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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1,965 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. Recently retired Swedish diplomat ready to drive your car from San Diego ( or Los Angeles ) to Seattle mid-September.

  2. Available to drive your vehicle from the Philadelphia area to Phoenix, AZ in early January 2019. Experienced cross-country driver with clean driving record.

  3. Helping my son out ~ He and his girlfriend and lab are looking to drive your car from Tucson/Phoenix area to TN or vicinity. Leaving end of August. Can be somewhat flexible.

  4. Hello, I’m a college student looking to have my car – a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid – driven from Northern California to the Cleveland, OH area in mid-August (with the car ideally reaching Ohio around August 20). Please contact me if you’re interested!

    • Hi Kira,

      I can take your car, but likely not until late September. Will that timeframe work? If so, please shoot me an email at [email protected].


    • Hi Kira – A friend and I will be driving from San Francisco next week and may be able to drop your car off in Cleveland. Is it still available?

  5. Responsible couple happy to drive you car from Northern California to Tri State/ NYC mid August. Very safe drivers.
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    • Hello! I’m a college student looking to have my car – a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid – driven from Sebastopol, CA to Oberlin, OH in mid-August (with the car ideally reaching Ohio around August 20, though my dates are flexible). I was wondering if you might be interested! Thank you so much!

      • Thank you for reaching out. But this won’t quite work for our New York destination. Good luck to you!!

  6. I read your blog and i get the some valuable information about car rental. Very useful information you share on this blog. Great blog. Thanks!

  7. Hi,
    we need a 2006 Buick Lucerne driven from Phoenix, AZ to Tampa, FL in
    August or September. Will pay all gas or neg. fee. Front passenger seat is
    stuck and can’t be used. Everything else is fine, Please email if you are
    interested. Clean driving record please and references. Thank you very
    Aug. 3, 2018

  8. Driver willing to bring a car from the San Francisco Bay Area to the New York / Tri-State Area at the end of September / beginning of October. I’m a responsible driver with a clean record and lots of experience on the road. Shoot me an email at [email protected] if you have driver needs aligned with these dates and places. Thanks in advance!

  9. Available to drive your vehicle from Portland, Oregon area to Los Angeles, California area, mid-August. Longtime driver with lots of cross-country miles and clean driving record.


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