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CARS        grants for CARS ,  free cars  ,  fix up your car ,  very low percentage car loans ,  donations of cars  , finding a good used car  ,      CAR ministries by area  ,    CAR    CARE  SITES



Opportunity Cars : Over 150 non-profit organizations that have gotten together to provide cars to hard working individuals !  Check it out !




If you live in King County ,   Washington ( one of the lowest income places in the States) here is a great page of transporrtation ideas : 






Did you know that the retailer called Auto Zone lends out tools for working on your car ? They also have free car repair booklets . Here are some of the other things that they offer :


Repair Info
Vehicle Repair Guides
Product and How To Info
Automotive Glossary
Free Testing
Free Battery Charging
Free Loan-A-Tool Service
Free Fluid Recycling

To see if there is an Auto Zone near you , go to this link :









Having a car is a wonderful blessing , and I hope everyone who is searching will find what they need . After you obtain that car , how will you pay for gas ? Here is one solution courtesy of our Aidpage friend , Elaine of TSA ( she found the site and told me about it ! )

It is a site for GRANTS FOR FREE GAS . See if you qualify !





Many of us who have struggled with being  low income/disabled/single mom/seniors  know what it is like to be without transportation.Here is an article that talks about this struggle .If you know someone who doesn't 'get' what it is like to not have a car , send them to this link.

High Cost or High Opportunity Cost? Transportation and Family Economic Success

by Margy Waller, Visiting Fellow

Center on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution


"Research evidence suggests that having a car is a worthwhile investment in better outcomes for low-income families. Recent reports quantify the additional money required to own and operate personal vehicles, as compared to the lower cost of traveling on public transit. However, this method of accounting fails to consider the fact that poor workers without a car may not be able to search for or accept a better-paying job because public transit doesn't go there, causing these workers to lose lost income or benefits as a result. This report outlines opportunity costs experienced by transit-dependent poor households, and concludes that when all costs are considered along with benefits of private vehicles, it makes sense to press for more assistance and policies that reduce car ownership costs for poor workers."
The rest of the article can be found here :










Right now , this is the best bet for finding a car .

Try contacting this organization first. As to individual requests , the only programs that I know about are the ones listed on this page. I will add any more as I come across them - soulight

 NEW OCTOBER 13 2007

The first and only national
charity of its kind that
provides donated vehicles
free of charge to struggling
families willing to work and
become self-sufficient,
tax-paying members of the community.




PLEASE READ PLEASE READ PLEASE READ PLEASE READ __________________________________________________

 There are programs that are grants , some are loans , and some are the actual donation of a car. Some are assistance in the form of fixing the car you already have.


Many programs have specific qualifications you need to fit.







This is a search by state ,and some states are listed below the search.




This may be the same program listed above. It is listed differently , but worth a try :





************NEW PROGRAMS FOUND ON 02/03/08


The two programs listed directly above are having server problems (02/03/08) . Here is another program to try in the meantime :


Another ownership list by state :(02/03/08)


Here is a car care ministry (free car repair) form . You fill out the form and they try to find a ministry service in your area. 








Loans are good only if you absolutely know that you can pay them back , no matter what the interest is.











As this page shows , Modest Needs also helps with assistance for car repair








York County , Pennsylvania(added 02/03/08)



New Life Car Ministry

Vision: Bringing New Life to cars and their drivers while at the same time serving Christ by servicing their cars.


Mission: Our mission is to repair cars as a means of being a service to our community and as a way to provide funds for New Life Ministries


Who: Contact Kevin Roukema



What: Car repair and maintenance at a reasonable price with labor costs donated to New Life Ministries.


When: First and Third Saturdays each month


Where: Two Locations-Wallington and West Caldwell.


How: All work done on premises, service records will be kept, 30 day warrantee on work performed.

The church is located at the end of Irving Street in Midland Park New Jersey. Irving Street is off Godwin Avenue. Enter 218 Irving Street, Midland Park, NJ when using Mapquest or any other internet map site. Or call 201 251 6480 for directions.





The Good News Garage,

 an affiliate of Lutheran Social Services of New England, creates economic opportunity by providing affordable and reliable transportation options to people in need. Since 1996 we have provided safe and reliable cars to over 2,000 individuals and families in need of transportation to accept a job, maintain a job, or have access to employment training.

Unlike the vast majority of car donation programs, the mission of the Good News Garage is to repair donated cars and trucks and provide them to low-income families and individuals.





Here is a car ministry in SANTA ANA AREA , CALIFORNIA







There is an alternative for responsible, working parents to receive low-interest auto loans.

