Driveaways are Like Getting a Free Rental Car

Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

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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1,466 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. need someone to drive my car from sacramento to north county san diego. will provide gas but no return cost. plus i want to be in the car. call if interested (415) 359-4873 need to go first week of november 2016

  2. I would Like to drive your car from Albuquerque New Mexico to Seattle WA .November 19th.
    I have a great driving record and would love to be able to visit my grand babe.

  3. Willing to drive your car from New England to Florida. Anytime in the next month. I’m an experienced driver, clean record, references, and extensive delivery experience. Please reply and include contact information, or O can give you mine.

  4. My wife and myself would like to drive your car from San Antonio, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona on
    December 22nd (somewhat flexible). We are going to Phoenix to have Christmas with our family.

  5. Do you need a vehicle driven from the Clearwater/Tampa/St. Petersburg area to the Dallas, TX area in the next few days. I’m a mature driver who has driven cars, 5/4 ton army trucks, and a Loadstar 1600 with a stickshift. I’ve also driven many cars and SUVs.

  6. available to drive a car or small truck to l a seattle or phoenix area. mature non drinker non smoker. available immediately thru february

  7. Wy wife and I are looking to drive Washington DC to Orlando on October 22 2016 +/- 3 days. Any good? Professional couple from UK, clean driving licenses.


    • How do you post here. I want my car driven from Seattle WA to Phoenix AZ area around October 24.

  9. Hey, I can drive your car from Cleveland to NYC on 17 october 16′ – also I can drive car from NYC to Chicago on 20 oct 16′

  10. My wife and I would like to drive an enclosed truck from Washington, DC, area to SW Florida (Naples, Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs…)area late October. I need to move some lumber and materials South. I am an experienced driver of cars, trucks including trailers. Great driving record, retired Industrial Arts Teacher.

  11. Ready to go to California , I am located between Washington DC and Pittsburgh, and will deliver your car or truck for free. Small expense charge if I need to travel out of the area to get your car . Mature male ( 50+in age ) good references, safe driver, non smoking, non drinking, no drugs, (no heart meds, no blood pressure meds) I’m healthy and dependable. call or texts est 7am to 8pm 301 616 1335 Need to go before it’s snows. Thank you.

  12. Husband and I are willing to drive a car from Denver to Los Angeles leaving Denver approximately October 25th or 26th. We are taking a car to Denver and are willing to drive your car back to Los Angeles. Please contact us if interested. We both have a good driving record.

  13. Willing to drive your car from Long Island / NYC area to Nashville area in mid-Dec. 2016. Older drivers (husband & wife) w/ clean driving records.

  14. Me and my wife want to take a road trip from Sarasota Florida to Detroit Michigan. We dont want to put the miles on our car and heard that this is a Service that can help us, but we can be of service as well.
    Leaving on October 25, let me know if this is a possibility.

  15. Im looking to drive SUV, VAN, 7 passenger vihicle from Florida to California. Famely ride.

  16. I can drive a car from Cleveland, oh to Tucson, AZ. I have a clean driving record. Or vice versa. I am willing to spend the time and car for your vehicle.

  17. Looking for a car to drive from San Fransisco October 14 to Los Angeles October 24th. Please let me know if you’re interested.

  18. I would like to drive an automobile from california to jackson, Ms. or somewhere close to their. Clean driving record. and fully insured.

  19. I am available to drive a car, truck or SUV from Columbus, OH to Sacramento, CA the weekend of October 22nd. Let me know if you’re looking to have a car transported. I just need a car big enough for about three boxes of memorabilia to take with me. I have a clean record.

    • I also drive a manual transmission and have a full insurance policy as well.

  20. I will drive vehicle from new orleans to denver but need to pull a motorcycle with a trailer i will rent can leave sept 26

  21. My husband and I need a vehicle to drive son’s wedding gifts from Dallas Ft Worth area to Los Angeles area. Would like to leave 10/6. Plan to arrive LA late 10/8. No charge to vehicle owner. I work for Airline and will fly back free. Excellent driving record. Vehicles needs to be at least small SUV to hold gifts.

