JumpStart Program

Good News Garage’s JumpStart program provides refurbished, donated vehicles and automotive repairs to qualified working individuals at an affordable, subsidized cost. We established this program to help individuals who do not qualify for our state-funded Wheels to Work program. By supporting JumpStart, you support our mission to empower our neighbors through affordable, reliable transportation.
Donate a vehicle or make a financial contribution to JumpStart a neighbor’s success!

JumpStart Vehicle Program

Available to residents of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Have a valid driver’s license for your state of residence
  • Be employed or have a verifiable job offer, be seeking employment or attending education that allows you to obtain employment (e.g. training or certifications)
  • Make under 250% of the federal poverty level
  • Have a “sponsor” who can validate the applicant’s situation and need for a vehicle or repair. A sponsor could be, but is not limited to: staff from a nonprofit organization; supervisor or other manager at your employer; agency caseworker; representative from a doctor’s office, civic organization, church, etc.
  • Pay a fee of typically 50% of book value of the vehicle
  • Travel to the local state office location to pick up the vehicle
  • Cover all costs associated with registering and insuring the vehicle
Applications must be filled out completely and legibly; incomplete paperwork or falsified information will be subject to disqualification. A denied applicant can reapply after 60 days. Vehicle availability can vary by state and time of year.

Click here to complete an application.

JumpStart Repair Program

Available to residents of Vermont only.

Repair assistance grants of up to $500 are available for working individuals living in Vermont. Individuals interested in applying for a JumpStart repair must submit a fully completed repair assistance application and meet the following criteria to be considered:
  • Provide a written estimate from a certified mechanic or licensed state inspection facility detailing the repairs needed and cost to perform the work
  • Provide a Vehicle Condition Report (part of the application) and a written statement from a certified mechanic stating that the vehicle is worth repairing
  • Cover approximately 50% of the repair