Loan Eligibility
To be eligible for loan consideration, a potential borrower must: 

Be employed three months continuously
Be an involved parent

Have exhausted other loan sources

Have a household income less than 80% of the Portland median income (80% for a family of 4 is $54,300)

Reside in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County






is a non profit organization dedicated to making the ownership
of new cars affordable to everyone through guaranteed low interest loans.

Bonnie CLAC’s goal is to take the stress out of transportation for our clients, and help them access an
affordable and reliable base-model vehicle. Our program is designed to facilitate the car-buying process by
gaining access to low interest rates and identifying a car that will fit into their budget. 

Bonnie CLAC provides our clients with the following services:

Vehicle Purchase Assistance
Bonnie CLAC works with car dealers to negotiate the cost of your car and
warranty, and to locate the vehicle that meets your needs.

Low Interest Loan with Loan Guarantee
Bonnie CLAC works with banks to get a very low interest car loan with a partial
loan guarantee. 

Financial Fitness, Budget Counseling and Credit Education
Bonnie CLAC works with you to set goals and give you the tools to more effectively manage your finances.






Project Self-Sufficiency

A partnership between the City of Fort Collins, Colorado and Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency, is helping single parents who need a little assistance, due to income or other circumstances, to keep their cars in working order.






Car care and care give-away ministry in IRVING TEXAS :






No contact numbers were given for this program , but if you are a CALWORKS participant , you can ask your supervisor.

Clientele/Population Served:
Active CALWORKS participants in Contra Costa County



'Wheels for Work

MD (Anne Arundel)

Type of Agency/Organization Coordinating/Operating the Program:
Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services

Funding Sources:
Federal grant

Clientele/Population Served:
TANF recipients

Mission/Goal of the Program:
To help move TANF recipients off welfare and on the road to self-sufficiency

Programs/Services Offered:
The "Wheels for Work" program sells used donated vehicles to welfare recipients at low prices, rangin from $200 to $600 dollars. "Wheels for Work" seeks to save social services money by reducing the amount the department spends on transportation for welfare recipients. Cars from the public and private sector are sold to welfare recipients who, without a car, could not afford cab fare or find bus routes to get to a job.

For more information:
Please contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services
80 West Street
MD 21401
(410) 269-4603





The Car Ministry Program
Falls Church, VA (Fairfax)

Type of Agency/Organization Coordinating/Operating the Program:
Community-based agency

Clientele/Population Served:
Staff members of a local ministry; a missionary; a needy family; an international student; a minister or priest; a single parent; a seminarian

Mission/Goal of the Program:
The Car Ministry is dedicated to recycling cars and trucks to give to needy people and ministries. There is a great need for cars and trucks to ease the transportation burden. The program is dedicated to connecting those that are in need of a car or truck with those that can provide them for free.

Programs/Services Offered:
The 2C8 Car Ministry program accepts donated vehicles, checks their condition, and assesses the need for repairs. Then, the ministry gives the car or truck, at no cost, to someone in serious need, or the program uses the car to further the goal of providing transportation. The program has a long waiting list of people in need.

Results and/or Performance Measures:
To date, the Car Ministy has given over 2000 cars and trucks to needy families and ministries. They are assessed, reconditioned, and given away without charge.

For more information:
If you have a good extra car, please donate it to the Car Ministry.
Call Roger Penn at 703-278-9299




Domestic Violence Transportation Program
Seattle, WA (King)

Type of Agency/Organization Coordinating/Operating the Program:
Transportation Department

Funding Sources:

Clientele/Population Served:
Victimes of Domestic Violence

Mission/Goal of the Program:
Provide transportation to victims of domestic violence.

Programs/Services Offered:
The King County Domestic Violence Transportation program helps survivors of domestic violence travel to safety and to shelters. The program also provides transit tickets for victims who need to get to court hearings, support meetings, or medical appointments. Additionally, it provides a van to a community agency that transports victims to support groups.

Results and/or Performance Measures:
The program provides more than 400 annual emergency taxi trips to shelters, health clinics, and advocate agencies. It also provides over $35,000 annually in Human Services bus tickets. The program is a valued partnership between the King County DOT, the King County Community & Human Services Dept, the YWCA, and local domestic violence shelters and agencies.

