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

Feel free to leave a comment below, however this site is solely a travel blog and as such is not in any way involved in the business of arranging for the transfer of vehicles. Use of this blog for such purposes hereby releases and forever discharges and holds harmless Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel, Barbara Weibel, and all successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from such use.

1,448 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

    530-601-1870

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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,
    Julianna
    / [email protected]
    0046760470020

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    Thanks,

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

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

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

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

  19. 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 .

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

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

    • 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

  22. 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.
      Thanks,
      Brian

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