What Are Some Ways to Get Free Auto Repairs for People With Low Incomes?

What Are Some Ways to Get Free Auto Repairs for People With Low Incomes?

Financial assistance for free or low-cost auto repairs is available through charitable organizations, church groups and non-profit programs such as Modest Needs and Goodwill. Ways to Work, a national non-profit community development program, offers low-interest car repair loans to families in 20 states.

Modest Needs is a national non-profit organization that uses crowdfunding to provide grants to people in need of emergency assistance, including coverage of auto repair costs. The average grant amount ranges from $750 to $1,250.

Ways to Work offers financial assistance, education and case management through its network of 44 locations throughout the country. This program provides low-interest vehicle loans to help qualified families afford a car or car repairs. Applicants must have regular employment and show proof of their ability to repay the loan.

Working Cars for Working Families, a program of the National Consumer Law Center, provides a database of more than 120 programs to help low-income families obtain a vehicle. Visitors can search the database by ZIP code, city or state.

In early 2015, the Angie's Angel Help Network created a directory of local and regional car repair assistance programs for families in need. Many of these programs give priority to low-income families with children, victims of natural disasters, victims of domestic violence, military families and non-profit organizations.