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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1,867 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. Hello everyone –
    I am a 36 year old female veteran of the road with a clean license here and in Europe. I’m looking for a car to drive from NYC/surrounding areas to Los Angeles/surrounding areas, hoping to leave the East coast May 7th and arrive on the West coast May 14th – can be somewhat flexible with the dates.

    Feel free to reach out if our needs collide! xxx

  2. Need a driver from Chicago to take van to Bonita Springs, Florida

  3. Hi, I’m looking for someone to drive a 2014 Honda Odyssey with a trailer attached, filled with boxes and furniture, from Boston, MA to Chapel Hill, NC, and back to Boston again (round-trip) at the beginning of August. Email me at [email protected] if interested.

  4. My husband and I can drive a car or RV from SF Bay Area to Buffalo, NY the last two weeks in July. We both have excellent driving records and want to drive to Buffalo instead of fly a round trip.

  5. Hello, looking to fo a trip from Houston to Toronto somewhere around end of may june or july, dates arent closed yet, 30 years old, Military professional driver, Manual and automatic, will have my 4 year d daughter in a car sit and a suite case.

    Going to visit my sister and want to drive rather than fly, want to see the states.

    832-830-3746

  6. We need someone to drive a Honda CRV from Chicago, IL to Salt Lake City, UT ASAP. Is there anyone out there who is interested?
    Thanks

    • i may be interested. i was planning on leaving oak park, illinois next week, 4/30 or 5/1. i live near aspen, colorado, so i’d like to drive to my place and then head on to salt lake. then i’d rent a car to get back. let me know if it might work for you, and we can talk more details then.
      take care – moejones

  7. Hi , I’m Yasmine , 33 YO from Algeria , I am a 2nd year surgeon resident , love travelling I have been doing that since 25 yo non stop , I have been so far around europe , asia , emirates , and us west coast and florida , this year I am planning a road trip with my brother 28YO and mom 63 YO , our plans are for the july new york — Miami or vice versa
    as for my driving skills , I drive since my 18YO means 15 years hhh wow I dont get younger … I have a WV POLO in my country , my brother has a GOLF and for my east coast road trip I drove an SUV no problem , the owner was pretty happy about the clean car ..
    If anyone I can help get his car that distance while he just have to pay his estimation of gasoline .. give me a mail 🙂

  8. I am going to do some travelling across state end of 22nd July to August 8th, give or take. I would be willing to fly to any location to pick up a car and drop it off in California. I mainly want to drive through New Mexico, Arizona and Cali. I am in NY tri-state area but will fly to a location if your car is available to drive. I am 24 from England (been living in the states 2 years) and I have had my license since I was 17. Never had any tickets / fines / accident, completely clean license.

  9. If you need a vehicle (automatic only), or a u-haul (or something like that), to be driven anywhere in the lower 48 states from Tucson, Arizona, I can help you out.

    I would require a way back home to Tucson.

      • Hi, My name is Steve Smith 46 clean record. My last job of several yrs. Had me on tbe road daily anywhere from 500 to 2500 miles weekly Im from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so I can handle road conditions ill be in Michigan visting family later this week to the begining of may. I live in NM. We probably could work something out if your still looking. You can send me a text if you like 505 835 9904 anytime. Or if you prefeer to email [email protected]

  10. Responsible husband and wife teaching couple with clean driving record interested in driving any type of vehicle from western US to eastern US at the end of May 2018. We are moving from Idaho to Pennsylvania. We can drive manual!

  11. We are looking to have our car driven from Phoenix AZ to the Maryland DC Area. This will take place around May 9th. Anyone willing to drive our car back east for us?

  12. I need a driver to take my car from Boston to LA in early May. Toyota Prius.

    • I’m driving to LA from NYC May 7th and could potentially take your car from Boston. Let’s talk? x

  13. My husband and myself, have a long waiting dream to drive cross country to see places. In last 40 years, we have flew CA more then 20 times. This August we are hoping to fulfill our dream. If you need to transport your vehicle in August 2018 and are not in hurry we will do it for you. An excellent driving record, passion to see places and flexible schedule are plus points.

