Domestic Violence Survivor Receives Refurbished Vehicle from CARSTAR Shop

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Oct. 23, 2017—A 2012 Chevy Impala was donated to a single mother from Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 19 as part of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

CARSTAR Collision Specialists (with two locations in Witchita – East and West) repaired and refurbished the car and State Farm Insurance donated the salvage vehicle to the program.

Catholic Charities selected Teri West from their Harbor House program for the car donation. 

West, a mother of three, is currently working two jobs and needs reliable transportation for work, daily errands and getting her children to and from school.

The Impala owned by State Farm was a total loss due to a deer hit.   

A.J. Pickering, general manager for CARSTAR Collision Specialists, said body shops frequently see cars that are written-off or totaled by either the owner or the insurance company and sent to salvage yards. 

“Many times all these vehicles need is some body work, mechanical repairs or TLC to get them road ready and safe to drive,“ Pickering said. 

Pickering said many other businesses and organizations donated to make this gift possible. Businesses that provided donations of parts and services include: Keystone Automotive, LKQ Corporation, CARSTAR technicians, Grizzly’s Glass, Arrow Wrecker, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, BASF, Charity Cars and the National Auto Body Council.

The staff at CARSTAR Collision Specialists West volunteered their time to repair this car. 

Pickering said this is the fourth time that CARSTAR has partnered with Catholic Charities of Wichita on a Recycled Rides project. 

Harbor House is a shelter for abused women and their children. Catholic Charities of Wichita started the shelter in 1992 to help women break the cycle of domestic violence. 

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