  22. I’m available to make a NY (or nearby) to LA (or west coast) drive, sometime in the next few months. I’m hoping to take my time (photographer), so I’m curious of what’s out there. We can discuss logistics when/if the right person seems interested.

    37, male, spotless driving record.

  23. October 2, 2016. Looking to drive car from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento or San Francisco, CA. Will drive straight through.


  24. Need to drive car and sister to Philadelphia or New Yorn from Raleigh. N.C. any time in October.
    Please call me. Reliable person. Call me 4843533431 Mirtha.

  25. Free to travel anytime. Offering to deliver your car to or from it’s destination within the USA. No side trips. I give you my time to travel but will also buy my own food and lodging. Call or text 817 495 7190

  26. My wife,small dog and I are looking for someone to drive us and a small boat trailer from the Lake George NY area to Tampa Fl area in our vehicle around Oct. or Nov. willing to pay and fly you back to where ever email if interested.

  27. My friend and I would like to drive a car from Houston, TX to Tucson AZ – or Phoenix. No problem driving all the way to San Diego, CA or Los Angeles/ Santa Barbara as well as to San Francisco, as our trip end there. Start: the 2nd of October ( or the 3rd, after agreement)- arriving to :
    – Tucson / Phoenix- latest 4/5th of Oct,
    -San Diego- 6th/latest 7th of Oct,
    – Los Angeles/ Santa Barbara: 8th of Oct
    – San Francisco- 10th-11th-latest 12th of Oct.

    Both 35 y.old females, experienced drivers from Stockholm, Sweden, with perfect driving records.

    Best regards,
    / [email protected]

  28. I will drive your vehicle to Sheridan,Wy, or anywhere in east Tennessee or central Florida. I’m in downtown Seattle,Wa. Anytime after September. I would do it for free and pay my own way. Gas, motel…etc. I have a perfect driving record, am older and would drive straight through, no stops. Please contact me via email. [email protected]. Thanking you in advance.

  29. My sister and I would love to drive your car or van from anywhere to wherever. We are two seniors needing to supplement our SS.
    We have perfect driving records and would treat your vehicle as our own.
    We are retired and could leave anytime.


    • Raleight N. C. To Nen York. N.Y. in october any time. How eill you return?. Ho much it will cost
      ?? Text me 4843533441

  30. I would like to drive a vehicle from Minneapolis to Atlanta – leaving Sunday, September 18th and arriving in Atlanta on Tuesday, September 20th.

  31. I would like to drive a car from Florida to New York at end of September or beginning of October

  32. Looking to drive a car from CT, NY or MA to LA, California between Sept 15- October 1.

  33. Leaving for California , sept 15 , and will be returning oct 2, if any one needs a car driven ,east coast to west coast, or west to east coast, at that time then please call 301 616 1335 .

  34. Will drive your car to Pensacola, Destin, Mobile, Biloxi, and surrounding areas leaving from Knoxville, TN., Atlanta,Chattanooga, Nashville.
    Will negotiate pricing.

  35. Richard, I forgot to mention for the Santa Barbara trip- this would be departing from Chicago.

    • BRIAN, Yes , very interested, call my number 301 616 1335. Could go now, but have commitments in NewYork sept 11 2016. either before or after. Santa Barbara is within 200 miles Santa Cruz ,[friends & family] . like to go 1st of oct. 301 616 1335

  36. Free to travel now until end of month. I\’m not seeking a vacation but offering to deliver your car to it\’s destination. No side trips, or family visits . Location will determine cost, but if you can bear the expense of getting me to your car , gas money, and return air fare(cheapo air = flights under $300) the car you need , could be in your driveway in 5 days.Sounds like a lot don\’t it! Not only will I give you my time to travel but will also buy my own food and lodging. Call or text 301 616 1335

    • Rich,
      I need a car driven to Santa Barbara California. No time commitment necessarily but the sooner the better. Please let me know if your interested.

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