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

  1. I am in need of traveling to the Seattle area this weekend and would be willing to drive someones car from San Diego county to the Seattle area if needed. I am a California Notary Public and certified loan closer with complete criminal background check.

    • Have you found a car? I need one too, I thought we could possibly share…..I am flexible with times.

  2. I will be available to drive a car from Buffalo, NY to Orlando, FL the last week of April or 1st week of May.

  3. I am a mature male visiting Atlanta, and will be heading back to Chicago this weekend. If you would like you vehicle dropped off in one the surrounding Chicago suburbs, I will be happy to have you vehicle there by Monday the 20th.

  4. My name is Randy I live on Maui Hawaii and like to go to the mainland once a year with my girlfriend Sonia I visit my family and friends in Northern California and then usually drive to Florida to visit my uncle or vice versa I usually either rent a car or buy a car or van and sell itI am 52 years old I have a clean driving record still employed.if you need your truck car van or motorhome transported across the country anytime from April let me know I have over a month of vacation time.
    give me a call 808 283 3687 I’m very flexible.

  5. Need your car driven from Seattle/Western Washington to Northern California, or close by? Please let me know. I am looking for a car mid May-mid June, and will cover gas. Responsible, non-smoker, clean driving record. Let me know, thanks.

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