Free cars for low-income families are available through 1-800-Charity Cars and Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, as of 2015, according to the organizations. Charity Cars accepts applications for free vehicles at FreeCharityCars.org and uses the website to give vehicles away throughout the United States. The Goodwill Industries Workers on Wheels program partners with a local car dealership to provide vehicles to Michigan residents in need.
Individuals seeking vehicles can tell their stories and solicit votes and support at the FreeCharityCars.org website to receive free cars, states 1-800-Charity Cars. In operation since 1996, the nonprofit organization uses the website to identify eligible beneficiaries and match their needs with appropriate vehicles. Eligible individuals include people transitioning from government support to work, domestic violence or natural disaster victims, military families and the working poor. Vehicle recipients must have the funds to pay for the car tags, titles, insurance and other related costs. Charity Cars does not guarantee that applicants receive vehicles.
Goodwill cooperates with car dealers to sell high-value vehicles it receives and uses the profits to acquire a larger number of reliable, lower-priced vehicles that low-income recipients can afford to insure and maintain, explains Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan. The process maximizes the number of people the organization can assist. The Michigan nonprofit agency has operated its Workers on Wheels program for more than 11 years.