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Turn Your Car Into The Public Radio Programs You Love

Peter Sagal "upgrading" from his Ford Fiesta.

Peter Sagal "upgrading" from his Ford Fiesta. courtesy of Car Talk hide caption

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Paula Poundstone and Peter Sagal are in the towing business.

Well, sort of.

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal and Panelist Paula Poundstone, along with Car Talk's Tom and Ray Magliozzi, and other NPR folks, have joined forces with Car Talk's Vehicle Donation Program, to tow listeners' cars in support of the programs they love.

Here's how it works: Car Talk sells listeners' cars (with their permission, of course!), and the listeners' local NPR Member Stations get the proceeds from the sale. This is Car Talk's contribution to help pay the bills at stations across the country. We figure this is better than asking Carl Kasell to clean windshields for change in the NPR parking lot!

Recently, Sagal and Poundstone shared stories with us about their first set of wheels, and we got a little insight into their relationship with their cars.

It just so happens that back in the day when Paula Poundstone was ready for a new ride, she would leave her old car parked on the street. Yup, she'd throw her car into park and walk away with nary a tear shed. Listen to Poundstone talk about her first car:

Peter Sagal once owned Bruce Willis' brother's Ford Fiesta. It's true! Sagal's rump shared the same naugahyde seat as the Die Hard actor himself. (To be clear, not at the same time!) Hear Sagal's sweet memories about the Fiesta:

And then there's Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi. Yes, he is a mechanical genius. But his first car, a '62 Chevy Bel Air, was 'er... a complete lemon. We got his confession on tape:

Paula Poundstone and her dream car.

Paula Poundstone and her dream car. courtesy of Car Talk hide caption

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If all of these great car stories have gotten you thinking about your own junker, consider donating it to support your local public radio station through Car Talk's Vehicle Donation Program. Over the last 10 years we've collected tens of thousands of cars. Come on, you could be the next one!


Catherine Fenollosa is a producer for Car Talk. Over the years, she's gained invaluable knowledge of transmissions, motor mouths and Saran-Wrapped toilet seats. One day, she promises her parents she'll get a real job.


Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program

Donate a vehicle online or by phone: 1 (866) 789-8627

  • Donations are tax deductible and benefit the public radio station of your choosing.
  • It's more than cars - donate trucks, boats, planes, motorcycles, RVs and heavy farm equipment too, running or not.
  • Car Talk's Vehicle Donation Program will pick up your vehicle anywhere in the country, with very few exceptions.

Learn more in the online F.A.Q.
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