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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1,627 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. A friend and I are looking to drive from Phoenix to Denver. June 7th-14th 2017. Thanks!

  2. Me and fiancé are going to Detroit MI. From Philadelphia.Anyone need there car relocated. Willing to drive it for them.. clean driving record!! Age 37 male. May 31

  3. Me and fiancé are going to Detroit MI. From Philadelphia.Anyone need there car relocated. Willing to drive it for them.. clean driving record!! Age 37 male.

  4. Greetings!

    Looking to drive from Evanston (chicagoland area) to New York City around June 9. Picking up my son at college and we are looking for some father-son time!


  5. I’m looking for a car to drive from Los Angeles to Salem Oregon. The dates will be August 16. 17 and 18, 2017. Let me know if I can help you in transporting your car to Oregon. I will deliver your car to most cities in Oregon. Thank you, Larry.

  6. I’m looking for a car to drive from Los Angeles to Salem Oregon. The date will be August 16, 17 and 18, 2017. Please let me know if I can help you in transporting your car. I will deliver your car to most cities in Oregon. Thank you, Larry.

  7. Hello, I need a car that I can drive from Savannah, GA to NYC on June 8 or 9,2017. Can you please contact me!

  8. Two of my childhood best friends and I all just graduated college. We live in New York and want to drive across the country to the west coast in July/August. We don’t have cars that would be able to do the trip.

    Were respectful smart guys with clean driving records. We’ve talked about this since we were kids. Help us out!!!!

    Send me an email and we can talk more.

    [email protected]

  9. I live in Georgia and am going to spend a week with family at a time share in Arizona in September. Our time share week is 9/9- 9/16. I’m hoping to find someone nearby each end of that trip who needs a vehicle driven either way. Obviously, if I could find trips both ways, that would be ideal. I have some flexibility on the dates. I’m dependable, responsible, and a very good and safe driver.

  10. If you are in the New York area and need to get your car to South Florida and need someone to drive it there in June please email.

  11. I am looking for a car to drive from Boston to California in late June.

  12. I would like to drive from Atlanta, GA to Boulder, CO to drive my child to school in August. Looking to leave around the 22nd.

  13. I am looking for people who need a driver from michigan to florida, prefer the gulf side starting in November 2017 (dates flexible), I wish to stay in Florida until end of March or April 2018 and return to michigan, I am also looking for a place to stay for the three months so if you need help we could work something out for the lodging, write me at [email protected]

  14. I need to get to Chapel Hill North Carolina from Scranton Pa.area in the next week and a half if your car needs to be transported contact directly.I’m in the delivery business for the past 33 years.Call 570 842 7928 or 570 445 8409

  15. I need to pull a single axle trailer from kenai alaska to idaho. Any chance there’s a truck that needs to go along that route I can drive?

  16. A retired police office from Westchester, NY looking to drive a car for someone from NY to FL in September.

    • Don I’m looking for some adventure,and my sister lives in Olympia, who I would like to visit. When do you want the car delivered, would you care if I spent a few days visiting family. Contact me call or text 301 616 1335, non smoker, don’t drink, love cars.

  17. Will drive a vehicle from Houston, TX to Panama City, Fl. any weekend month of May.
    I need to get to the Air Base.

  18. Will be driving from Los Angeles, California to El Paso, Texas the weekend of May 12, 2017 give or take a few days. Do you have a car that you need driven from L.A. to E.P.? Email me if so.
    Non smoker, no drugs, no alcohol, clean cut, dependable, honest, and reliable. Please let me know. Maybe we can both save some money! Thanks!

  19. In need of a driver to drive my car from Seattle Washington to Los Angeles Ca
    as soon as possible
    Al 818-788-7039

    • I am visiting Seattle in June and would love to drive to LA for a wedding.

  20. Friends and family in California, I’m on the east coast. I visit every spring and fall. If any one needs a car delivered to the west coast I’ll drive it for you. 50+ years old, non smoker, in good health, with respectable references, and 3 past drives. Would consider delivering to Las Vegas, Reno, or Denver. call or text for more information 301 616 1335. People on the west coast that need a car driven east ,call also, I could fly out ,visit, and drive your car back. Would like to go before school lets out. thank you

  21. My father and I are looking to drive a car from New York to Hallettsville Texas how can we go about doing this my father has a perfect driving record license credit card and no criminal history can you please send this information regarding this trip as we need to make it in the next month or so thank you so much Kim

  22. Safe driver, 56 will drive your car from San Francisco to virtually anywhere in Ohio, especially the Columbus or Central area beginning May 3, 2017. I need to attend a family function so the car will get there fast as I am under a time constraint. If you have such a situation or are planning to drive from the Bay Area to OH and want a co-pilot please contact me ASAP at wpbooks2ATlycosDOTcom.

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