How do I get an affordable, reliable vehicle through the program?
All program participants are referred to Working Wheels from one of our partner agencies. The case managers at these organizations are able to refer individuals who have been actively engaged in one of their eligible programs for at least 4 months. In addition to a referral from a case manager, all applicants must have a valid NC driver license, proof of employment, and the ability to pay $610. For a visual representation of the process, check out our Program Participant Pathway.
How much does it cost to purchase a program car?
$610 = $500 for the car plus $110 to NC cover taxes, title, and registration fees. Prior to purchase, automobile insurance must be secured. Within 60 days of purchase, property tax is due to the state of NC (generally $20-40).
After I apply, what happens next?
Once we have your completed application and $610 payment, we will call to set up an orientation meeting which generally lasts about 45 minutes. During this time, we will explain the warranty, explain a bit more about the process, and answer any questions you may have.
Once we have a car ready for you, we will provide you with the vehicle’s VIN (vehicle ID#), year, make, model, mileage so that you are able to secure insurance.
How long is the wait for a program car?
Generally about 6 to 12 weeks after we receive your application. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer depending on how many people are in line and how fast the quality cars are coming in.
Do program cars come with a warranty?
Yes. We provide a 6-month / 6,000-mile limited warranty on vehicles sold through our program.
Vehicles sold to the public to generate proceeds for the mission do not come with a warranty.