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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1,043 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. I’m looking for a car to drive NYC area to Cali — SF or LA.

    Clean driving record. Male early 60’s.

    Looking at the end of July or early August.

  2. I need my 2003 Ford Mustang (manual) driven from Los Angeles to fort Riley Kansas or somewhere near 323 802 8664 contact me if anyone is interested

  3. I can drive a car from Nashville , TN to Washington DC , july 12th , if you have a car let me know , just pay for Gas.

  4. I can drive a car from San Francisco/ Bay Area (or Salt Lake City area) to Washington, D.C. basically any time from now until the end of July. I am an excellent driver with clean records all around. If interested please get it touch. Thanks! D.

  5. wanting to drive a car from Seattle to Chicago around August 6 if you have a good car that will not strand me along the way. I am a very experienced driver with a perfect driving record. Love the open road and love road trips. Destination is ultimately Morhead KY, but Chicago is close enough. St Louis would be good or any other city close to my destination. Get in touch. Candace

  6. My wife and I live on lake Petersburg illinois. I just recently retired , I would like to drive a vehicle to Wharton, Tx. 60 miles southwest of Houston. Non-smoker and excellent driving record. I will respect your car as if it were mine. I have local credible references as well. Thanks Randy 217-481-5213 no calls after 9pm

  7. Hello;

    I am a 27 year old responsible man with a clean driving record. I will be in LA toward the end of July and am looking for someone who needs theie car driven from LA to Denver. Myself and girlfriend are clean responsible non smoking people who will take good care of your vechicle and deliver it door to door.

    Call Kyle @ 305 807 0761 if this works for you
    Looking for a win – win situation

  8. Need to find someone who wants a minivan/SUV driven the first week of September to Chicago from Boston. Want to leave around September 2, arrive September 5.

    Sig

  9. I can drive your car to Florida from Mpls or area the first week of August

  10. I can drive your minivan from Orlando FL to Myrtle Beach, SC on July 2. Perfect record.

  11. I am looking for someone that needs a car driven from San Francisco (Aug 22, 2015) to Seattle (August 29,2015). Please let me know if you are interested. 847-722-5571

  12. Seeking a driver!
    I’m checking other options besides towing an auto transport trailer with a u haul. Will be traveling from Indiana PA to Bloomington IL on Sunday June 28 and I will need my car for work the next morning.
    Thank You

  13. I need a car to drive from Boston, MA to Seattle, WA around the first week of August. Clean driving record and I have drivers insurance to cover me in other peoples’ cars!

    • We need someone to drive our son’s 2014 Ford Focus (manual shift) from N. VA to San Clemente, CA in July. Please contact me if you’re interested.

      • I will be going to CA on the 10th July I can drive your sons vehicle and drop it off. I’m in the military and have a family of 4. E-mail me if you would like me to drive your vehicle.

        • Armand0 – How does one contact you? Where are you located? I just wrote this guy Scott too as I have a car in Central VA (Lynchburg) and I am checking my options. Thanks.

      • Hi, I’m looking to make a trip out to California in late-July/early-August. I’m a graduate student with good driving record. Let me know if you still need some help. Regards.

        • Scott – Hi. Where are you located? How does one contact you? I have a car in Central VA that I would like to get to San Diego.

          • Hi, I may be available to drive your car from VA to San Diego around August 20th arrival. Let me know if you still need someone. Thanks. Jennifer Switzer 949-375-1633

        • i’m looking for a driver for a small cargo van from bridegport ct to sf, ca. i could possibly get the van to philly first

      • hi , i might be going that way in july. contact me thx rick g.

      • Hi, I may be able to drive your car if your dates are flexible and if you still need someone, around August 20th arrival. Thanks. Jennifer Switzer 949-375-1633

  14. Hi
    Me and my family is going from los angeles to vegas on 28th sep and back on 30th so if somebody has a car thats need to be driven just send an email

  15. I am looking for some one to drive me In there own car to va. Drop off I do not need transportation back. On July 1st please let me know if interested. Text 5702445248

  16. My name is Randy . i am looking to drive for someone ASAP . i live in Pennsylvania right outside of Pittsburgh .. looking. to drive anywhere south. please. leave. me a response. on here . thank

    • I am looking to have some one drive me to va in there own car.

