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11. Posted by Joselyn (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Hi farley, here is the information on how to contact Auto Driveway. This service is in the United States. I don't know were you are at. I do not have any problen getting into their website I don't know why you. There are more addresses in the website by city, but since I don't know where are you located I just provided the headquarer's office. I hope it will help. Good luck

Auto Driveway Company Headquarters

Chicago

Phone:(773) 568-5700
Fax: (773) 568-5701

11201 S. Cottage Grove Ave- West Unit.
Chicago, IL 60628

12. Posted by Joselyn (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I am sorry about the sad face I did not put it there. I am a happy person, look....

:) ;)

13. Posted by Behappy (Full Member 50 posts) 9y

Quoting Steph1985

however....for some really annoying reason i cannot get the page to load. Everytime i type it into the browser, i get an error code and it doesn't work.

Actually here in Korea, I'm having a same problem like you. I can get their website at my office, but it's crazy that I failed at my home.

14. Posted by Steph1985 (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Quoting Behappy

Quoting Steph1985

however....for some really annoying reason i cannot get the page to load. Everytime i type it into the browser, i get an error code and it doesn't work.

Actually here in Korea, I'm having a same problem like you. I can get their website at my office, but it's crazy that I failed at my home.

Yeah it's really frustrating because i can't get it here at my office OR at my home, not on my computer or my brother's laptop! Oh wells....it's looking like hiring a car will be too expensive so i think my friend and i are going to have to opt for the buses.

15. Posted by xmurdokx (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

This company is a HUGE ripoff!

I just called and talked to the guy that owns one of these companies... O.K.. here is the deal....

What goes on, You are technically considered a "cancelled" driver....
Which means you do NOT get paid at all for this service.
Bascially what this company does, is require you to pay a 350-500 dollar deposit (depending on where you are going) to USE someones car to travel with.

Say if you need to go to Los Angeles from NYC.. and there is a car needing taken to AND from those same exact cities... Then they will ask you for a 500 dollar deposit. Then you drive the car across country, and when you get it there you have the comapny contact the owener of the vehicle. Then they will come and get the vehicle... HOPEFULLY pay you, and then you are stuck in L.A trying to find a ride back to NYC. Sooo, actually... it is just like you are renting a car.. really... BUT, only renting a car is even less expensive, and you are covered better. haha

Just think about if you pay the 500 dollar deposit, and then when you get there, the owner says that you might have put a scratch on the car or something? Then you just paid 500 bucks and gas and everything else, to drive a car across country...

This is not something that sounds too secure. Even the guy at the company said in his own words. "Yah, it can be kinda strange, and here lately we have not had ANY work anyway".

Sooooo, I think we should all look for something where we actually get PAID, and where we are covered better. :)

16. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

The site works fine for me
http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&source=hp&q=auto+driveaway&aq=3&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=auto+dr&gs_rfai=&fp=ff6f35003432d731

I've used drive away companies in the past and they dont pay you to drive the car,and usually you pay the gas,your deposit is refunded upon delivery and you have a time limit between pickup and delivery so its an economical way to cross the country but dont expect to be stopping for side tours and site seeing you will be just driving.
Be aware there are dozens of these companies not just one.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jul-2010, at 11:42 by jambo101 ]

17. Posted by sbarclay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi There,

I will be driving out to Chicago from Northern California on Monday, September 20 to drop off a car. Does anyone need their car driven from Chicago to California for my drive back? Or perhaps from somewhere on the way, like Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, or Nevada (I could rent a car to your city and then take your car from there to California). If you need your car in Southern California, then that would be fine too because I could get a ride up to the North from there.

Shane

18. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

xmurdokx,

I really don't understand your post at all.

First, someone gives you their car (and you expect to pay nothing for this?), and asks you to provide a deposit that guarantees it will be returned. Then after you drive the car possibly all the way across the country--as far as 2800 miles or even farther--essentially providing you with transportation for no more than the cost of gas (I notice you don't even have to pay for insurance), you get your money back (providing, of course, that the car is undamaged). What were you expecting?--That they would pay you to visit the entire country with the car they provided you? Get real!

Since regular car rentals run about $30-40 a day on average--you would normally be paying them $300 to $400 (plus any insurance charges, plus taxes on the transaction--which would normally run an addition $5 to $7 a day--and, of course, would need a credit card with a credit limit sufficient to put a hold of at least $500 or so on the car while you are renting it. This means you would have to pay about $500 to $600 for the car rental, put up an additional $500 on a credit card and get nothing back at the end.

I think the autodrive thing is a pretty good deal, personally--although I personally would make sure that I had insurance to cover any deductible the owner had on his policy--plus I'd want to know that he actually had an insurance policy in case I was hit by someone else and injured in the process.

19. Posted by daveydave (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

I have to say that I agree with Calcruzer - a free road trip is a gift! It is a great way to see lots of 'off-the-beaten-track' kind of places. That is how I travel!

ONE IMPORTANT POINT for non-US citizens wanting to do this in the USA: In the US, the driveaway is considered to be employment just like any other job. Even tho' you are not being paid. If you are not a US citizen DO NOT plan on being able to drive a point to point trip within the United States. I see that this might apply to a few people on this thread. Knowing this fact could save you some serious trouble down the line!!

I have done driveaways a few times. BUT I am a Canadian citizen. I always pick up a car in Canada and drive it into the US. ( OR take a car out of the US ) I have driven for CanadaDriveAway / HitTheRoad Canada. A non-US citizen IS permitted to drive in the US - if you are driving INTO the US from Canada and dropping the car off in the US. Or if you are taking a car OUT of the USA. Keep that in mind when planning your North American Road Trip. And Canada is a great place to plan a drive, too. But I guess I am biased ;)

David

20. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting daveydave

ONE IMPORTANT POINT for non-US citizens wanting to do this in the USA: In the US, the driveaway is considered to be employment just like any other job. Even tho' you are not being paid. If you are not a US citizen DO NOT plan on being able to drive a point to point trip within the United States.

Can you show us specifically where it says this anywhere? I use to work for Autodriveaway back in the 80's and I never heard of it. Seems like if your rule applies then no foreigner could stay at a Woofers or HelpX since they are in effect "working" for a place to stay and food. Unless things have recently changed, I'm pretty sure Immigration doesn't see any of these activities as work.