Glenn's Driving Service
I will drive your car, van, pickup truck, rental truck or small RV anywhere in the USA or Canada — even within Europe. Pets carried, too!
Specializing in situations standard transport companies won't handle —
pets, vehicles filled with belongings, large or unusual vehicles, rental trucks and trips to or from remote places. (No commercial vehicles.)
My earliest availability is now July 31, 2016.
Sorry, I can't commit to any drives before this date.
In general, I am fully booked about 2-3 months in advance, so contact me early!
PLEASE NOTE MY AVAILABILITY DATES ON THE RIGHT
NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2016. SORRY!
Sample rates (including driver's airfare and expenses but not gas, highway tolls or pet care):
New York City area to or from Florida: $850 (My other East Coast rates are based on this.)
Base fee between most major cities within the USA (under 2000 miles): $1150 (adjusted higher or lower based on distance, airfares, vehicle and circumstances)
Alaska to/from Minneapolis or Seattle: $2100 winter (in a hardy vehicle),
Within Europe: $0 (but you pay my airfare) - Schengen countries only.
Note: Above prices are for general guidance only (for a standard car with nothing towed).
Each trip is quoted individually based on its unique circumstances. For a quote,
send me the information listed on the bottom of this page.
PLEASE NOTE MY AVAILABILITY DATES ON THE RIGHT
NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2016. SORRY!
Special services available:
I will happily take your pets in your vehicle and care for them along the way
(for an additional fee)
You can pack the vehicle with whatever you like (within reason).
Will drive vehicles as big as a 26-foot Penske truck towing a car and most RVs.
Will drive cars of any size.
Adaptable to your special circumstances.
Will drive between any two points in USA and to/from Canada (but not wholly within Canada).
Best suited for trips of over 500 miles. (Less than 500 miles, you would probably get a better
deal hiring someone locally.)
Some restrictions apply when crossing the US/Canada border. (See below.)
Note to job seekers: I do not hire or advise other drivers.
No employment inquires, please!
Notes to humans: I do not carry humans, only pets.
I also do not carry large objects you purchased on eBay but now have no way to
ship (unless you can provide a car). Silly humans!
Note to pet owners: I will drive pets without a car, but only if you pay for a one-way car rental. (Check Expedia for rates.)
I do not carry pets in other people's cars.
No Pits Bulls! - I do not carry pit bulls or pit mixes. Sorry, I just don't have the experience to deal with this breed.
No Mexico Trips! - I do not drive to or from Mexico (but I will drive to/from USA border cities)
Some of my happy clients (and a few disgruntled ones):
I am Glenn Campbell, a laid-off airline employee turned
semi-professional driver. I enjoy travelling so much that I now do it continuously, hardly
ever stopping. You can help support my travel addiction by taking advantage of my driving
For a reasonable fee, I will drive your vehicle and its contents between any two places in North America (except Canada to Canada). I specialize in situations that regular transport companies can't handle, including pets, vehicles packed with possessions and unusual or oversize vehicles. (My only limits are that I won't drive commercial vehicles or carry humans.)
I started this business when I was laid off in 2008 from US Airways in Las Vegas,
where I had been a ramp worker. I was allowed to keep my free flight for three years,
and I took advantage of this windfall to start this service
(since I could fly for free to and from my drives). Now, I no longer have the
free flight, but I have become skilled enough at using cut-rate transportation
that I can still
keep my rates reasonable. I can usually knit together adjoining drives so that you only pay for one leg of my airfare
while my next client picks up the other.
When you contact me with the information requested
at the bottom of this page,
I will give you a quote that includes my airfare and all my own personal expenses
along the way. (My quote does not usually include gas, highway tolls or my ground
transportation to and from the airports. Everything else is included.)
For a modest additional charge,
I'll take along your well-behaved dog, cat, bird, fish or iguana
and will attend to its needs during the journey. As long as it's not big
enough to eat me, I'm open to negotiation.
common drive is the "Snowbird Run" between the Northeast and Florida. I drive
this route so often that
I have a standard fee for it: $850 to/from the New York City area and major cities in
Florida. (Includes my airfare.
