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Take a “Free” Road Trip with Transfercar

One way car rentals are a real hassle for companies. Fleet imbalances are a pain to sort out, which is why customers run into high fees when making the request. Transfercar looks to rebalance the car convoys by using an eager workforce of cheap labor: us budget-conscious tourists.

Knowing that relocation is expensive and time-consuming for rental companies, Transfercar co-founder, Brian Karlson of New Zealand, created the company to provide relocation assistance for their fleets. Transfercar partners with a number of agencies including Budget, Hertz, and Ace. Drivers have the opportunity to rent RVs as well.

If you’re as big a fan of road trips as I am, this presents a budget-friendly proposition to cut down on costs for a one-way journey. Of course, it’s the value of your time that’s in question. From my browsing, it’s hard to find reservations more than a month in advance, so Transfercar is ideal for spur of the moment trips.

For most cars, you have around three days to make the delivery but can extend the rental for an extra, daily fee. Transfercar covers basic insurance and sets you up with a full tank of gas. You’ll have to pay for the gas you use and no other expenses are covered. You’ll also have to secure your own transportation from your rental car’s final destination. If you find a car based near your home, you could use it as an excuse to visit a new city and fly back on your own dime. Or, take a quick vacation to the starting location of a rental car in need of transport to a city near your house.

Rental opportunities vary geographically from month to month. It’s best to check on inventory frequently if you’re thinking of taking a chance on Transfercar for an upcoming trip. I wouldn’t consider this a travel hack per se, but an interesting way to explore the open road on the cheap.

Have you ever used Transfercar or a similar service?


Travel Fanboy

Adam is the host of the Travel Fanboy Podcast, editor of, and a super famous travel influencer. He's no expert, just an enthusiast who enjoys having a top-shelf trip at a happy hour price. Formerly of Vegas Fanboy fame.