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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1,518 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. My name is Ray I’m 47 yrs old, married and a father of 3 kids. Looking to drive a vehicle from St. Louis Missouri area to Central (Syracuse) NY . The Time is this weekend (Jan. 28th). I will be in NY by Jan. 29th. If anyone is interested please contact me by phone (315) 254-5048. I am a professional driver – I have driven Greyhound size buses, 26′ RV and other various vehicles. I have a clean license and no criminal history. Just looking for an inexpensive way to travel back home.

  2. Excellent mature driver available to drive from the New England area to New Mexico/Colorado. Within the next month Feel free to contact me.

  3. I am offering to drive someone’s care from Toronto to Kansas City, Columbia, or St. Louis at the end of June 2017. I would have my 4 year old daughter with me. I have a clean driving record and full insurance coverage, and I am 33 years old.

  4. Looking for driver to drive our car (two adults and small dog) from Boston to West Coast of Florida on or about April 1st, 2017. Please contact me.

    • Hello,

      I live in near Boston and would be willing to drive the car. My final destination is also West Coast Sarasota. What would the arrangements be?

  5. My wife and I are retired in our early 60s and interested in transporting a vehicle from Oregon to Los Angeles the first week of February. We have perfect driving records. Let me know if anyone needs that service.

  6. Will drive vechical to California.Have a good driving record and a CDL from Detroit Michigan or Dayton Ohio.
    Thank you. Times flexible

  7. I can drive your truck or van from central Florida to Los Angeles in mid to late February. Should be of adequate size to tow my Toyota Camry behind. I have been a Certified Defensive Driving Instructor in the past and a retired Corporate Credit Manager on both coasts so you can be assured I am qualified and reliable. Also, my driving record is impeccable with not a single infraction or accident in the past 25 years. If I can be of service to you, please let me know by January 31st. at the latest.

  8. need someone to drive my f-150 to phoenix from Detroit in the next couple of days as I am starting college next week.

  9. I am interested in driving your vehicle to or from Reno/Carson City, Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevada. Clean driving record, widowed, smoke but won’t do so in your vehicle if you desire. I’m flexible on dates & times. Contact me for more info if interested.

  10. I am looking to drive a car from Florida to New York in January of 2017.
    If anyone needs their car driven in, and can pay only for the gas; I have done this a few times already. I am a calm and safe driver with a clean record.

  11. Recently retired couple looking to drive a nice vehicle from Denver, Co to San Francisco any time May 14th through May 19th 2017. We both have clean driving records, no accidents.

    Free, we pay gas. I need to know by May 1st.

    Thank you

  12. I am driving to Florida the week of January 6th , 2017, from the Toronto area. Please contact Joanne.

  13. Looking to drive a car from Gallup New Mexico to Orlando Florida January 2nd 2017 47 years old clean driving record have a class A CDL driver’s license

    • Good morning Dale, happy new year to you. I am interested in delivering your vehicle from Tampa to Michigan. I have years of over the experience and a good driving record.

  14. 60 yr old retired medical professional with all up to date medical certifications and licenses, ( as testament to my integrity and moral character). excellent driving record. Willing to drive from NYC metro area, Northern NJ, Eastern Pa. to Fla. Dates available, Jan 4 to Jan 7th inclusive….free except for gas, tolls, one night lodging. references upon request… phone 570 650 6749

  15. I am looking for an experience driver to bring my car down from the Marietta/Atlanta, Georgia area to West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, Florida area sometime on or after January 1, 2017.
    Anyone interested can text me at 954-394-3700. Thanks

  16. An experienced driver (50+) looking to drive a car one way from Atlanta to San Francisco (or nearby) on December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.
    Please call Ron at (404)9773106

  17. Couple available to drive form columbus ohio to tampa/saraasota florida next week december 19 or 20 2016

  18. Could drive your car from east coast to seattle in jan. mature 50+ year old male, non smoker non drinker. call or text for references and more info 301 616 1335

  19. I am looking for a driver to deliver a car from Odessa/Midland, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia. Dates are flexible starting from Christmas day onward. Please let me know if there is anyone interested.
    Thanks!

  20. I am driving to Fort Lauderdale to Detroit around New Years Eve or before. If anyone needs a driver please call me at 954-658-7456. I am flying to Detroit to take care of my dad for a few weeks and I would prefer to drive back due to having to take off work for a few weeks.

  21. I live in North Chicago suburbs, Want to drive to Orlando with the Family and fly back. We can take you car down with us and drop it off. Leaving March 24th 2016
    Please call or text 815-382-833 three

  22. Mature non-smoking driver with exceptional driving record will drive your car or RV to your destination. I am in the Chicagoland/NWIndiana area, but I’m willing to fly to/from your destination if you provide a plane ticket. (I’ll even help you find the best flight deal). Flexible schedule, reliable, honest. I’ll even drive your pet(s), within reason!

  23. I am looking to drive someone’s car from Las Vegas to the Seattle area starting around the 1st week in December, 2016. West Point graduate, retired, ex-Army, clean driving record. Have made many long distance driving trips around the country, including this trip mentioned. Traveling by myself, no pets. My cell number is (630) 440-8114.

  24. I’m looking for someone who needs a vehicle driven from the Northwest Ohio area to the Denver, Colorado area. I was a professional truck driver for over 21 years without no accidents. So your vehicle will be well taking care of. You would have to be a person who would not mind me taking my dogs in your vehicle. He’s a 9 year old Boxer who’s very well behaved and clean. I’m looking to move as soon as possible so please let me know. You may contact me at 419 327 0429 ask for Eric. Thank you and God Bless.

  25. I am driving from philadelphia to Tampa, if anyone interested in giving company, please let me know. Planning to leave on or around Dec 2nd 2016

  26. Thanks J&K ,For letting me drive your car. I’m here in calif. for a long week with friends and family. BUT, if you need a car driven east, contact me . 301 616 1335.. I’ll make flight arrangements of next weekend, but would rather drive. Time is of the essences!

  27. I am in Tavares Florida available to drive your vehicle to northern Ohio.

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