Each year numerous motorhomes, camper vans, and cars are driven across the country as Americans and visitors tour the country.
As a result rental companies are often in need of drivers to take vehicles back and forth to various destinations—often to the place where they started the trip—for another wave of road trippers, reports guardian.co.uk.
One of the best known deals is the “Florida drive out”, when prices are slashed to rent a car for a one-way drive north in spring.
Meanwhile, driveaway companies—which deliver cars around the country—connect drivers with vehicles that need transporting, offering a free set of wheels—and sometimes a tank full of fuel—in exchange for delivery. For the flexible traveler looking for a cheap ride, this can be a perfect opportunity to explore America for next to nothing.
To deliver a vehicle for Auto Driveaway, the largest driveaway company in the US, you need to be at least 23 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. Some driveaway companies require the drivers to be older and are subject to background checks. For drive out deals, you just need to meet the same requirements for usual car rentals. The minimum age to rent a vehicle is usually 21, except in New York state and Michigan, where it is 18.
When it comes to driveaways, you can potentially go anywhere. It’s just a matter of biding your time until a car that needs delivering in the direction you want to travel becomes available.
There are currently cars available on the Auto Driveaway site that need to be driven from Pennsylvania to Florida and California, Michigan to Texas, and Florida to Washington.
There are also driveaway companies in Canada that run deliveries from Toronto and Vancouver to locations around the US. Drive out deals can also take you to a wide range of destinations, but the Florida drive out is primarily to return vehicles to northern cities.
With both types of deal you are free to decide on the route to take, but the limitation with drive outs is that you are still paying a rental fee for each day, and with driveaways, as you are delivering someone else’s vehicle, there will be a limit on the number of miles and days you can take to complete your trip.
Motorhome company The Motorhome Experts are also offering cut price deals this spring for anyone willing to transport brand new vehicles from Chicago to locations across North America, such as San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. They are also offering similar deals in Canada for anyone happy to drive from Toronto to Vancouver.
Driveaways are available year-round—just keep checking to see when a suitable delivery becomes available. Since most rental cars end up in the southern states during the winter, the best drive out deals are available during spring when the rental companies need their vehicles driven north. However if you are flexible, it’s worth calling the car hire companies to see if are any other destinations are available.
Driveaways can be completely free: you pick up the car with a full tank and can often be given a reasonable fuel allowance for the journey. Of course, if you decide to amble along, taking detours, and making stops en route you will spend more of your own money on fuel, but this will really be your only expense bar the security deposit. Auto Driveaway require a deposit of around $350 (depending on the location), which is refunded on delivery.
Prices for The Motorhome Expert’s spring drive out deal starts at $35 a day including insurance.
Auto Driveaway has been in business since 1952 and has the largest vehicle relocation network in the industry, with 40 local offices around the country.
Toronto Driveaway, founded in 1959, also has many years experience connecting drivers with cars for delivery. Though based in Canada, it services destinations across America, predominantly Florida, California, and Arizona. Drivers need to be over 30 years of age, with a clean license and references, and need to provide a deposit.
The Motorhome Experts
The Motorhome Experts are one of the leading motorhome rental companies in the US. To find out more about their spring drive out deals, contact them directly.
Alamo is currently offering one-way rentals out of Florida for just $9.95 a day for anyone travelling between April and May.
National is currently offering one-way rentals out of Florida for just $9.95 a day for anyone travelling between April and May.
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