NABC® Members Fix Auto Collision and USAA Join to Donate Refurbished Vehicle to Deserving San Diego-area Active Military Duty Single Mother

The NABC Recycled Rides® Presentation Took Place Sunday, April 21, at the San Diego Padres Game at Petco Park

MEDIA NOTE: Photos from the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation are available HERE

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL (April 22, 2024) – A single mother who is on active duty with the U.S. Navy experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide her the critical transportation she needs since an accident wrecked the family car – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor USAA and repair partner Fix Auto Collision Poway in San Diego.

NABC®, USAA and Fix Auto Collision Poway presented a beautifully refurbished 2022 Toyota Corolla to Olusola Smith. This gifting was part of USAA’s ongoing commitment to supporting veterans and their communities.

Olusola Smith, a proud sailor on active duty in the U. S. Navy, is a single mother of two. Smith has depended on friends for rides to work and for her children’s needs since the family car was wrecked.  The NABC Recycled Rides® donation will make it possible for Smith to fulfill the important family responsibilities of shopping for food and attending PTO meetings, as well as getting the children to school and herself to work. Smith was nominated for NABC Recycled Rides® by STEP, Support the Enlisted Project.

“This gift means the world to me,” said Smith. “It means that I can provide for my children. I will be able to contribute to a better quality of life for not only my children but for myself.”

NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council® have donated more than 3,300 vehicles valued at some $47 million.

Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation include Cars for Charity and Advanced Remarketing Services.


The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 3,300 vehicles and provided extrication opportunities for some 5,500 First Responders in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Community Impact program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The NABC Changing and Saving Lives Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is committed to the goal of driving change for veterans, military members, first responders and families in need, while harnessing the power of the collective membership of the collision repair industry to positively impact communities where we live and work. As demand for NABC® programs like NABC Recycled Rides® and NABC F.R.E.E.™ grows, so do the needs for resources to manage these important programs. Being able to pursue grants, gifts and donations allows NABC to expand these programs to serve those in need and help communities where we live and work. For more information, visit