10 Easy Car Repairs / Maintenance You Can Do Yourself To Save Money

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1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit car donation/distribution program providing free cars to families in need since 1996, understands the importance of taking care of vehicles and saving money. Today we bring you the following list of 10 Easy Car Repairs / Maintenance You Can Do Yourself To Save Money:

Tire Pressure and Inflation

You should have your tire pressure checked and inflated to vehicle specifications once a month. You can easily do this yourself by visiting a local gas station that has an air machine with a gauge attached. Look on the sidewall of the tire for its pressure specifications. Once you know this information, remove the valve stem cap. Place the air gauge on and it will show you the tire pressure in your tire at that time. If it is not within the tire pressure range specified for your vehicle, fill the tire with the proper amount of air. Repeat with the other three tires.

Change the Oil and Oil Filter

It used to be widely known that oil should be changed every 3000 miles. This figure is not always the case anymore. With advancements in motor oil quality, some vehicles can actually wait until 5000 or even 7500 miles for an oil change. Be sure to refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for the exact mileage you should change your oil. When you are ready to do an oil change, just perform a Google Search to quickly find specific instructions on how to change the oil and oil filter for your particular vehicle.
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A Basic Guide For Fostering A Pet

Fostering A Pet

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In honor of May being National Foster Care Awareness Month, 1-800-Charity Cars, one of the nation’s first car donation charities, would also like to spread awareness about fostering a pet, since having already touched upon fostering our nation’s youth with our previous article May Is National Foster Care Awareness Month. Fostering a pet is similar to fostering a child; you care for them temporarily until a permanent home is located for them. We would like to offer this basic guide for fostering a pet, in hopes that people will open their hearts and homes to our nation’s pets in need of loving homes. You can read one of our staff member’s experiences with pet fostering here.

There seems to be a common misconception that the majority of pets in shelters are animals that are in some way tainted, or unwanted for undesirable reasons. However, the reality is pets end up in shelters due to many varying reasons and they are not always because the animal is unsuitable to be in a home setting.

Common reasons animals end up in shelters:

  • The animal has suffered abuse and/or neglect.
  • The owner must move and their new place of residence does not allow pets.
  • Family members have developed allergic reactions to the animal.
  • A pet has become ill and the owner cannot afford their medical care.
  • A pet had a litter and the owner has no space for the offspring and/or could not find homes for them.
  • The owner fell ill and is dealing with medical issues preventing them from caring for the pet.
  • The pet has compatibility issues with kids or other pets.
  • The owner lost their job, and/or faced eviction and can no longer provide a home or care for their pet.

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May Is National Foster Care Awareness Month

Foster Care Awareness

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In 1988 the National Foster Parent Association persuaded Senator Strom Thurmond to bring forth a resolution to proclaim May as National Foster Care Month. It has since grown into a partnership of 14 national organizations working together to spread awareness, give recognition, and encourage others to get involved in the lives of the American youth in foster care.

1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of vehicle donations to struggling families across the United States, would like to help recognize Foster Care Awareness Month by providing you with the following information.

Let us take a look at the reasons why the majority of these children end up in the foster care system. This will help us to understand the plight of the foster care system workers and their goals to help change the lives of the youth in their care. While there are many varying reasons why children could end up in foster care, here are a few of the main reasons that children are placed in the system:

Foster Care Statistics

  • The number one reason (which child welfare reporting agencies have shown a startling rate of 70%) that children are in the foster care system is due to abuse and neglect. Many children are abused physically, sexually, and/or emotionally. These children are often removed from their homes by authorities. Children are also neglected in many areas such as food, clothing, housing, education, and even medical needs. Many of these children have parents who suffer from some type of mental illness and/or their parents suffer from substance abuse issues.
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Highlighting Those In Need: Heavenly77 From Los Angeles, California

Car Donation Applicant1-800-Charity Cars, a nonprofit car donation charity, operates the www.freecharitycars.org site, where struggling families are able to 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 behind the need.

Heavenly77 (username), whose real name is undisclosed due to her domestic violence situation, has been a member of our vehicle distribution site since September 30, 2010, where she has applied for assistance in receiving a vehicle. Here is a summary of her situation that she wanted to share:

“In September of 2010, I joined the Free Charity Cars website because I no longer owned a car due to financial hardships. It was through a mentor from a resource center whom helped me to locate a charity online that was known for donating vehicles to those in need. The mentor and I stumbled across the Free Charity Cars website through our searching for resources to assist me with transportation.
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10 Quick Tips For Inexperienced or New Drivers

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Becoming a licensed driver is a teenager’s path to adulthood, and sometimes an adult’s path is overcoming driver’s anxiety and finally reaching the goal of driving. Either way, new drivers are experiencing the stress of learning their new skill and understand the responsibility that it requires. This stress can be nerve-racking and sometimes cause for hazardous driving behaviors. It is important to remember that all the people on the road surrounding you started out as new drivers.

1-800-Charity Cars, the nation’s leading car donation/distribution charity, would like to offer you the following tips for new drivers to help make your driving experience safer, less stressful, and more pleasurable.

