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)

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

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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 #.

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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!!

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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 #.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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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