Interview with the CEO of Car Donation Wizard

Our Partner, Car Talk, recently sat down with Car Donation Wizard’s CEO, Joseph Hearn to discuss the vehicle donation space. Check out the article below!

The Many Ways Car Talk Sells Your Car

Last week, Car Talk talked with Joe Hearn, the CEO of Advanced Remarketing Services, the company that handles the sale of each donated vehicle that comes in through our vehicle donation program. Joe pointed out that not everything in the vehicle donation world is as it seems: Some companies that handle donations also run used-vehicle auctions, and may not have the donor’s or charity’s interest first in every case. (You can read that discussion, here.)

But, what happens when a car is donated to Car Talk? Here’s the scoop!

CEO of Car Donation Wizard

Joe Hearn, CEO of Advanced Remarketing Services, walks us through the vehicle donation process.

Car Talk: So, how does ARS sell a donated car?

Joe: Well, after working for these other companies, I wanted to make sure our sales were focused on the charity, not on making the most for the company handling the processing. So, I think of us as being totally oriented toward the donor, not the transaction. It’s a different mindset.

Because we’re not owned by an auction company, we’re totally liberated to take full advantage of every resale opportunity. We sell through over 500 different auctions nationally and about 1,500 direct buyers—these are dealers and dismantlers. In most markets we can get competing bids for our cars – not just a price from one auction house. That’s really important when it comes to getting the most for each vehicle.

Auctions take place anywhere from twice a week to twice a month, depending on the location, our direct sales take place all day, every day.

When a high-value car comes in, we’ll sometimes sell it directly on eBay or through another channel. Because we can’t be at every location at every moment, we use a variety of vehicle inspection services. They’ll check out the car, and take photos for us, as a first step.

All of these advantages make a big difference. In some markets, we are getting 15 percent to 20 percent more for vehicles than the larger “captured” auction houses.

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Car Talk: A Colorful Miata



A Collection of Donated Cars in Honor of the Olympics

We’re pretty excited about the 2012 London Olympics over here at Car Donation Wizard. We send our sincerest wishes out to all the athletes competing in hopes that they all have  safe and exciting performances.

In honor of the opening ceremonies tonight, we thought we’d share a few Olympic ring colored cars. Did you know that the five rings of the Olympic logo represent five continents coming together in healthy competition? Those five parts of the world being: the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Both the Americas are regarded as a single continent, while Antarctica is not taken into consideration (sorry Antarctica!).

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Our blue ring: 1978 Ford F150 donated in Tucson, AZ to the American Cancer Society

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Our yellow ring: 2004 Nissan Sentra donated in Seattle, WA to Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes™

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Our black ring: 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser donated in Los Angeles, CA to Disabled American Veterans

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Our green ring: 1995 Land Rover Discovery donated in Boston, MA to Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes™

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Our red ring: 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis donated in Sharon, VA to Car Talk



Car Talk: A Colorful Donated Miata

Bid on a Festive Miata!
Each year, the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program accepts thousands of vehicles on behalf of NPR stations around the country. Most of them are pretty standard fare. But every now and then, a ride comes along that causes us to fall out of our chairs.Like this one – the Zebra/Rhino mobile, a.k.a., the Zehnomobile.

Coveting a convertible that will make heads turn? We’re auctioning this car right now – and the proceeds will benefit WWNO in New Orleans. You can check out the Miata auction, going on now, with vehicle specifications here.

Miata enthusiasts, public radio supporters and any other people who find regular paint jobs boring: Now’s your chance! Don’t miss your big opportunity to own this unique ride.

To learn more about this rather outgoing ride, we talked with Zehnomobile owner, Kathy Cain.

Car Talk: Okay, Kathy, so what’s with the stripes?

Kathy: The transformation of the Miata from sporty to stripey occurred at the time that our company rebranded itself about a decade ago. We adopted the Zehno mascot, which is a cross between a zebra and a rhinoceros.

Car Talk: Zebra plus rhino… zebra plus rhino… oh, we get it! How’d you get the Miata, anyway?

Kathy: Zehno’s Paulette Hurdlik was trying to sell her “midlife crisis car,” her red Mazda Miata. But the only other people who were interested in buying the car were young boys who lacked the cold hard cash. So, we got creative.

You can read the birth announcement here.

Kathy & Paulette, back in the day.

Car Talk: What’s it like driving this car around town?

Kathy: The best part is seeing the reaction of motorists, local children and especially tourists. It usually gets a double take. In many cases it brings out cheers from all of those LSU Tiger fans around the state. They think it’s a tiger… not a Zehno!

Car Talk: Why did you decide to donate the Zehnomobile to support your local station?

Kathy: We’ve had it for 10 years now. Zehno is established as a company, so we’ve gotten our big bang. We support WWNO and wanted to contribute in a way that had real value. This felt like the right move for us. We’re thrilled to be able to do it!

Car Talk: What colors will your next car be?

Kathy: Who knows! I’ve owned the Zehnomobile, a 1955 Chevy two-door hard-top, and a 1968 Mustang Convertible that was red with a white interior. Perhaps it will be a different kind of animal all together.

Car Talk: Thanks for supporting your local public radio station, and best of luck trying to find a car that can fill the shoes of this wild ride!

Kathy: It was our pleasure!

Read the article at Car Talk VDP


The History of Car Talk

In 1977, Car Talk’s Tom and Ray got a phone call from WBUR (Boston Public Radio) asking if they could sit in on a show about car mechanics. As it turned out Tom was the only one who showed up – not even the mechanics or Ray came to the show that day. Surprisingly enough, listeners tuned in and called in looking for automotive advice. It went so well Tom was invited back the following week. When he showed up that next week, the program director who’d approved Tom’s show had been fired, but despite this the new director still wanted Tom to do the show. The third week Tom brought along his brother Ray to help with the show. The show, at this time, was on for an hour and a half, during which time Tom and Ray would answer three questions. After several years of doing “Car Talk” pro bono, Tom and Ray finally steeled up the nerve to ask WBUR for twenty dollars a week. To their shock and amazement, WBUR agreed to it on the spot. In 1980, they asked for a five dollar a week raise and they were told to take a long walk off a short plank.

In the years following, the now notorious Car Talk puzzler effectively doubled their listener base. One day, one of NPR’s hosts, Robert Seigel heard the show while on vacation in Massachussetts and decided that Car Talk was national material. The person who first put them on the air, however, was Susan Stamberg, who invited Tom and Ray to host a segment on her Sunday show. Nine months after starting with Susan, in the fall of 1987, NPR agreed to launch “Car Talk” nationally. Tom and Ray quickly found out that producing a national show is a lot like work. They were able to hire staff and even founded a company called Dewey, Cheatem and Howe, which resides in Cambridge, MA.

In 1989, they launched a twice weekly newspaper column and today they’re in more than 200 newspapers around the country. They made their way to various celebrity talk shows like Jay Leno, the Today Show, the David Letterman and more!

These days they’re on 588 stations with 4.4 million weekly listeners, giving advice on everything from vehicle noises to repairs, all of which are delivered with their signature sense of humor.

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