New drivers should adhere to the following quick list of 10 tips when behind the wheel:

  1. As soon as you enter the vehicle, put your seat belt on.
  2. Always check your mirrors and make sure they are adjusted before driving on the road.
  3. Leave your cell phone out of reach while driving.
  4. Avoid common distractions like adjusting your radio, eating, or any other tasks while you are driving.
  5. Allow yourself time to reach your destination, so that you are not rushed and will not be tempted to speed.
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Preparing Your Car For Summer: The Season of Road Trips and Vacations

Preparing Your Car For Summer
Summer is rapidly approaching and it is the busiest time of the year for road trips and vacations. Aside from the fact that cars need maintenance regularly (varying by season), your vehicle also needs extra care when planning road trips to make sure that your family is safe and saving money on gas prices or unexpected costly repairs.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of free donated vehicles to struggling families throughout the United States, understands the importance of vehicle care, safe travel, and saving money; so we would like to offer you the following list of things you can do to prepare your car to go wherever the summer season may take you.


The most important item on your list of summer vehicle preparation should be your coolant system. Take the time to get the radiator pressure tested and all hoses inspected. Be sure to also check the water pump and thermostat. Don’t overlook the antifreeze, either. Over time, antifreeze can cause a weak electric current leading to oxidation and failure in your coolant system, so it is always a wise idea to flush it out and refill with fresh antifreeze.
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Highlighting Those In Need: Bonnie From Pennsylvania

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1-800-Charity Cars, a nonprofit car donation charity, operates the www.freecharitycars.org site, where struggling families are able to 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 behind the need.

Bonnie Hermann has been a member of our vehicle distribution site since July 22, 2013, where she has applied for assistance in receiving a vehicle. Here is a summary of her situation that she wanted to share:

“Hello, I am Bonnie, 49 years old and I reside in Pennsylvania. I have been on my own since I was 17 years old, and have worked hard my whole life. I am still working hard holding down two jobs since I was laid off from my previous employer in March of 2013. I have three wonderful children and while there have been many difficult circumstances we have had to endure, we still find our blessings in many other ways.
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4 Tips To Make The April 15 Income Tax Deadline Less Stressful

April 15 Income Tax Deadline

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With the Income Tax deadline finally here, many people will be scrambling about trying to get their income tax return submitted to the Internal Revenue Service by midnight, April 15th, 2014. Even though many people always plan to get their returns done before the deadline comes, some will find themselves in the last minute frenzy trying to get it finished.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a nationally-renowned car donation program, would like to offer you the following list of four simple tips to help make the April 15 income tax deadline less stressful:


If you know that there is just no way for you to be able to get your return submitted by midnight, file for an extension instead. All you have to do is fill out and submit Form 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time. You can mail your return or e-file it, but be sure to get it submitted by the midnight deadline. If you fill it out correctly and submit it by midnight, it should be granted and you will have until October 15, 2014 to get your income tax return filed.
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1-800-Charity Cars Teams Up With Kitchen Nightmares Friday, April 11th

Charity Cars teams up with Kitchen Nightmares
Watch as The Original 1-800-Charity Cars and Chef Ramsey team up to surprise a struggling pizzeria on an all new 2 hour season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares, This Friday April 11th at 8PM EST on FOX!

1-800-Charity Cars Teams Up with Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Ramsey for a surprise to a struggling Pizzeria

“Working with Kitchen Nightmares was such a positive and uplifting experience”, reflected Rose Hill, Spokesperson of 1-800-Charity Cars. “Being part of the show is such an amazing opportunity for everyone to see how a simple gift can help transform someone’s life.”

The All New 2 hour Season Premiere starts at 8 PM EST on Fox Friday, April 11th http://www.fox.com/schedule

About The Original 1-800-Charity Cars

Established in 1996, the Original 1-800-Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation. The award-winning program has received an avalanche of local and national publicity being featured on shows such as Oprah, Montel, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning News. Articles about this one-of-a-kind organization have appeared in the Non-Profit Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, People Magazine and a host of other publications across America. Among its many awards, the organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award. The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, 800CharityCars.org, has provided over 5000 free vehicles to struggling families all across America. The national nonprofit has recently launched its free car / social networking website, http://www.FreeCharityCars.org , which was designed to make the process of choosing who receives a free vehicle as fair as possible by providing a forum where individuals can engage the public and pro-actively pursue their dream of car-ownership.

April 10, 2014 Is National Siblings Day

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Claudia Evart is the founder and director of the Siblings Day Foundation. Claudia lost both of her siblings early in her life. She came up with the idea for Siblings Day over a decade ago to honor, celebrate, and give recognition to our brothers and sisters. She chose the date of April 10th because it was the birthday of her sister, Lisette, who passed on.

1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of vehicle donations to struggling families nationwide, knows the importance of bonds with our families. Many of the people that we assist are able to make it through very difficult circumstances in their lives due to family support systems. We have also seen how those who are without families can form bonds with another through our program. This often gives them the family/sibling type relationships they might not have otherwise.

Today we offer you the following list of ideas to honor National Siblings Day:


  • Send a card or e-card
  • Send a letter
  • Send a gift or small token of appreciation
  • Give them a phone call
  • Send a text or picture message
  • Perform an act of kindness
  • Take them out to eat
  • Go see a movie
  • Invite them over for a sibling day, night, or to have dinner together

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