For Junky Car Club, Charity Begins In The Garage

In the Junky Car Club, car owners trade down from pricey cars to junkers and use the extra cash for charity. Mike Foster — a former sports car owner who now sponsors four children through Compassion International — says some 3,000 members have committed to downgrading.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our Last Word in Business today - "Jalopies for Justice." There's a new auto club, it's called "The Junky Car Club." To join you have to trade in your fancy car for a more humble vehicle, and the junkier the better. Founding club member Mike Foster traded in his sports car for a '93 Camry with 130,000 miles on it and a big old crack in the windshield.

Mr. MIKE FOSTER (Founder, The Junky Car Club): We actually celebrate junkers and beater cars and cars that are not so great. And we use the money that we're saving on car payments and car washes and you know fixing up our car, we are using that to help charitable organizations.

MONTAGNE: That's the idea behind this organization. By spending less you give more back to society. Foster says by driving his '93 Camry he saved about $7,000, which he then was able to put towards a children's charity. And that's the Business News on this Christmas morning. It's Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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