Thursday, 14 October 2010

Easier Ways to Be Carfree: Giveacar

Once you’ve decided to go carfree, there are several ways to lay down your burden. You could leave it somewhere for the local ASBO crew to TWOC or torch (anti-social, probably illegal, and not recommended). You could line it up with a few others and turn it into a feature by burying it in the desert, like Cadillac Ranch if  only deserts weren’t in such short supply around here (maybe in a while, what with climate change?).

You could follow in the footsteps of the artist Michael Landy, who dismembered all of his possessions, including his car, and turned it into an installation in the old C&A shop on Oxford Street a few years back. michael landy Guardian 7.12.09 Or you could follow in the footsteps of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, albeit in a more modest way, get philanthropic, and turn your car into a donation. If that’s your decision, then the guys at Giveacar can help. They are a not-for-profit organisation which arranges for cars to be collected and then dontates the proceeds to charity – you choose which one. Giveacar says it provides “a free and simple way for people to get rid of their cars.”  The service came along a long time after I gave up my car, so I haven’t used it – but it sounds like a pretty good idea to me. So why not do the right thing, and get in touch with them here.

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