Believe it or not, there are charities that give away free cars. Unless you live in a city with public transportation, having a car is one of life’s necessities.  The ability to get to work and earn an income to support yourself and your family is dependent on having a reliable transportation.  If you cannot get to work, you cannot earn a paycheck.

Even simple things, like going to the grocery store, now become a burden for a person who cannot get there.  How can a parent take a sick child to the doctor’s office without a car or pick up needed medicine?  If you are responsible for caring for an ailing or older relative, how can you get there to take care of her?

Because of the struggling economy, many low income families find themselves needing a new set of wheels when their old  one stops running, and they can no longer afford to fix it.  Because of low FICO scores, credit card debt, and the inability to secure a loan, many fixed income families needing a car cannot afford to buy one. 

Charities that give away free carsCredit: there is help in the form of charities that give away free cars. 

Before you apply to any agency for free car, you will need to do some research to make sure you qualify.  You will also need paperwork, such as your latest tax forms, to prove that you are in the economic parameters to receive a free car.

The first place to look when searching for a charity that gives away free cars is your religious organization.  Churches and synagogues may be able to help if they know of a congregant who will be donating a car.  A mass email, an article in their weekly or monthly newsletter, can set the wheels in motion to get what you need.

In addition, your local Jewish Federation or Catholic Charities are non profits that can assist you in your search. They have social service agencies that can set you up with a donated vehicle.  There are waiting lists, so make sure you contact the social work department to set up an interview as soon as you realize that you are in need.  You can check you local websites for phone numbers and qualifications.

While there are many organizations that accept donated vehicles, many of them sell the them to raise money for other charities.  Another avenue for finding a vehicle is to call the car donation centers directly.  They may be able to provide you with what you need.  Every state has it’s own car donation centers, so use you’re the online Yellow Pages to find yours and start making contact.  Calling will be more efficient than an email, as it is more personable.

Another organization for obtaining a vehicle is the website freecharitycars.  They have been profiled on many well known programs.  You can read through the website and decide if you want to join for the chance at receiving a donation.

You will definitely have to do your research, but all of your hard work will pay off when you drive away with your much needed set of wheels.