Auto Driveaway – way to travel across USA for free

In my previous post I mentioned a way to travel across United States very cheap (drive somebody elses car for free) … and via Twitter (thanks @DeloMag) found the thing I was looking for. It’s called Auto Driveaway (check or and it can get you to one part of a country to another if you’re not to picky about free car you’d be driving , you can get it under these conditions:

  • If you are at least 23 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license (foreign travelers also need a passport with valid exit visa), you can travel the United States with Auto Driveaway.
  • A refundable security deposit of approximately $350.00, check with the office that you are driving for to get the exact amount and method of payment on deposit.
  • You will receive the first full tank of gasoline, a certain number of days and an appropriate amount of miles to complete your trip!
  • A current MVR (motor vehicle driver’s record) for ALL drivers will be needed when you arrive at the office to pick up the vehicle. If you do not have a MVR, one will be generated at a cost to the driver(s). Foreign travelers must bring a current Motor Vehicle Record from your home country.

On National Car List are quite a few cars available, so I checked all of them, and some are quite suitable for our little trip …but they advise to call or e-mail each individual office for further information on the vehicles they have available (after the jump)!

Free rides available on June 22, 2009

Images link to Google Maps, usually you get a full tank with the car, other gasoline is your own cost, so it’s not a free ride after all 😉

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Farmington, Connecticut

Ft. Lauderdale - Farmington

Farmington, Connecticut – Charlotte, N Carolina

Farmington, Connecticut - Charlotte, N Carolina

Long Beach, California – Chincoteague Island

Long Beach, California - Chincoteague Island

Louisville, Kentucky – Farmington, Connecticut

Louisville, KY - Farmington, Connecticut

New Orleans, Louisiana – Tonawanda, New York

New Orleans, Louisiana - Tonawanda, New York

Phoenix, Arizona – Bethesda, Maryland

Phoenix, Arizona – Bowie, Maryland

Phoenix, AZ - Bethesda, MD

Portland, Oregon – New Paltz, New York

Portland, OR - New Paltz, NY

Salt Lake City, Utah – Chicago, Illinois

Salt Lake City, Utah - Chicago, Illinois

San Diego, California – Meridian, Mississippi

San Diego, CA - Meridian, Mississippi

San Diego, California – Panama City, Florida

San Diego, California - Panama City, Florida

San Diego, California – Park City, Utah

San Diego, California - Park City, Utah

Seattle, Washington – Buffalo, New York

Seattle, WA - Buffalo, NY

Seattle, Washington – Quincy, Massachusetts

Seattle, WA - Quincy, MA

San Francisco, California – Auburn Hills, Michigan

San Francisco, CA - Auburn Hills, MI

San Francisco, California – Brooklyn, New York

San Francisco - Brooklyn, New York

Washington, DC – Mobile, Alabama

Washington, DC - Mobile, Alabama

So, you see … there are a lot of options for getting a free ride across USA (a few Coast to Coast rides as well), just pick one, drive and enyoj the adventure. For us the best choice is from San Francisco to New York, … but as you see you can find various routs to combine to get across United States of America.

19 thoughts on “Auto Driveaway – way to travel across USA for free”

  1. I love traveling but always have little money and I think will be a good solution for my problem.

  2. That’s pretty cool, I’ve never heard of it before. I’ll definitely check it out for my next vacation.

  3. I wonder if it’s possible to do this if you are from another country (my case being Canada). I suppose there are probably options to pick the car up in Canada and drive it the US (for those moving there).

  4. So you tell me you did a roadtrip through the whole USA with little money? I’m not couraged enough to do the same thing, anyway, I hope you had a great time!

  5. No, not whole, but only West Coast … LA – San Francisco – Las Vegas – Flagstaff (Route 66, yeah) – San Diego – LA … 2500 miles, but it was worthed, great time, but rented a car, cause auto driveaways wanted weren’t available for West Coast, and time for travel is limited.

  6. Wow, I had never heard of this before, but I definitely want to try it out!

    And to respond to Kurtis Cicalo, it looks like accepts drivers from the US and Canada (look under Driver Inquiries at the bottom of their page).

  7. A friend and I did this in 2007. It was the best time ever.
    To anyone considering doing it, I can totally recommend it.

  8. I’m kinda lost. Is the main point of this service (autodrivewaydotcom) to bring someone’s car to them? I went to the site but all I could find was information on how to have my car shipped. Am I not looking at the right website? The idea is really cool though.

  9. This is by far the best way to travel if you plan ahead. Sometimes you get a clunker, but other times I have gotten lucky enough to drive a hummer, porche, and my all time never forget Lamborghini Diablo. I got stopped two times (warning both times) and spent 300 dollars in gasoline. The owner of the car reimbursed for the gasoline and gave me 500$ for not scratching the car.

    I will definitely do it again.

  10. This is a cool idea – never heard of it before.
    It seems fairly eco-friendly too compared to jumping on a plane. Might just give it a go next summer.

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