FREE & LOW-COST CAR AND CAR REPAIR RESOURCES
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Website: https://newmibridges.michigan.gov/s/isd-landing-page?language=en_US

PROGRAM RULES:
  • Auto Purchase up to $2000
  • Auto Repairs up to $900 per 12 months
  • MUST BE A FAMILY (pregnant or have a child under 18)
  • MUST BE ABLE TO WORK

Apply at the Department of Human Services that serves your community. The family MUST 
be receiving or applying for Day Care, Medicaid or Food Assistance (if receiving the Family 
Independence Program, the repair / purchase is usually handled by Michigan Works). 

If a recipient of the above programs, income limits are already met. If you are an applicant, 
form DHS-3043 must be completed to declare if your total monthly income is below the TANF 
(Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) income limits of $1805 for one person, $2428 for 
two, $3052 for 3, $3575 for 4, etc.  

AUTO PURCHASE:  Customer must be able to afford the payments / insurance / title / taxes 
and other vehicle expenses, must have a valid driver's license, the cost of the vehicle cannot 
exceed the value of the vehicle, and only one vehicle per person is the lifetime max (husband 
and wife may each receive one but a policy exception must be approved for the other spouse 
to get a second car). It must be needed to retain/obtain employment or for activities that will 
prepare the customer for employment (cannot be disabled). Vehicle has been inspected by a licensed mechanic and declared road-worthy (mechanics license number must be given and 
also the date inspected). 
Public transportation must not be reasonably available.
AUTO REPAIRS:The repair is expected to make the vehicle road worthy and safe and the 
vehicle is needed to retain/obtain employment or for activities to prepare for employment 
(cannot be disabled). Total cost of repairs is $900 or less (or difference is paid by customer) 
including repairs covered in the last 12 months and cost of repairs does not exceed the value 
of the vehicle. 

WMUZ Radio 
12300 Radio Dr.
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone: Main Line: 313-272-3434
Phone: Studio Line: 313-838-1035
Email: Chris: chriss@wmuz.com  
Website: https://wmuz.com/chrisstevenson
WMUZ Radio does a Pay It Forward segment in the morning and they often have folks help 
out with transportation, as well as other issues. 

Matrix Human Services / Ways to Work Loan Program      
Administrative Office: 
120 Parsons 
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-831-1000
Email:  inquiries@matrixhs.org  
&
Matrix Ways to Work
13560 East McNichols
Detroit, MI  48205
Phone: 313-526-4000 ext. 1319
Website: https://www.matrixhumanservices.org
We’re excited to announce that we and our National office have lifted the requirements of our 
Matrix Ways to Work program to include employee’s without children! Ways to Work provides 
low-interest loans to help people buy a car to strengthen their self-sufficiency and improve 
their quality of life. Having a car is not a luxury, it’s often a necessity. In order to get and keep 
a job, you’ve got to be able to go to where job opportunities are located, show up on time and 
also juggle family responsibilities. Public transportation can’t always meet those needs. In ad-
dition, paying off the car loan helps people improve their credit record, which is a critical step 
in attaining financial stability.
Our new requirements! Spread the word!
  • Continuously employed for six (6) months 
  • Possess a valid Michigan Driver’s License
  • Bankruptcies (if any) must be discharged 
  • Limited or no credit alternatives
  • Geographical resident of Wayne, Macomb, & Oakland counties
  • Household income no greater than 80% of area’s median income 
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to pay
If you are ready to take the next step and participate in our program; we need you to attend 
Financial Orientation. Call to see when the next scheduled orientation is!

Volunteers of America Michigan
Administrative Office:  
21415 Civic Center Dr.  Suite 306
Southfield, MI  48076
Phone: 248-945-0101
Website: https://www.voami.org
&
V.O.A. Auto Sales 
618 E. Walton
Pontiac, MI   48340
Phone: 248-209-1031
Website: https://www.voaautosales.com
Cars donated to Volunteers of America are sold at a low-cost to low-income people who need 
them and the money raised is used to fund Volunteers of America's programs. Prices are below 
typical pricing and negotiable. Veterans also receive a special discount. 

Mother Waddles Car Donation  
21501 W. 8 Mile 
Detroit, MI  48219
Phone:  313-WADDLES (313-923-3537)
Email: info@motherwaddles.org
Website: 
Please be aware that there is a "copy-cat" organization that uses Mother Waddles name and 
organization info....this is the original organization!