For more information:
For more information about this program:

Contact Bob Flor :

Contact Don Okazaki:





Jobs Access - Residential Transportation Coordinator Program
Seattle, WA (King)

Type of Agency/Organization Coordinating/Operating the Program:
County Transportation Dept/County Work Training Program

Funding Sources:
Community Transportation Association of America/Jobs Access

Clientele/Population Served:
Low-income Residents in Public Housing Authorities

Mission/Goal of the Program:
The Residential Transportation Program identifies residents and staff in Seattle and King County Housing Authority HOPE VI sites and trains them to provide transportation information to residents.

Programs/Services Offered:
Services included: 1) Multi-lingual travel training information to address needs of refugees and new immigrants; 2) Development of the Transportation Options Workshop and Residential Transportation Coordinator Toolkit; 3) Development of the Transportation Resources Index, a website of transportation services for individuals and communities.

Results and/or Performance Measures:
The RTC program was a partnership of agencies based on the block-watch model. The efforts of individual RTCs were monitored for information they provided, such as enrollments in programs such as vanshare, vanpool, ridematch, Working Wheels, or Accessible Service. The RTCs spoke several languages including Vietnamese, Arabic, Amharic, Oromo, Tigregna and Cambodian, making it possible to provide transit and rideshare information to these communities.

For more information:
For more information about this program:
Contact Bob Flor at:
Contact Colene Baker at:
Contact Jennifer Hill at:





Traveling Grannies/Grandpas Program


The Traveling Grannies/Grandpas program was founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The program began seeking funding in 1992 and the first Traveling Grannie/Grandpas volunteer started serving teens in 1993. Since the inception of the program, 557 at-risk, pregnant, and parenting teens and their children have received in-home mentoring services.

Population Served:

Low-income older adults 60 years and over provide services to at-risk, pregnant and parenting teens and their infants. The Traveling Grannies and Grandpas were also involved with the Family Impact Project through the Grand Rapids/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Family For Kids Initiative. Through this project, 42 children ranging in age from 6 months to 15 year in the foster care/adoption system received hands-on mentoring/companionship.

Services Provided:

Low-income older adults volunteer 20 hours a week and earn a non-taxable stipend of $2.55/ hour along with other tangible benefits. The Traveling Grannies and Grandpas provide the following services which helps at-risk teens gain greater self-sufficiency and improve their well-being and that of their children:

Decrease the occurrence of abuse, neglect and exploitation of teens and their children by:
Teaching positive parenting techniques
Promoting non-violent disciplinary approaches
Building self-esteem by focusing on positive actions of teens
Deterring additional pregnancies
Promote positively life style choices
Discouraging the use of alcohol and drugs
Deterring gang involvement
Promoting continuing their education
Seeking gainful employment
Demonstration of good health habits:
Encouragement to secure pre- and post-natal care
Assisting with keeping medical appointments for self and child
Instructions on nutritious meal planning and preparation
Provide needed transportation:
To make applications for job openings
To attend job interviews
To keep all other necessary appointments.

The Traveling Grannies/Grandpas Program partners with several community organizations. The following list is a sampling of partnering agencies and is not meant to be all-inclusive: Catholic Social Services, Salvation Army Booth Services, Park School, Spectrum Health, St. Mary's Hospital, Family Independence Agency, Homeless Youth Services, Planned Parenthood, Kent County Health Department, One-Way House, Family Outreach, Arbor Circle/Project Focus, and Hope Community.





Job Opportunity Transportation Program
Ventura, California

The Human Services Agency (HSA) of the Ventura Department of Social Services operates the Job Opportunity Transportation Program, a self-funding program that provides people enrolled in California's welfare program (CalWORKS) with reliable transportation for work. The initiative's primary goal is to assist CalWORKs families in obtaining reliable transportation to maintain employment, get off welfare, and achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency.

The program operates as an auto loan initiative which purchases economy vehicles that fleet operators (such as local government or large private employers) plan to dispose of because of age or high mileage, or because the vehicles are surplus. The vehicle obtained are inspected, and all necessary repairs are completed by a private sector auto repair facility, or by auto repair classes at local community colleges. The vehicles are then sold at minimal cost to pre-screened welfare families to be used as transportation to and from work. The Ventura County Federal Credit Union provides loans to these families to purchase the vehicles.

For More Information:

Jim Becker
Human Services Agency (HSA) of the Ventura Department of Social Services
Phone: 805-652-7835






Fix-it Ministry
Home Repair & Car Care -HIGHLAND MICHIGAN

The purpose of the Home Repair & Car Care Ministries is to serve the church family and the community. Everyone has home repairs and automotive needs that need to be done sooner or later. Not everyone has the skill, the time, or the tools. Calling a contractor or garage for the smaller repairs can be impractical and costly.

