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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Driveaway companies 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 ...

2,128 Comments on “Driveaways – Like Driving Someone Else’s Car for Free

  1. 10/17/19
    RANDOLPH MILLER
    I’VE SPENT MANY YEARS DRIVING 50,000 MILES A YEAR. I’M RECENTLY RETIRED AND WISH TO VISIT A SICK FRIEND IN THE PHOENIX AREA.
    I LIVE JUST NORTH OF MILWAUKEE, WI
    NO TICKETS! VERY RELIABLE 262-490-4301 [email protected]

  2. Looking to drive a covered truck or truck and trailer from Chicago to Denver week of Dec. 10-14, 2019. contact me at [email protected] I am a older volunteer fireman w a little extra time and i have a few items i want to transport myself. Will drive for no cost but want to haul a few things.

  3. Looking to drive a car from Seattle to Los Angeles area in the first week of February 2020. Good driving record, no tickets, good insurance…..please contact me at [email protected]

  4. Looking for a car to drive either from NYC to Indiana, or from Indiana to NYC sometime between October – November.

    Would consider driving it up to/from Chicago if needed.

    Safe driver. No tickets or violations.

    email [email protected] (not a college student, just still use my old college email :))

  5. Anyone need a car driving to Miami ,FL leaving Ohio October 18 ,2019

  6. Loking to drive a car roundtrip from western NY to New jersey from Oct 24-27 2019

  7. Looking for a car to drive from Orange County, Ca. to Denver Co. around October 23, 2019

  8. I am looking to drive a car to Charlotte NC from anywhere between Syracuse and Binghamton or surrounding areas or from Charlotte to the mentioned NY areas sometime in the next three weeks. I am a newly retired county worker with a clean driving record. Will also travel with your pet if desired.

  9. Looking for someone to drive our 2009 ford Escape to the Phoenix AZ area from Rogers MN around the end of November or early December 2019.

  10. Driver from NYC or Philly to Oregon or Washington early November. I am a safe driver and have been driving for 6 years. I can drive automatic and manual.

    Contact me if interested! [email protected]
    All the best, Deirdre

  11. My wife and I are willing to drive your car down to Phoenix Arizona area from the Baltimore-Washington DC area. Anytime from Oct 10 to o/a November 10, 2019. Figure 4-5 days for delivery. Excellent driving record and fully insured. Please contact me at [email protected] anytime.

  12. I am looking for a driver for my Toyota Prius from CO to NYC in the next week. Anyone know of a reliable, safe driver who wants to go to the East Coast? Pls contact – [email protected]

    Thanks! David

  13. Does anyone need a driver from Boston to California within the next week or so? I am 22 years old, safe/defensive driver. Have a solid driving record, been driving for 6 years, and I have full insurance with statewide coverage.

    Please contact me if you are interested! [email protected]
    Feel free to reach out anytime.
    Thanks, Cole.

  14. 2 Drivers available at the end of December for Cross country trip(s). The ultimate goal is from California to Boston or New York and back. Going across the Southern route, so states like AZ, TX, KY, FL, etc would be great. Please let me know if you’re needing anything transported. We can go as quickly as you need since my husband and I will both be able to drive. Clean driving record. Great insurance. Email to coordinate.
    -Alejandra [email protected]

  15. My name is Victoria and I am looking to drive a car from California to Florida any day next week (from August 15th 2019). I’m looking to drive a car across the country with my friend to see the country. Must be in Florida (to deliver the vehicle) by August 20th or 21st.
    I have an excellent driving record and insurance. We can cover our own expenses so would just like to be paired with a vehicle.

    Please contact me at [email protected] if interested.

  16. Need my subaru driven from Central Oregon to Massachusetts ideally late august/early september, dates flexible.

  17. Do anyone need a car driven from the bay area to Las Vegas in the next few weeks??

  18. My husband and I are willing to drive your car down to Phoenix Arizona area from Wisconsin. Leaving September 18 or 19, 2019, excellent driving record and fully insured. Please contact me at [email protected] anytime.

  19. Driver available on east coast week of August 18th – let me know what you have and maybe we can work something out! Lots of driving experience and a clean record. shoot me an email – [email protected]

  20. Looking to drive a car from Atlanta to Boston, arriving in Boston area on August 26, 2019. Mature adult, perfect driving record. Not looking to get paid. We’ll cover gas. [email protected]

  21. My mom and I are hoping to drive from western Massachusetts to Los Angeles, leaving on or around August 11st. We have clean driving records, have driven cross country before, and can cover our gas expenses. Thanks!

