On Getting a Donated Car For Free

Need a donated car to help you through your daily life? There are charities and agencies that will give free cars or donate cars to those who are in need.  One of the most well-know car donation program that donates free cars for the needy, those with disabilities and those on welfare is 1-800-Charity-Cars.

Life without a car can be very difficult no matter where you live, but especially if you have children. Also, if you live in an area where public transportation is scarce, then a good car in working condition is essential for day to-day life. There are many people who are below the poverty line who struggle with daily life because they don't have a vehicle or cannot afford to buy a reliable car. Getting a car loan is also difficult for them due to low income and low credit score. Although, there are some places where you can get cars for $1000 or under, some people may not be able to afford that.

Having a good working car is essential for many things such as getting to work, finding work, getting the children to school and activities, buying groceries, and especially for women who work or go to school late at night-a good working car is essential for their safe return home.  Fortunately for people who cannot afford to buy a car, they can have a car donated to them through different car donation charities and government programs.  

Car Donation Programs That Donate Cars To The Poor, Disabled, Veterans and Those on Welfare

Free Wheels for Welfare program

Free wheels for Welfare started in the year 2006 in the State of Massachusetts. The state government started distributing free cars that have been donated by charities to those who were in dire need of them. The major charity is Good News Garage, a Lutheran charity. The main aim of this free car distribution program is to provide a way to help welfare recipients get to job interview so they can find a job and get off the welfare system. This program is officially named as “Transportation Support” and it is sometime referred as “Welfare Wheels”. For some people in Massachusetts, getting their job is very difficult by public transportation so a car is necessary. This free vehicle program empowers them with this necessary tool so they can empower themselves by getting a job and getting off welfare.

How does Wheels for Welfare program work?

Many kind hearted people donate their cars to charities-some get a tax write-off and some choose not to. There are many reasons why people choose to donate cars to charity.  The car could be old, the owner could want to dump an old car just to buy a new one, or the car could belong to a deceased family member. When cars are donated to a charity and are not in working condition, the donated cars are repaired and either sold at a very low price or donated to a person or family that can prove they have the need.  Certain states have partnered with charities and provide these vehicles to the people in welfare programs for the purpose of using the car to help find employment and get off the welfare system.


How Can I Get a Free Car If I’m on Welfare?

Transportation service programs (Car Donation) are available in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Each and every state has specific guidelines to qualify for free vehicle or transportation program. If you are already on welfare, you may qualify for this program as it is specifically for low income individuals and families. You can check out this program by contacting the State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). If you are living in West Virginia, you can check the donated car website for that state.

To get a vehicle, your family must be referred by Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) case manager. This will be approved by the regional Supervisor. To qualify for the referral a low-income family must be receiving temporary assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits; those families receiving only food-stamps or medical benefits will not qualify. They should actively participate in the West Virginia WORKS program. The referral will be done if the family does not have access to transportation.

If you are resident of Massachusetts, you can check that website for more details. This program is administrated by Massachusetts Rehabilitation commission (MRC) and to apply to this program, you must request a referral from MRC Counselor.

For New Hampshire residents, and Vermont also have their own specific pages.


Other Charities That Donate Free Cars To The Poor

  • The first stop for those who are looking for free cars or cars at a very low price is ‘1-800-Charity-Cars’. You can apply online for a car at FREECharityCars.org. The cars are usually donated to victims of domestic violence, the medically needy, victims of natural disasters, families transitioning from public assistance to work, families living in transitional living shelters, the working poor and to the Military Families.
  • Local Churches or religious organization is one of the best places, since church members often donate their old cars to their church or other religious organization. If you are already a member of the Church, you can get help easily simply by asking the party responsible. Usually, the charity car availability advertised through mass email or Newsletter by the local churches. You can apply for it.
  • Red cross Car donations also plays a major role in providing cars for needy families at a low costs.
  • You can seek help through Catholic Charities in your State. They will help you to find a charity car.
  • The Salvation Army in your state can lead to the right place to get a charity car.
  • Goodwill in your state will also help you to get a donated car. You can do a website search to find the contact details of Goodwill organization in your area. You can also look for their contact number in yellow pages.
  • Freecharitycars.org also has an online application form(different than the one above). Anyone can participate and the charity cars are distributed based on the votes that you are awarded. You just need to sign up and create a free account on this website. Explain why you really deserve a car. The other members of the website read your description and vote for you. The charity cars are awarded based on the number of votes that you receive.
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After ample research and contacting charities, you will definitely find a way to get a free car, if you are really in a needy situation. Before, you approach charities and state agencies and apply for free car, make sure your paperwork is in order which explains your financial situation. Depending on the charity or state organization, you may need to prove your financial status and support your claim that you are low income. Your latest tax form will also be required to prove your economic condition. You will need to provide all the things necessary to run the car such as insurance, gas, etc, so make sure you have money budgeted to take care of these once you get your car donated to you.

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