This ministry is intended to serve anyone who may need the help. From seniors, widows, and single moms to lawyers, teachers, and engineers - give us a call, we'd love to help.










This ministry furnishes cars that have been donated by church members to church and community members. Persons who have old cars that are operational and in reasonably repairable condition should consider donating their car to the church. All donations are tax deductible.  Those interested in donating a car or who are in need of car should contact the church office.


Church Office:
220 Auburn Avenue, Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tele: 404-827-9707
Fax: 404-223-3060 or 








*** As mentioned at the top of this page , the best program at the time ,to TRY FIRST is the one listed in red . I will continue to add car ministries/ programs as I find them. -soulight





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I live in Altoona Pa. I am a single, disabled mother of two. I am in desperate need of repairing my 2000 Durango. I need the exhaust manifold gasket/bolts, leaf spring snapped, muffler, tail pipe, lower ball joints, oil pressure sensor, sway bar link, bumper, and fog lights. I have some of the parts, but no one to put them on, and I cannot afford a garage for these types of repairs. I am currently being forced (yes I said forced) by a Judge in the Blair County Courthouse to drive my UNSAFE vehicle to the neighboring town for visitation with my ex. The Judge knows my vehicle is unsafe, but said its 'not a good enough reason' to miss visits. I am terrified if I keep driving under these conditions I am going to end up in a wreck seriously injuring/killing myself or my children. If you know of any help at all, in any way, I will be beyond grateful!!
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Thanks, I'm in serious need,just hoping for help.
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The Christmas Cat   in reply to Pepper89
For auto help
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Pepper89
Sou light not been on here in years
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Pepper89
I know cars are expensive . I jus had a hose put on . it was two hundred dollars just for a hose . I don't know any resources that will fix cars . but you can try to get a free cars through . but you have to have so many votes to get it . good luck .
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I live in burleson tx. I have a 1995 gmt sonoma that I have had almost 2 yrs now. Its been working fine but today it has a screechy loud noise. I'm pretty sure I know what it is but also pretty sure it's really expensive to fix. I have 2 lil girls and I am pregnant. I take care of my 87 yr old granny with alztimes. I need to be able to get around. If anyone knows what I could do for help I would very much appreciate it! :)
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Anyone know of financial aid for car repairs in New Mexico. I am desprate. No car = no job....
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cantstopthemadness   in reply to Jax0121
two suggestions. one look and see if there is an automotive school anywhere near you. Most schools will do the work for free, if you pay for the parts - but you can get an estimate of what that will cost before they do anything. 2. I dont know if you get any sort of financial help via food stamps, but there is a program Temporary Assistance Needy Family (TANF) that if there is funding available and you meet other requirements - such as being under a certain income... that they might help pay for repairs, but you need to have a quote for cost of repairs first on that as well..
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Hi I live in scranton pa I am a single mom with three boys struggling and living on public assistance,I have no way of getting around because I have no transportation,I need information if any on how I can get a car that way I can look for a job.having no way of getting around is become a very big issue and it keeps me from not getting any where in my life .please if there is any help out there can you please let me know .thanks
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Hi there.
I desperately need help & was wondering if you could help us. I have a beautiful 13yr old daughter. I lost my car so I then lost my job. I'm struggling right now and need a job so badly. The problem is that I can't get a job until I can somehow get a car to get to work and back. Please please let me know if y'all can help us. Thank you very much!

Alicia Campbell 832-482-7781 or
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Hello, My name is Jacqueline and I live in Illinois i'm a single mother of three kids. I have a 97' Dodge Grand Caravan that I need fixed before I loose my job. I can only find work a hour away and i'm running out of time and rides. Please can someone help! I've been so behind in bills because I have gotten my hours cut to receive rides to work. I believe my van needs a trans and I have someone that would be so nice to put it in for free if I got one. My county doesn't offer car repair. Well at least the ones that I have called. I don't know what else to do after fighting to hard to get to this point without support I can't loose everything. I have worked so hard. Please please please can someone point me in the right direction to get car parts for free or at least to where I can afford it. Thank so much and God Bless

My e-mail is
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BaddCatt   in reply to PuddinPie
Hello Ann.

