How to Get a Car Donated to You in Texas

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Most organizations that accept donated cars sell them and use the money from the sale to benefit a charity. Fortunately, there are some organizations that actually fix the donated cars up and give them to a deserving individual or family. If you live in the state of Texas, you have a few organizations to apply to. It is important, however, that you follow the proper procedure in order to increase your chances of being awarded a car.

List the specific reasons why you need a car, and why you feel you are deserving of it. Organizations that give away cars will ask you for this info. It is best if you are already prepared with an intelligent answer.

Gather together your financial documents if you are requesting a car due to a financial hardship. In all cases, you will need a valid driver's license. Your driving record must also be clean. If you are requesting a car due to an emergency or natural disaster, get together documents that can prove this.

Contact the Central Texas Workforce Center to apply for their Wheels to Work program. Do this if the main reason you need a car is to get back and forth to work. Only applicants that have received, or are currently receiving, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) will qualify.

Call your local Texas Goodwill store to inquire about their Wheels for Work program. In order to qualify, you must have a job and a referral letter from the Department of Social Services. Again, these cars are only given for individuals who need transportation to and from work.

Request a car from 800 Charity Cars via the Free Charity Cars website.This organization provides cars for individuals who have suffered domestic violence, a natural disaster, homelessness or a medical need. Military families and non-profit organizations are also encouraged to apply for a vehicle if in need. 800 Charity Cars serves all 50 states, including Texas.

Share your need for a vehicle with your local church. This is an excellent option if the charities you applied to do not have enough vehicles to meet the current demand. Many churches have benevolence funds set up to help church members and members of their immediate community. The church may check to verify that you have a genuine need before they agree to help you.


  • You may also want to send out a "Wanted" request through your Texas county's Freecycle group. There may just be a member who is ready to upgrade vehicles that may be willing to give you his.


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Alicia Bodine is a New Jersey-based writer specializing in finance. With more than 13 years of experience, her work has appeared in LendingTree, GoBankingRates, Sapling, Zacks and

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