In 2009, when Cars to Work was merely a concept, Dick Swope, president of Sam Swope Auto Group, set up a meeting between Goodwill and Ron Jackson, then-president of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association. Jackson supported the idea of Cars to Work and felt the association members would favor it as well.
Swope and Jackson recognized that Cars to Work could help mainstream auto dealers in the long run. Participants in the program receive support to maintain employment, make car payments, and establish credit. Ultimately, after a few years, they are better prepared to purchase a car via a traditional loan or standard transaction.
Larry Craig, president of Craig & Landreth Cars, chaired an ad hoc committee of the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission that recommended new legislation to help support the establishment of Cars to Work. With the assistance of Representative Jimmie Lee (D-Elizabethtown) and Senator Dan Seum (R-Louisville), a bill creating a nonprofit auto dealer license was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and the Senate. In 2010, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed it into law, paving the way for Cars to Work to become a reality.
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