Team Up With Your Industry Partners To Repair And Donate Vehicles

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program which since its inception in 2007, has changed and saved thousands of lives.

Most of us take transportation for granted. But for many people, routine activities such as going to work, taking kids to school, grocery shopping, and medical visits are a challenge. A catastrophic illness or unforeseen circumstances can suddenly change lives and without transportation, make it difficult to get back on the road to stability.

Through NABC Recycled Rides™, NABC members can play an important role to help open doors to better opportunities, employment, enriched quality of life, and increased self-esteem.

NABC members are in a unique position to change and save lives by teaming up with collision industry colleagues to refurbish and donate vehicles to individuals and service organizations in need. This collaboration of businesses representing all facets of the collision industry – insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others – has resulted in more than 2000 vehicles valued at $36 million donated in local communities across the country. Average value of Gifted vehicles is $14,000.00

How You Can Make a Difference

In addition to helping make a difference in someone’s life, your company’s participation in NABC Recycled Rides™ also provides many other intangible benefits. Recycled Rides helps build local community goodwill and brand your company in local markets. And within your own company, it creates rewarding experiences, excitement and pride as for your team.

  • Participation in NABC Recycled Rides™ is open to all members
  • Members-only NABC Recycled Rides™ Kit with step-by-step timeline and instructions on how to plan and implement a successful event
  • How to source vehicles, parts and materials and supporting vendors
  • Access to 1-800 Charity Cars, which generously donates their expertise to help NABC members by coordinating and managing all necessary licensing and title transfers between donors and recipients
  • Sample list of national charities eager to participate and help identify worthy recipients
  • Sample Press Kit for local media exposure
  • Participation certificate from the National Auto Body Council
  • Presentation Kit (additional $150) which includes the large, reusable trademark green NABC Recycled Rides™ bow and a branding banner

Click below to get started changing and saving lives in your community.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to be a National Auto Body Council member to participate?
Yes, your membership allows NABC to remain sustainable to enhance and provide administrative support for the NABC Recycled Rides™ program as well as the many other programs we offer to enhance the image of the industry.

2. Does it cost money to participate?
Participation in NABC Recycled Rides™ is free with a minimum single location membership. Click here to see membership levels for multiple company locations. A Presentation Kit consisting of our signature large green, re-usable trademark NABC Recycled Rides™ bow and a branding banner costs $159.

3. How do I get involved?
Sign up as a member. Once your membership dues have been received, you will receive the NABC Recycled Rides™ Manual which provides a blueprint for initiating, managing and completing the project. Then register for a NABC Recycled Rides™ event and the Program manager will welcome you and help provide ongoing and support to help you stay on track.

4. I am a collision repairer; how do I get a vehicle to donate?
There are several sources for vehicles including, but not limited to, insurance companies, rental car companies, and auto auctions. Use your own local contacts to find a vehicle or contact the National Auto Body Council to see if they have identified a source in your area which has committed to assisting with vehicle procurement.

5. Can individuals apply to receive a NABC Recycled Rides™ vehicle?
NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program does not accept applications directly from individuals. NABC members partner with local nonprofit charitable organizations who select NABC Recycled Rides™ recipients. These organizations provide services and work directly with at-risk families and individuals and have the expertise to qualify and select potential NABC Recycled Rides™ recipients based on the individual’s needs. In many cases, they are also able to provide a full continuum of other support services beyond transportation.

Individuals who need assistance with transportation should contact local family assistance programs. NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program works closely with several organizations such as 1-800-Charity Cars, Family Promise, Volunteers of America, VFW and many others.

6. How do I find a recipient?
The easiest way is to partner with a nonprofit charitable organization. The vehicle will be conveyed from its source to the charity, and your company will do the work on behalf of the charity, which also has certain responsibilities. One is to find the recipient, although you might want to be involved in that process. Ideally the recipient will be a family in need. Another responsibility of the charity is to assist with local media coverage for NABC Recycled Rides™ and your shop’s participation in this project.

7. What industry segments are involved with this project?
Most industry segments have expressed their support for NABC Recycled Rides™. Collision repair shops will do the repair work, help identify a charity partner and coordinate the presentation. Insurers, auto auctions, rental car companies and others can donate vehicles. Parts vendors with national networks have shown their willingness to provide parts. Paint and material vendors have expressed their commitment to work with the industry. And we encourage you to seek assistance from a local mechanical shop or towing company if you need those services during the project. Some shops have go the extra mile to solicit local retail businesses to join in by providing gift cards for gas or automotive services and gift items such as toys and supplies for the recipient family.

Everything you need to know about this project is in the NABC Recycled Rides™ Manual with ongoing support from NABC as requested.

The National Auto Body Council partners with 1-800 Charity Cars which generously donates its services to process all necessary paperwork to transfer vehicle title from donor to recipient. This service is provided as an exclusive benefit for NABC members participating in the NABC Recycled Rides™ program.

As both a nonprofit organization and a licensed car dealer, 1-800 Charity Cars has partnered with NABC since the inception of NABC Recycled Rides™ in 2007, and donated resources to help reassign the vehicle title from donor to the recipient, a multi-step process that minimizes liability while maximizing benefit for all parties involved.

1-800 Charity Cars also accepts vehicle s for use for its own car donation program. Cars that do not qualify to be donated to a family are sold and help fund repairs to other vehicles to help a family receive a reliable, working car.

Recycled Rides for Schools

Recycled Rides for Schools is an extension of the National Auto Body Council’s successful national program, NABC Recycled Rides™, geared towards technical schools and colleges.

