautiful drive.. I did coming out in Dec 2014,
      But was in mountain trekking accident and can’t drive car home.
      Please let me know.. Either way.
      Chiapas
      Jaafa

  25. My boyfriend and I are both safe and experienced drivers looking for trips from Michigan/N. Indiana to Florida. His daughter lives in Florida and we are looking for a cost effective way to travel back and forth throughout the year. We are both Non-smokers. Would love to find some snowbirds to set up regular annual trips with.

  26. My husband and I are looking to drive a SUV, van, or larger car across country from the DC to San Francisco area in mid- to late-April (but May would also work), 2015. We are mature adults, have excellent driving records, are non-smokers, and can drive manuals. We plan to make the drive in 6 to 7 days. If anyone is interested please contact me at [email protected].
    Thanks

  27. Hello!

    I am available to transport an automobile from Seattle to Los Angeles during the autumn of 2015 (sometime between august and late november). I will also be stopping in Portland and San Francisco along the way.

    I’m a responsible, conscientious traveler. I’ll take excellent care of your car along my journey!
    Please see my airbnb site for references and basic info: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/1414656

    At this point, I’m very flexible about the dates, but will need to finalize plans during the next couple months, so please contact me soon if you might want to work something out.

    Thanks!!

  28. Im driving to northern california from texas .Im in transportation business since 2008 and picking up a vehicle to bring to texas. i will drop yours off for free just pay the gas and stypin

  29. Should have included that i will originate from western colorado to drive your vehicle to south central or interior alaska. Please see the other post i made on feb.10 for more info

  30. I have lots of driving experience including commercial driving. Have driven the alcan hwy twice.
    I would like to end up near anchorage or fairbanks with the delivery.
    Prefer a 30 day notice on this.
    I need some room for a few personal items and a 12 lb. dog.
    If you are seriously interested, email me and i will provide a phone #.

  31. My wife and I are driving our small dog back from San Diego to Chicago at the end of Feb/early March 2015. The vet said our dog can not handle the pressure of a plane. We are willing to drive your car back to Chicago and cover all our own expenses. We are gainfully employed and have excellent driving records. No need to respond after March 3,2015

    • Hi,

      My name is Heather. I am a 27 year old Florida licensed driver. I live in Tampa, FL but have been visiting Portland, OR for several months.

      I will be ready to move back to Florida after the 1st week of April, 2015. I would prefer to go directly from Portland to Tampa, but anywhere from Southern California up to Seattle is okay for a starting point and anywhere on the Eastcoast as an ending point is fine, too.

      I can drive automatic and stick.
      I don’t need compensation beyond the cost of gas for a direct route.
      Good driving record.
      Worked for an auto shop test driving cars.
      Experience driving many, many different kinds of cars, trucks, and vans.
      Willing to drive with you if you just need someone to share driving time with.

      Please contact me if you have a vehicle I can drive back East.

      -H

      • Hello Heather, I am looking for a driver in late april from SF to Sarasota. I have a Lexus plus am possibly looking into pulling a small u-haul trailer – that is undecided yet. Are you interested?

        All the best,

        Linda

    • Do you live in Miami? I am in Tampa area and need someone to drive my car to Riverside California the week of Feb 16th

    • When do you need your truck taken to Arizona? My husband and I are 50ish with excellent driving records.

  32. Will be heading from VA to Pacific Northwest during the summer 2015 via northern route. If you have a vehicle to be relocated, let me know.

    • I have a car I would like driven from Philadelphia area to Juneau, AK in June. Are you interested?

  33. Hi there,

    My husband and I are travelling south from Seattle during November 2015. We are expecting to visit LA, Vegas, Dallas, New Orleans, Savannah & Miami. If you need a car moved in November to/from any of those places (or places close by) please get in touch! We’re pretty flexible with dates and locations at this time.

    Cheers,
    Savannah

  34. Hi I have an Acura MDX that I need transported from Miami, FL to Nashville, TN. I’m pretty flexible with the dates, but I need it transported by the first week of May/end of April 2015. Email me if you’re interested! Thanks!

    • Jennifer,
      Wonder if you would be interested in the MDX being moved April 2, 2015. My wife and I are going north from Florida and could drop it off in Nashville.

      Let us know.

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