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How is The C.A.R.S. Foundation funded?

The CARS Foundation depends on contributions from the public to keep fighting for safer cars and fair deals for car buyers. The CARS Foundation also receives important donations of time and expertise from volunteers, competitive grants, and court-ordered awards for the purpose of improving protections for vehicle buyers and owners.

The CARS Foundation is fiercely independent, and has a strict policy against accepting contributions from the auto industry or other corporate interests. The only exceptions: if the contributions are ordered and approved by a court of law, as part of the settlement of a case brought on behalf of consumers.

The CARS Foundation does not receive any government funds.

The CARS Foundation is supported by contributions from individual consumers, grants from foundations, and awards approved by a court of law. The CARS Foundation has received grants from respected pro-consumer foundations, through an open, competitive, and accountable process.

The CARS Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization. Contributions from consumers and others who support our mission are very welcome and essential for us to keep improving auto safety and reducing auto-related fraud and economic losses. Contributions to the CARS Foundation are fully tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. The CARS Foundation is incorporated under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

Contribute to The C.A.R.S. Foundation

Contributions from individual consumers who care about auto safety and economic justice for low and moderate income consumers are vital to the CARS Foundation's mission. Please send donations via check to:

The CARS Foundation
1107 9th Street, Suite 560
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Our Mission
The CARS Foundation is a non-profit,
tax-exempt organization founded in 1979
that prevents motor vehicle-related fatalities,
injuries, and economic losses through
education, outreach, aid to victims,
and related activities.


Avoid Deadly Safety Defects
ALWAYS check for safety recalls before you buy.

Regularly updated safety recall data is free,
at the website for the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the recall repair hasn't been done,
don't buy that car!!
CarMax advertises its vehicles passed
a 125-point inspection.

But FAILS to fix deadly safety recall defects.

Help save precious lives.

Spread the word:

Take Action
Over 117,000 people have signed
CARS' petition on
calling on CarMax to stop
selling hazardous recalled cars
with deadly safety defects.
But they keep endangering precious
lives. This has to stop!

Sign CARS' petition:
Tell CarMax to stop selling unsafe,
recalled cars to consumers!

CarMax sells cars with
deadly safety recall defects.
ABC's 20/20 went undercover and caught
CarMax up to their sneaky tricks.
More than 730,000 viewers have watched this video clip on CARS' YouTube channel
Help save lives -- share the link!

Shopping for a safe, reliable used car?
Buying used cars from car dealers is extremely risky. A bad car deal can ruin your life, or even kill you and your family. So why even go there?

Here are 12 easy tips from pro-consumer experts for how to avoid a lot of hassles, save a ton of money, and get a safe, reliable used car. All without having to give your hard-earned cash to a greedy car dealer.

Did a dealer sell you an unsafe, recalled car?
We want to hear your story.
Contact The CARS Foundation

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