Most online resources that discuss car donations come at it from the donor’s point of view. They explain how to donate a car, how to get a tax deduction for it, and what the best way to donate your car will be. However, as the video shows, there are plenty of people on the other side of this equation. So many people need a car and can’t afford to buy one. Sometimes it’s because their circumstances changed and public transit no longer fits their needs. Other times they already had a car, but it broke down and they can’t afford to buy a new one. Regardless of what the circumstances are, they need help.
It can be extremely frustrating to be the one needing help, especially if you’ve never been in that position before. In the past, you might have seen a salvage Dodge Viper for sale and bought it without a second thought about whether or not you could confidently afford it. But circumstances can change very quickly and you can easily become one of the thousands who are in need of help, rather than in the position to provide it.
If you need a new car, but can’t afford to buy one, you have options. The most obvious one is financing a used car. But this comes with its own dangers and is not a viable option for everybody. So that’s where car donation charities come in. When people donate their cars to charity, the charity doesn’t always sell them for scrap. If the car is in good shape and can still be driven, many charities are designed specifically to give those cars away to people in need. Free Charity Cars, the creators of the video, are the largest car donation distribution charity in the United States. Their purpose is to match people in need with free cars. In order to sign up, you share your story on their website, then get as many people to vote for you as possible. The more votes you get, the higher up on their waitlist you go. Should you reach the top, you’ll receive a free car as soon as they have one available. While a voting system like this can be frustrating and disheartening, it does serve its purpose. The people most in need of a car, at least based on their story, are the ones who are most likely to get a lot of votes. So they’ll end up with the car that they need.