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21. Posted by daveydave (Budding Member, 15 posts) 2 Oct '10 12:30

I know this because several US Customs Officers told me. And they were very serious about it.
Since then I have only driven for Canada Driveaway

22. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 2 Oct '10 20:52

Quoting daveydave

I know this because several US Customs Officers told me. And they were very serious about it.
Since then I have only driven for Canada Driveaway

So what you are talking about is driving cross border which I could understand would be seen differently. And as assholy as the US customs are they were bound to be trying to give you the scare tactics. As for tourists in the US wanting to use the Autodriveway service I still don't see any evidence that as you say they can't do this.

23. Posted by daveydave (Budding Member, 15 posts) 3 Oct '10 08:24

Let me clarify:

I am NOT talking about ENTERING the US from Canada and/or Crossing the US border in a driveaway car. That is NOT what I mean.

I said: "If you are not a US citizen DO NOT plan on being able to drive a point to point trip within the United States."

A point to point vehicle delivery within the United States is considered "work" - whether paid or unpaid. For example, if a Canadian or European backpacker shows up at the US Border and tells a customs officer that they intend to deliver a car from New York to Los Angeles - they risk being denied entry to the US.

However, a non-US citizen CAN deliver a driveaway car from Canada into the US. That is not a point to point. And it IS permissible under US law.

CanadaDriveAway does it all the time. Especially right now - lots of Canadian Retirees are flying down to Florida for the winter and they want their cars there...

24. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 3 Oct '10 11:08

Quoting daveydave

Let me clarify:

I am NOT talking about ENTERING the US from Canada and/or Crossing the US border in a driveaway car. That is NOT what I mean.

I said: "If you are not a US citizen DO NOT plan on being able to drive a point to point trip within the United States."

A point to point vehicle delivery within the United States is considered "work" - whether paid or unpaid. For example, if a Canadian or European backpacker shows up at the US Border and tells a customs officer that they intend to deliver a car from New York to Los Angeles - they risk being denied entry to the US.

However, a non-US citizen CAN deliver a driveaway car from Canada into the US. That is not a point to point. And it IS permissible under US law.

CanadaDriveAway does it all the time. Especially right now - lots of Canadian Retirees are flying down to Florida for the winter and they want their cars there...

Let you clarify what? what a guy told you? Maybe he misunderstood you or you misunderstood him. Just your hearsay of what someone told you doesnt make it true. Like I said i worked for a Autodriveaway for 3 years and ive never heard of anyone being in trouble and foreigners were 90% of our drivers. Might be better to actually get hard evidence rather than scare off a lot of people that will read this thread and think they can't do what I know they can. Like I said i might be wrong and the laws have changed, or it might be one of those gray laws that no ones going to care about, but don;t go round saying how they will get deported when you don't really know yourself.

Ok I just went and checked their website. quote

Driver Requirements

- 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.

Autodriveaway

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Oct-2010, at 11:24 by Dodger ]

25. Posted by drmolotov (Budding Member, 2 posts) 18 Feb '11 06:04

Hi, I know this thread has been dead for quite a bit, but I was interested in doing some kind of flexible road trip across the states this summer, probs from NYC to LA. I'ma UK citizen and the auto driveway thing looks like a decent alternative for completing parts of the trip in comparison to expensive rentals and the difficulties of buying a car. I'll only be 22 by the time of the trip and most probably only passed my driving test for several months (I'm currently learning). Auto Driveway has a minimum age of 23 which sucks, do you reckon they would ever make exceptions or does anyone know anywhere else with lower age requirements and also would my lack of experience be a factor?

We'd probably be spending a decent amount of time in cities and maybe use this autodriveway system for parts of the travelling. We'd probably be quite flexible with the route we took and would leave about 6 weeks to 2 months to get from NYC to LA, so we wouldn't be too fussy where the car we had to take was going so long as it was roughly west... does anyone have any general suggestions on how to realistically complete this kind of a trip?

thanks

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