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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 am in Fontana Calif and I am in need of low income mechanic to fix my Passat the water pump doesn't work and is about a grand to fix I am in desperated need to find someone who s willing to give me a break I heard of free mechanics but I haven't found any and I really need my car to take my boys to school and for work if anyone could help me with any input I have no way of getting another car or the 1000 to get my fix
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littlelacie   in reply to Applesauce123456
send message or email to sheriffs office or police station. we do not know anyone that will give you a car. tell police where you are, they will come get you and take you to womens shelter. Soulight has not been on here since 2010.
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I am trying to get out of abusive relationship. He is doing everything so my son and I can't leave. I need a car first. He took the car and had my name taking off of it. He said if I go He Will report it stolen. He has Taking All money out off bank. I have to get my son and I out of here. This Has never happened to me before so need help. Thank You
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woman in a shoe   in reply to DebbieSmith365
I don't know anyone out there if i did i would try to get them to come and help u. I have help so many people on here i not even close to where u are i am in mi. Like i said in my first message we can only give information on here.
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DebbieSmith365   in reply to woman in a shoe

I am not asking for a free car. I am asking for a hand up and the ability to get to work. The people of our society don't care about each other. They only care about themselves and how much money they make. There are do many people that can help people but they don't lift their little finger. . If you would actually read my text I am asking for help to fix my car. I am stuck in a little town that I am not even from here I am not asking for a free fix. I have the parts. I don't know anyone here or even near here that would take the time to help me out. I will be helping to fix my car. So I am not wanting any free hand out
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woman in a shoe   in reply to DebbieSmith365
Oh i forgot the person u posted to not been on here for years and we don't know how to get a hold of her or him there also no place that gives anyone a free car.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to DebbieSmith365
Hi u ask what kind of site is this it is a info site where we try and tell u where u mite get help. What u are asking for help with there no place that repairs cars ars anything to do with a car. Also a few other things sorry.
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What kind of site is this this? I came upon this site for help to repair my car as I am stranded and alone in spring valley Arizona. This place has no grocery store, no store of any kind and no gas station. My whole front end has to be replaced. It is not mobile. And of course there is not an auto part store near by. The closest town is 30 miles away. Oh yeah there isn't any type of public transportation here. I need help! Your site boosts of helping. But then you don't and haven't since 2010.?
Take this site down off the internet then and quit bragging on sites that you do help. I will be doing just that right now. I have nothing else to do
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I'm a single mother of two & recently my car was underneath the water when it rained..I.go to school my daughter in elementary & my son is 3 it's so difficult to go do important things on the bus .I have no money to get it fix ...need help
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littlelacie   in reply to kobekel
the person you posted to for help has not been on this site since 2013. We do not know any resources that will help anyone get a car,sorry.
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kobekel   in reply to christopher.moss
I need a help from you.
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littlelacie   in reply to Tony Broken Bones
We do not know any resources that will help with car or truck repairs,sorry.Soulight has not been on this site since 2010.
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Tony Broken Bones
And will sit there and run perfect but just won't stop dying when it idles
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I need help on fixing my 1978 GMC High Sierra Desrt clasic and the engine is a small block 350 and won't sit and idle it keeps dying
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littlelacie   in reply to Bunny1960
medicaid will pay for taxi going to and from dr.visit.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Bunny1960
Hi the person u posted to not bon here in years. There no resources that will help with anything to do with a car. And there no cash on this site sorry
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I am disabled and have cancer and had 3 strokes I am on ssi my van is in need of a lot of work I need it to get back and forth to the hospital if anyone can help please
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mommy1stn4most   in reply to sonshinesas
:( ok thank you
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mommy1stn4most   in reply to woman in a shoe
Ok :( thank you
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