The only addition costs are gas, highway tolls, pet care and my ground transportation to/from the nearest major airports.) My fee for other drives on the East Coast is based on this benchmark.
I will also drive between any two cities in the USA and to or from most cities in Canada. (Certain restrictions apply to Canada.) I quote each trip individually based on its unique circumstance. (The length of the drive is a factor in my quote
but also the airfare and complication of getting to and
Please note that I carry no special insurance (apart from my own medical insurance).
My position is the same as a friend
driving your car for you, which should be covered by your own insurance. I have not
had an accident since 1988 (a minor fender-bender in England, not my fault), but if one were to occur I would
accept no liability beyond my driving fee.
I will drive any non-commercial vehicle not requiring a special license, including Uhauls and towed
vehicles. (I avoid commercial vehicles because of the complex regulations involved.)
This is a door-to-door service where you will have direct contact with me at
I drive every vehicle myself, and I do not hire or refer other drivers.
This is a personal service, not a commercial one, and I can adapt to
your family's special needs in ways that corporate services can't.
For example, I allow you to load your vehicle with whatever you want (subject to my inspection) while commercial services require the car to be nearly empty.
If there are other services you
need in conjunction with your move, please ask.
Advice on Transporting your Vehicle or Stuff
Since I have been driving vehicles and helping people move for about 6 years now, I have acquired some
wisdom on the subject. Here is some of my advice, both on my services and on
moving in general. (I prefer to drive for people who genuinely
need my services, so if there is a possible better way, I want you to explore it.)
If you are transporting an empty standard-size car from one major US city to another,
your best bet is usually the standard car transport services (where they put your
car on a truck). Just google for "car transport". You should get a quote from them before you contact me. The advantage of car transport is that there is no mileage on the vehicle (which ultimately costs you money) and no risk of a breakdown (which you
would be financially responsible for if I drive).
You should contact me only if, for
one reason or another,
car transport doesn't work for you.
(See more notes on car transport below.)
I am willing to drive Uhauls (including towed vehicles), but I strongly recommend
Penske trucks instead.
Rates are usually lower; their trucks are usually newer,
and their trucks usually have cruise control, which may
figure into my quote. (Stay away from Budget Truck Rental!) The larger Penske trucks (22' and 26') are diesel. (Diesel fuel is more
expensive than unleaded but gets better mileage, so the fuel cost may be lower in the end.)
For fuel mileage on a Penske, figure about 7.5 mpg (diesel) for a 26-foot truck towing a
car, or 8 mpg when not towing a car. (Equivalent-sized Uhaul trucks use gasoline and do much worse: 5-6 mpg towing a car.) Smaller 10 foot trucks towing nothing may get closer to 10 mpg (unleaded).
When choosing the size of a truck, always err on the side of bigger.
You probably have more stuff than you think you do, and these trucks fill up quickly. The cost differential of a bigger truck usually isn't great, and I charge the same driving fee. (Personally, I prefer bigger trucks because they handle better.) If considering a 22' Penske, you might as well get a 26' because the total cost difference is trivial.
Don't forget to consider a standard moving company for moving your stuff. Their price
is often better than the Uhaul/Penske option, and they'll load and unload for you.
(Things to watch out for: companies that quote a good price but don't show up and companies that try to extract more money from you while they hold your stuff hostage.
Don't necessarily go for the lowball quote. Make sure the company is reputable.)
As a third alternative for moving your stuff, consider a "self-pack" service like
Old Dominion Household Services
or Pack Rat.
They provide a shipping container; you pack it, and they move it.
I have no direct experience
with any of these companies, but the
concept sounds good.
Before renting a truck (or hiring a moving company or self-pack service)
to transport all your worldly goods, consider whether these goods
are really worth the price you are paying to transport them.
Often it is better to
have a garage sale/Craigs List sale at one end
and buy new stuff as you need it at the other end.
