Driveaway Cars – Like Driving Someone Else’s Automobile 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.

Hit the road for free in someone else's automobile, with a driveaway car
Hit the road for free in someone else’s automobile, with a driveaway car

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. Hi!

    My wife and I have a break from work coming up in September, and are hoping to drive to Alaska from our home in San Francisco. Would love to relocate someone\’s car. You wouldn\’t need to pay us or even cover our gas; we\’d just need some flexible timing over the course of September and early October. We both have perfect driving records and full insurance. We\’ve done road trips from San Francisco to Seattle, San Francisco to Delaware and the bottom of New Zealand all the way to the top!

    If you need your car relocated from California to Alaska, email me anytime! [email protected].

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  2. If you are looking for someone to move your vehicle from Point A to Point B, we are the one.

    A retired couple will do it for you for actual cost reimbursement only. We do this as a way to see the USA, not as a FOR PROFIT business,

    Just tell us when you need this done and from what city to what city and we will supply a cost figure.

    References are available upon request.

    If interested in our service, just email me.

    Barb
    [email protected]

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  3. I am a recent graduate from NYU and am moving to California for graduate school at Berkeley this August. I’m hoping to leave around August 6th and get over to California by August 13th/14th. My best friend is planning to come with me. We are hoping to make stops in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah to explore some national parks.

    My friend & I are both very responsible (we are applying to medical school currently) and have clean driving records.

    Email me if you need your car relocated from the East Coast to the West Coast in early-mid August: [email protected]

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  4. i AM IN A DILEMA AND NEED TO GET FROM COLORADO TO NEW YORK BY ANYWHERE FROM JULY 7 TO JULY 17. IF YOU LIVE IN THE DENVER AREA AND NEED YOUR CAR RELOCATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THAT WOULD BE A MIRACLE FOR ME. i WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE BY ANYWHERE FROM JULY 1 TO 10, i AM A RETIRED EDUCATOR WHO WAS ON A TRIP TO SEE MY BROTHER AND SISTER IN COLORADO WHEN MY CAR BROKE DOWN IN EASTERN COLORADO.

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  5. I’m looking for someone to relocate my car from Massachusetts (the South Shore or Boston) to Los Angeles in July. I would cover all reasonable expenses. Please email me if you are interested at [email protected]. Thank you!

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  6. Hi, my step-mom is looking to relocate a car, trailer or camper from Los Angeles to the New York/New Jersey area in August.
    Her ideal drive start date would be sometime around August 7, 8 or 9. She would just expect all expenses covered, but has no additional daily fee. She has a clean driving record and currently drives a Subaru Forester, but has driven many types of cars, including a Ford F-250, and horse trailers, throughout her life.

    Please email me, Caylin Brahaney, at [email protected] and I can provide you with her cell phone number.

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  7. I will drive your car from Maryland/Virginia to Washington or Oregon in September 2021

    I live in Maryland and will be taking my daughter to Portland OR for graduate school. Classes start Sept 27, so we’re looking to leave around Sept 15 and deliver the car around Sept 25. Our destination is Portland but we can drop the car off anywhere we can rent a car and get to Portland within a day.

    I have many years of experience driving all kinds of cars, from VW bugs to pickup trucks. I currently drive a Nissan Pathfinder.

    Email me (Susan-Marie Stedman) if interested: [email protected]

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