Find out more about how a subscription service works with Drive Flow. We’ve broken down the details on contracts, choice of vehicles, and what’s included when you subscribe, so you have everything you need to make your choice.
Last update 2023-02-28 Reading time 3:01 min
About Drive Flow
Drive Flow is a car subscription company offering flexible subscription plans to customers in Winston Salem, NC and within the Triad. They offer three different tiers of subscription as well as an on-demand service which is designed to offer unlimited vehicle flips to customers. This service includes a day rate and daily mileage limit, while top tier, longer term subscription rates allow access to a large fleet of vehicles, from convertibles to trucks. They also advertise a corporate service.
How it works
Drive Flow focuses on speed and lack of hassle when it comes to the sign-up process.
- Sign up online and wait for Drive Flow to perform their checks – they claim this can take from a matter of minutes to one business day
- Choose your subscription tier based on price and whether you want one specific make of car, or access to a range
- Arrange delivery of your first vehicle, allowing 30 minutes for the first delivery only. The concierge will want to take you through some of the finer points of the process.
- Text the concierge if you want to flip, upgrade, downgrade, cancel or pause your subscription. You also contact them if you have any issues with the vehicle (insurance is included in the cost).
Cost and fees
Drive Flow require a one-off $250 activation fee, with a commitment of 30 days (30 days’ notice required to cancel). You can move between plans flexibly, with the fee difference being prorated. If you want to pause, it’s $400, and if you want to take your pets in your car, it’s a $100 per month cleaning fee. Excess mileage is chargeable at $0.65/$0.75/$1.00 depending on your subscription.
Explorer on Demand: 80 miles per day, cost on application
Prospector: $999 (single car) per month
Pioneer: $1199 (multi-car) per month
Adventurer: $1699 (multi-car) per month.
All rates include insurance, taxes, maintenance and detailing, and roadside assistance.
Brands and models
Drive Flow have a large fleet of vehicles, and your personal concierge will select one for you based on your preferences. You can update these every time you flip, so that your matches improve every time you use the service.
Audi A6, BMW X5, Audi Q7 & Q8, GMC Yukon, Volvo XC90, Range Rover Velar, Porsche Macan, GMC Sierra, Jaguar XF, Land Rover Defender
Your concierge works like a calendar; you can program in unlimited flips and pause whenever you like through this schedule, as well as up- or downgrades. Cancelation requires 30 day’s notice.
What’s special about Drive Flow?
Drive Flow’s main draw is that it is flexible on a micro-level. Customers can use cars for as little as a day before flipping as many times as they like. You can also pause, restart and upgrade at will.
Drive Flow also will happily get your current vehicle set up through their parent company Flow Automotive in order to sell your vehicle so that you can move to full-time subscriptions. And if you currently have a lease vehicle, they can prorate your remaining payments, effectively getting you out of your lease early.
The concierge service is specialized, meaning that they pick the vehicles for you based on your needs. If you want something specific, just tell them. Otherwise, it’s a case of trusting the experts to pick the right vehicle for you.
What’s the minimum subscription term with Drive Flow?
There is no minimum or lock-in term. However, you will need to give 30 days’ notice to end your subscription.
Can I pause and restart?
Yes, you can pause your subscription at any time, and for as long as you like. To do this, you will have to pay a $400 fee per pause.
How much notice do I need to give for a flip?
The minimum notice period is 36 hours. However, you can also book a flip as far in advance as you like, if you’re planning around holidays, etc.
What is the activation fee?
The Drive Flow activation fee is a one-time charge of $750 for all new Drive Flow memberships in the Adventurer, Pioneer, and Prospector tiers. The Explorer tier has an activation fee of $250.
How long can I keep my vehicle?
You can keep your car for 3 months. After that, Drive Flow will recall the vehicle for maintenance, and provide you with a suitable replacement if you need one.
Drive Flow’s subscription model is similar to many of the dealership-based subscription offerings, with a private concierge that arranges any and all logistical sides of your contract. The mileage limits are fairly strict, but the flexibility levels are virtually unrivaled in the market, making Drive Flow an attractive option for people who like to flip between different vehicles for different situations, or who just simply like a bit of a change up now and again.
While their pause option isn’t the cheapest around, it again adds to the level of flexibility the company provides, and there is a no set commitment; you can always cancel with 30 days’ notice.