Maybe your move is the perfect excuse to downsize! (I myself live entirely out
of a suitcase. It is very freeing to not be burdened by stuff.)
Beware of buying a car in a distant city on eBay! The cost of transporting it (and
the hidden risks of buying a car you haven't seen) may eat up any cost savings.
Unless this is an unusual and necessary
vehicle you can't find anywhere else, I recommend
buying one close to home that you can personally inspect.
If you have an older vehicle (say, over 100k on the odometer), you should seriously consider whether it is worth
moving. It may be best just to sell it at your starting city and buy another
at your ending city. (It doesn't make much sense to spend $1000+ transporting a car that is only worth a little more than that.) From my standpoint,
I am reluctant to drive older cars because the risk of breakdown is greater (although it depends on the car).
If the car breaks down while I am driving it, you are responsible for any repair
costs. (This is a low risk with newer cars but a higher one with older cars.) In the case of a breakdown, I would immediately call you for instructions. I have AAA,
which may cover initial towing, but you would be responsible for the cost of any repairs.
(I been lucky so far: Although cars have broken down on me, the repairs have been minor and
the delay has never been
more than 24 hours.) Whenever possible, I would have you deal directly with the company making the repairs.
It is easy for me to take a car back to its home country, but
more complicated to take it out of its home country. I'll need to know
more about your situation before I can tell you if it is possible.
When formally "importing" a car into either
country (so you can register it there), you must be
personally present when the car crosses the border. (I can't do it for you.)
When a third party like me is driving someone else's car across the border, Customs
authorities are likely to search it thoroughly and enforce every obscure rule,
so we will need to go through the contents of the vehicle in detail before the trip
begins. Sometimes, I require a general list of what is in the vehicle to show to
Notes on the Alaska Highway. I have driven the highway 8 times,
in both summer and winter.
Any vehicle can do it in the
summer, with no more risk than a long drive in the Lower 48. In the winter, most of the
highway north of Edmonton is snow-covered, so the vehicle should be a hardy one. 4WD is nice
but not essential. Depending on conditions, I may need to purchase tire chains (about $50
added to your bill). Since the cost of transport is high
(my fee of $1500-2000 plus a substantial gas bill), you
should consider selling the vehicle where it is instead of moving it.
I drive because I enjoy it. It gives me time to think about my writing projects. I stop from time to time to work on my laptop (which is one reason I don't take human passengers). Although I have been everywhere in the country many times, I usually visit a new tourist attraction on every trip. On most drives, I take lots of
photos along the way which I make
public on my Facebook page.
Although I technically live in Massachusetts, I travel continuously and I'm hardly ever
there. In North America, I usually go from one drive directly to the next. When I'm
not driving, I'm usually traveling overseas on my own nickle. (I'm a budget traveler
who uses a lot of hostels.)
I hold a standard driver's license in Massachusetts
(not a commercial license) and I have a
near perfect driving record (with two
speeding tickets in the past five years and no
accidents since a fender-bender in England in 1988). My character is such that I
passed TSA/Homeland Security background checks
and worked successfully
for the airline for one year before being
furloughed based on seniority.
I worked on the
ramp in Las Vegas for US Airways,
routinely guiding in and pushing out multi-million dollar aircraft
largest vehicles I have driven across the country are 26-foot Penske or Uhaul trucks towing a car
(This is the maximum size I can drive with my standard license.)
My longest drive was Florida to Fairbanks (nearly 5000 miles in 14 days).
My shortest drives are about 500 miles. (Less than that and you are probably better
to hire someone locally.)
The most unusual vehicle I have driven was the Freedom Bus.
My most challenging drive was the Alaska Highway in winter
which I have done twice
(and six times in summer).
I prefer to drive 400-500 miles per day but can sometimes do more under special circumstances. I am a non-smoker. I will not use your car for any purpose other than
what we agreed on, and no one other than me will drive the car.