  14. Will drive your car from Sacramento/the Bay/Reno NV all the way to NY if it can fit fully loaded family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids, small dog). Trusty drivers with excellent record

  15. Hello. I flew 3 weeks ago from California
    to Texas to help my in laws with their house. My duties are done and I do not want to fly back. I want to drive and see the country. I am flexible on travel dates

    • I am departing Houston, Texas and my destination isLos Angeles, California

  16. I will Drive your car from NE Florida, Jax, St. Augustine, to NJ preferably Newark or west NJ on Friday April 6, 2018. Retired Federal employee, excellent driving record

    • Love to have you do this for me at the very end of April, are you interested?

  17. I would like to drive from Sacramento area to Tucson AZ, leaving April 9/10 and arriving April 16/17. I’m a mature responsible woman and staying in the Murrietay/Temecula area to see real estate along the way, and visiting relatives in Tucson where I will fly back myself a week later.

  18. Hi everyone –
    I am a 30 year old female professional – perfect driving record (love to drive).
    I am looking for a car to drive from Los Angeles or surrounding areas/cities to New York City (or surrounding areas).

    I am hoping to go next week or as soon as possible.

    Let me know if I can help anyone out!

    Hayley

  19. Hi! My boyfriend and I are taking a roadtrip from ATL to LA starting the beginning of June.

    We can either:
    1) drive someone’s car from atl to la if it is needed

    2) have someone drive our car from atl to la at the end of the month

    Let me know if either of these interest you.

  20. I’m a safe responsible mature driver who’s ready to drive your vehicle from DALLAS to NEWARK NJ or vicinity.

    I need to bring another nice lady as passenger.

    Please contact [email protected]

  21. My wife can drive your car from Sacramento area to N Y some time during the 2nd week of July. Outstanding driving record.

  22. I’m looking for a reliable person (and a reliable friend, if you like) to drive my car from Palo Alto, CA to Glen Ellyn, Il in the third week of April 2018. I’d like you to pick the car up on April 18, 19, or 20. My car is a 2004 Ford Focus sedan that has only about 80,000 miles on it. I have had it serviced regularly by a very reliable mechanic, including a couple of weeks ago, so it’s in great shape. I’m happy to pay for gas and tolls. That should be less than $300 using the AAA calculator for San Francisco to Chicago today, 3/20/18, and assuming my car gets only 25 mpg (the combined town and country mpg). I’ll also pay for up to four nights worth of average motel bills for that route (so up to $300). If you’d like to add a couple of days worth of time onto the trip and pay for your extra nights of motel bills and gas, that’s fine.

  23. I’m looking to transport a vehicle that can sit a family (adults) of 4 from Newark,NJ / Manhattan,NY area to Miami Fl, One Way, for free. I have an excellent driving record and we are a responsible clean family. The departure date is Thursday afternoon March 22nd 2018. If interested call me at (973)980-2242

  24. Anyone need their vehicle driven from Sioux City, Iowa to New York State or eastern Pennsylvania, any day the week of March 31, through April 5,2018. Clean license, insured, can drive 4 or 5 speed. Let me know if interested.

  25. I can drive from S. Florida to Portland,Oregon or Washington State a.s.a.p.
    Responsible none smoking/none drinking 60 yr. old. W/clean driving record

  26. Looking for a car to drive last week of March 2018 from Miami ,Ft Lauderdale area to New York City New Jersey area.Leaving our car in Florida for the summer.

  27. Hi! Looking for someone to drive Uhaul and SUV from Maine to Utah beginning of April.

    • Hi! Are you still in need of a driver? I am a CDL C licensed driver. My dmv record is spotless. I am also a veteran driver of almost 34 years..

  28. need a car from Nashville ,Tennesse to NYC ,on July 2nd 2018.Let me know if interested

  29. I need a Prius moving from Oakland Ca to Charlottesville va asap or as late as a week from now. Must be good driver and take care of the vehicle.
    434-984-0011

  30. I will be delivering a car to San Diego from Columbia, MO. I am looking to see if someone needs a car delivered from there back to Missouri. I will be in San Diego on March 15.

  31. I am helping my cousin drive a new handicapped vehicle from Ohio to Key West so I need a vehicle to drive from Key West or S Florida back to Ohio. I live in the West central part but if I get close I can get a ride home.

    • I may be buying a sprinter van that is currently located Ashland, Massachusetts, I will need it delivered to anaheim ca. any interest. open time frame, April ok with me.

      • Hi Chris not sure if this is still available, I can drive it to Colorado late April it’s closer let me know

      • If you are still looking for someone to drive the van from MA-CA, I may be available sometime in June.

