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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1,365 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. WILLING TO DRIVE YOUR CAR FROM NEW JERSEY TO SAVANNAH GA FLEXIBLE FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER HAVE SOME LUGGAGE FOR BACK SEAT THATS ALL

  2. I am willing to drive your car from Denver to LA from August 1-August 13 give or take a day either direction. Traveling with my mom for a western road trip . Text me at 540-247-4686.

  3. Looking for a responsible careful honest driver to drive my car from Ct to Portland Oregon in August and arrive there by August 18th.

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    you may call me at 512-814-9915 for more information.

  5. Need someone to drive my car from New York area to Phoenix at the end of September. Contact me at 203 252 6958. No need for quick trip there

  6. I would like to drive your reliable car/van/SUV/pickup truck from the L.A. area to the Nashville/ Knoxville / Charlotte / Atlanta area around the end of July or August OR I would drive your vehicle from that area to the L.A. area mid- to late-August. Retired professional… 60 y/o… Christian… Excellent driving record! I have a few boxes, but I’m willing to transport your pet or a person, also. I’m very flexible! 714-514-0114

  7. Willing to drive a car from Atlanta, GA metro area to area near Albany, NY (as close to Oneonta, NY as possible) in order to get my vehicle and drive it home from Oneonta, NY

  8. Hello its Paul and my # is 1305 794 1868 . I will drive from LA to Florida

  9. Hello my name is Paul and i have a clean drivers record and i would like to drive your car suv mini van or truck from los angeles to Florida

  10. Im looking for someone willing to drive a car from Sacramento, CA to Miami Florida. Nissan Xterra SUV in perfect conditions

    • GREG , I’m driving a car from New Jersey to Vegas, July 30, thur Aug 3/4 . If you still need a driver, I could fly ,Vegas to Sacramento. Drive your Nissan to Miami, catch a flight home [D.C.]. call or text est 7am 8pm 301 616 1335. TIME IS LIMITED.

  11. I am looking to drive from Miami Florida August 15 to August 22 to Brooklyn ny

  12. Hello,

    my name is Roy and I’m looking for a car to drive from New york/NJ/North east area to California, I am flexible and can drop your car off in many locations. I’m looking to leave the first week of September and can have your car delivered by the first week of November. I’m responsible, travelling with my wife, with only 2 suitcases. Thanks!

  13. Going to California, could leave as early as July 29, but would prefer a later date. If you have a car, or truck that needs to go to the west coast, I’ll drive for you. Mature male, late 50s, proper references, past driving history. Yes I’ve driven before, past clients can be contacted. Call my cell 301 616 1335 . est 7am 9pm , if I can help. If not, I’ll make flight reservation Aug. 25 (cheapoair $230) and be in cali right after school starts, Sept 8. See you there!

  14. Hello,

    my name is Whitney and I’m currently in the Bay Area, CA, and am looking for a car to drive from here back to the NorthEast, anywhere ranging in DC/PA/NJ/NY/CT/MA, I am flexible and can drop your car off in any of these states. I’m looking to leave the second week of August and can have your car delivered by the following week. I’m responsible, with only 2 suitcases and some music equipment that can all probably fit in the back seat. Feel free to contact me (txt is best) at 860-377-2100. Thanks!

  15. Hi, I need a pick up or cargo van to drive from Fresno Ohio to Sebastopol California.
    Any time is ok to about early October 2016. I can pick up any where east of Ohio.
    I can deliver to San Francisco bay area. I need to move motorcycle parts I purchased. I am a retired professional truck driver with a good driving record. I will treat your vehicle as if it were my mine and protect it from any damage.
    Thanks Ron
    707 829 1419

  16. I’m looking for a large SUV to drive from Chicago to San Diego.
    I’ll need it August 6, 2016
    Thank you

  17. Mature older Gentleman with excellent driving record (last 2 years without a ticket) would like to drive your car from Dallas TX vicinity (within 50 miles ) to washington DC 40 miles around DC.
    I am available 3rd week to t=4th week of July. Your car will be delivered in less than 48 hours.
    I will drive your care with TLC like you would expect it to be handled and driven.

    If interested contact me by e-mail: [email protected]

  18. Retired and wish to drive your RV/Motorhome from New York to Arizona.

  19. Hello,
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    I have an excellent driving record and references .
    Thank you
    Karen

  20. Will drive your mini van or SUV from the Philadelphia, PA area to the east coast of Florida West Palm Beach area July, Aug, or Sept 2016 Responsible driver. Clean record Retired

  21. 1ST WEEK OF AUGUST 2016 (Aug 1-7)

    Looking for a car to drive from Austin, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana.
    My flight into Austin is already booked so serious inquiries only.
    The car must be reliable and have AC.
    email: msr ed wun ( at ) hot mail . c0m <–remove spaces of course 🙂

  22. Mature capable gal will drive your small truck, pick-up or van from Las Vegas to Seattle July – August 2106. Made the trip many times so know the route. Need to bring 2 tables & few boxes with me and don’t want to do a round trip yet again. I grew up on farm/ranch so can drive most anything except a semi! 253 468 2728.

  23. Hi,

    I have 2006 Ford F-150 that needs to be driven from LOs Angeles to Houston preferably. Anytime late July or early Aug. pretty flexible with time frame. Please let me know. 310-218-3747

  24. Hi I like to drive your car / SUV.
    Starting location Arlington, Tx. Zip code 76017.
    Final Destination – Washington DC International Airport (IAD).
    The car should be an Automatic with Air Conditioning, and a newer and reliable late model car in excellent mechanical condition.
    The car I will drive will be at least a compact car and above.
    As far myself – I am an excellent drive with no tickets in the last 25 years, and currently a VA. state DL holder.
    I can drive your car in the 3rd week of July 2016.
    Only serious enquiries please.

  25. Retired. Wish to drive SUV from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale to Chicago end of July

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