Goodwill Industries Used Car Program – Wheels for Work

By | April 15, 2015

The Wheels to Work Program gives families transportation and encourages the dignity of work. Goodwill is famous for bringing hope to many communities in the US and across the world. They help support families, the unemployed develop marketable skills, and employing the disadvantaged and people with disabilities.

Many are getting the transportation needed for work, and daily responsibilities. The program name changes, from state to state. The great work Goodwill Industries is doing to help deserving families across the United States.

You will have the peace of mind of knowing any vehicle you buy has been thoroughly repaired to assure you have reliable transportation. If you are a working adult who is looking for transportation you can trust, this is a great option to consider.

Making Car Ownership Possible

It is not secret that having reliable transportation is important. It can make the difference between having to find a job or working further out where you can get better pay.

The Goodwill used car program, (Wheels for Work) helps low-income working families, maintain better employment and family stability. Wheels to Work is a program sponsored by Goodwill Industries, to help low-income adults gain financial stability with a car.

How Wheels for Work Program Works

The Wheels to Work program helps employed low-income and people with disabilities get the tools, needed to earn a living and care for themselves and their families. Goodwill Industries will help you purchase a car for low monthly interest-free payments until it is paid off.


There are no credit checks with the Goodwill car program. Purchasing a used vehicle from Goodwill Industries is also a good way to establish or improve present or your credit. This charity, just like the Salvation Army, has always been dedicated to not only helping the poor but restoring lives and dignity to families and individuals.

In some states, the program may go by other names, such as Wheels for Work. The name of the program tells it all. It is designed to help working people have access to reliable forms of transportation. It will take hours of travel time off your day, and hopefully make life a little easier.

How do I Qualify for a Used Car?

What’s the Catch?

The catch is, you already have to have a job. Wheels for Work does not give you a car so you can find a job, but rather supports people already working to continue to work so they can care for their family.

So, in order to be considered for the program, you must have a job, and show a history of consistent employment on a full-time job. You will need proof that you are working, and that you need a care in order to keep your job.

Example: If you live in an area where there is not mass transportation, you had a vehicle which is unreliable, or has broken down and not worth repairing. A undependable vehicle can be the cause of you losing your job.


What a nightmare to have to pray that your vehicle starts when you turn the key. These are all legitimate reasons to be considered. If you have a vehicle you are not using, please consider donating it to Wheels to Work.

To qualify for a care you must:

  • Have no drug offenses
  • Provide proof of residence
  • Been working six months to a year
  • Not presently have a car registered in your name
  • Been working six months to a year on the same job
  • You have an up-to-date driver’s license from your state
  • Must pass a criminal background check, MVR, and DMV
  • Provide proof of income with current W-2 or recent payroll stubs
  • Remain working one year after receiving transportation

Every state does not facilitate Wheels to Work, so contact the Goodwill Headquarters in your area to see if this program is available.

The Benefits of Wheels to Work

Many people with poor credit, have to resort to purchasing a car from dealerships that charge high weekly or monthly payments. Also, most cars are in sold ‘as is’ condition. If you buy it and it breaks down, you are stuck.

The benefit of Goodwill Wheels to Work program is, you will be able to purchase a reliable vehicle, for low monthly payments, without through a credit check! you Most of us have seen their donation trucks parked, ready to receive clothes, books, and other items to help the poor. You may have also visited the Goodwill online thrift store.

