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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1,488 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

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

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