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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1,909 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. Hi there!
    Married couple 61 and 66,non-smokers, clean driving records looking to drive your vehicle from Vancouver or Seattle area on August 16th to Southern California (San Diego is our home). Would like to have 7 or 8 days travel time on route home. Let us know if we could be of help. Thanks, Carol and Pat

  2. Hi! Our car is currently being shipped from Hawaii to Long Beach, CA (Matson). Looking for someone to drive it to Houston. Date is approx. 6/25/18. Would need to pick up at the port in CA. Thanks!

  3. We will be arriving into Anchorage, AK on July 21st 2018 from cruise ship. We would willing to drive your vehicle to Seattle or surrounding area Washington State. Let us know we both have a Cdl and clean driving record.

  4. My girlfriend and I are moving home to Chicagoland Illinois this month (June – early July). We are looking for someone who needs their car driven from Modesto CA area. We are very responsible, trustworthy people.

    • Hi! Our car is currently being shipped from Hawaii to Long Beach (Matson). We only need it driven to Houston, but it gets you part of the way to Chicago. Let me know if you are interested.

  5. Looking for someone to drive my car from SF to Nashville anytime in June up to mid July. Car just needs to be in Nashville by at least the 20th of July.

  6. Hello,
    We are looking for a driver to drive a vehicle from Dallas Texas to Panama City, Florida. Looking to avoid return trip expenses if possible. We will pay for time, gas and food. Flexible dates, prefer June or July. Perfect gig for anyone looking to go to Panama City Beach. Clean driving record with references please.

    • If you get a driver thats needs a return trip I have a car that needs to go to Oklahoma city from Panama city. They would be close to get back to dallas area

  7. Hello I drive for a rental truck company but we only work in Texas and I’m interested in visiting New York City. What anyone would be interested in me driving their vehicle from the Dallas area to New York at the end of June or beginning of July? I have a clean record.

  8. Hi
    Looking for someone to drive an empty van from Chicago to New York on July 1.
    Moving? Fill it up with your stuff!
    Amy

  9. I would like to drive someone’s vehicle from the NYC area to San Francisco in early to mid- August. I have a clean driving record and will respect your wheels.

  10. Hello,
    I am available to drive your car from NYC to LA in mid July! If anyone needs a car delivered during this time/location let’s connect.

  11. Family looking to travel one way from Detroit to Miami, minivan preferred. Would be looking to make the drive Nov 21-25th, 2018. Will be taking a cruise & flying back, this seems like an ideal way to beat the rental prices. Email your information.

    • Hi Samantha,
      This is a great way to beat the rental car prices, you’re right! I’m the Co-founder of a company named ReloRides that matches people who need their vehicle relocated with responsible people traveling to that destination. Our new site will be launching soon, but in the mean time you can sign up at http://www.relorides.com. We plan to begin services in the coming weeks.
      Thanks Samantha and safe travels!
      Jaime

    • hmm…I’m looking for a car to drive from Maryland to Vegas from end June/early July — does that work for you on the other end?

  12. Hi,
    Anyone looking to move their car from LA, California to Dallas, TX. Please let me know. My Schedule is flexible but I’m looking for something in the month of June, 2018. Thanks!

  13. Hi

    I am available to drive your auto or RV from Palm Springs to South Florida as soon as possible. . Reply Please! Quick…its right there!

  14. Hi. I am looking to drive my daughter to college leaving from Portsmouth, NH area to Boulder, Co in early to mid August. Please contaxt me if interested or if you know of other helpful places to look.

    • Hi Christina,
      I see you’re looking for a car to drive to CO! I’m the Co-Founder of a company named ReloRides that matches people who need to relocate their cars with others who are going to that destination. We provide insurance, etc. We will be launching the company in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime feel free to check out our site…And of course feel free to contact me anytime.
      Thanks Christina and safe travels,
      Jaime

      • Hello Jaime,
        I am looking for a car to drive from CO to Idaho this summer! If you have any customers who fit that specific need, please do let me know.
        Many Thanks,
        Diana

      • Hi my name is Laura Landau and I’m looking for a job driving people’s cars or people across the country.

        I can be reached at 201-560-6768.

  15. Hello we are a pair if travelers, male 26 and female 23, both with clean driving records. We are looking for a car to go from either Florida or Phoenix to the Seattle area or a northern part of California. We are pretty flexible.

    We do not need accommodations for our returns.

    Please let us know if you could benefit from this, even if you want the vehicle to be dropped off in an area around what has been mentioned, contact us!

  16. Mature, safe professional driver w/Class A CDL in Denver area. Drive your vehicle (any type, size) safely to NE OH/Western PA mid June. My driving experience means I’m proactive in knowing how to be prepared for potential travel hazards….reducing risks.
    1. Monitor weather forecasts for route
    2.Review construction/traffic delays for cost effective routing
    3.Safest locations to stop at
    You can track my progress w/google maps. I treat this like a business…..be on time safely.
    Thanks for your time! Pls contact me for further assistance.

  17. I am looking a vehicle from the Colorado Springs/Denver area to Massachusetts (or RI/Conn/Southern NH) departing around May 22nd-24th 2018 (next week). I am 53 with an impeccable driving record and will care for your vehicle as if it were my own Volvo. I have a AAA gold membership. I will be driving with my 22 year old son back to the East coast after his college graduation. The trip should take 3-4 days. Please contact me if you are interested or if you know of other resources that might be useful. Thanks!

    • Hi. I am curious if you have heard from anyone? I’d like to do something similar – find a car to take from Portsmouth NH to Boulder Co to take my daughter to college. Can you suggest any other places to find folks? Thanks so much!

  18. I would like to drive a large vehicle leaving from Boulder, Colorado on June 13, 2018, and ultimately ending in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 20, 2018. I will be traveling with my wife, my daughter and her husband, and our 3 grandkids. There are 7 of us in total. We just want to share the sights with the kids along the way, rather than flying. We have a flight planned for the return trip.
    I will pay for the gas and all expenses, and not look to charge anything to the vehicle owner. Basically, we get to use the car, and the vehicle owner gets their vehicle delivered for free.
    Cheers,
    Dick

  19. Planning a late summer, early fall trip to California -San Francisco-. If anyone needs a car delivered to the west coast call me 301 616 1335. I’m a mature man, with a good driving record, and references you can trust. Located out side of Washington D.C. , I can travel to your car. willing to meet in person, if you call. Could also drive west to east. Thank you.

  20. I am available until May 15, 2018 to drive your car from New York to Chicago/Indiana/Ohio, or ride-share.

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