Four Wheels for Work

Goodwill Auto Sales & Vehicle Donation CenterWebsite
3333 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 936-4861

Wheels to Work Oneonta, NYFor more info

3 West Broadway
Oneonta, New York 13820
607-433-8000
1-800-986-5463

Goodwill Cars for Work – Louisville, Lexington Kentucky – Site

962 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40204
Toll Free: 866-654-2277
Louisville: 502-583-2277
Lexington: 859 277-2277

Wheels to Work (Middle Tennessee) – Contact

Contact Goodwill
Corporate Office
Phone: (615) 742-4151
Toll-Free: 1-800-545-9231

Goodwill Industries of (Northern New England) – Website
243 Leighton Road
Augusta, ME 04330

Augusta, ME: 207-626-0170
Bangor, ME: 207-945-4063
Lewiston, ME: 207-777-7472
Portland, ME: 207-774-6323

Wheels to Work, Marion Ohio – Website

Corporate Office:
340 W. Fairground St.
Marion, Ohio 43302
Phone: 740.387.7023

Serving Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford, and Marrow Counties

Workers on Wheels – Northern Michigan – How to Apply

Goodwill Industries Northern Michigan
2279 South Airport Road West
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231-995-7718 or 1-877-448-3449 ext 218

Please Donate your Used Car

So many families in America have two three or four cars sitting in the driveway. If you have an older car, in need of repair, please consider donating it to this organization. Your used car will be restored and brought back to pristine condition, to made available for purchase by a working family who does not own a car.

Your donation is tax-deductible; you will be helping someone less fortunate than yourself, and you will help green living by recycling your car. So, whether you need a car, or you have a car you want to donate, I wish you, Goodwill!

39 thoughts on “Goodwill Industries Used Car Program – Wheels for Work

  1. joanne

    Seeking help in goodwill program wheels for work. Please reply back. Thank you.

  2. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Joanne, please contact Goodwill Industries in your state to find out if they offer the Work for Wheels program. As stated in the article, it may not be available in every state.

  3. Kaitlyn Hopkins

    I have a job but they put it on hold for me until I can get steady transportation back and forth. It is a full time job and I have a family at home to care for. We do not have a source of transportation. Our only problem is that we do not have enough for a down payment but if I can get back into work then I’ll definitely be able to make payments. Please contact me. Thank you.

  4. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Kaitlyn you seem like a good candidate for the program. Please contact the Goodwill Industries in you city to find out how to apply and if they run the program.

  5. Valerie Thigpen

    Good morning,
    I am a social worker in the Lauderdale County School System in Florence, Alabama. I have a student who is in dire need of a vehicle to get to work at American Wholesale in Florence. Is the Wheels to Work program available in Alabama?

  6. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Thanks for your question Valerie. As mentioned in the post every city does not has the Work for Wheels program. Please contact the Goodwill in Lauderdale County to find out if they can help.

  7. Jessica Glowania

    My family is on desperate need of a vehicle ours is no longer running and cannot be fixed my husband will lose his job if he cannot get back to work we have a 9mth old son and we rely on my husband to provide for us. Please help

  8. latoya tyler

    I would like to know if there is a program here in Charlotte North Carolina that can help my family own a vehicle. We are in need of reliable transportation can someone please help me with this information.

  9. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Latoya, the program is not available in every state, please contact the Goodwill Industries on Freedom Drive to find out if the program is in Charlotte.

  10. Altheia Gross

    Hello, My name is Altheia. I was wondering if you have a location in Birmingham, Al.

  11. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hello Althea. We are a resources not related to any government, charities or assistance programs. Please let us know what information you are looking for.

  12. Joyce hancock

    I am going though radiation and my car was wrecked and now i can’t get to my appointment’s i live 30 min away from my doctor i live in conover nc and my doctor is in Lincolnton nc

  13. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hello Joyce: Please contact, Mercy Medical Angels (888-675-1405) offers free or low-cost transportation for medical evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment. You can also contact your hospital to see if they have a pick up van for patients in cancer treatment.

  14. Dean Felts

    I need help I have a car that broke down tranmis went out. I need help cant get mom to her appts I cant even get a job

  15. FELISA Harris-Mitchell

    FELISA HARRIS-Mitchell

    I had a car but it needed repairs that I couldn’t pay. I have Ulcerative Colitis and public transportation won’t work because I would need to get off and find a restroom. I also have doctors appointments that I need to get to.
    Anything would help.

