Have the urge to hit the road but don’t want to spend a lot on airfare? You can take a long-distance trip for less by driving somebody else’s car.
With Auto Driveaway, a vehicle relocation service, all you need is a valid driver’s license and a $350 cash deposit, which is returned when the vehicle has been delivered satisfactorily. Drivers are expected to cover about 400 miles a day and arrive at their destination by a set time. You might fit in some sightseeing, but side trips aren’t allowed. After an initial gas allowance, you’re on your own for fuel, food and lodging. Auto Driveaway (1-800-346-2277) says it is the only U.S. company letting outsiders drive its cars.
Another tip: Check out the one-way rentals offered by some agencies in spring and fall when vacationers move north or south for the season.
Joan Rattner Heilman writes often on good deals and where to find them.