You know the one I’m talking about. The car dealer was only going to give you a couple hundred for trade-in because it has a lot of miles and the painful daily commute took an obvious toll. It came back home, and despite your promise to get it running again, the cost of a battery, tires, registration and insurance relegated it to mowing-obstacle status.
The odds are good you can get it running again—with the investment of enough energy, time and money—but, then there are those hidden problems that’ll inevitably show up. If the vehicle is of sentimental value, then by all means, schedule some serious wrench turning and have fun.
If, however, it’s not a family heirloom or the odds of that happening are about the same as hitting the lottery, why not put it back to good use in a different way? The NRA Foundation recently launched an NRA Cars for Freedom Initiative that will collect the old beater, and use money raised to further the non-profit organization’s efforts to, “… educate the country, protect freedoms and reawaken American values.”
“During World War II, when the enemies of freedom cut off our military’s supplies, Americans back home held scrap metal drives,” said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association. “Farmers turned in tractors. Moms gave up pots and pans. Children offered their toys. All sacrificed to protect freedom …. In that same spirit, you can donate your old vehicles to NRA Cars for Freedom to help The NRA Foundation protect freedom during this critical time in American culture.”
Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law, pickup is scheduled and free and most any condition vehicle qualifies—including that faded-salmon-colored 1957 DeSoto you last drove to the drive-in to see John Travolta make Olivia Newton-John swoon in Grease. Its push-button transmission may not work any more, but you can put the dinosaur to some good use by visiting the effort’s website for full details or by calling (866) NRA-Gift.