Recycled Rides for Schools provide students enrolled in vocational schools with valuable opportunity to learn their trade with hands-on training on late-model vehicles. Equally important, the program provides students with the opportunity to experience the rewards of helping make a difference in someone’s life.

Participating schools benefit by strengthening community relationships, teaming up with local businesses and organizations. Positive exposure from NABC Recycled Rides™ can help increase recruitment as well as lead to more opportunities for job placements for graduating students.

Recycled Rides for Schools works the same way as the national program with vehicles donated by an insurer, car rental company or occasionally private individuals. The school, in conjunction with their advisory committee and a local repair facility, repairs the vehicle and donates it to individuals or a charity of their choice.

Participating schools have access to a members-only NABC Recycled Rides™ Kit which includes step-by-step guidelines and instructions on how to implement a successful program. Recycled Rides for Schools committee members are available to provide guidance throughout the entire program, including help to obtain a vehicle, acquire the parts for repair, and continuing through the “gifting” process and ceremony.

Participation fee for tuition-based schools and non-tuition based schools is $100.


Recycled Rides for Schools Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I get school administration to approve?
You must talk to your administration about the program and get their approval. Some schools this step is easy. Some not. The National Auto Body Council can help you if you have trouble getting this requirement.

Here are a few points you need to emphasize to your administration.

• Title to car will be in the name of 800-Charity Cars. Car will NEVER be titled in school name or the name of the state/county/town. This should alleviate some administrator’s fears.
• The students will NOT be making significant structural repairs that would be liability concerns.
• The school DOES need to supply liability coverage for each student working on the NABC Recycled Rides™ vehicle, just as they would need to cover them during any such classroom and shop work efforts.
• All vehicle recipients must sign a waiver and assumption of risk form that we provide.
• Car is given to recipient who signs the paperwork that the vehicle is accepted “AS IS”, without any expressed or implied warrantees.
• This is a terrific community service project which will reflect well on the school and the collision repair program
• This program will teach your students the importance of “giving back.”
The school needs to obtain proper approvals from the administrator/school principal/program head. The Administration Authorization Form must be signed before you can participate in the Recycled Rides for Schools program.

2. How do I get a salvage car donated?
• Local insurance company contacts
• Salvage facilities
• Donations from faculty, staff & community
• Program Advisory Council contacts
• Car rental companies
• Tow yards
• Local collision repair facilities
• Outright purchase
• As a last resort, NABC Recycled Rides Program Manager

3. How do I select a vehicle?
• Good mechanical condition
• No major structural damage
• Known title status
• Automatic transmission (preferred)
• Vehicle mileage less than 100,000 unless it can be shown to be in good condition
• Valued less than $15,000
• No engine damage
• No deployed airbags
• Recovered thefts ideal
• Car repairs are within the abilities of your students

4. How do I get parts donated?
Person to Person: Your excitement over the program is contagious, and the value of the program is bound to tug at the heartstrings of anyone you solicit at a face-to-face meeting. This is really the best approach because it says that you are committed to the program and it gives you a chance to talk about your program and school as well. There is a description of the program available that you can use with vendors.

Leveraging Friendships and Business Relationships: Pick up the phone and call vendors and other community members with whom you or your school already have an established relationship. Don’t forget to use your advisory board!

Electronically: This is the fastest, easiest and least personal of the three approaches, but is perfectly acceptable.

5. How do I choose a non-profit?
Each school selects a local charity they would like to work with. If needed, additional help may be obtained by contacting the NABC Recycled Rides Program Manager. It is strongly recommended to select a 501(c)(3) charity. This will ensure that proper tax deduction benefits are available to whoever provides the vehicle or donated parts or services. Select a charity that is eager to participate in the program and agrees to handle all of the criteria involving recipient selection.

6. Who selects the recipient of the car?
• The non-profit Charity does the proper selection of a recipient
• Non-profit ensures recipient meets criteria. The selected recipient must also complete additional paperwork that will be supplied by 800-Charity Cars, and they will also need to ensure that the recipient is qualified to meet the donation requirements i.e. valid driver’s license, income levels, ability to maintain, insure, and register vehicle
• Arranges for the recipient to be at the Ride-Away Day event (notifies employer, etc.).
• Is responsible for communications to media outlets and requesting their presence at the event.
• Assists in co-managing and participating in the Ride-Away Day event.
• The recipient must be willing to sign the Release of Liability sample form as well as complete all the other necessary paperwork

7. What criteria should be used to select the recipient?
• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Proof of income/employment
• Does not own reliable transportation
• Must be financially challenged so is unable to purchase a vehicle themselves
• Must be able to support ongoing ownership of the car (insure, maintenance, taxes, licensing)
• The charity may be the recipient if there is a need of a vehicle to continue their efforts within the community.

8. What are the liability issues?
As a participant, you will find a sample “Release of Liability” form on the website. We recommend you review this document with your attorney and edit it as necessary to ensure it is suitable for your school’s circumstances. Have the vehicle recipient sign this release or your edited version, acknowledging they are accepting the vehicle “AS IS”, without any expressed or implied warranties.

9. How much will this cost my school’s program?
TUITION BASED SCHOOLS and NON TUITION BASED SCHOOLS Membership to National Auto Body Council $100


The NABC Recycled Rides™ Presentation materials
(big green bow, NABC banner, both reusable and key tags) $159
Any Parts NOT donated
Vehicle registration, titling and taxes optional
We highly recommend that recipient pays these fees, not school
Ride Away Event Expenses
-Food, drink, chairs, microphone, etc. Oftentimes additional school supporters or participating vendors may also wish to be involved in making this event special and will also help to offset some of the expenses.

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