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teeghan posted 2/26/2014 10:27 AM

I have a question. not sure if this should go here or under general but here goes.

My kids and I are in shelter due to domestic violence and I need to update my story as all kinds of crazy crap has happened.

However, in the meantime, I was told by my counselor to write a letter to car dealerships asking if they had a donation car program and explain my story. She said it doesn't hurt to just tell my story and ask if they have a donation program etc.

She told me to also ask car rental places. But I am SOOOO horrible at writing. How do you really explain and ask? Like what do you say when it comes to asking about a car donation? I do not wont to sound like a crazy person, just want to inquire about a donation program to individuals that are in desperate need.

Ugh..... I hate where I am in life right now but I am fighting so damn hard......

ajsmom posted 2/26/2014 11:22 AM

This intrigued me so I Googled your question.

Here is what I got from a website:

If You are an Individual

Car dealerships will rarely donate a car directly to an individual. But if you have a severe need, you may be able to get assistance from the auto dealership by involving yourself with a nonprofit organization.

Many nonprofit charities, such as those that work with people with disabilities, abuse victims, the homeless and military families, have charity car donation programs that work with dealerships to get donated vehicles for individuals.

Find out which local nonprofit charities the car dealership would be willing to donate a car to, or has donated a vehicle to in the past, if you are not a nonprofit organization. Then work with that nonprofit charity to obtain the vehicle.

It may make more sense for you to call the dealerships in your area to inquire whether or not they have donation programs.

Do you work with a social worker right now? That might also be a good first step.

Good luck to you!


teeghan posted 2/26/2014 12:37 PM

I have searched for the organizations and I am a severe abused victim so that is why my counselor told me to write the letter.

And yes she told me exactly what you wrote. They will either direct me to a place that can help me THAT THEY WORK WITH or just help me themselves.

I am actually asking for assistance with financing more than a donated fully car. I was only asking how to pose the questions.

I will figure it out. Thanks for replying. I will still inquire with the dealers and just go from there.

And I am still looking for non profits too but each dealer works with different ones so that is why she told me to EMAIL the letter to a dealership and let them direct me if they want to help or use a non profit place.


ajsmom posted 2/26/2014 12:41 PM

Ahhh...well then in that case...PM me the info and I'll take a stab at it for you!

Sad in AZ posted 2/26/2014 15:10 PM

You might also try to see if there is a local information & referral service by going to or By either calling or going to their website, you might be able to find a resource for this as well as other services. I &Rs give out social service information for your local area.

Good luck.

mom of 2 posted 2/26/2014 18:20 PM

I am inquiring if your dealership/rental office offers car donations and/or assisted financing.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am currently residing in a shelter with my children. I am in need of a motor vehicle. If you are unable to assist me, can you suggest other possible resources? Please contact me with any questions. Thank you.

It's rough. But maybe a start?

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