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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1,578 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. Hello, I am a 46 year old woman who works as a 911 operator in Milwaukee Wisconsin. My family (husband, 10 & 12 year old) are going to Flordia on the 21st of October, 2017. I have an excellent driving record and as for a criminal background check, well, I work for the police department! We could fly, but there is nothing quite as breathtaking as driving through the mountains at sunrise. I have no objection to towing a small trailer if necessary. I would also be willing to pick up the vehicle elsewhere in Wisconsin or Illinois as long as it is a reasonable distance. Please contact me if you need to have your car relocated around that time.
    Sincerely,
    Margaret

  2. FREE DRIVING & SAFE DELIVER!
    I am mature safe experienced driver looking to drive your vehicle from North Miami to Houston/College Station/ Austin/Odessa-Midland, Texas areas by August 8th or 9th / 2017. Will return to the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area by August 26th or 27th .
    Also will care and take your pets during the travel. I am retired Federal Law Enforcement Agent.

    Contact: [email protected]

  3. FLORIDA TO TEXAS DRIVER FOR FREE HONEST AND SAFE
    posted March/2017

    I am available to drive a car from Fort Lauderdale, Florida area to Austin, TX or Houston , TX area at the beginning of August 8th or 9th /2017.
    Also available to drive a car from Austin, TX to Fort Lauderdale or nearby areas after August 23.
    Clean driving record. No accidents or tickets. Non-smoker. Very experienced in long-distance driving & a retired federal law enforcement agent.

    • Hi Frank,

      I am a researcher for an Australian food programme and we are filming in Miami. We are looking for someone to drive our presenters car from Miami to Alabama airport around the 9th / 10th May and having read your post, wondered if this could be of interest to you?

  4. Professional, considerate 52 year old experienced driver will deliver your car from Southern California to as far as Miami between Mid April to May 2017.
    I’ve driven every type of vehicle across America 5 times.

  5. I can drive your car from anywhere in North Carolina to Cleveland. Or anywhere in Florida to Cleveland within the next few weeks. Your car could be to you by April 1, washed and pretty.

    Kelly K
    216- 618- 8425

  6. I am available to drive a car from Pittsburgh, PA area to Austin, TX area at the end of June/beginning of July.
    Also available to drive a car from Austin, TX to Pittsburgh, PA after July 6th.
    Clean driving record. No accidents or tickets. Non-smoker. Very experienced in long-distance driving.

  7. Hey there, I am looking to drive back to Brooklyn from Houston on April 13th – April 15th. Do you have anything available for that time frame with those locations?

  8. I am moving my niece to Texas in a couple weeks and would like to drive back to Michigan. Please let me know if you are needing a car brought to Michigan (preferably Dallas area to Northern Michigan (Traverse City would be perfect!)).

  9. Looking to drive a vehicle from Portland, OR area to the east coast (TN). I’ll be departing Portland around the April 1, 2017.

    -Patrick

  10. Clear driving record and love of the road looking to drive vehicle from Alaska (kenai/sodotna, anchorage, or Tok) to Oregon/WA.

  11. Mature husband & wife driving team with many cross country driving experiences looking to drive a vehicle from California to Minnesota/Wisconsin area sometime in late April to early May. Excellent driving records, non-smokers, no pets. If interested call Gene at 612-723-9183.

    • Would you be able to drive a UHaul from California to Maryland in early May?

  12. Free to travel ,now until May 1. Spending my winter skiing at Deep Creek Lake Md. and helping at a stable. Prefer a cross county drive, (friends and family in calif. ) but will go any where, at cost. Good references, three past drives. I’m honest , dependable and in good health, a non smoker. If you need a car delivered -call or text- 301 616 1335

  13. I need a car driven from Atlanta, Georgia to New York City sometime in April. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thanks! Michael

    • I’m a teacher from Long Island NY and I’m doing a workshop in Athens GA June 19-22. Let me know if you can wait until June.

  14. Hello everybody

    I\’m James with girlfriend Laurie.
    we will be visiting long Island , NY for few weeks .
    We are dropping a car off for a friend and to visit her mother and would love to drive your car back to the Charlotte- Gastonia area to drop off . rather than fly back.
    we are flexible on return date. from 03/17 to 03/25/17
    if you email (car drop off )

    Thanks

  15. Hello We are looking to from Florida to Chicago on March 14. We need space for a cage in the back because we are bringing a friends dog back. We are 52 and 56. Professional couple. Please call us if you would like us to drive your vehicle for you. My husband is a safety engineer so,we will be very careful. Steve and Colleen 708-557-9999

  16. Leaving Naples Fla April 30th 2017 to Boston or Cape Cod Mass. Sober non smoker great driver excellent driving record. Call 617 827 6000

  17. Safe, mature driver to drive your vehicle from the Norfolk/Boston, Ma area to Western North Carolina in Early to Mid March 2017. Flying up, then driving back.
    Must be able to load two boxes of equipment, 150 lbs each.
    One is a 12″ x 12″ x 12″, the other is 32″ x 12″. Both boxes will be new and clean.. Fit easily in a trunk, hatchback, van, truck, etc..

  18. Safe Driver 58 will drive a car from Pittsburgh to Nashville. Could leave Mon. 3/6-Wed. 3/8. Call Bob. 321-412-9848

  19. I want to drive a car from north Carolina to colorado i am experienced in driving if u need to talk to me my number is 5134029452 my name is seger

  20. Experienced driver available to transport car to/near Seattle from/near Detroit. Dates flexible.

  21. I want to drive a car from the Washington DC area to either Chicago or Madison Wisconsin. I just need it this one way.

  22. 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

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

  24. 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]

  25. 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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