I am happiest when I am driving for intelligent, organized
people in genuine need of my services. (And who plan ahead!) Therefore, you may find me dissuading you of the drive if it doesn't make logical
How My Service Works
Here are the steps involved in using my services...
First, email me with the information below and I will email you back with a quote and my availability. My quote usually includes my airfare
and all my hotels and other personal expenses along the way. (Even if I don't know yet where
I will be flying from, I will still hold to whatever quote I have given you.)
Upon request, I can give you the phone numbers of the last
five people I have driven for, as
references. (This list takes me some time to make up,
so I want to make sure you are
seriously interested in my quote to you before I make up the list.)
If you are happy with the quote and are
ready to reserve specific dates, I will make up a contract and email it to
you. (I often use Docusign.com to "sign" the contract,
or we can sign it on paper when I arrive to pick up the car.)
I may ask for a deposit of $150-400, which will be applied to my total fee.
(We can use PayPal for this.)
The deposit is intended to cover the cost of my airfare (even though
airfare is included in my fee), and I will use it
to buy my plane ticket in advance.
Once I have purchased the ticket, the deposit is refundable
to the extent the airfare is. (Most tickets I buy are non-refundable.)
When I arrive to pick up the car. You will give me an additional cash deposit
equivalent to our best estimate for gas and tolls. (Gas today averages about $2.35/gallon
in the U.S. and car MPG ratings are found at FuelEconomy.gov.)
I will keep all receipts and
we will settle any difference at the end.
The balance of my driving fee will be due upon safe delivery of the vehicle to
If you prefer, I can quote you a fixed fee
for the entire trip, including gas and tolls,
based on your car's
rated gas mileage and the Google Maps estimated mileage for the journey. (I can do this with standard car models but not with trucks or campers where the gas mileage is unknown.)
However, since I would be assuming the risk of gas costs and vehicle mileage, my
charge will usually be higher than if you pay the actual gas amount (so paying the
actual amount is usually your better deal).
Contact Glenn Campbell at email@example.com phone 702-812-0400 (cell).
Send me the info requested at the bottom of this page.
Below are some reviews I collected when I first started this service.
(To avoid inconveniencing my clients, I no longer
ask for reviews, but I can give you the contact
info for the last few people I have driven for.)
Customer Comments...(These are comments I collected in the first year of my business, 2008-09. Today, I will give you the phone numbers for my latest five clients.)
"Glen was wonderful to work with and amazingly reliable.... " [See full review.] — Lorra L., Cleveland (Toyota Sienna and dog, Cleveland to Ft. Myers, Florida)
"I would absolutely recommend Glenn with no hesitation.
I had initially hired two different shipping companies to transport my car from Burlington, VT to San Francisco. They both said yes and then later backed out when they could not get enough other cars to ship on the same route.
Glenn is honest, gave us updated along the way, and showed up with the car on time at the destination."
— Georgo F., San Francisco (Prius, Burlington VT to San Francisco)
"I went online and so many companies responded, but NONE were as personable and easy going and inexpensive as Glenn. It was an easy decision really. And 4 days later he pulled up to my door. The service was impeccable. Who could ask for more!" — Latifa A., Chapel Hill, NC (Toyota Prius, Taos, NM to Chapel Hill, NC)
"Glenn didn't hesitate when I asked him to drive a 26' U-Haul truck with a large car trailer in tow. He arrived at the appointed hour, stepped into the truck, stayed in touch every day with an email and drove over 2,000 miles to arrive a day early on the trip from Minneapolis to San Diego. Uneventful; just the way we wanted it to be."— Casey P., San Diego (Uhaul and towed Mercedes, Minneapolis to San Diego, photo)
"I'm so glad I found Glenn's service online. I looked at other ways of transporting my car but all were more expensive and none would have taken my keyboard and camping gear on board. Glenn brought my Subaru on schedule and in great condition."
