Local women purchase cars

Barbara Bayes of Good News Mountaineer Garage presents Terri Bassett with the keys to a 1998 Plymouth Voyager on Tuesday in Huntington.

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August 19, 2008 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Two local women in need of transportation to their new jobs each purchased a used car Tuesday for $1 each.

Terri Bassett is one of the new owners of a 1998 Plymouth Voyager van. She recently began a new job working at a non-profit for people with disabilities.

She received the car from Good News Mountaineer Garage, a program that recycles donated cars for those who need assistance in obtaining a vehicle. The only cost is $1 to fulfill the requirements of a contract.

"It is a great program, I have seen it change so many lives," said Barbara Bayes, executive director of Good News Mountaineer Garage.

The program receives funding from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to provide vehicles to families with children.

Good New Mountaineer Garage assists those who receive a check from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families check from the WVDHHR, actively participate in the welfare to work program, and have no other means of transportation.

"The program began seven years ago and they have already given out over 800 cars, including 77 in Cabell, Wayne and Mason counties" Bayes said.

Donating a car to the program provides people a place to get rid of unwanted cars. The donation also allows you to deduct the fair market value of the vehicle as a charitable contribution on federal income taxes. State tax credits may be given as well.

"A lot of times the tax deduction is worth more money than what you would have gotten on a trade-in," Bayes said.

For more information, contact the Good News Mountaineer Garage at (866) GIVECAR (448-3227) or visit their Web site at www.goodnewsmountaineergarage.com