You Borrowed a Car, Return it With a Thank You Note!

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to borrow someone’s car or truck? Was it for the day or weeks?

When you borrow someone’s car they are likely being inconvenienced (unless they have an extra car!) When I lived with my parents, my parents would let me drive their car to work when my car needed maintenance or other repair work. I am grateful that they helped me.

Note: if you borrowed something other than a vehicle, check out the examples in the borrow post here.

When you are done borrowing the car or truck do the following:

  • Write a thank-you note (examples below)
  • Return it with a full tank of gas, even if the tank was empty. This is polite and will show your appreciation.
  • The vehicle should be clean, inside, and out. This may mean returning it in better condition than when you received it.
  • Optional: a small gift or gift card. This could be to a restaurant, Amazon, or a store you know the person you borrowed it from works.

Thank you note tips and template for a borrowed vehicle:

  • In your note, share how you benefited from being able to borrow the car or truck
  • Write your thank-you note promptly! Either hand deliver it when returning the vehicle, leave it in the vehicle (as a surprise), or mail it within a day or two.

Template note:

Dear [Person’s Name],

Thanks for letting me borrow your [car/truck]. [Driving your car meant that I could get to work!] I appreciate that you trusted me with your vehicle. It’s so much newer than my car and was a joy to drive!

[Your Name]

Notes:  Replace [words in brackets]. The second sentence should be replaced with why you needed to borrow the car or truck.

Related: 5 easy steps to writing a thank you note.

Sample Notes for various car or truck borrowing situations:

Dear Mom,

Thank you for letting me borrow your car. I was able to make it to the office and avoid taking sick time while my car was being repaired. Your generosity is appreciated. I realize it was an inconvenience for you to be without your car while I was driving it.

Thanks Again,

Dear Jean,

I want to thank you for allowing me to drive your extra car for a few weeks. Having your vehicle allowed me to get to school without missing any classes. I will be looking for a used new car now that school is out.


Dear Victoria,

I sure was in a bind when I got into that fender bender! Thank you so much for letting me borrow your car while mine was straightened out. I am thankful for your kindness and friendship.

Thanks Again,


American Greetings Bold Multicolored Thank-You Cards and Multicolored Envelopes, 50-Count

Click on Image to view the cards on Amazon. This is my Amazon Affiliate link.


More sample messages

Note: the examples below include just the center section of the note. Your letter should include a greeting and closing.

1. Thank you for lending me your truck for the day! I was able to get all the brush, and other yard waste dropped off at the city compost site. Your vehicle made the task so much easier and efficient. I only had to make one trip! If you ever need to borrow my tiny car, let me know!

2. I am grateful that you let me borrow your truck. It made hauling the mattress home a breeze, and I was able not to pay a delivery fee. There are many benefits to owning a truck, but since I do not need a truck often, I was glad you were willing to loan yours to me.

3. Your minivan was perfect for our trip! I am grateful to you for letting my family take it on our vacation. We had plenty of room for all of our luggage. Also, the kids and space to spread out in the back. Your kindness is appreciated.

4. Thank you for letting me borrow your car. I was surprised when I found out that my car needed to be in the shop for a week. With having to drive my parents around, not having a car is a considerable inconvenience. I will always remember your generosity! Not everyone will let others borrow a vehicle.

5. You are a wonderful friend to let me borrow your car on short notice! I was able to make the trip to [city name] and pick up [item]. Your car’s trunk was just big enough to hold it. I am thankful that you helped me out, and I didn’t have to rent an expensive truck.

6. Thank you for loaning me your truck! I love your truck and all it can do. It made moving day go much smoother and reduced the number of trips to the new house.

7. I enjoyed the last few months driving your extra car around. Thank you for being generous with it. I picked up my new car last week! Your car helped me get through and saved me the rental costs since my car insurance policy didn’t cover it after the accident.

I hope these examples inspired you to write a thank-you note when returning the vehicle that you borrowed.

About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.