  22. @Dan

    I would be interested in taking your car from philly to sea. I am looking to head out there anyway. Contact me and we can exchange info.

  23. Looking to have someone drive 2017 silverado pick up from FL. to RI. and return with 2018 Silverado pickup late July early August.

    • I am interested in driving your car for you, if still needed.

      Thanks, Pete

  24. Looking to have someone drive 2017 silverado pick up from FL. to RI and return with 2018 Silverado pickup late July early August.

  25. Hoping to drive any vehicle from Detroit metro area to somewhere near Washington D.C. within the next week or two. You pay gas and tolls if any. I cover all of my own expenses. Male in my 60’s with excellent driving record. No drugs or drinking. Personal references available.
    586-244-7200 anytime.

  26. College educated mature husband and wife with perfect driving records, looking to drive your car to Daytona FL from Worcester MA/Providence RI around the beginning of Oct. 2019.

  27. My partner and I are moving from New York City to Los Angeles in September. We’re looking to drive a car cross country starting on September 10th from the New York Area, with delivery to Southern California on or about September 24th. Excellent driving records, insurance. Will cover own expenses, just looking to be paired with a vehicle.

    Please contact me at [email protected] if interested.

    • Need my car driven from Nyack, NY to the Denver/Boulder, CO area just when you’re going in September. I realize you’re headed out to CA so could arrange to get you
      there from Denver via AMTRAK? Is exploring that of interest?

  28. Seattle to Phoenix Late August 2019 Hello, my name is Jeff. I am 65 retired. I have a license and CDL with all the endorsements. Would drive your vehicle or truck. Seattle to Phoenix, please contact me. Thank you!

    • Need my car driven from Nyack, NY to the Denver/Boulder, CO area just when you’re going in September. I realize you’re headed out to CA so could arrange to get you
      there from Denver via AMTRAK? Is exploring that of interest?

  29. Can drive San Francisco area to NYC, NJ or DC/Maryland July 16 to July 31, Clean License no accidents, mechanical person, retire hitech exec.

  30. I would love to be able to transport a car from Houston to Dallas or Dallas to Houston. I currently have 2 mega bus trips scheduled this summer (one for Aug 1st and one for Aug 16th).

    Send me an email if you have any connections! [email protected]

  31. Driver available to take car or pickup from Charlotte, NC area to Eugene, OR area late July to early August 2019

  32. Looking for someone to drive my sedan from Phila to Seattle late July/early Aug 2019. Anyone interested?

    • What dates exactly? I wish I had seen this before because I was wanting to drive to Seattle. I’m going to be on vacation in Santa Fe, NM, Houston and Dallas, TX from July 17 until Aug 17th though. I’d be happy to do it when I get back up north! Don’t know if that would be too late

  33. Hi,
    I’m available to transport your vehicle in late July, early August.
    I have a great driving record and recommendations. I can drive manual or automatic.
    Let me know at: [email protected]

  34. Driver available to drive a car from NY to California in August. My 11 lb. dog and I are moving to California in August. We were going to fly, but I am worried confining Coco to inside a bag for 6 hours would cause him to panic. My vet is refusing to sign a letter certifying he is an emotional support dog. I am an excellent driver and will be careful with your car. Please contact me anytime – [email protected]. Thank you, Julie

  35. Hi, I’m Terry. I had a Auto Transport business for 4 years. I would mostly drive cars to Florida for the Snowbirds but I did do some transports cross country for college students, job relocation or people who purchased vehicles online. I am very experienced at this and I am also very safe as well. I am now doing it freelance. Contact me if you need your vehicle driven for you!

    • I would like my 2000 honda civic (it’s very reliable) driven from Sacramento CA to near Austin texas. Is this something you do and what are the terms?

    • Need someone to drive me from Phila to Los Angeles August 2 or 3 … Any idea where I can find that?

  36. Driver available to drive a vehicle from Colorado to Florida in July. I have an excellent driving record – fully insured.
    Reliable and dependable. Please contact me anytime – [email protected]
    Thank you for your consideration. Candyce

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