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Car trade eases mind, reduces costs and helps the community

December 19, 2014

A 95-year-old man who can no longer drive was thrilled when his daughter
suggested trading his low-mileage Lexus for rides with

SARASOTA, Fla. – Dec. 19, 2014 – Carol Sadler’s 95-year-old father has not driven for a few years, but his car has remained in his garage, incurring registration and insurance costs so that his caretakers could use it to run his errands. When the registration recently came up for renewal again, Carol called her father from her home in Washington, D.C. to suggest that it might be time to get rid of the car. They quickly agreed and decided that they wanted to donate the car to a good cause.

“So, I Googled charities in Sarasota to see who would take a car donation. When ITNSarasota came up in the search result, my dad and I agreed that this seemed like a wonderful thing for the organization and a fabulous thing for my dad,” said Carol.

Carol helps her dad with major decisions and did her due diligence by calling ITNSarasota (Independent Transportation Network) Executive Director Arthur Lerman. “I instantly felt like I had known Arthur for years,” she said. “I could tell he was someone who believes in the mission of his organization.”

Arthur and Carol settled on ITN’s CarTrade program, whereby Carol’s father (who wishes to remain anonymous) has earned several thousand dollars of mileage credit in his ITN account (reflecting the value of the Lexus ITNSarasota sold on his behalf). This is mileage credit he can use to stay independent and active in the community.

“These types of donations and car trades are very important to ITNSarasota because without them we cannot continue to serve the community,” said Arthur. “ITN is happy to be a resource in finding the right solution for families who are wrestling with the tough decision of giving up the keys.”

ITN accepts cars in two ways: the CarTrade program that allows a person to trade a car for mileage credit on an eligible rider’s account, or straightforward car donations, which are especially popular during the holiday giving season and for tax credit purposes.

About the ITN’s CarTrade and Car Donation programs
ITN’s CarTrade program allows a person to trade a car for mileage credit on an eligible rider’s account. Car Donations are also accepted through ITN, to support its nonprofit work while affording donors a tax deduction. Learn more about ITNSarasota‘s CarTrade and Car Donation programs online at Not in Florida? ITNAmerica has Car Trade and Car Donation programs in several communities nationwide. Learn more at:

About ITNAmerica
ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast. Learn more online at

Media contacts:

ITNAmerica: Lisa Wolff, Marketing & Communications Manager, 207-591-6942
ITNSarasota: Arthur Lerman, Executive Director

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