The National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides a vehicle donation event meant improve the image of the industry is gearing up for its third year with the goal of donating more vehicles to working poor families.
All segments of the industry assist collision repair shops in this unique program, which has a target donation date of Monday, November 23, 2009. Last year, 47 families from communities all over the United States from Long Island, New York to Los Angeles, Calif. received Recycled Rides vehicles.
The NABC believes reliable transportation is more important than ever in these tough economic times and can provide a family with a new lease on life. Past families benefiting from vehicles have grappled with a variety of predicaments, including a single mother with nine adopted children, working poor parents who needed a reliable car to transport their son to and from dialysis treatments, and many other touching stories.
Joe Amodei, owner of 112 Automotive Center in Long Island, New York, participated last year and witnessed firsthand the impact of the program.
“Our goal is to help people in our local community,” he said. “We decided to utilize the NABC program because they have a great toolkit which walks us through the entire process. Together we can have an effect right here in our community and across the country, too.”
Recycled Rides drives media awareness, thus helping NABC achieve its mission of enhancing the image of the collision industry. Shops, insurers, charities and vendors who participated last year received hundreds of thousands of dollars in local media exposure.
The registration deadline for shops wishing to participate this year is April 15, 2009. Recycled Rides’ long-term goal is 500 simultaneous vehicle donations.
The NABC invites insurers, vendors, parts providers and other companies interested in participating in the 2009 Recycled Rides initiative to call (888) 667-7433 or e-mail [email protected].