Charity Motors
Administrative Office:
407 Wekiva Springs  #201
Longwood, FL  43779
Phone:  800-242-7489
&
10431 Grand River Ave.(between Livernois & Oakman)
Detroit, MI  48219
Phone:  313-255-1000
Website: https://800charitycars.org
Used car auction held Saturdays at noon. Register the week beforeM-S from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Need to bring proof of income and valid driver's license. Charity Motors accepts vehicles for 
donation and sells them AS IS to low-income individuals and others in need of transportation. 
Vehicles are available for sale to qualifying individuals at cost ranging from $100 to $1000.
Individuals who qualify may also be eligible for a further reduction in cost, depending on 
income...families can get a 50% price reduction!

St. Vincent De Paul 
3000 Gratiot 
Detroit, MI  48207
Phone: 313-393-2930   877-788-4623
Email:  execdir@svdpdet.org
Website: https://svdpdetroit.org
Has car auctions....call for more information!

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
TANIF
Central Office:
196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
PO Box 430598
Pontiac, MI  48343-0598
Phone:  248-209-2600
Email:  info@OLHSA.org
Website: www.OLHSA.org
&
South Office:
345 E. Nine Mile 
Ferndale, MI  48220
Phone: 248-542-5860
Email: info@OLHSA.org
&
Livingston County:
2300 E. Grand River Ave.  #107
Howell, MI  48843
Phone:  517-546-8500
Email: livingston@OLHSA.org
Helps with car repairs for Oakland County residents

Friends In Deed
1196 Ecorse 
Ypsilanti, MI  48198
Help Line: 734-484-4357
Email: Helpline@FriendsInDeedMI.org
Website: https://www.friendsindeedmi.org 
One of the biggest problems faced by low-income families is an unexpected car repair. In a county 
where the mean travel to work is 23.7 miles, losing access to a reliable car can result in catastrophe. 
After all, if you can’t get to work, you may lose your job. If you lose your job, you may lose your home. Avoiding this domino effect is why Friends In Deed offers car repair assistance to families who need 
a car to get to work and/or to obtain medical treatment for a severe condition. Also may help with other transportation-related resources!
We Pass on Used Cars for Free:
We also accept car donations so that we can pass on reliable transportation to an individual or family
in need. Again, the car must be used to get to work or medical treatment.

​Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone: 734-544-0015    800-482-3041 
Website: https://hfmich.org
The Emergency Financial Assistance Program is available to consumers who find themselves 
in a temporary financial emergency. The funds can be accessed for such items as food, utility 
bills, rent, and car repair for individuals whose bleeding disorder impacts their income. 
For those affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand, other coagulation disorders, hepatitis, 
HIV or AIDS and whose bleeding disorder impacts their income.  
&
Grant Assistance is dependent on:
1.  Severity of the need
2.  Ability of applicant to change his/her financial standing
3.  Status of the Financial Aid Fund
4.  Applicant must not have received financial aid from HFM 
     in the past twelve months.
5.  Requests may come directly from the applicant or from 
     the applicant's hemophilia treatment center

Chaldean Community Foundation 
30095 Northwestern Hwy.  Suite 101
Farmington Hills, MI  48334
Phone: 248-851-1200
&
3601 15 Mile 
Sterling Heights, MI  48310
Phone: 586-722-7253
Website: http://www.chaldeanfoundation.org
Chaldean Loan Fund: 
Provides low-interest loans to help refugees purchase a car (funded entirely  through 
community donations).

HERE TO HELP FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 480
Royal Oak, MI  48068
Website: https://www.heretohelpfoundation.org/activek/Who-Can-We-Help--c3
Has financial help for car repairs as well as a program or employed workers to receive 
a car. See website for details. Open to Wayne County & Oakland County. 