  17. I will drive your car from TN to NYC from Aug. 15th to Aug. 19th, 2015. Prefer Nashville departure. Excellent driver in mid-40s; perfect record.

  18. I would like someone to drive my Ford Escape from Boston Mass to Kansas City ( or close by ) somewhere between the end of July and the first week of August.

    • I might be able to, but then I’ll need to find a car from Kansas City to Seattle. Let me know if you know of anything.

  19. I need a car driven from Seattle, Washington to Cleveland, Ohio around July 1, 2015.

    • Me and my friend could help you if we took the car on 8/13 and could get it to Cleveland around the 21st. Let me know if you’re interested.

    • Hello, If you can get me to Seattle, WA I will drive it to Ohio for you. I will get it there within a day or two at the most. Phone is (816)277-7172

  20. If you pay for bus fair to frisco and gas for driving back to green bay i will drive your car back to green bay for free i live in rhinelander wi.

  21. I need a car , driven from Columbus Ohio ,to west palm beach Florida.

    • Tye johnson im not sure if you have had anyone respond to your post yet.. You can text me if you still are looking for someone. 724 506 6311. My name is randy. My e mail is not working right at the moment so text if possible.

    • I will be traveling from Pittsburgh to Miami, starting around the 1st-3rd of Aug, 2015 and need to fly out on the night of the 7th from Miami International Airport. I would be willing to pick the car up in Columbus, or Newark – OH (if that’s easier, family and friends live there). I would need to know quickly, as I am making other arrangements as we speak. Of course we would need to arrange something for the airport on the 7th (Evening Departure). I am a 40 year old male, and would be accompanied only by my wife and luggage. Let me know and we could speak, and I could give you some local references if needed.

    • I was mistaken, the dates are leaving from Pittsburgh/Columbus Sept, 1st-3rd, 2015 and need to be in Miami International Airport by Sept 7th. Sorry I was confused.

  22. I would like to drive from North of Boston to Omaha, Nebraska …responsible adult with perfect driving record

    • When are you interested in making the trip. We will have a Ford Escape we need driven back around the first week of August. We are a little flexible on dates.

      • need my car driven from san fran. to pgh,pa i live in pgh,and my car is in storage in san fran. please give me some ideas of what to do

        • to JOHN: I AM AN OLDER (50’s-fit) SINGLE, WORKING MAN from Nthn. NJ, PLANNING TO HELP A FRIEND MOVE TO THE WEST COAST (S.D. AREA) and HELP DRIVE, of course. BEG. of AUG. is the TARGET DATE. THE PROB. IS, I DON’T HAVE A WAY of getting BACK HOME & JUST SPENT MY VACATION $$ FOR THE YEAR, SOOOOOO………CAN’T FLY or TAKE TRAIN. HOPING TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE SOMEONE’S CAR BACK TO THE E.C. (I’M FROM N.J.- SO, in the area would be OK) AROUND MID-to-LATE AUG. of this year. IF YOU THINK THIS COULD WORK FOR YOU, LET’S TALK. I’M RESPONSIBLE, & A VY. GOOD DRIVER, ESP. ON ‘LONG HAULS’. -Al

        • Hello! I’m very interested in this, please let me know if you still need your car transported

        • Hello John! I am looking to go across country from san fran to new jersey so I think I would be able to help you out! Email me to discuss details.

    • This may be a repeat reply, I am not sure the first went through. We will have a ford escape available to drive around the first week of August or end of July. Would that fit your schedule?
      Lisa

  23. Need a driver for one way from Sacramento CA to Green Bay WI at/near the end of June.

    • Hi Donna,

      I’ll be traveling to St. Louis, MO from Sacramento, CA in mid-June. I will be flying back to Sacramento on 6/12 in the evening. I am available to begin the trip as early as 6/6.

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