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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2,034 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. My wife and I are looking to drive a car from the Los Angeles, CA area towards Seattle, WA the first week of May 2019.

    We are planning a weeklong trip LA to Seattle 5/5 – 5/11 or so…

    We are 34/35 years old, professional careers, each with clean driving records.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Ben (& Brenda)

  2. I am looking to drive someones car from the New England area (could be MA, CT, RI) or possibly the New York City Area to Indianapolis area. or possibly a 2 hour radius.
    I DON’T CHARGE A FEE! you pay gas and tolls only.
    35 year clean driving record (NO Accidents ever!)
    Responsible homeowner and mom to 3 teenagers, non-smoker/no drugs.
    DATES: Pick up-March 16/17 deliver on March 20 or later.
    [email protected] contact me today!

  3. I would be interested in driving your automobile from Palm Beach County to the North Eastern United States in the near future. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact me and let me know, and then we can work out all the finances, arrangements and details. I moved from L.I., N.Y. To South Florida approximately 5 years ago, so I am familiar with both regions. I have a squeaky clean driving record. I would keep you informed along the duration of the trip. I don\’t smoke, drink or do any drugs, so your car will be in responsible hands.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank You,
    Ken

  4. I am interested in driving a vehicle from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA or close surrounding area (within 100 miles) between February 20-23 2019
    [email protected]

  5. Commercial Pilot, looking to drive your car from Chicago to Orlando area late March. Perfect driving record, no kids or pets, dependable.

  6. I am interested in driving your car/truck from Arizona to Houston/East Texas.

  7. My family and I are interested in driving your vehicle from the Orlando area to New England (preferably Massachusetts or New Hampshire) in March. My husband and I have excellent driving records and will have 2 kiddos with us to ensure we keep your car as safe as can be. Feel free to email myself directly: [email protected]. Thank you, Jodi

  8. Will drive your vehicle from any point in continental U.S. to your final destination I possess class B CDL no restrictions, 47 years driving experience no accidents no tickets contact for details [email protected] advance notice required.

  9. MY WIFE & I , BOTH 61 & STILL WORK, ARE LOOKING TO DRIVE A CAR OR SUV, FROM SAN DIEGO TO FLORIDA, IN JULY OF 2019. SIGHT SEEING ALONG THE WAY ! WE BOTH HAVE EXCELLENT DRIVING RECORDS.

  10. I am retired and have been volunteering in Northern California without a car. I will be returning to New England in early March to regroup with family and friends before heading off to Europe to continue my volunteer adventure. I would welcome the opportunity to drive your car instead of fly. Happy to negotiate the cost with you. I am healthy and happy and have a great driving record.

  11. My wife & I are interested in driving your vehicle from San Diego, Ca. to N.E. Iowa(or that general area) on or about March 09, 2019. We are both retired seniors with excellent driving records & neither of us smoke, drink, use nor have used drugs, with no criminal records, nor do we have any pets. We are returning Snowbirds to Iowa & we each could drive a vehicle if you may have two(2) vehicles to be driven. If you are looking for a couple that are clean cut, responsible, dependable, & care for other people’s vehicles like our own, then please respond. Thank you in advance! Rod

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