Wisconsin Resident Receives Buick Envision Through NABC Recycled Rides

Michael Frey's 29-year-old vehicle recently broke down, leaving him without transportation to work and medical appointments.


Michael Frey, of West Bend, WI, received a significant boost to his daily life with the donation of a fully refurbished 2019 Buick Envision, provided through the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program in partnership with GEICO and Crash Champions.

Frey had managed to keep his old car running for 29 years before it finally broke down. Frey had been a client of Family Promise, living in its shelter, and in April he was able to move into an apartment on his own. He has recovered from health issues. Through all of this, he has kept his job as a taxi driver. The donation of the car ensures Frey will get to work and to appointments reliably.

“At Crash Champions, one of our core commitments is People First Always,” said Maureen Marconi, business development manager for Crash Champions. “That commitment drives our culture -- which is made up of selfless team members who believe in the power of giving back.”

The NABC Recycled Rides program is a collaborative effort involving businesses from all facets of the collision repair industry to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need. Since its inception in 2007, the program has donated more than 3,300 vehicles valued at approximately $47 million.

“We want to find the people who need help and make a difference,” said Gene Caburian, vehicle donation program ambassador for GEICO. “It makes us feel wonderful to see people receiving a car that they would not otherwise be able to have.”

Additional partners presentation included Bob’s Main Street Motors, Commercial Auto Glass, Dentsmart, Russ Darrow Toyota, 800 Charity Cars, Copart and Enterprise.

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