Jim Lasher wants somebody to have a white Christmas.
Literally. He’s giving away ‘Betty White,’ the beloved 1991 Plymouth Sundance that has served as the loaner car for his auto mechanic shop for years, as a gift to someone in need.
“It’s just one of those cars you love because it doesn’t cost anything to maintain on it, it just never lets us down. And you wind up keeping it and keeping it, but we keep getting more cars across our table. And for one reason or another we just push it off to the side and then it’s like aw, it’s going to rot away if we don’t do something with it.”
Lasher, who owns Stan’s Transmission Centre in Vancouver, admits she’s not fancy, but says the car has been cared for by mechanics over the years, and has only got about 188,000 km on it.
He says originally, he’d considered selling it to one of his employees, but in the spirit of the holidays thought he could find a better use for it.
“It’s something we’re able to do – to provide a car, and we’ve gone over it, done a whole bunch of work on it to make sure it’s going to stay good for a number of years… and gift it to someone.”
Lasher says the matter now is finding the right owner. He says they’re reaching out on Facebook to try and find someone who needs it, and have been surprised by the interest.
“We’ve had answers from Syrian refugees, to different organizations that have come forward to say ‘Hey, we think we might know someone.”
They’re collecting those stories, and are still taking submissions through the Facebook page.
Lasher says there’s been enough interest that in order to be fair, they’ll take the names of the people who could really use it and draw randomly from a hat.
“We’re gifted that we’re able to do it, we’re going to give our Christmas cheer that way. With the response that we’ve been getting I would love to make it an annual thing.”
He says the draw will happen Wednesday, with the car to be gifted Christmas eve, though the winner will be kept private to protect their privacy.