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7 Car Related Websites You Should Bookmark

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With the power of the internet at our fingertips and comprehensive search engines like Google available, it is very easy to find useful information when needed. Bookmarking the resources that are shared with you today will save you time on trying to track them down again and you will have the information readily available when you need it. It can also be a great way to organize your most visited or important sites by category for quick access.

If you are a current or soon-to-be vehicle owner, 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s leading car donation charity, has compiled the following list of helpful car related websites that you should bookmark. The following list will aid you in a plethora of things from securing insurance, to recycling car parts, and more.

  1. CARFAX- carfax.com Before buying a vehicle visit Carfax and find out the vehicle’s history so that you feel secure in what you are buying.
  2. KELLY BLUE BOOK- kbb.com Kelly Blue Book will help you know what you should be paying for a vehicle, how much it is worth, show you car reviews, and much more.
  3. GAS BUDDY- gasbuddy.com Gas Buddy will become your best buddy by helping you to track down the cheapest gas prices in your area.

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Highlighting Those In Need: Rita From Ohio

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1-800-Charity Cars, a non-profit car donation charity, are operators of the www.freecharitycars.org, site, where people in need of reliable transportation can apply for a free charity car nationwide. Today, we would like to highlight one of our car donation applicants to share with you the people with the need for reliable transportation.

Rita Sullivan has been a member of our vehicle distribution site since September 12, 2009, where she has applied for assistance in receiving an automobile. Here is a summary of her situation:

“I initially joined the free charity cars site to get a handicap accessible van to care for my son Jesse. My precious child passed away on June 3, 2010, and I had never posted anything about my own personal medical issues, as my primary focus was the needs of my son.

Since Jesse passed away I am no longer in need of a handicap accessible van. I did however remain with Free Charity Cars to get a vehicle for myself. I am in need of transportation to care for my own medical issues. I have osteoporosis, arthritis in my lower back, right shoulder, and no cartilage in my neck, knee has no cartilage, asthma, C.O.P.D, emphysema, and carpal tunnel in both hands. My doctor has informed me that I will need surgery.
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Five Tips For Summer Road Trips

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With summer underway, kids out of school, and lazy days upon us, many people are planning and taking road trips. Road trips can be fun, exciting, frustrating, and exhausting all at the same time. 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s leading vehicle donation/distribution program, has compiled the following tips for summer road trips to help make those road trips less of a hassle, and more enjoyable for everyone.

Get your vehicle serviced and make sure you have emergency items

Before you pack up and head out on the road, take your car in for an inspection and service. Taking the time to make sure your vehicle is in good running condition can save you from spending time stranded on the side of the road. It can also save you money on gas by making your vehicle more fuel-efficient. Also make sure your vehicle has a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, roadside emergency kit, a couple cans of fix-a-flat, and anything else you may need in the event of a breakdown or an accident.

Update your GPS system or get a new map.

Whether you are using a GPS system or a regular paper map, be sure they are up to date. Roads are always changing, and making sure that whatever you are using is current will ensure that you do not end up lost on your road trip.
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10 Safety Features Your Vehicle Should Have

Safety Features Your Vehicle Should Have

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Over the years, vehicles have come a long way from the days of no windshield wipers or seat belts, to becoming amazing safety fortresses on wheels. However, the conditions in which we drive daily have changed too, becoming more dangerous with congested roadways and higher speed limits. It is imperative that vehicle owners pay close attention to the type of car they decide to purchase and what safety features are available.

1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit providing vehicle donations to struggling families since 1996, would like to highlight 10 safety features your vehicle should have to aide you in ensuring your vehicle is as safe as possible:

SEAT BELTS

Seat belts have been around for a long time, but over the years they have changed dramatically. Seat belts are now in front and rear seats of vehicles. They are no longer just waist belts; they are now waist and chest restraints. Seat belts now offer a locking system, so in the event of an accident the seat belt will lock and keep you in your seat. It is important, especially when buying an older vehicle, that you make sure the seat belts are waist/across chest, front/rear, and has the locking mechanism in place.
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10 Ways To Save Money At The Pharmacy

Ways To Save At The Pharmacy

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of vehicle donations to struggling families nationwide, serves a wide array of individuals in need of transportation, many of those being medically needy individuals or families. These individuals must regularly take medication, and prescription costs can be expensive. Oftentimes people are unable to take the medication they have been prescribed because they cannot afford them. Whether they are insured, uninsured or under insured, the costs prove to be a hurdle they cannot overcome to get the medication they need.

Sometimes, these medications can determine whether minor illnesses, which are easily resolved with medication, become life threatening illnesses without access to proper treatment. The following is a list of 10 ways to save money at the pharmacy:

BUY GENERIC

Always ask your pharmacist if the medication you have been prescribed has a generic version. Buying generic can save you tremendously.

BUY OLDER MEDICATION

While new medication may be prescribed more often than older versions of drugs that serve the same purpose, ask your doctor if you can try the older medication first. Older versions of medication are often far cheaper than newer ones, and almost always will have a generic version readily available, which can save you even more money.
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Highlighting Those In Need: Bobbi From Tennessee

Car Donation Applicant Bobbi1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of the nations leading car donation/distribution program, established the www.freecharitycars.org website, where struggling families from across the country sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today, we would like to share the story of one of our car donation applicants who applied for a vehicle donation.

