Recycled Rides™

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program which since its inception in 2007, has changed and saved thousands of lives.

Most of us take transportation for granted. But for many people, routine activities such as going to work, taking kids to school, grocery shopping, and medical visits are a challenge. A catastrophic illness or unforeseen circumstances can suddenly change lives and without transportation, make it difficult to get back on the road to stability.

Through Recycled Rides, NABC members can play an important role to help open doors to better opportunities, employment, enriched quality of life, and increased self-esteem.

NABC members are in a unique position to change and save lives by teaming up with collision industry colleagues to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and service organizations in need. This collaboration of businesses representing all facets of the collision industry – insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others – has resulted in more than 1300 vehicles valued at $17 million donated in local communities across the country.

How You Can Make a Difference

In addition to helping make a difference in someone’s life, your company’s participation in Recycled Rides also provides many other intangible benefits. Recycled Rides helps build local community goodwill and brand your company in local markets. And within your own company, it creates rewarding experiences, excitement and pride as for your team.

  • Participation in Recycled Rides is open to all members who sign up at a minimum Bronze level and includes:
  • Members-only Recycled Rides Kit with step-by-step timeline and instructions on how to plan and implement a successful event
  • How to source vehicles, parts and materials and supporting vendors
  • Access to 1-800 Charity Cars, which generously donates their expertise to help NABC members by coordinating and managing all necessary licensing and title transfers between donors and recipients
  • Sample list of national charities eager to participate and help identify worthy recipients
  • Sample Press Kit for local media exposure
  • Participation certificate from the National Auto Body Council
  • Presentation Kit (additional $150) which includes the large, reusable trademark green Recycled Rides bow and a branding banner

Click below to get started changing and saving lives in your community.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to be a National Auto Body Council member to participate?
Yes, your membership allows NABC to remain sustainable to enhance and provide administrative support for the Recycled Rides program as well as the many other programs we offer to enhance the image of the industry.

2. Does it cost money to participate?
Participation in Recycled Rides is free at a minimum Bronze level membership for a single location. Click here to see membership levels for multiple company locations. A Presentation Kit consisting of our signature large green, re-useable trademark Recycled Rides bow and a branding banner costs $150.

3. How do I get involved?
Sign up as a member. Once your membership dues have been received, you will receive the Recycled Rides Manual which provides a blueprint for initiating, managing and completing the project. Then register for a Recycled Rides event and the Program manager will welcome you and help provide ongoing and support to help you stay on track.

4. I am a collision repairer; how do I get a vehicle to donate?
There are several sources for vehicles including, but not limited to, insurance companies, rental car companies, and auto auctions. Use your own local contacts to find a vehicle or contact the National Auto Body Council to see if they have identified a source in your area which has committed to assisting with vehicle procurement.

5. Can individuals apply to receive a Recycled Rides vehicle?
NABC’s Recycled Rides program does not accept applications directly from individuals. NABC members partner with local nonprofit charitable organizations who select Recycled Rides recipients. These organizations provide services and work directly with at-risk families and individuals and have the expertise to qualify and select potential Recycled Rides recipients based on the individual’s needs. In many cases, they are also able to provide a full continuum of other support services beyond transportation.

Individuals who need assistance with transportation should contact local family assistance programs. NABC’s Recycled Rides program works closely with several organizations such as 1-800-Charity Cars, Family Promise, Volunteers of America, VFW and many others.

6 How do I find a recipient?
The easiest way is to partner with a nonprofit charitable organization. The vehicle will be conveyed from its source to the charity, and your company will do the work on behalf of the charity, which also has certain responsibilities. One is to find the recipient, although you might want to be involved in that process. Ideally the recipient will be a family in need. Another responsibility of the charity is to assist with local media coverage for NABC’s Recycled Rides and your shop’s participation in this project.

7. What industry segments are involved with this project?
Most industry segments have expressed their support for Recycled Rides. Collision repair shops will do the repair work, help identify a charity partner and coordinate the presentation. Insurers, auto auctions, rental car companies and others can donate vehicles. Parts vendors with national networks have shown their willingness to provide parts. Paint and material vendors have expressed their commitment to work with the industry. And we encourage you to seek assistance from a local mechanical shop or towing company if you need those services during the project. Some shops have go the extra mile to solicit local retail businesses to join in by providing gift cards for gas or automotive services and gift items such as toys and supplies for the recipient family.
Everything you need to know about this project is in the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Manual with ongoing support from NABC as requested.

Recycled Rides for School

Recycled Rides for Schools is an extension of the National Auto Body Council’s successful national program, Recycled Rides, geared towards technical schools and colleges.

Recycled Rides for Schools provide students enrolled in vocational schools with valuable opportunity to learn their trade with hands-on training on late-model vehicles. Equally important, the program provides students with the opportunity to experience the rewards of helping make a difference in someone’s life.

Participating schools benefit by strengthening community relationships, teaming up with local businesses and organizations. Positive exposure from Recycled Rides can help increase recruitment as well as lead to more opportunities for job placements for graduating students.
Recycled Rides for Schools works the same way as the national program with vehicles donated by an insurer, car rental company or occasionally private individuals. The school, in conjunction with their advisory committee and a local repair facility, repairs the vehicle and donates it to individuals or a charity of their choice.

Participating schools have access to a members-only Recycled Rides Kit which includes step-by-step guidelines and instructions on how to implement a successful program. Recycled Rides for Schools committee members are available to provide guidance throughout the entire program, including help to obtain a vehicle, acquire the parts for repair, and continuing through the “gifting” process and ceremony.
Participation in Recycled Rides for tuition-based schools is at the National Auto Body Council’s Bronze level membership level. Participation fee for non-tuition based schools can we waived.

For more information on Recycled Rides for Schools, email or call 1-888-667-7433.



The National Auto Body Council partners with 1-800 Charity Cars which generously donates its services to process all necessary paperwork to transfer vehicle title from donor to recipient. This service is provided as an exclusive benefit for NABC members participating in the Recycled Rides program.

As both a nonprofit organization and a licensed car dealer, 1-800 Charity Cars has partnered with NABC since the inception of Recycled Rides in 2007, and donated resources to help reassign the vehicle title from donor to the recipient, a multi-step process that minimizes liability while maximizing benefit for all parties involved.

1-800 Charity Cars also accepts vehicle s for use for its own car donation program. Cars that do not qualify to be donated to a family are sold and help fund repairs to other vehicles to help a family receive a reliable, working car.