Keys to Progress
Website: https://www.progressive.com/socialresponsibility/keys-to-progress.html
Since 2013, Progressive has been honoring veterans with vehicle donations through the Keys 
To Progress® program. So far, we’ve donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations.The one-day vehicle giveaway event happens every November and is a strong 
source of pride for everyone who works here. Employees across the country volunteer to find 
vehicles to donate, organize fundraising activities to collect money or goods to provide reci-
pient families, and plan memorable vehicle giveaway events for the veterans. By providing 
transportation support, our hope is to offer a little relief and improve the lives of military men 
and women facing tough circumstances—from difficult personal and family health needs to 
excessive rent burdens, unemployment and homelessness.
&
Every November, we host a one-day vehicle giveaway event for veterans at various Progressive 
offices and authorized vehicle repair facility locations across the United States. Counting this 
year, we will have donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations since 
2013. Applications are reviewed starting in May of each program year and recipients are typically 
selected and contacted by September 30th per year.
&
If you are a veteran and have interest in being a Keys to Progress program vehicle recipient 
you need to apply through a non-profit organization (e.g., charity, military association like a 
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, etc.) and meet 
specific criteria. (Visit the website for more detailed information.)

Auto Zone
Phone: 248-960-4212  OR your local store 
Website: https://www.autozone.com
Auto Zone provides the use of tools needed to make your own auto repairs as well as 
instructions. A returnable deposit is required to check out tools. Check it out on their 
website under "Repair Help".
&
If the "Check engine light" is ON, AutoZone employees will do a free scan of the diag-
nostic port and give you a printout of the fault codes.They will also check batteries, 
starters and alternators for you. 


ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAY HELP REPAIR YOUR VEHICLE!

If you are a D.H.S. client OR qualify to receive help from them, see the information at the top 
of this webpage! 

Open Door Outreach Center
7140 Cooley Lake
Waterford, MI 48327
Phone: 248-360-4977
Website: https://opendooroutreachcenter.com
We service families in Waterford, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard
Lake, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake and parts of Wixom. Ref-
errals from other agencies are also accepted. Families who live outside of our service
area will find some help and referrals to agencies in their home area.
&
Open Door provides financial assistance, referrals to other collaborative nonprofits and
emotional support to families experiencing emergency utility or housing needs, as fun-
ding permits. We meet with people and learn they are often facing evictions, utility shut-
offs, car breakdowns or medical problems. When funding is available, we provide people
with support - and we also collaborate with many other church partners to secure addit-
ional funding to prevent a crisis. In addition, we help with referrals to other area services.

Hospitality House Food Pantry 
2075 E. West Maple  Suite B204
Commerce Twp, MI  48390
Phone: 248-960-9975
Website: https://www.hhfp.org/programs-and-services/car-repair-assistance
What is Pit Stop?
Pit Stop is a grant based car repair program with limited funding. Please note that funding 
may not be available at the time of your application. Interested persons may call the pantry 
to inquire if funds are available.
Am I eligible to receive help?
HHFP may authorize vehicle repairs for existing eligible clients for a vehicle that is the primary 
means of transportation, even if public transit is available. An existing eligible client is someone 
who has received HHFP food distribution or housing services within the last 90 days, AND has 
been a recipient of pantry services for longer than 30 days. Please note that prior approval is 
required before assistance is authorized. 
The following conditions must be met:
1.  The person must be an Oakland County resident
2.  An eligible client owns the vehicle
3.  The client requesting the service has a valid driver’s license
4.  The repair is expected to make the vehicle safe and roadworthy including new tires, 
      headlamps, batteries, etc.
A lease vehicle may be repaired for a client when there is at least 12 months left in the 
lease agreement. Authorizations for any vehicle purchased within the last 60 calendar 
days is prohibited.
HHFP only provides assistance for car repairs.Towing or other related auto expenses 
such as gas, license plate tags, auto insurance, etc. are ineligible. The Hospitality House 
primarily serves the cities of  Walled Lake, Wixom, and Novi.

Macomb Charitable Foundation 
18215 24 Mile 
Macomb, MI 48042
Phone: 586-232-3473
Website: https://www.macombcharitablefoundation.org
The Macomb Charitable Foundation exists to help children living at or below poverty level
in Macomb County. Our goal is to alleviate the suffering of children and their families by
providing financial assistance for items such as but not limited to; food, clothing, personal
care items, rent/utility assistance, vehicle repair, educational assistance and when available
personal & spiritual mentoring. 

Neighborhood House
1720 S. Livernois
Rochester Hills, MI  48307
Phone: 248-651-5836 #0   Ask for a Case Manager
Email: dianne@ranh.org
Website: www.ranh.org
The Neighborhood House has received funds from the United Way to assist with car repair 
for those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. 

