Our Vehicle Purchase Program

“I have had my Working Wheels car for almost two years, and it has completely changed my life! Now I’ve got an awesome job making good money, and I am able to help take care of my mom and get my daughter and my new grandbaby to their medical appointments. This car saved me!” – Kelly

Reliable transportation can transform lives— opening the doors to education, employment, better health and improved quality of life. Working Wheels’ Vehicle Purchase Program helps working families in our community purchase donated cars for $610.

How It Works

Typically, once accepted to the program, it takes 6-12 weeks to purchase the car. However, due to worldwide supply issues, it may take longer.


To apply, you must have a referral from your case manager at one of our partnering community organizations.

  • Fill out the application form with your case manager.
  • Provide proof of employment and a payment of $610.



You’ll attend a virtual orientation session (about 45 minutes). We will explain the 6 months / 6,000 miles warranty, discuss the process, and answer any questions you may have.


Once we have a car for you, we’ll provide you with the vehicle’s VIN (vehicle ID#), year, make, model, and mileage so that you can get auto insurance. You’ll be asked for proof of your car insurance and to sign the paperwork for the car.

Be prepared: property tax is due to the state of North Caroline within 60 days of purchase (generally $20-$40)

Following up – We’ll contact you one year after buying the car to ask you to complete a survey about your experience with Working Wheels.

Woman next to red car with a bow on it

Who can purchase a car from Working Wheels?

Working Wheels works with local social service organizations in North Carolina to identify and select their clients who are most in need of a car for this program.  The case managers at these organizations can refer individuals who have been actively engaged in one of their eligible programs for at least 3 months. (Are you a community organization interested in partnering with Working Wheels? Apply here.)

In addition to a referral from a case manager, all applicants must have

  1. a valid North Carolina driver’s license
  2. proof of employment
  3. the ability to pay $610

Mountain Projects
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Community Action Opportunities
Asheville Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Haywood Pathways Center
Mary Benson House
Buncombe County Re-Entry Council
OpenDoors of Asheville
Pisgah Legal Services
True Ridge
YMI Cultural Center
YWCA Asheville

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