Over 100 FREE cars for veterans are available from Progressive Insurance this November! We’ll show you how to apply to get one of them.
Every once in a while, I get an INCREDIBLE tip in my email. This was definitely one of those. It came from a concerned VA representative who knows just how awful my current vehicle is. She’s a VA employee and sent me the basic information and an application. I turned it in ASAP – and then I came right here to tell you all about it!
I was tempted to keep this information to myself (less applicants = better odds of winning, right?) but I couldn’t do that. This is just too good and I know there many of you who are in a similar situation. There are over 100 free cars for veterans available every year!
So without further ado… Here’s everything I know about the Progressive Keys to Progress vehicle giveaway.
What is the Keys to Progress Vehicle Giveaway?
The Keys to Progress® Vehicle Giveaway event is an annual event sponsored by Progressive Insurance and their partners. The event began in 2013, when they gave away 59 cars for veterans in one day. This year, they intend to give away over 100 cars for veterans around the US!
The cars aren’t brand new. They are refurbished vehicles that have been gathered and fixed through a cooperative partnership between Progressive Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the National Auto Body Council (NABC), national salvage companies, network auto-body shops and 1-800-Charity-Cars.
This year, they’ll be donating at least one car per Progressive Service Center. They have 60 located around the country! They will also have vehicle giveaway events in the metro locations of New York City, Colorado Springs, CO; Des Moines, IA; Louisville, KY; Lubbock, TX; FT Meyers, FL; Fresno, CA.
The 2017 event takes place on Thursday, November 9th. Most locations will host the giveaway between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
To see the entire press release that my VA contact sent me, please click here: 2017 Keys to Progress Summary
Who qualifies for a FREE car from Progressive?
The cars are only intended for veterans who are experiencing tough life circumstances, such as “difficult personal and family health needs, excessive rent burdens, unemployment and even homelessness.”
To qualify for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be a veteran. You will need to be able to provide a DD214.
- You must have a valid driver’s license.
- You must have a clean driving record with no major infractions within the last 7 years.
- You must live in or near the community where the giveaway is being hosted.
- You must be able to pass a background check.
- You must meet certain income limits. You can click here to see what the income limits are for your specific area. You may be asked to submit last year’s income taxes.
- You must not own a vehicle already OR you must be able to show a hardship with your current vehicle.
If you receive a car through this program, you will need to be able to do the following:
- Pay title transfer fees
- Pay all applicable sales tax and fees
- Pay to insure the vehicle
- Maintain the vehicle
How do I apply to get a FREE car?!
You can download the 2017 Keys to Progress Application by clicking here! Fill it out in its entirety.
You’ll need a veteran-friendly non-profit organization to help you submit it. You can speak to someone at the VA directly or you can contact someone at VFW, DAV or another veteran’s organization. If you’ve ever filed a VA claim, it’s likely you already know a veterans representative who can help you submit this form. Have them submit the form to [email protected] on your behalf.
Applications are reviewed beginning in May of each program year. Vehicles are usually awarded during the week surrounding Veteran’s Day.