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Trade schools need hands on projects in order to develop the skills of their students. In most cases, these programs charge less than commercial services. Bates Technical College has a list of various services available to the public, including Auto Mechanic Shop, Auto Body Repair and Refinishing, Motorcycle Repair and a Vehicle Parts Store. You can look up the appropriate phone number on their services page and call them to price compare with commercial services. Availability can be limited due to shop space and school year schedule.
They provide free minor auto repairs worth $300 or less to working single mothers who need their car to get to work. They also provide furniture and other household needs. You can start your application process online at their website. You can call them at (253) 353-7054 or check their website for additional details.11105 Steele St S
Tacoma, WA, 98444
Military servicemembers have even more options for free or low-cost auto repair.
Armed Forces Community Service – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family Morale, Welfare & Recreation can be found at the AFCS Annex. This is at the corner of Liggett Ave and 12th S, Waller Hall, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, 98433. They are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They provide loans and grants for personal emergencies such as vehicle repairs, rent, utilities and other necessities. They serve active duty personnel, retirees and military dependents. Check their website for additional details or call them at (253) 967-9787.Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Division Unmet Needs
This program helps military members and their dependents with unexpected financial difficulties that are a result hardships directly related to military service, such as deployments. You can check their website or call them Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (866) 789-6333 to find out more.
915 2nd Ave, VA, Rm 1044
Seattle, WA, 98174
This is a nationwide program that helps you connect to local resources for assistance with things like car repair, rent, utilities, child care and other needs. Call them at (800) 504-4098 or check out their website for additional information.
Need other transportation assistance?
Salvation Army, Tacoma:
They provide a number of different programs to help needy families. Their transportation assistance programs include gasoline vouchers, car repairs, and bus tokens for Pierce County Washington transit systems. You can call them at (253) 572-8452 to get additional details about their transportation assistance programs or any of their other programs.
1110 S. Puget Sound Ave.
Tacoma, Washington 98405