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Giving away cars to people with no money?? #4695494
03/15/18 10:17 AM
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callbay Offline OP
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I have given away quit a few old cars to people in need. They were good old ones that I had gotten in the best shape I could before giving them away. They could have lasted for years. Most were with miles below 160,000 and all had no major problems.

The very disappointing part was that in almost all cases they only lasted the people a matter of months because they ran them out of oil because of not checking it or totaled them. I think the record was one lasting two years. When I gave then away I would show them how to check the oil etc. and tell them how important it is to do so.


Your thoughts?

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695496
03/15/18 10:20 AM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish.

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695497
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People care much less about stuff given them than stuff they've had to work for.

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695498
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I don't wish to sound harsh but people tend to be in their life situation for a reason. It's the same reason a lottery winner is broke in a few years.

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695499
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Stop worrying about what happened to these cars if you really intended to give them away. Either give and forget, or don't give at all. It's the same when people talk about giving money to beggars on the streets -- why would you care what happens to that money.

These things should not be subjects for moral superiority exercises.

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: Reddy45] #4695500
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Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish.


hah,, teach a man to fish and he'll never work again smile

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695501
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The two things (having no money, and not taking care of what you have) are certainly correlated.

Perhaps they're even causal....


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Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695507
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if you put in m1 ap, then it should've at least made it a year instead of months. Did you get an uoa on the oil?

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Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: Alfred_B] #4695510
03/15/18 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: Alfred_B
Stop worrying about what happened to these cars if you really intended to give them away. Either give and forget, or don't give at all. It's the same when people talk about giving money to beggars on the streets -- why would you care what happens to that money.

These things should not be subjects for moral superiority exercises.


Exactly, once its gone its gone there is nothing more to think about,


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Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695517
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When I had my own shop, I had many customers that had very little money, and old cars not worth a lot of money. I found that they were very reluctant to do preventative maintenance as they said the cars weren't worth it. I tried to tell them that the minor repairs/services would extend the life of the cars greatly, but they just couldn't see spending money on an old car to keep it going. But they sure cried when the car became unusable and they needed another one.


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Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: Reddy45] #4695534
03/15/18 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish.


Did someone around here use to say “Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.”?

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: raytseng] #4695535
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Originally Posted By: raytseng
if you put in m1 ap, then it should've at least made it a year instead of months. Did you get an uoa on the oil?


Yeah, and he should have made sure it had new tires and brakes, and...

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695543
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dont forget fuel additives and making sure they use proper maintenance doses after shock doses.

Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695545
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It is very kind/noble what you have done however the two things that come to mind are: 1. if someone gets something for free they don't value it as much and 2. once you have given it don't think about it anymore, its the new owners decision. Given what you have seen happen to the cars, you may be better off donating proceeds from the sale of the car to a organization that does job training / transportation for people in need.

I personally only donate to animal charities, since I am a huge animal lover as well as <1% of all donations in the US go towards animal charities.

God bless you for "being the change you wish to see in the world"


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Re: Giving away cars to people with no money?? [Re: callbay] #4695546
03/15/18 11:11 AM
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Certain people follow certain patterns and never change and will run the vehicle into ground. They should pay for them.

I think giving a car away to certain people who fell into really hard times is valid. It happens like losing a partner for whatever reason, family health issues related financial burden, job loss etc.

Certain people equate free with junk and treat it as such. It is better to charge people a paltry amount and they likely will be more apt to take care of it.

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