We need more acts of generosity like this.
Fact: the average new vehicle price in the US climbed to $36,718, according to Edmunds. Another fact: the average used car price is $20,200. And finally, the average US salary is around $47,060 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The point being is that the price for either new or used car can easily take up a significant portion of one's annual pay. Of course one should not spend beyond their means, but buying a new vehicle is oftentimes immediately out of the question for many. Buying a used car is definitely a greater risk for numerous reasons. Certified used vehicles are the best choice but still, they're not always affordable. The weakest segments of society are left vulnerable to buying a lemon.
Ultimate Auto Repair, however, is doing something about that. According to NBC News affiliate WLIX 10, the Jackson, Michigan auto repair shop is selling a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze for just $1 to someone in need.
"My whole thing is I'd like to help someone who needs a hand-up and a hand-out" Karl Roekle, Ultimate Auto Repair owner said. "So we're hoping to help someone who typically isn't always in trouble, that's facing a hard time in their life and could use a car to get back to work or school to better themselves or whatever they might need it for."
Roekle found the Chevy Cruze up for sale on Facebook Marketplace and later gave it a new engine, brakes, and tires. It will also be detailed just before its new owner takes delivery. "It makes me feel good that we're actually helping somebody else out," Jason Baggett, a mechanic at Ultimate Auto Repair said. "Giving them something that they can't do for themselves--just giving back to the community."
Now that the nearly decade-old Cruze is fixed up nearly good as new, a panel of judges will select its next owner. Applications and nominations have been sent in. This is the second year Roekle and Ultimate Auto Repair have given away a car to someone in need.
Last year, a Chevrolet Impala was given to a mother who no needed a reliable set of wheels. This year's recipient will be announced the week after Christmas. Class act, guys. Class act.