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CARSTAR Metcalf Donates a Car to Local Woman In Need as Part of National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides™ Event

Coast Guard Veteran and Mother of One Receives Early Christmas Gift in Vehicle to Provide Independence, Transportation to School

A veteran from Kansas City, MO, received an early Christmas gift when Santa awarded her keys to a 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 at a ceremony on Wednesday, December 5, at the CARSTAR Metcalf facility in Stilwell, KS.

Karen Carter Veal was chosen by Veterans Community Project (VCP) in Kansas City. Veal lives in “Veterans Village,” which is a community of tiny homes built by the VCP as transitional living for homeless veterans.
Veal currently shares a car with her son. The Coast Guard veteran needed her own transportation to become more independent.

“This car will be a blessing to two families a million times over,” said Josh Henges, clinical director at Veterans Community Project.

Veal is currently employed and plans to start school to learn medical coding next fall. The veteran was chosen to receive a NABC Recycled Rides™ vehicle from CARSTAR Metcalf Auto Body. NABC Recycled Rides™ is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council where body shops repair and donate vehicles to agencies and families in need.

The Nissan was donated by Farmers Insurance®. The vehicle had been damaged due to a collision but had less than 30,000 miles. Technicians at CARSTAR Metcalf volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the car.

“When Farmers® offered this car, I thought it was a perfect fit for the NABC Recycled Rides™ program,” said Steve Hahn, owner of CARSTAR Metcalf. “This is a great way to give back to veterans and show them appreciation.”

“Farmers Insurance is committed to serving the neighborhoods where our employees and customers live, work and play; we have a deep respect for military members and veterans as they honorably serve the nation’s community at large,” said Ron LaPointe, an MSO account manager for Farmers Insurance. “Farmers feels privileged to be able to give back to a veteran.”

Employees at the Farmers Olathe, KS office also donated some “extras” to the veteran during the holiday season. Additional gifts included gift cards that can be used for clothing, a car seat for her grandson and car-related items.

Many other businesses and organizations donated to make this car giveaway possible, including LKQ Mid-America, Auto Detailing, Charity Cars and the National Auto Body Council.

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Slip Sliding Away: Sometimes Vehicle Technology Is No Match For Treacherous Winter Conditions

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Oh Deer! Deer Damage? Don’t Let It Put A Dent In Your Wallet

North America’s Collision Repair Experts Weigh in on the Hefty Costs of Hazardous Deer Many deer find their way onto highways and into suburban neighborhoods during the autumn season. Both parties lose when car and deer collide, but a measure of defensive driving can reduce the risks. According to the Insurance Information Institute, during deer […]

Don’t Let Halloween Play Tricks On Your Streetside Safety

Visibility, Focused Driving Key for Trick-or-Treat Safety Keeping kids safe during their trick-or-treat fun is paramount.  For drivers, it’s important to pay extra attention to the festivities on streets and sidewalks as pedestrian traffic increases during this holiday. The risks for young trick-or-treaters increase as excited children often forget about safety, meaning motorists and parents […]

Replace Your Child Safety Seat After A Crash To Ensure Children Are Protected On The Road

Even Low Speed Crashes Can Cause Car Seat Damage, Reduce Protection and Performance in Future Crashes September 23-29, 2018 Is Child Passenger Safety Week Child car seats are designed to protect children during a crash, but do you know how to ensure that car seat is safe AFTER the crash? Approximately one in 10 vehicles […]

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Momentum

It is just over halfway through the year and CARSTAR has already exceeded its annual fundraising goal, supporting the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF). CARSTAR franchise partners, vendors and insurance leaders from both the U.S. and Canada came together at the annual North American conference to raise an astonishing $230,000 for cystic fibrosis research, care […]

I-CAR Platinum Organization

The rapid rate at which the collision repair industry is advancing makes continuous training more crucial than ever before. Understanding this, the CARSTAR network has committed to becoming an I-CAR Platinum organization by the end of 2018. Facilities throughout the CARSTAR network work to earn and uphold up their I-CAR Gold certification. I-CAR Gold certifications […]

Unstoppable Growth for CARSTAR

CARSTAR continues to expand across North America, hitting the mega milestone of 600 stores with the opening of CARSTAR Sudbury in Ontario, Canada this July. With no plans to slow down any time soon, the massive 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Sudbury is an excellent representation of how powerful CARSTAR has become. Leading in […]

CARSTAR Momentum 2018 Conference Recap

Gathered in Calgary, Alberta for its second annual North American conference, CARSTAR franchise partners, vendors and insurance leaders witnessed an unstoppable display of momentum over the course of the week. With over 80 percent of the franchise network in attendance, CARSTAR was full of energy and eager for the week’s events. The three days of […]

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