Project CAR

Changing Lives One Car at a Time

How would you live from day to day without a car?  How would you hold a job, feed your family, see your doctor, or go to school?  For many of our neighbors in rural Southern Illinois - through no fault of their own - this is a real and daily struggle.  That's why we at Marion Toyota and Marion Collision Center are proud to announce Project CAR, our newest community service program through which we rehab older vehicles and make them available to the neediest in neighborhoods across our core service counties for just $1.

At Marion Toyota and Marion Collision Center, our team members have the technical expertise, equipment and access to parts so that an otherwise unwanted vehicle can be rehabbed and put back into reliable service for someone who needs it.

Project CAR - Caring Auto Rehab is our joint community initiative that fills the gap and pairs those who have a need with those who can help provide a solution. Because we believe that we're all in this together and we're all neighbors here in southern Illinois, we want to help people for whom car ownership would otherwise be out of reach but who can demonstrate that mobility would significantly improve their quality of life.
Two Ways You Can Help

1. If you know of someone in Williamson, Jackson, Union, Johnson, Franklin or Saline counties who have a compelling need for a car, please encourage and possibly help them to apply for our Project CAR initiative.  Application forms are available at Marion Toyota and Marion Collision Center and at both business websites.

The current application period runs through the month of April with all applications due no later than 12:00 pm on April 30th.

Even if you personally don't know someone who could benefit, please remember to mention Project CAR to others so that they can help to spread the word.

2. If now or in the future you have an older car that might be suitable for repair and reconditioning to be offered to a neighbor in need, please contact us to learn how you can partner with Project CAR.

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Current Project CAR Vehicle

This 2000 Toyota Camry LE with nearly 130,000 miles will be the first vehicle awarded by Project CAR.