Posted on Leave a comment

Domestic violence survivors get free cars

first_imgPASADENA – Getting around got a lot easier for 16 domestic violence survivors Sunday. In the Rose Bowl parking lot, each of the survivors received a completely refurbished and certified used car, thanks to a local auto parts wholesaler and a slew of area repair shops he recruited for the donations. “We think it’s a great thing,” said Dan Hanson, vice president of sales and marketing for wholesaler Hanson Distributing Co. and Hanson-Merrill Corp., who spearheaded the effort. “It was a lot of work, but we feel good about it,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hanson purchased 16 used vehicles, none older than 1995, then tapped 16 members of the Southern California Bumber-to-Bumper Certified Service Centers to help refurbish the cars and supply needed parts and accessories. He also connected with 1-800-Charity Cars, a nonprofit car-donation group, which in turn connected the cars with domestic violence victims at local shelters. Women seeking refuge at such shelters often arrive “with nothing,” having hastily left behind their homes and their belongings, said Charity Cars spokeswoman Rose Hill. “Having a vehicle helps rehabilitate them and get them back on their feet,” she added. The timing of the giveaway could not be more ideal – October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Car Care Awareness Month, Hanson noted. His company, along with auto repair centers in Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, La Puente, San Gabriel and elsewhere – all of them members of the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance – worked collectively to get the vehicles ready for donation. Although some of the cars needed quite a bit of work, many of the mechanics involved in the project looked at it as a labor of love. “It’s a good thing that they’re doing,” said Moe Marshal, owner of Moe’s Automotive in Sierra Madre, which performed service work on one of the cars. “Whoever is getting this car is getting a real nice car,” he added. Marie Hull, who runs Hull Automotive in Pasadena with her husband, Alan, said her repair shop was eager to jump in and refurbish a 2001 Dodge Intrepid given away Sunday. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to be involved and give back to our community,” she said. “We wanted to jump in to do something – it makes us feel good to volunteer our services.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more