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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1,104 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. I am a 23 year old man from the UK, due to travel from New York to Los Angeles between the first week of November and 15th December.

    If I can be of help by driving your car across the country then please get in touch!

  2. San Diegoe or Los Angeles to Orlando FL. I can drive your car to beginning of November for the cost of the gas only. I’m starting a business there. I have a clear driving record and want to keep it that way, very responsible, mature, reliable and will look after your car as if it were my own. I am fully insured too. Call or text me 619.729.2020.

  3. Are you in need of getting a vehicle from Arizona to North Dakota (preferably the Fargo area). Would be available to do so the 1st week of June 2016. have references

  4. Willing to drive from the D.C. area to the Westcoast area or vise versa. You´d pay for gas and the appropiate flight.

  5. My son (31 yrs old) and I are wanting to drive a larger vehicle from Detroit to San Francisco starting out from Detroit approx Dec. 26th, taking about 5-6 days to get to the west coast. Does anyone need such transport of their vehicle?

  6. I am wanting to return to edmonton in the next week with my small puppy from the villages in Florida. Looking to drive back. Anyone need me to return your vehicle to Alberta?

  7. Going to California next month, san francisco, santa cruz, eureka. and all points in between. Planning to fly (cheapoair $250). But could drive you car, truck, uhaul. What it would cost you? Gas money, and 2 night motel . I’ll buy food and 2 nights motel. Want to be in Calif. Oct.12 thru 18, but fexible. Contact me by phone 301 616 1335 or email [email protected] Also willing to co-drive if your making the trip. Locate out side of Washington D.C. Offer off after I make fight reservations. West coast people same offer going east. Over 50 don’t drink smoke or do drugs.

  8. I am a 70 yr. old lady former co. owner, now retired and would love to go traveling. I can drive a car to any part of the country.
    Just let me know when and where.

    • Hi Jan,
      I’d like to go from Nashville, TN to South Carolina on 3rd week of October 2015.
      Please email if you can travel. Thanks!

  9. mature adult clean driving record non smoker no alcohol, drugs looking to drive your car from New York, Long Island area to Phoenix area Sept, Oct. 2015 631 379 2183

  10. I can drive your car to Seattle or Portland after October 11 for the cost of the gas only. I don’t drink or do drugs, have a clear driving record, am responsible, mature, reliable and can offer personal references. Call or text me at (707)338-0055.

    • Hi Tom,
      Where are you located? Would you be interested in driving from Chicago to Seattle 10 days from now (10/23)?

  11. Construction operator available to drive your vehicle from Bowie, TX to Logan, UT. 912-674-6103 Al


  13. Late 50;s – Willing to drive an excellent, even sporty, vehicle to Los Angeles area from Victoria/Vancouver British Columbia approx October 15. Non drinker, non smoker, experienced driver and traveller. Heading to LA for my daughters wedding, love to drive and the drive will be an enjoyable way to arrive happy.

    Please let me know.

  14. Retired Educator with flawless Driving Record. Looking to drive your relatively new vehicle to anywhere in Arizona with preference to Tucson. Give a “Shout” if this is something you are looking for. Need $$ for gas and related expenses.

    • Please contact Ruthie Sargent at 617-775-2392 (text/talk) for your Boston to Tucson shuttle of your very dependable vehicle as described in Comment below

  15. Very interested in driving a car from New Orleans ,La. to Charlotte, NC area
    Labor Day Weekend to Tuesday after Labor Day. I am a little flexible. I am moving my daughter to New Orleans to live/work and I need to get back to North Carolina.
    Renting a car would be fine with no drop off fee. Non smoker. Single mom setting my daughter up and the cost is leaving me uncomfortable. Good driving record.
    Thanks, Marcia Angelette
    704 451 0823

  16. Katy and I (in our 50s) want to drive your car LA to ATL or to FL from mid Nov ’15 over ~2weeks as we stop along the way with friends. If this sound like you, please say hi!

  17. Recently retired, age 57, former federal govt employee looking to transport your vehicle from Milwaukee area to and from to almost anywhere!

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