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Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:07

NABC Brings Together Insurers, Repairers, Vendors to Present Gift of Transportation

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(L to R) Linda Sulkala; Dave Jochman; Elizabeth Clark, State Farm; Ryan Down, Service King Red Rock; recipient Roderick Garrison; Doug Schlueter; and Joe Amodei. (L to R) Linda Sulkala; Dave Jochman; Elizabeth Clark, State Farm; Ryan Down, Service King Red Rock; recipient Roderick Garrison; Doug Schlueter; and Joe Amodei.

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When a catastrophe happens unexpectedly, it can feel like there is nowhere to turn. Whether it’s a hurricane, an illness or a situation of domestic violence, circumstances can suddenly shift and lead to adversity.

 

The National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides™ program was established to assist in these types of situations by bringing together insurance and car rental companies, repairers and vendors to donate and repair a vehicle for a deserving family.

 

“As the world gathers for one of the biggest automotive shows of the year, we want to showcase just how important a vehicle can be in the life of someone,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of NABC. “Through the NABC Recycled Rides™ program and today’s presentation of five vehicles, we are able to impact the lives of the recipients and their abilities to work, take care of their families and serve the community.”

 

At the 2018 SEMA Show held in Las Vegas, NV, NABC Recycled Rides™ and its partners presented five vehicles on Oct. 31.

 

 

 

“There are individuals who have had to struggle through enormous obstacles that life has put in front of them, but they’ve never given up the hope that life can be better for them and their families through hard work, perseverance, faith and the hope that they will receive that hand up,” said Linda Sulkala, NABC Recycled Rides™ program manager.

 

Darren Huggins, national collision director, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive and chairman of NABC, said the nonprofit organization is committed to improving the image of all dedicated collision industry professionals.

 

“Our mission is to develop, implement and promote community-based initiatives that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision repair industry,” he said. “This year, we’re on pace to have a record year in Recycled Rides.”

 

So far this year, NABC has gifted one car per day through the NABC Recycled Rides program. Doug Schlueter, who co-chairs the program with Joe Amodei, said the organization is forecasting that it will double that number next year, meaning that two cars will be gifted each day.


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