Stolen, totaled vehicle transformed for a good cause


FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A Farmington organization will soon receive a new vehicle to help with their daily business. The Family Crisis Center in Farmington was selected out of many applicants by the Recycled Rides Program.

Car Crafters on Carmony Lane in Albuquerque was also selected to assist in the process, of fixing up a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander.

“This was a stolen recovery, trying to make a positive situation out of a really negative one,” said Sid Scheer, the General Manager at Car Crafters.

Scheer said their shop funded nearly $3,000 in repairs and put in over 12 hours of labor into the vehicle.

“We painted it a pretty pearl white, and put four new tires on it,” said Scheer. They also completed a full mechanical check, brakes, a new battery, and an oil change.

Scheer said a State Farm agent in Farmington was looking for a way to help the local crisis center and had heard of the Recycled Rides program, and filled out the paperwork.

“The organization that’s going to take it on, is a very worthy organization,” he said.

The Mitsubishi would have likely been picked apart and pieces of it would have been sold at an insurance auction according to Scheer.

“It’s all just a community outreach so to speak, a lot of the guys were really excited, actually they were fighting over who gets to work on it,” he said.

Members of the Family Crisis Center will be in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 13, to pick up their new car at Car Crafters location on Carmony Lane at 11 a.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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