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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1,549 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. This article is so interesting and I want to appreciate you for sharing as I love reading articles related to travelling as I have to go to many cities for my business purposes, Keep on sharing and updating about new things

  2. Leaving early to mid March 2017 from Lewisville, Texas (Dallas/ Fort Worth area) going to Ashland, Oregon. Will drive your car.

  3. I will be leaving California in the beginning of May 2017 and am hoping to match up with someone who needs their car driven. I am going as far as Connecticut, but am willing to drive your car elsewhere (in that general direction.)

    In the beginning of August I will be traveling from CT to Seattle, as well as from Seattle back to CT in mid-late August. If anyone has a need for their car to be driven in either direction during that time, I would be more than happy to help you out!

    Mature, respectful, flexible, non-smoker with many experiences driving long distance. Email for more info [email protected]

  4. Hello,
    I am a mature safe experienced driver looking to drive your vehicle from Colorado Arizona or New Mexico area to the mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Philly area) the latter half of June 2017. Phone 301-731-6622 for references or to discuss. Or, if you prefer, you may email me at roger[at]cognizor.com. Thank you.

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