Affordable Travel: Driveaway Service Travel and European Bike Tours

This installment of an ongoing feature explains how to use a driveaway service for affordable travel and provides a source for information about European bike tours.


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Jane and Gary  Ferguson have registered with a driveaway service as a way of obtaining a vehicle for free when they want to visit a particular city.


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The following affordable travel ideas were submitted by readers. 


Driveaway Service Travel

Nowadays, most folks have more adventure in their souls than money in their pockets. But—if that problem sounds all too familiar—don't despair: Jane and Gary Ferguson have satisfied their wanderlust many times by utilizing the various driveaway companies, or firms which relocate cars for people who've moved ... and the Fergusons' method can work for you!

"As you might expect," writes Gary, "there are certain parts of the country (the sunbelt, for instance) that are common relocating sites. If you head for those areas, you'll probably have no problem getting a driveaway. A person looking to pilot a vehicle to Buffalo, New York in winter, on the other hand, may have to have some patience.

"The following list of procedures and requirements is used by the AAACON DriveAway Service (with whom we've been quite satisfied), but you'll find that most such businesses operate in about the same way.

"To begin with, you'll probably have to be at least 21 years old to get a car. If you pass that requirement, the next step is to pick up a copy of the Yellow Pages for the nearest major city. The drive-away outfits are usually listed under 'Automobiles—Transporters' or 'Automobiles—Drive-Away Companies'. Call the firms listed and let them know where you want to go and when.

"Remember, most of the time you'll have to give a good-sized metropolis as your destination, even though it may not be exactly where you want to end up. Each company will have a list of the places where their cars are to be delivered during the following week or so, and can tell you right away whether you're in luck. If no vehicles are destined to go where you'd hoped to be, you can either leave your name and phone number in case something comes up, or simply change your destination. Folks who are trying to get from Phoenix to Chicago, for instance, may decide that transport to St. Louis or Louisville is better than nothing.

citronrd
1/4/2015 11:05:30 PM

Does anyone have email addresses or websites for any Driveaway Services in Italy and France? If so, please send them to me ASAP at citronrd@gmail.com






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