  16. Karen Thorbourne

    Hello my name is
    Karen I need a car , it would be much more easy for me to get were l have to go like to my doctor’s appointments . I have a very bad back problem it’s sometimes hard for me to walk , can I get the help I need for?

  17. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hello, Karen. The Wheels for Work program does not give away cars. They are sold to working adults who need transportation. There may be organizations that donate cars. You have to prove you are able to get and maintain insurance and repairs. Try 1-800-Charity Cars .

  18. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hello, Felisa. The Wheels for Work program is for adults who need transportation to get back and forth to their job. If have been working 6 to 12 call Goodwill Industries in your city to seek if you qualify.

  19. Tabitha Lane

    Hello, my name is Tabitha. I am a single mother working a full time job. I just started my new job 2 months ago. i need a vehicle to help me get back an forth to work as well as doctors appts. Can i please have help with this ?

  20. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hello, Tabitha. Glad to hear you are working now. However in reference to the car program, you have to be working at least 1 year. Do a Google search for “free car program” or used car program. Good luck.

  21. Yulonda Wilson

    Hi, my name is Yulonda wilson. I need a car because I work, and has been on my job a year. I just found out 2 years ago I was a diabetic, which consists of numerous doctors appointment. I catch the bus when I have money, some days I catch with other people. But when you can only pay bills, it’s hard to get bus fair or help with gas if you don’t have money. If I get a car I’d get a second job just to maintain. Thanks

  22. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Yulonda. Please contact Goodwill Industries in your city, to see if they have a Wheels for Work program. As I said in the post, it is not in every city. Good luck!

  23. LaTonya Riley

    How can I find out if they have this program in Charlotte NC ?

  24. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, LaTonya. There are several programs in Charlotte, NC. Crisis Assistance Ministry, is one that pays past due bills, has a store where you can get clothes, household items and furniture for free. READ HERE. DSS offers one-time emergency assistance. Also, call United Way. 301 S Brevard St, Charlotte, NC 28202, (704) 372-7170

  25. Rebecca Rushing

    Hi I’m seeking a car to get to and from work..

  26. Free Financial Post author

    Hi Rebecca. It is important to be able to get back and forth to work. Please contact the Goodwill Industries in your city, to see if there is a used car program.

  27. Free Financial Post author

    Hello Rececca, please contact Goodwill Industries in your city to see if the program is available there. You have to be working steadily for 8 -12 months to qualify.

  28. Cindy Lou

    You can’t have a vehicle in your name already. But the article said if your car is old or undependable that you could get help. Do I need to sell or scrap my car before applying?

  29. Free Financial Post author

    Hi, Cindy. The first thing you want to do is find out if the Wheels for Works programs is available in your city. If they are present these question. I don’t think you need to scrap your car.

  30. josphat maithya

    im from africa kenya i realy need a car for transport and help my family

  31. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Josphat. The programs we list on this site are only for those living in the United States. I am sorry we could not help.

  32. Paul A Dye

    I have been through your program that helped me reenter the workforce. I obtained employment unfortunately the company laid all of us off. I gained valuable experience in the dispatcher position. Greenway transportation, the local company who allows handicapped individuals transportation showed extreme interest in hiring me until finding out I didn’t have reliable transportation. I’m handicapped with Multiple Sclerosis and require modified vehicles to drive. Living off SSDI income leaves no extra funds to purchase a vehicle. Greenway Public Transportation will still hire me, but I need a vehicle. Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living do not assist in purchasing vehicles. I desperately need your help. Please advise if you are able to assist me.

  33. Pamela Lipscomb

    Hello, Paul. I’m sorry you got laid off. I know that is tough! Goodwill Industries’ policy is that you must need to the to get back and forth to work. Try contacting 1-800 Charity Cars to see if they can help. Also call 211 The Unity Way to see what help is available in yourarea.

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