Nashville Veteran Receives Refurbished Vehicle 

The Kia Optima was donated by GEICO and repaired by Crash Champions as part of the NABC's Recycled Rides program.


U.S. Army veteran Kevin Allen Jr. received a fully restored Kia Optima during a celebratory event held Jan. 3 at Crash Champions' downtown Nashville, TN, repair center, as part of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program. Crash Champions team members donated their time to repair the vehicle, donated by GEICO, to like-new condition.  

“My entire family is incredibly grateful for this wonderful donation,” said Allen. “The vehicle will open up new opportunities, provide more family time and grant us the ability to engage in everyday activities that many often take for granted, from running errands to visiting doctors. To all the wonderful people at the NABC, Crash Champions and the other generous sponsors involved, we extend our heartfelt thanks.”   

“We could not be happier for Mr. Allen and his family,” said Matt Ebert, founder and CEO of Crash Champions. “This donation represents a meaningful milestone for them, and we're privileged to be a part of it. It's not just about restoring a vehicle; it's about restoring hope, independence and the freedom to pursue a better life for those who have sacrificed so much for our country. We're humbled to stand by Mr. Allen’s family and remain dedicated to fostering a lasting and positive impact in their lives.”

Crash Champions is a Level One partner of the NABC and a strong supporter of the Recycled Rides program, having actively participated in more than 60 giveaways across the country over the past two years.

NABC Recycled Rides unites several areas of the automotive collision repair industry in pursuit of restoring and donating vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the program in 2007, members of the NABC have donated more than 3,200 vehicles valued at $46 million.   

Crash Champions is a leading provider of high-quality collision repair service, serving customers and business partners at more than 610 repair centers across 37 states.

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