— Emily S., Denver (Subaru Outback, Ithaca, NY to Denver, CO)
"Glenn did a beautiful job driving my son's Volkswagen from Seattle, WA to Broadway, VA. The car was in good shape and Glenn was very professional. I highly recommend him." — Nancy S, Broadway, VA (Volkswagen Passat, Seattle to Virginia)
"Glenn was a true professional - he was extremely organized and provided great communication. He is also a true gentlemen - he picked me and my 16 month old twins up at the airport, helped me track down my luggage, and got us all loaded in to the car. I would highly recommend Glenn for your car transportation needs!"
— Donna W., Kansas City (Infiniti G35, Connecticut to Kansas City)
"Organized, professional and reliable are the three words I'd use to describe our experience. Glenn was so professional that this is the second time we've used his services." — David M, Charleston SC (Land Rover Discovery: Charleston to Portland ME & Portland ME to Charleston)
"Glenn assisted me by driving a Dodge van with wheelchair lift from Orange County, CA to Green Bay, WI where my mother was relocating. The van arrived as planned in plenty of time to meet my mother and I at the airport when we arrived by plane. Glenn also kept me informed along the way, gave me a complete itemization of expenses with receipts and was very professional. I feel very lucky to have found him and enjoyed the entire experience." — Terry J., Anaheim CA (Dodge Ram 2500 Van: Anaheim CA to Green Bay WI)
"Glenn went through hoops to pick-up my dogs on time in Florida and arrived on Cape Cod just when he said he would with everyone in very good order. Lucky and Charm (Wheaten Terriers) seemed very content and well taken care of. I am very grateful for this personal service. Thanks, Glenn!" — Joan S., Dennis MA (Lincoln Aviator: Ft. Myers FL to Dennis MA)
"Glenn was totally professional with regard to his commitments, scheduling, budgeting and auto handling, including crossing the border. The vehicle arrived in perfect condition on time and on budget. The man is a consummate professional." — Mike M., Toronto (Mazda 3: Denver to Toronto)
"Finding you was like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - no airline fees; total honesty and reliability; punctuality; an incredible sense of humor and a great writer, to boot! Please keep in touch - and I promise to recommend your services far and wide. Feel free to ask anyone to email me for a recommendation." — Julie S., Miami (Chevy Silverado: Miami to Camp Lejeune, NC)
"I was so lucky to find Glenn Campbell to drive my daughter's car from Rochester, NY to Denver, CO. He was very professional and I felt very comfortable trusting him to drive the car. I would recommend him and use his service again if needed." —
Audrey W., Rochester, NY (Subara Tribeca: Rochester, NY, to Denver, CO)
"We found Glenn Campbell to be honest, reliable and trustworthy. His customized service was convenient and flexible. His care and efficiency make him an excellent choice." — Peter M., Alexandria, VA (Toyota Camry: Alexandria, VA to Austin, TX)
"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Mom was very appreciative and liked you a lot. She called you a 'Gem' and I agree."
— Tamara L., Asheville, NC (Honda Acura: Asheville, NC to Miami (twice!) and Miami to Asheville)
I am no longer collecting new reviews (because they all say basically the same thing and I
don't want to impose on my clients) but I can give you a list of my most recent
clients so you can contact them yourself.
Starting and ending cities. (If these are big cities, please give the neighborhood.)
Is the car registered and insured? (required)
Whose name is on the registration? (Yours?)
Does the car have cruise control?
What will be carried in the car?
If pets will be carried, tell me about them. (Age, breed, disposition, etc. A photo would be nice.)
Approximate odometer mileage on the vehicle (if known).
I would also like to know a little about your situation and why you are transporting
In the case of pets or unusual vehicles, it would be helpful to have a photo of them,
You can call me anytime for general information (702-812-0400), but I usually need an email
with the above info before I can give you a firm quote.
Contact Glenn Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org phone 702-812-0400 (cell).
CELLPHONE NOTE: Due to my frequent travel overseas and in Canada, I can sometimes
be out of cellphone range for days at a time. If you leave a voicemail and don't get a prompt callback from me, try email,
which I usually have better access to.
Note to job seekers: I do not hire, advise or directly refer
other drivers. No employment inquiries, please!