How Our Cars to Work Program Works in Louisville & Lexington, KY

Find Out How to Get a Donated Car from Goodwill Cars to Work

The sale of donated vehicles supports Goodwill’s efforts to put Kentuckians on the road to success. Goodwill Cars to Work connects Kentuckians with affordable transportation so they can maintain employment, grow in their careers, and ultimately move out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. Participants in our Cars to Work Program must be referred to Goodwill by a partnering agency and meet the requirements outlined below. Are you curious how to get a donated car from Goodwill in Louisville or Lexington, KY? Please contact Goodwill Cars to Work today at your earliest convenience!

Our Partnerships Make Pre-Approved Participants Possible

Goodwill Cars to Work has partnered with Oxmoor Auto Group, Apprisen, and Park Community Credit Union to break down transportation barriers. Oxmoor Auto Group is helping pre-approved Cars to Work participants purchase a vehicle by directing them to options that best fit their needs, working within their budgets. Oxmoor Auto Group also provides education on the car-buying process. All Cars to Work participants are required to undergo services provided by Apprisen. Each participant must complete a Financial Foundations Workshop, Credit Health Review, and six months of Financial Coaching. These services address major barriers to maintaining productive employment, including transportation and financial stresses. Park Community Credit Union has also partnered with Goodwill to administer the program loans and provide education to participants on the lending process.

Do You Meet Our Goodwill Cars to Work Program Requirements?

If you’re interested in how to get a donated car from Goodwill in Louisville or Lexington, KY, you must meet the following Cars to Work Program requirements:

  • Valid Kentucky driver’s license (must match current address and Social Security card)
  • A resident of Kentucky (please note, we do not currently serve residents of Boone, Boyd, Caldwell, Campbell, Carter, Crittenden, Daviess, Greenup, Henderson, Hopkins, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin, McClean, Union, and Webster Counties)
  • Actively employed, with at least three (3) months of pay stubs from your current employer
  • Must be working at least 30 hours per week (However, fewer hours may be accepted for those receiving some form of Social Security)
  • Actively receiving case management services
  • Confirmation of at least three (3) months of on-time payments for rent and all utilities
  • Confirmation of residing at current address for at least 90 days
  • Confirmation of $500.00 in savings
  • Willingness to complete a credit review with Goodwill staff or partnering agency
  • Ability to afford recurring costs, including:
    • Monthly vehicle payment
    • State-required vehicle insurance
    • General maintenance and repairs
    • Fuel
    • Taxes and registration for the vehicle

Applications may be disqualified if the above requirements are not met. Additional reasons for disqualification may include:

  • Vehicle repossession within the last two (2) years
  • Active vehicle loan
  • Active bankruptcy
  • Failure to respond to requests by the deadline
  • Omitting or misrepresenting any facts throughout the process

Program requirements:

  • Valid Kentucky driver’s license (must match current address and Social Security card)
  • Resident of Kentucky (please note, we do not currently serve residents of Boone, Boyd, Caldwell, Campbell, Carter, Crittenden, Daviess, Greenup, Henderson, Hopkins, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin, McClean, Union, and Webster counties)
  • Actively employed, with at least three (3) months of paystubs from your current employer
  • Must be working at least 30 hours per week. Less hours may be accepted for those receiving some form of social security.
  • Actively receiving case management services
  • Confirmation of at least three (3) months of on-time payments for rent and all utilities
  • Confirmation of residing at current address for at least 90 days
  • Confirmation of $500.00 in savings
  • Willingness to complete a credit review with Goodwill staff or partnering agency
  • Ability to afford recurring costs:
    • Monthly vehicle payment
    • State-required vehicle insurance
    • General maintenance and repairs
    • Fuel
    • Taxes and registration for the vehicle

Applications may be disqualified if the above requirements are not met. Additional reasons for disqualification may include:

  • Vehicle repossession within the last two (2) years
  • Active vehicle loan
  • Active bankruptcy
  • Failure to respond to requests by the deadline
  • Omitting or misrepresenting any facts throughout the process

Celebrating success

After graduating from law school in China, Bobby moved to the United States, where he was hired at Horseshoe Casino as the VIP Multicultural Hospitality Host. Without a vehicle, Bobby’s friends and co-workers helped him get to and from work. The Office of the Blind assisted Bobby in obtaining a bioptic driving telescope for his glasses and referred him to Goodwill Cars to Work in 2017. Katie Ramser, Goodwill Cars to Work Career Coach, helped connect Bobby with an affordable vehicle and a one-year loan. After making all payments on time, Bobby paid off his loan in October 2017, and the interest he paid was reimbursed to him.

“Bobby has been wonderful to work to with and is an extremely positive person,” said Katie. “He’s constantly telling me how much he loves the program and how happy he is with his vehicle.”
Car donation foundation participant

Bobby added, “This program is better than the best. Any positive words you can think of, I would say them. This program gives people like me a start. The start is important because we aren’t in a position to purchase a new vehicle, so we seek help. I am so glad we have programs to help those in need.”

Get Back on Track with Reliable Transportation Today

Get back on track with reliable transportation today! Have questions about how to get a donated car from Goodwill in Louisville or Lexington, KY? Reach out to Goodwill Cars to Work to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members to find out if you’re eligible for this unique program. We look forward to helping you and other Kentuckians achieve success.