Twin Cities Veteran Receives Vehicle from CARSTAR Apple Valley and Allstate through the NABC Recycled Rides® Program

Car Presentation Held August 31, 2022 at the new CARSTAR Apple Valley in Apple Valley, MN

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MINNEAPOLIS (September 6, 2022) – On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, a deserving Twin Cities veteran received a vehicle to provide him independence and the ability to work and take care of his family – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor Allstate and CARSTAR Apple Valley.

Joko Bryant, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and family

The presentation was held as part of the grand opening festivities at CARSTAR Apple Valley, located at 6904 145th W., Apple Valley, MN 55124.

NABC®, Allstate and CARSTAR Apple Valley presented a 2016 Kia Forte to Joko Bryant, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was selected by the Airmen & Family Readiness Program. Bryant works part-time and drives for Lyft in a friend’s car when possible, but cannot obtain full-time work without reliable transportation. The gift of a vehicle will allow him to get a job and continue his path to independence.

“This is my first NABC Recycled Ride®, and I’m definitely going to do another one,” said Mike Bighley, owner of CARSTAR Apple Valley and two other CARSTAR locations in the Twin Cities. ” Just seeing the excitement in Joko’s eyes and his family’s eyes, that made everything worthwhile.”

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 nearly 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.

Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation include 1-800 Charity Cars, LKQ, Barnett Kia, Discount Tire, AutoZone, Dick’s Valley Service and Towing, Precision Tune, Smart Express, Premiere Services and Goodyear Brakes.


CARSTAR is North America’s largest franchise network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities with more than 700 locations across the United States and Canada. CARSTAR delivers national scale, premier vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings. CARSTAR has maintained its commitment to give back to the communities it serves through a variety of fundraising initiatives, including raising over $4 million for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy across North America. CARSTAR is a member of Driven Brands, the largest automotive services company in North America. CARSTAR is actively seeking new franchise partners and interested parties should contact 844-906-9764 or visit


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 nearly 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for nearly 5,000 First Responders and is helping educate students and adult drivers in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit