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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1,300 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. I am looking to drive a car from New England to Utah around July 15-20 2016, dates are somewhat flexible. My final destination is SLC, but would be willing to drop the car off anywhere close/along the way and renting one from there to SLC. Let me know if you need anymore information! Thank you!!

  2. Going to California / santa cruz. eureka, mt Shasta. Willing to drive your car, truck, or uhaul for gas money, + pickup expenses. Will not use your car for side trips or my stay in calif, quick delieverly . 50 year old mature man , non smoker, non drinker,no drugs. Located out side of Washington dc. will travel to your car. Would also consider co driving with owner, and to other cities close, las vegas , reno, L.A. Call est 7am to 8pm 301 616 1335. Offer good all summer.

  3. I will be going from Oklahoma City to Florida mid June.

  4. Hello I need Car To Drive from New York to North Carolina in Juli i’am 49 year old I live in Germany

  5. Am looking for car to drive from New York To North Carolina

  6. Hello, I’m looking to drive a car from southern California (I live in San Diego) to Washington DC or anywhere nearby. I have a perfect driving record and have never had any accidents. I’ll be moving to DC at the end of July so I’ll have some boxes with me but that’ll be it. Please let me know if you’re interested and we can discuss further. Thank you!


  7. Looking for a car to drive from Atlanta to Houston (or New Orlenes) in mid-July.

  8. I am fulfilling a bucket list item and visiting the Pacific NW. Anyone want a car returned from Portland/Seattle are to western Carolinas around Sept. 5th?

  9. I can drive your car from Reno,NV totucson,az. Ready to go on the 22nd of

  10. We are a tidy family of 5 looking for a suv, minivan, small RV to drive on 7/1 from Orange County, CA to Chapel Hill, NC (by 7/8) -OR- to Boston MA (by 7/15). Drivers will be my husband and I (ages 41 and 46) with a clean driving records. We are both professionals looking to take 1-way cross country trip with our family. Our kids are ages 14,11 & 5.
    Please email us if you need your car transported. We will pay gas and deliver your car in great shape.
    Thank You!


  12. I would like to find a car to drive from NC to Las Vegas the next to the last weekend in June. Please let me know if I can help. I am a 911 operator wanting to go to a family function. I have a clean driving record and I do not smoke.

  13. A newly retired teacher and his 56 yr old teacher sister will drive your car from Northern or Southern California to anywhere in Illinois or St. Louis around June 12th, 2016.

  14. I can drive your vehicle, Car, Truck, RV, from Detroit to Connecticut area Memorial Day weekend 2016. 56 year old male, insured, Chauffeur’s license, clean driving record, experienced.

  15. Need my car driven from Southern California to North Carolina early June

    • We can drive it after June 12th. I am a 62 yr old retiring teacher and my younger sister will accompany me. We have our own insurance.

    • We’d be interested in driving your car to North Carolina. We live in San Juan Capistrano and are planning to be in NC July 8th. Let us know if you are interested… Also, we are a family of 5 traveling so the size of the car is important in order to fit us all. We’d like to leave July 1.
      We are a very tidy family and will make sure your car is delivered in great shape.
      Thank you,

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