      • Hi Chris, I\’m looking to plan a rte 66 trip in April. I\’m 52 yrs old, married almost 33 years, homeowner,manager at same place 33 years, cdl B. So let me know if this is still available.
        Thanks,
        Doug

      • Hi! Are you still looking for a driver? I am a CDL C licensed driver. My dmv driving record is spotless. I am a veteran driver of 34 years.

  32. Hello, I am moving from CALIFORNIA to CHICAGO on March 1st, I need a truck to drive there. I will be hauling a small trailer with my belongings. I will do the drive at no fee just as a favor for a favor. I am 24 years old, clean background & will be travelling with my wife. I’ve driven to Chicago many times & I am an experienced driver. No tickets. Please send me an email
    Thank you
    -Gregory
    [email protected]

  33. Hello, I am moving from CALIFORNIA to CHICAGO on March 1st, I need a truck to drive there. I will be hauling a small trailer with my belongings. I am will do drive no fee just as a favor for a favor. I am 24 years old, clean background & will be travelling with my wife. I\’ve driven to Chicago many times & I am an experienced driver. Please send me an email
    Thank you
    -Gregory
    [email protected]

  34. I need a 2008 Toyota Camry driven from Boise to Washington, D.C. sometime soon after March 25. please reply if interested.

  35. Looking for a driver to take my Toyota Camry from the Bay Area (California) to north of Seattle next weekend. It will be a convoy; I will be driving a second car at same time. Would like to do trip in one 16 hour day (Saturday Feb 24).

  36. Hi, I am a 58 yr old new grandfather looking to drive a car for somebody one-way to milwaukee to see grandson in. The next week or 2. Former truck driver with 38 yrs of accident free driving experience.

  37. Looking To Drive a Truck from Washington Or Oregon in April or May. I would be towing a Boat though. To Alaska , Anchorage or Kenai area

  38. Planning a trip to California to visit friends and family , could fly [cheapoair $200] but would like to drive one way, west coast has decent train system so I could deliver your car any where from LA to Seattle. I\’m located out side of Washington D.C. But could travel to your car. I have good references, safe driving record and mature personality, will not use your car for side trips or sight seeing. Would like to go after the 1 of March , but need to be back home by April, call or text 301 616 1335 Could also drive west coast to east,, and will drive a Uhaul for expence money. Thank-you

  39. Couple that need to drive to Arizona sun city west ill father

    from Milwaukee thought we could drive your car for you

    good driving records

    • Please call me 708-466-1253
      Need my car driven from Chicago to Scottsdale Arizona

  40. If you need a car driven from Sarasota (area) Florida to anywhere in New England let me know. Looking to head home end of month. 50 year old man – great driving history.

  41. Hello, I am a 34 year old medical professional who is moving from San Diego to NYC. I would like to go sometime mid to end of March. Somewhat flexible. If you have a car that needs transport East I would be happy to drive it, all you need to do is cover gas!!! I would just like to get there cheaply with some of my things so its a win win for both of us.

    I have a perfect driving record and have AAA and insurance. Please contact me if interested.

    David

  42. Going from Phoenix to Raleigh, NC around 2/27/18, will take your car or light truck. Excellent driving record! Have print-out from DMV.

  43. My elderly father is sick in Tucson. I’m in Chicago and on a tight budget so thinking outside the box to get to him. Flying from Chicago to Tucson is more expensive than if I fly intoPhoenix, but the rental car costs off set any savings. I thought I’d try seeing if anyone needs a car driven from Phoenix to Tucson near the 2nd week of February 2018? PS. I’m a 50 yr old woman and a very safe driver.

  44. Need a car driven from Northern Virginia to Denver Colorado on April 6th, 2018. Would be willing to meet somebody anywhere from Northern VA to Louisville Ky, to drop the car off.

    Email: [email protected]

    • Hi i need to deliver some stuff to Colorado to my son and could drive to Utah need to know if there is room in the car

  45. Need a car driven from Northern Virginia to Denver Colorado, on April 6th 2018. Let me know if interested

    • I am able to drive the car, if you still need a driver. I am visiting DC and traveling back to San Francisco, but able to stop in Denver to drop off the car. I have some time off work and thought it may be fun to drive – rather than fly. I am in my early 30s and have a clean driving record. Would it be possible for me to leave earlier than the 6th – possibly leave on the 31st?

    • I am in new York could meet in Alexandria, need to deliver some things to my son in Colorado not sure if there is room for some stuff 58 yrs clean license

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