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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1,663 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. I am an excellent driver and would like to drive a car from portland to Palm Springs/LA in mid to late June.

  2. I’d like to give my Toyota Camry to my son. Car needs to be driven from a Boston to Salt Lake City.

  3. Hello, together with my husband we will be travelling from NY to Seattle between 8/5 and 8/25. Feel free to reach out if you need help with driving your car.

  4. Safe, responsible 38 year old woman looking to drive someone\’s car from Seattle area to northeast Ohio area (or nearby). Nearly perfect driving record. Looking to go in late July sometime

  5. From VEGAS back to WISCONSIN (Milwaukee) First week of August after moving a friend there. 58 yo CDL. Responsible.

  6. Commercial drivers license. 58 yo. Clean record. Want to drive your car back to Wisconsin from Vegas after moving a friend there in the Beginning of August.
    Contact Todd

  7. Good Day I need to get back to East Coast Coastal Carolinas and am available to drive ASAP
    Myrtle Beach and Raleigh are home
    I am a 63 y.o. man clean driving record have driven all over the world I am in Medford Oregon at present


    Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

  8. Anyone looking for a driver from San Francisco/Sacramento area to Denver second week of August? Excellant driving records, own insurance, just need a one-way trip….

  9. Experience drive – I am 43 years old with wife and 2 kids will drive your car from Orange county – California to Seattle SEA WA . Planing to go on 21 June. If you need me, please contact us.

  10. Looking for driver to take my Very Good condition 1995 Land Cruiser from Seattle to Fairbanks, AK. Also, looking for driver to take my also Very Good condition 1998 BMW 740iL to Fairbanks too. Early July 2017.

    Thank you.


  11. Albuquerque , New Mexico to Southern California area . car , truck or uhauls. Clean record all around.

  12. I’m a responsible, licensed driver willing to drive from Seattle area down towards OK or Arkansas anytime in June, July!

  13. Im looking to driving a automobile from around New Orleans and to Co. I can go the 1st of july .. Ty God Bless

  14. I am available to drive a car from Denver to San Diego / So Cal / LA area from July 15 – July 31, 2017.

    Mature female, good driving record, flexible dates from mid-July to end of month.

    Thank You.

  15. Hi…my husband and I are in our early 60s and both have perfect driving records. We are available on 8 Oct…or within a couple of days afterwards, to drive your car from Fort Lauderdale to Detroit.

  16. I am looking for a car to drive from Denver area to Mid Atlantic (Baltimore) to bring my daughter home from college. Sometime during the rest of June would be great.

  17. Looking for someone to drive our car from San Diego to Des Moines Ia. Mid July after the 15th, arrive in Des Moines by the 23rd.

    OR San Diego To Denver after July 15th, arrive in Denver no later than the 21st.

  18. I need to travel from Los Angeles to New York in July, 2017 and I will be willing to transport a car to New York area from Los Angeles area. I have been driving for many years without accident and my driving record is perfect.

  19. We are planning to visit the US sometime between June 14th and August 9th and are very interested in delivering a car to another state, mainly California to Florida, since our plan is to cross the country from San Francisco to Miami.

    We are very flexible about departure and arrival city. If a car is not going exactly where we hope to go, we are able drive one car from point A to point B, then another car from B to C, and so on. Starting somewhere in California and ending in a state along the way towards Florida.

    Of course, we both have a driver’s license and in addition an International driver’s license. Both of us have clean driving records. We have Swedish passports and will be able to provide a copy of our passports if needed.

    With regards to our US VISA, it stretches from March 1st 2017 to March 1st 2019.

    Driver information:

    Fredrik Eriksson
    Age: 28
    Citizenship: Swedish

    Sofia Bertilsson
    Age: 27
    Citizenship: Swedish

    If you want us to send copies of our driver’s license, ESTA-confirmation, Motor Vehicle Record or our passports beforehand on mail, we would gladly do so. 

    If offered a drive away option from you, we might add that we will keep the car tidy and clean before drop-off. You can count on us delivering the car in the same condition as on departure and keep the condition report unchanged.

    If there is anything else you need, any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Mail: [email protected]
    or [email protected]

    Thank you very much for your time.

    With best regards
    Fredrik and Sofia

  20. Hey!

    My name is Jake! I’m a safe, (friendly!) responsible, mature driver, looking to drive from the northeast (NY/NJ/MA/CT/New England/Eastern PA) out to the LA area. I have a clean driving record and only drive the speed limit. I also come from a serious eco-friendly family, and drive economically to maximize my tank.

    I’m looking to drive in early August. If I could just get (only) some travel-relevant expenses covered (just gas, tolls, auto repairs, etc.), I can deliver the car in less than a week (~ 4-5 days maximum). I’ll use the most economical route to LA, and happily keep in touch with you throughout the trip. Happy to chat/meet beforehand!

  21. I\’m interested in having my car driven from 15 minutes south of Boston to San Diego or Los Angeles. Only mature responsible person should respond. The date I would like to receive it there is 8/25/2017. Please respond by email and then we will discuss details thru this organization or direct.

  22. Desire to drive someone’s car to San Francisco from Charlotte, NC in late June 2017

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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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!


  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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]

    • I’m in Boston and need a car in San Diego in August if your interested contact me

  30. 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.

    • Hi, Are you fixed on that time frame? I am looking to get someone drive my car from Georgia to Arizona in june

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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]

    • Are you available to drive a car from Virginia to Colorado within the next 2 weeks? How much would that cost?


  35. 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

  36. 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?

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

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

  39. 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!

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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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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