Saving Grace Auto Repairs                This service is HIGHLY recommended 
Phone: 313-955-3530                            by Julie!
Facebook:  
https://www.facebook.com/Saving-Grace-Auto-102323711431727
Offering low-cost & free help with repairing your vehicle (mobile help too!) by a licensed 
mechanic for people in need.  

Tone Up for Tune Ups    
Covenant Presbyterian Church
21575 W. Ten Mile 
Southfield, MI  48075
Website: https://www.pcusa.org/congregations/12305
Southfield Residents Only - One time assistance with car repairs
Requirements:
     1.  Official letter from employer giving proof you are 
          working at least 20 hours per week
     2.  2 quotes from licensed auto mechanics
     3.  Letter explaining your circumstances and why you  
          need help with your car repairs
For more information contact: Rhonda Terry at Southfield  Human Services  248-796-4542   

Pull Over Prevention Clinic 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PullOverPrevention
We are a group of community members that organizes regular free auto repair events to help 
folks avoid unnecessary and dangerous interactions with police and immigration. Watch for 
these events on the above Facebook page OR on the Julie's List Facebook page!

Utica United Methodist Church               
8650 Canal   
Sterling Heights, MI  48134
Phone: 586-731-4490 #230 to schedule a time
Websitehttps://uticaumc.org
The Free Oil Change Opportunity is available for those individuals without any requirement 
for them other than to respond by scheduling and keeping an appointment on the day the 
Free Oil Changes are available, typically on the last Saturday in September, each year. Check 
this websites Facebook page for the flyer!

If you live in Washtenaw County, please see Friends Indeed above!


WAYS TO SAVE ON AUTO REPAIRS!

Many local Colleges, High-School and Technical Schools / Consortiums have programs where the 
Students work on cars to get the experience they need! Call around to your local schools and you
may very well find a FREE or very low-cost program to take advantage of and provide needed lear-
ning experiences for students!

Not sure if your mechanic is giving you a fair estimate? Head to https://repairpal.com  where you can compare the quote to industry standards. Just enter the make and model of your car, as well as your location, and the free site gives you a reasonable fee range, breaking it down by parts and labor.That 
way you can sure you're getting the best deal!

Log on to https://www.2carpros.com where you can ask a question and get an answer from a certified 
auto mechanic. Response time varies but for a small donation (any amount you choose), your question 
will be answered within 24 hours. or log on to https://www.justanswer.com and list how much you want  
to pay for the advice and you're get a response, often within minutes, from a certified mechanic. 

There are car problems that only the pros should repair BUT many others such as replacing oil, headl-
ights, air filters and hoses, can be done in your own driveway without any prior auto-repair knowledge. 
For easy-to-follow instructions, go to https://www.automd.com/how-to/ and search for the repair you need and you'll instantly get full details describing how to do it yourself!


WAYS TO SAVE ON PARTS FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS!
​ 
See if your area has a business like this!

Parts Galore
East Side:
11360 E. 8 Mile
Detroit, MI   48205
Phone: 313-245-2944
&
West Side: 
5970 W. Warren 
Detroit, MI  48210
Phone: 313-361-6764

Downriver: 
14533 Telegraph 
Flat Rock MI  48134
Phone: 734-782-3347
Website:  www.parts-galore.com 
Bring your own tools and remove the parts from a selection of 2,500 vehicles. Must be 16 or over!
Also has a "Big Truck" Section featuring commercial trucks, one-ton and larger, including stake 
trucks, dump trucks, cube vans, RV's and semi-trucks.  


WHEN YOU NEED INEXPENSIVE TIRES!

TIRE EXPRESS    (New and Used Tires)
Main Administrative Number:  734-799-2884
5 Locations!
24599 Gibraltar 
Flat Rock, MI  48134 
Phone:  734-783-0100 
&
27375 Eureka 
Taylor, MI   48180
Phone:  734-799-1283 
&
15915 Woodward Ave. 
Highland Park, MI   48203
Phone: 313-305-3522
&

Ecorse, MI 
Phone: 
&
8022 Livernois
Detroit, MI  48204

Discount Tires 
30720 W. 12 Mile   (Orchard Lake and 12 Mile)    
Farmington Hills, MI  48334
Phone:  248- 737-7812
Website: https://www.discounttire.com/store/mi/farmington-hill/s/1130
A good place to take cars for service and they might give clients used tires for free.





           














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