FREE & LOW-COST CAR AND CAR REPAIR RESOURCES
Until you can obtain Car Repairs, please look under the TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES page on this website. 

CAN'T AFFORD TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE PLATE? 
Department of State Information Center
Phone: 888-767-6424
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/vehicle/license-plates 
30-DAY & 60-DAY TEMPORARY VEHICLE REGISTRATION PERMITS 
The Secretary of State doesn't like people knowing this is an option, but it IS an option! If you can't afford to renew your annual license plate tabs (vehicle registration), visit any Secretary of State branch and get a temporary (paper) plate until you can afford it. You don't need a reason to get a temp plate; you just need valid proof of insurance.
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It's $30 for a 30-day temp plate; $50 for a 60-day temp plate. It's not economical long-term, but it sure beats the conseq- uences of getting pulled over on expired plates! You can continue to get temp plates every 30 or 60 days (depending on which you get) until you can afford to renew your regular plate. Just be sure to do it before each temp plate expires! Once you have enough to pay for your regular plate renewal, visit any Secretary of State branch, give them the temp registration (so they can cancel it) and renew your regular plates as you normally would. Be sure to bring your previous registration, renewal form, or provide them with your plate number. AND bring valid ID and payment.


DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Website: https://newmibridges.michigan.gov/s/isd-landing-page?language=en_US
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PROGRAM RULES:
Apply at the Department of Human Services that serves your community. Tell your worker you would like to apply for  DIRECT SUPPORT SERVICES. 
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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. 

Here to Help Foundation
P.O. Box 480
Royal Oak, MI 48068 
Email: HeretoHelpfoundation@icloud.com
Website: https://www.heretohelpfoundation.org/activek/Working-Cars-for-Working-People-c8
A.  You must be working at least 35 hour or more per week. There are NO EXEPTIONS to this requirement!
      You also must have been working at least the prior 4 weeks at your current job with pay stubs for that 
      time frame. All pay stubs must show at least 35 hours per week for actual working hours and not for 
      vacation time or sick time, etc. 
B.   We provide $3000.00 to go towards the purchase of a car.
       PLEASE NOTE: To apply to this program, you must have $1,000.00 in savings that will be applied , 
       with up to our maximum of $3,000.00, towards the purchase of a $4,000.00 car. If you choose a car 
       less than $4,000.00 you will still owe $1,000.00 as your contribution. 
C.   You must before you apply, also have enough money to purchase car insurance to drive the car off 
       off the lot once you have selected the car and it is all paid for. 
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ROAD READY REPAIRS: 
With car repairs, our maximum grant is $800.00. 
1. So, if your estimate of repair from a licensed mechanic is more than that, and you or other sources can't 
     pay the amount over $800.00, then don't apply right now.
2. The vehicle must be registered in your name, in the State of Michigan and the vehicle must be insured. 
    The insurance must be in your name and you need to have a driver license.

CARS 4 VETS 
8716 Fisher 
Yale, MI
Phone: 810-304-0100
Email: markrebeaud@aol.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cars4VetsMi
Cars 4 Vets is an amazing non profit that provides fixed up or donated vehicles to Veterans in need. I am proud 
to be a Volunteer to play a small part in giving back to Veterans whom have given so much for us.

Lori's Voice   (handicap accessible van giveaway)
PO Box 66
Coopersville, MI 49404
Website: http://www.lorisvoice.org/?fbclid=IwAR13tuQHSdzDmXWjZplefu_6p9YbN6Y3a0u9d5tP60EJWXnn4cfHsZ3e8
A Michigan nonprofit organization that has been helping children with limited mobility for a decade has launched a 
handicap accessible van giveaway. Lori’s Voice, based in Ottawa County, will be giving away a brand-new wheelchair accessible van every three months to families in Michigan. Those eligible must have a child under the age of 21 who
has a neurological or degenerative disease that has caused mobility challenges. The program is only open to Michigan residents.

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. 

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
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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 dePaul 
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!

FRIENDS IN DEED 
1196 Ecorse
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: 734-485-7658
Email: office@friendsindeedmi.org
Website: http://www.friendsindeedmi.org
Transportation Services:   
Is lack of reliable transportation preventing you from getting to work or medical appointments?  We offer car repair assistance, gas, tags, registration, bus rides, and more for county residents who qualify. All re- quests for car repair 
will require you to provide a valid drivers license, proof of insurance, and current registration. Document drop offs 
must be arranged by appointment.
We Pass On Used Cars for Free:
Need a car? Contact our Helpline to discuss the program and your potential eligibility.  
How to Apply:
For more information and to apply, call our Help Line at 734-484-4357.  It’s open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 AM 
until 2:00 PM. Document drop-offs must be arranged by appointment.

