Recycled Rides

Recycled Rides 2017



Each year Gates Collision Centers partners with Insurance Companies to donate vehicles that have been declared a total loss. This nationwide, non-profit project, Recycled Rides Program is organized by the National Auto Body Council. The vehicles are repaired and then donated to deserving recipients.

When a car is declared a total loss, Insurance Companies pays the customer for the actual cash value of the vehicle before the loss. The Insurance Company usually takes possession of the vehicle and can sell it through a salvage vendor. With this program, rather than take the salvage proceeds, Insurance Companies donate the vehicles and a local auto body shop donates its services to repair them. The vehicles are repaired to industry standards and meet state safety requirements. Recipients of vehicles through this program must meet a number of criteria, such as a valid driver’s license, proof of income/employment, a safe driving record and ability to insure and maintain the vehicle.

Read the bios and watch videos below and CLICK HERE for photos from all these events.

This year, we are thrilled as we partnered up with three different Insurance Companies (American Family, Esurance & Wisconsin Mutual) to donate four vehicles through the Recycled Rides program. This year we are donating vehicles to a Marine Veteran, two Army Veterans (A husband & wife), a member of Gilda’s Club and The Road Home.

Friday December 1st at Gilda’s Club of Madison with Esurance.


The recipient of a 2010 Hyundai Sonata was Nancy. Nancy is a nine-year cancer survivor, a mom of two twelve year old boys, and a caregiver to her elderly mother. She served in the military and has worked in the medical community for many years. Nancy’s family has experienced several setbacks but she remains positive. She found emotional support through several difficult years as a member of Gilda’s Club. Nancy is overjoyed to have been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Recycled program.  She is sincerely grateful that the community is coming together to support her efforts to live well with and beyond her cancer diagnosis.

NBC15 reported on the event and you can watch the clip:–461395573.html

Monday December 4th at Gates Collision Centers Rimrock with Wisconsin Mutual and The Road Home.

Danielle, a single mom of four children received 2015 Ford Focus. She moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 for her son, Kharion to receive treatment for health issues. She was referred to the UW Children’s Hospital as he needed specialized services for his kidneys. She experienced a period of housing instability when moving to Madison due to the lack of available affordable housing. They were able to overcome this barrier and have been residing in their own place since January 2016. It has been extremely difficult for her as a single, working, parent with access only to public transportation. She has been struggling to get her children to school (with the different start times and scheduled between High School, Middle School and Elementary), as well as their various medical appointments, and her own employment.

Channel3000 reported on this event

Wednesday, December 13th at the Kohl’s Center during a Men’s Basketball Game with American Family Insurance & The Semper Fi Fund

Kevin Hanrahan served as an infantry machine gunner for more than five years in the U.S. Marine Corp. Following injuries sustained in Afghanistan, he spent nearly three years at Walter Reed Medical Center recovering from his injuries. He was honorably discharged in 2013 and has been awarded numerous military honors, including the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for combat valor and the Armed Forces Service Medal, to name just a few. Kevin currently resides in Black River Falls with his wife Whitney and children Riley and Cayden, who are with him tonight, and he is studying sustainable agriculture and alternative medicine.  

Noah and Noel Ashe are U.S. Army veterans, where they were both stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.Both Noah and Noel worked in military intelligence specialties and have been deployed to both the Middle East, Haiti and other locations for various assignments. Noah and Noel are both UW-Madison students; Noah is pursuing his undergraduate degree and Noel is a graduate student. They are also parents of three children, ages 2, 6 and 8.