Published on April 11th, 2011 | by Seán Ward1
Motorists Donate Cars With ‘Ex-Factor’
Giveacar, a company that collects cars and then auctions them off, with the proceeds going to the owners charity of choice, has given money to over 300 worthy causes, has collected 3,000 vehicles over its first year.
24-year-old Tom Chance, founder of Giveacar, decided to compile a top ten list of prized cars to celebrate Giveacar’s first anniversary.
Land Rover, BMW and Jaguar all figure prominently in the top ten earners for charities, as well as a 1960s MGC, but the top earner was a Vauxhall VX220.
Mr. Chase said “We specialise in collecting cars with what we call the ‘Ex-Factor’ ” those that have become unroadworthy, unused or unloved.
“You would not believe the range of vehicles that we have been able to transform into cash – as well as some of the best-known names in motoring, we’ve even managed to generate income for our charity partners from a jet-ski, a mobile recording studio and several caravans.
“The concept has really captured people’s imagination. We expect to raise even more money for more charities in the next 12 months and beyond, as an ever-increasing number of owners decide to say farewell to their cars.”
Regardless of their condition, cars are picked up by Giveacar free-of-charge direct from people’s homes and sold at auction or disposed of at an authorised treatment centre.
Even if the car is scrapped, it still nets the selected good cause a minimum £40.