Tell me about your van. When you turn the key, does absolutely nothing happen? Or does the engine turn over but doesn't fire? Or do you hear a clicking sound, but nothing else?
I'm trying to determine if the problem is your battery, starter, ignition, or something major.
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PuddinPie, is my nickname, I live in Newport News, Virginia 23608. I forgot to put it in my previous, original post, about my 2001 Ford Windstar LX van that won't start.
(757) 751-7172
God Bless!
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I have a 2001 Ford Windstar LX and it won't start. I need financial help getting it repaired and/or a good samaritan who will repair it @ no charge, and/or a free car for transportation to my doctor's appointments, grocery store, etc. I am a young grandmother who has been diagnosed with poor circulation in my lower extremities. I want to be able to help my grandchildren with transportation to their school activities, etc., too. If you can help, that will be GREAT, or point me in the right direction! :)
Thank you!
(757) 751-7172
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Jehsea   in reply to Dee&boys
Are you out of your mind? Making an open-ended invitation like that when it involves just you - assuming you are an adult - although extremely dangerous, hey, if attracting abusive men is your thing and you're an adult, not much the rest of us can do - BUT to make such a "come and get us" plea with four kids depending on you to exercise good judgment is TERRIFYING!


If you think child sexual abuse only happens to little girls, think again. I have a (now adult) daughter and son who were both assaulted by my second husband, the one I felt so fortunate to be loved by, since I was a "package deal" - a woman with another man's children, precisely the kind of woman who, despite my very good looks, gets passed over because she's "all used up" in male thinking.

You're setting yourself up for a devastating lesson. Please do not take your innocent children along for the horrific ride with you.
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Jehsea   in reply to zx

OK, now I am going to assume you're not stuck in the van, you're on the net, so you're in a safe apartment. Good, got a base of operations! Well, I think the best course of action is to start with your phone book and call Catholic Charities (not, you don't have to be Catholic.). These fine people will deliver food baskets with kid- and even pet-friendly goodies in them right to your door!

They'll even hook you up with vouchers for free tanks of gas, and, in my case, during college, subsidized my daughter's pre-school at a gifted and talented program for artists!

They also connected me with an excellent mechanic who worked at very reasonable rates for me. I hope this is of some help to you:).

Catholic Charities was instrumental in helping me through college after I took my children and left the husband who violently beat me, went to college with an infant daughter and a toddler son, and graduated four years later - working THREE PART-TIME JOBS the entire time to make up for unpaid child support - graduated with every award they had, and got into a top private litigation law school on full scholarship, too!

So remember, you can do anything you set out to achieve! Good luck!
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Jehsea   in reply to christopher.moss
Chris, your SS card can be replaced by any Social Security office in your area. Do this online at a public library or over the phone. Your out-of-state driver's license is not a roadblock to unemployment insurance. Merely note you've changed address by calling the Illinois Dept. Of Revenue and informing them, they will tell you what to do. Often it's as simple as noting the new address on the back of the AZ license and that's good for 30 days until you change to an Illinois license, but it can start your application for benefits as long as you were employed the number of qualifying "quarters" needed to qualify for unemployment benefits. So neither document issue you raised will necessarily bar you from receiving short-term benefits while you're in crisis. Good luck!
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Jehsea   in reply to zx
Look for immediate assistance through local churches' food assistance programs for new residents, they will bring it right to your door! You can access these wonderful people and services by looking up their phone number in your book. Catholic Charities is particularly good and fast and includes something "treat"-like for the kids and pets, even, in their food baskets! From there, they can hook you up with vouchers for free tanks of gasoline; trusted mechanics who do excellent work at very low cost, and so on. I hope this helps you get established. Once your feet are firmly on the ground - don't forget to go back down there and Pay It Forward for the next needy family. We are here to heal each other, after all. GOOD LUCK!
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I am in dire need of a vehicle. my name is christopher moss. i have a job but I seek employ elsewhere for better wages and benefits. Right now i can afford food and my phone and insurance. today my car exploded while i was getting my family groceries. i dont have the money needed to get a car and i do not have the credit to even get a credit card. all of the options i have i am frantically trying because i can not be without employment even if my job is paying me less than minimum wage. i moved back to illinois after learning my grandmother the woman who raised me had become increasingly ill with alzheimers. i cannot file for unemployment because my social security card was stolen and i hold a arizona license. this situation is not one i want or need to be in but i need to try everything. if anyone knows where i can even get repairs for free or cheap cheap please help. i need 150$ in parts. i can do the labor. i will even volunteer time. i will even trade my car for a moving car. Its whatever.
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crypt keepers ride   in reply to brandiv
I have a 1984 caddilac limosene with a working bar between 2 seats. I beleive it was owned by a mobster, I would like to see if there is anyway I could get a grant to rebuild it from the ground up to help out with advertising for a friend of mine who own's a Halloween store.
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