Bobbi Baines has been a dedicated member of our vehicle distribution website since April 30, 2010, where she filled out an application for assistance in receiving a vehicle. Here is a summary of her situation that she wanted to share:

“For four hours I was held hostage, terrorized and then shot twice in the chest by my husband at that time. He first pointed the gun at my head then lowered it and fired twice hitting me directly in the chest. I had my left kidney, spleen, and part of my pancreas removed. Ten months later, I had another surgery and the doctors said I wouldn’t be able to work any longer. I subsequently had to have several other surgeries. Due to my pancreas being removed I then developed diabetes, and I have been on an insulin pump for almost four years now. I am also developing arthritis in my feet and spine.
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What Car Donation Applicants Like Most About FreeCharityCars.org

What we believe of our FreeCharityCars.Org online community is that “Surprisingly, the unique website has organically morphed into an ever expanding, caring online community offering compassion and hope to struggling Americans.”
However, 1-800-Charity Cars, the nationwide car donation charity, realizes that what members of an online community believe is of greater value when ascertaining the foundation a site is built upon. It also gives merit to what we believe to be true of our community. We would like to share with you what our applicants like most about the freecharitycars.org community:

Car Donation Applicant Christy
Christine M Larkin (Christysue1972 Joined on: 11/19/13) – What do I like most about the Free Charity Cars Community? It is a hard question to answer without getting emotional. I joined last November because I was and still am desperate for a car. I live on a couch of a friend and my children are over 60 miles away. A lot has happened since then. Some good and some bad. On Free Charity Cars I have found support and friendship. Friends that will last a lifetime. Some support has been the strongest I have ever got. I joined for a car but I got so much more. I like most the relationships that have formed and truly love and feel loved by many. I needed it and didn’t know it. That’s what I personally like the most.

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Mercy’s Love For Pet Fostering Knows No Bounds

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In a continuing effort to acknowledge May as National Foster Care Month, the following was written by a staff member here at 1-800-Charity Cars, Mercy, who shares her experience and passion for fostering animals.

As many of you may be aware by now, May is National Foster Care month. This seems an appropriate month for it, as Mother’s Day falls in May as well. At 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of donated vehicles to those in need, we try to encourage awareness of any and all charitable work, not just our own.

When you think about fostering, you probably think about caring for a little boy or girl that becomes part of your family, even if it’s just for a short time. However, I’d like to tell you about a different fostering opportunity that has enriched my life. For the last 15 years, I have opened my home to several foster “children” of the four-legged variety. I have fostered dogs, cats, turtles, guinea pigs, you name it! If it has four legs, it is welcome in my house.

You might be asking yourself “why does she do it?” The answer is very simple: Animals provide me with unconditional love, and in return all they wanted was a little attention. I provide food, shelter and as much love and attention as I can squeeze into the few weeks or months that they are with me. They give all of the love they have, without reservation or any strings attached, every single time they see you. When was the last time your spouse or children got so excited to see you when you got home, that they piddled on the floor? They have never done it for me either, but my animals, whether my own or my foster animals, are a different story. You might have just left for an hour, but to them it feels like an eternity.
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May 25th Is National Missing Children Day

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On May 25, 1979 Etan Patz, a 6 year old boy from New York, disappeared on his way home from school. Sadly, he was never found. He was never recovered and in 2001 he was legally declared dead. This abduction received an avalanche of media attention and was ultimately the reason the missing children movement was formed. Former United States President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation and National Missing Children’s Day observance began in 1983. Since then, this day has been observed every year on the anniversary of the day Etan Patz originally disappeared.

This day is used as an opportunity for everyone to spread awareness about child abductions, to educate our children about safety, and to support the families of victims. 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of reliable transportation to people in need since 1996, wants to share the following list of ways that you can help honor National Missing Children Day:

  • Use your social networks, blogs, and websites to spread awareness.
  • Sit your own children down and commit to spending time with them to discuss child abduction and how they can stay safe.
  • Seek out volunteer opportunities in your community to assist with missing children programs.
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5 Most Commonly Overlooked Things You Should Keep In Your Car

Things you should keep in your car

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While the majority of vehicle owners today are getting better about keeping items in their vehicles to assist them in times of emergency or vehicle break downs, it seems the primary focus is placed on the usual items; such as a first aid kit, a flash light, jumper cables or a spare tire. There are other things you should keep in your car that can prove to be extremely beneficial to you in the event of an emergency situation that you may not have thought of before.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit committed to providing reliable transportation to struggling families through the gift of car donations, would like to highlight some things you should keep in your vehicle by offering you the following list:

AN OLD CELL PHONE

Got an old cell phone lying around the house collecting dust? Charge it up and keep it in the glove compartment of your car. Be sure you keep it turned off to maintain battery life, but check the charge occasionally. There is no need to have any type of service plan on the phone, as all cell phones can be used to call 911 in case of emergency, even if there is no active subscription for service on the phone.
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