Giving up the car

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  1. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I had to quit driving two years ago. I was stunned by how bad my reaction time was getting. Peripheral vision is a problem, too. Let's not even bring up the feet.

    It has been sitting idle in the garage, with a dead battery and a flat.

    It is a 1996 corolla with 97,000 miles and is in good shape. I would like it to go to someone who would appreciate it the most. But I don't want to sell it, just give it away.

    That Corolla drove to conferences all over the country. I had never had a new car before, and hadn't owned one since 1984, and really loved it. I lived several minutes from where I worked, and didn't do a lot of other in-town driving.

    How do I go about giving the car away? (Jokes are fine.)
     
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    Salvation army around the country have been doing that for a bit now.
    They also give to folks to learn how to restore autos as new occupation.
    Just a thought. Perhaps other tech school or charity in your neck of woods.
    imho
     
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    Contact your local women's shelter.
     
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    There's a very annoying earworm commercial that offers a solution....

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    i don't know how it works on your turf, but over here an insurance company wouldn't touch a mid-90s car - and insurance is compulsory. even at 25 years old it might qualify for vintage insurance but it can't be your main vehicle; you have to have insurance on another car first.
     
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    I would be very cautious doing that, that system is extremely easy to game.
     
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    That is incredibly generous of you, and could really be a game changer for a lot of unfortunate souls.

    I’d say you should talk to friends and family and see if they know a single parent or family who is struggling and doesn’t have a reliable car.

    You’re a very kind man to even consider something like this.
     
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    Many classical or alternative radio stations will take older cars for a gift.
     
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    I know a minister who has a church/homeless shelter...I'd ask him.
    Maybe there's a similar person near you.
    We also have an organization that I do an annual benefit for, that helps homeless folks, and folks from toxic domestic situations, get back on their feet, get jobs, etc...a car could be a life changer for someone whose job options are DRASTICALLY minimized by having to use our country's morbidly crappy public transportation.
    Actually...I was recently reading that the main obstacle to people in poverty getting a decent job is transportation.
    It's all coming to me....find a bus stop, look for a woman with a small child waiting in the cold for a bus, and ask her if she wants a car.
    From what I know of you from reading your posts, you're JUST the guy to do something like this.
    BTW...a 96 Corolla is a great car!
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Offer to trade it for a telecaster:)
     
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    Where you at Larry? I know a young family in Savannah, Ga that could use a vehicle.
     
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    Our PBS station has a car donation program, maybe it's a national program as well.
    Very thoughtful of you.
     
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    I like where your heart is on this.
    I’m sure you’ll recognize the right path to follow when it presents itself.
     
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    Might have to change the tire and make sure its running before you donate it, or they might not accept it... I keep my cars 15 years or more and then I just donate them to charity.

    The last one I donated to kars4kids, and the one before that to the Salvation Army. In both cases the cars were in running order with functioning tires. They just came to the house, wrote me a receipt, and towed them away. No fuss, no muss....
     
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    My vote is to a student.

    When I was in high school, too young to drive, I rode sometimes with an older friend of mine. His putt was a perfectly good Studebaker Hawk that had been given to him by our English teacher. She upgraded to a Mercury Cougar, which back them was almost as cool as a Mustang. I don't know if he was or she was, but I was impressed by the generosity of her gift, and both of us students would have been on foot without it.

    Nobody back then thought that Studebaker was cool in any way (except that it ran and we could ride in it). I think many would think differently now.
     
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    In IC there is somebody that needs that car.
    I like the idea of reaching out to a shelter.
     
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    Very generous of you. I've donated cars to a local homeless shelter, they employ their residents to repair the vehicles, then offer them for sale at reduced cost.
     
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