​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 & whose bleeding disorder impacts their income.  
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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 12 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
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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 through community donations).

Vehicles for Change 
4111 Washington Blvd.
Halethorpe, MD 21227
Phone: 410-242-9677
Email:  info@vehiclesforchange.org
Website: http://vehiclesforchange.org 

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
of military men and women facing tough circumstances—from difficult personal and family health needs to excessive
rent burdens, unemployment and homelessness.
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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.
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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 Admini- stration (VA) hospital, etc.) and meet specific criteria. (Visit the website for more detailed information.)

Veterans In Crisis          Just added 08/24/2022
PO Box 2028
Traverse City, MI 49685
Phone: 231-493-6717
Website: https://veteransincrisis.org

Military Warriors Support Foundation 
211 N. Loop 1604 E #25
San Antonio, TX 78232
Phone: 210-615-8973
Website:  https://militarywarriors.org
Who Can Apply:
1. Must be a combat wounded veteran (Purple Heart recipient given priority) from any American conflict
2. Must be honorably retired or separated from the military. (Those with compelling situations, whom are less than 90 
    days from retirement or separation may be considered)
3. Must be able to obtain vehicle insurance
4. Must not have more than 1 vehicle loan

Vets Returning Home
17955 E Eleven Mile 
Roseville, MI 48066 |
Phone: 586-285-5606
Email: info@vetsreturninghome.org
Website: https://www.vetsreturninghome.org/spp
Serves Michigan veterans with a car donation program


Please visit the VETERANS RESOURCES page and the VETERANS FINANICAL RESOURCES page on this site for 
possible more programs to help!


BUSINESSES OR 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! 

One of the best ways to save money on car repairs is by borrowing tools. That’s right: You don’t have to sink a few hun-
dred bucks into Home Depot. Do your research and find a spot that lends you those tools for free. Remember, the key-
word is lend. If you want car tools around forever, you’ll have to buy your own. But if you’re doing some quick mainten-4ance, AutoZone loans out over 100 specialty tools through its Loan-A-Tool program. 
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Our Loan-A-Tool® program is loaded with specialty tools for all automotive jobs.
Choose from more than 100 tools to get the job done right. Any AutoZoner in our stores can help you choose the right tool and grab it for you from behind the counter. We ask for the purchase price of the tool as a dep- osit, and once you're done with its use, bring the tool back for a full refund- keep it as long as you like! 
Website: https://www.autozone.com/lp/loan-a-tool

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".
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If the "Check engine light" is ON, AutoZone employees will do a free scan of the diagnostic port and give you a printout 
of the fault codes. They will also check batteries, starters and alternators for you. 

AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Firestone Complete Auto Care also offer free battery checks. It’s especially easy to 
get this done at AutoZone. To find the nearest location, head to AutoZone’s website and enter your ZIP code in the Find 
a Repair Shop near you section.
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Oh, and AutoZone will also charge your battery for free! This process also works for free starter and alternator tests.
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AutoZone also looks for signs that your car’s inner components are failing. To test the alternator, head to a nearby 
AutoZone for a free check. If you want your starter tested, remove it and bring it to AutoZone. The team will quickly 
check it — and you don’t have to pay a dime for the service.

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. Referrals 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.
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Open Door provides financial assistance, referrals to other collaborative nonprofits and emotional support to families experiencing emergency utility or housing needs, as funding 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 additional 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 hous-
ing 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 are ineligible. 

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 Co. 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. 

Saline Social Services
1259 Industrial Drive
Saline, MI
Phone: 734-429-4570
Email: info@salinesocialservice.com
Website:
https://salinesocialservice.com/?fbclid=IwAR3PMulwsuOKry4chfGHOwlrTAJlsjMKwKutoMljFFSXfS94njzeD7k42KM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalineAreaSocialService
​Limited assistance with car repair for those that live in this area. 

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   

Southeast MI 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 & provide needed learning experiences for students!

Not sure if your mechanic is giving you a fair estimate? Head to https://repairpal.com where you can com- pare 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, headlights, 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 & you'll instantly get full details describing how to 
do it yourself!


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

Parts Galore
East Side:
11360 E. 8 Mile
Detroit, MI   48205
Phone: 313-245-2944
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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 
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27375 Eureka 
Taylor, MI   48180
Phone:  734-799-1283 
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15915 Woodward Ave. 
Highland Park, MI   48203
Phone: 313-305-3522
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Ecorse, MI 
Phone: 
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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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