This week’s car donation story features a 2006 Mini Cooper that was donated to the Arthritis Foundation through the Autos for Arthritis program. Your Arthritis Foundation car donation will support those impacted by arthritis while advancing life-changing research. It can be costly to repair your old vehicle. Sometimes it can be worth it, other times it is best to wave our final “good-bye.” In this donor’s story, she highlights the joy she was given from her Mini throughout the years, and how difficult it was to say “good-bye.” Realizing she could donate it to the Arthritis Foundation filled her with joy, and made it a lot easier for her to let go by knowing that it was going to a good cause.

My Mini Cooper Died and Went to Mini Cooper Heaven But On the Way Up it Stopped At The Arthritis Foundation

A few weeks ago, my Mini Cooper went to Mini Cooper heaven. Yes, it died on me. Smoke billowed from the exhaust just as I pulled into my parking structure. When the little red needle reached its highest point, panic overcame me. I knew immediately that another costly repair was on the horizon. Or maybe not. But when I went to my mechanic the next day, he gave me the bad news. Yep, this repair would be an expensive one. I had to weight the pros and cons of doing the repair work or cashing it in. After sleeping on it, I knew that it was time to say the final “good-bye.”


Over the years, my Mini gave me a lot of joy; it was fun, sporty, and cute. I loved putting the top down in the summer, the way I could maneuver in and out of small parking spaces and, of course, the low gas mileage. But, the years took a toll on my Mini and it was time for me to let go. Letting go of a car can be difficult. It is one of life’s major attachments. It goes everywhere with you, literally. The thought of parting with my Mini made me sad. And then the obvious popped into my head – I could donate it to the Arthritis Foundation! Happiness filled me up! My Mini Cooper still had some good times ahead! Plus, giving a car to a good cause, like the Arthritis Foundation, makes it so much easier to let go. While my Mini Cooper gave me a lot of joy over the years, my greatest joy was donating it to the Arthritis Foundation! When it’s time to say that final “good-bye”, make it a joyous one and consider donating your car to the Arthritis Foundation! Feel the joy!

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Donate a Car to the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability. We’re championing the fight to conquer arthritis with life-changing science, resources, advocacy and community connections. Online and in person, the Live Yes! Arthritis Community empowers people to connect with others and live their best life. Car Donation Wizard serves as a proud partner of the Arthritis Foundation through its Autos for Arthritis Program. By donating your vehicle, you will allow the Arthritis Foundation to support those impacted by arthritis while advancing life-changing research.

Car donation is a great way to support your favorite charity while also helping the environment. At least 75-80% of the gross proceeds from the sale of your vehicle will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. These funds will allow the Arthritis Foundation to continue advancing research in an effort to find a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability. Help the Arthritis Foundation achieve this mission by donating your car online or by calling us at (800) 905-4931!