Chevrolet News photo
@c50crewcab via Instagram

Kars4Kids picked up one enthusiast's beloved Chevy Beretta with gold plating and custom paint. The next day, it was being dissected for parts.

The post Why a Lowrider Donated to Charity Was Sent Straight to the Junkyard appeared first on The Drive.

">
주요 메뉴 바로가기 (상단) 본문 컨텐츠 바로가기 주요 메뉴 바로가기 (하단)

Why a Lowrider Donated to Charity Was Sent Straight to the Junkyard

더드라이브 조회수  

Chevrolet News photo
@c50crewcab via Instagram

On Jan. 8, Kars4Kids picked up a 1989 Chevy Beretta lowrider from Medhat Beshai, who donated his ride in hopes that someone else would eventually treasure it as he did. No one ended up loving his prized, custom-designed Beretta, though—not because it wasn’t worth loving, but because it ended up at a pick-and-pull yard, torn apart just one day later. Unfortunately, Beshai’s story isn’t uncommon, though that doesn’t make it any less painful. Circle in.

The idea of donating a vehicle to Kars4Kids, or any other car donation organization, is that it will be sold and the money received for it will be used for charitable purposes. Now, Kars4Kids has already come under public scrutiny for misleading donors about what it does with the money, but that’s a different story for a different time. Instead, this is about what can happen to your car after it’s been donated.

Medhat Beshai
Medhat Beshai

According to Beshai, the Beretta ran well and could have been reliable transportation for someone else. “Engine was working perfectly, and no oil leaks and [same for the] transmission,” Beshai told The Drive.

That didn’t save it. Shortly after Kars4Kids picked up Beshai’s Beretta, someone posted a video to Instagram showing it at a pick-and-pull yard. It sat on blocks without its wheels and was missing several parts, as scavengers had already been picking at it. How could someone notice it was his car and not just any old ’80s Beretta? Because Beshai’s was unmistakable—well-known in the Californian car community, as it was actually featured in Lowrider magazine in the 1990s.

Beshai’s Beretta wore a custom-painted purple and gold LA Lakers-inspired color scheme, with hand-painted ribbons and swirls. It sat on hydraulic suspension, wore gold wheels, and had a wild purple suede interior. Its puffy steering wheel was also a sight to behold. The fact that someone put that much love and attention into a Beretta, one of the ’80s least interesting American cars, made it feel special. While Beshai wasn’t the one who did the work to the car—he bought it that way more than 20 years ago—he loved his Beretta and cared for it during his ownership. After spending more than two decades with a car as unique as his purple ’80s lowrider, it’s easy to get attached.

Unfortunately, Beshai’s circumstances changed and he had to unload the Beretta. He listed it for $12,500 but didn’t get any serious bites. He then dropped the price twice but still, nothing. That’s when he decided to donate it to Kars4Kids, that way they’d sell it and the next owner could love and cherish it the way he did.

When Beshai saw the video of his Chevy at the scrapyard, he was understandably gutted. His beloved car, which he didn’t want to part with, wasn’t being adored like he had hoped. Instead, it was being torn apart ahead of its inevitable, crusher-inflicted doom.

So, why did Kars4Kids send the custom Beretta lowrider to be scavenged for parts in the first place? As it turns out, this happens pretty often.

“We keep records of how much each car has sold for and refer to that when selling the cars. Many cars, although running, will sell for more for their parts than as whole cars at an auction,” Kars4Kids told The Drive. “In this instance, data from previous donations of the same year make and model as [Beshai’s Beretta] indicated we would make more by reselling it for parts than by reselling at auction.”

Things like customization or design aren’t factored in and, unfortunately for Beshai, a 1989 Chevy Beretta likely isn’t worth enough to sell.

Older cars with interesting mods and custom paintwork are valuable to you and me—people who live and breathe cars. But to a company like Kars4Kids, they’re data sets on spreadsheets. So while one of us might have paid a few thousand for the Lakers-inspired Beretta lowrider, it wasn’t worth any more than its weight in parts to Kars4Kids.

Donating your car is not a bad move—it’s a noble thing. Still, you need to know what’s likely to happen, especially if you’re giving away a vehicle that means a lot to you. Use Beshai’s story as a cautionary tale because your beloved car may never be loved again.

Got tips? Send ’em to tips@thedrive.com

The post Why a Lowrider Donated to Charity Was Sent Straight to the Junkyard appeared first on The Drive.

author-img
더드라이브
content@capress.kr

댓글0

300

댓글0

[번역] 랭킹 뉴스

  • 현대차, 깔끔함으로 무장한 아이오닉 6 블랙 에디션 공개
  • Nissan Leaf being pruned before replacement is ready – report
  • US launches probe into Chinese cars amid security concerns
  • 2024 BYD Atto 3 updates revealed, Australian timing unclear
  • These Two Barn Find Minis Were Finally Freed From Their Overgrown Garage
  • Wireless EV Charging Is On Its Way, But It’s Moving At A Trickle

당신을 위한 인기글

  • 통 크게 3채 구매했던 김연아의 송도 상가, 15년 지난 지금은?
    통 크게 3채 구매했던 김연아의 송도 상가, 15년 지난 지금은?
  • 5년만에 재산 124조 된 ‘CEO 젠슨 황’의 아내…이런 사람입니다
    5년만에 재산 124조 된 ‘CEO 젠슨 황’의 아내…이런 사람입니다
  • 삼성·SK도 당했다…국내 기술 해외로 빼돌린 직원은 어떤 처벌 받을까?
    삼성·SK도 당했다…국내 기술 해외로 빼돌린 직원은 어떤 처벌 받을까?
  • 잡내 없이 누구나 맛있게 먹을 수 있는 양갈비 맛집 BEST5
    잡내 없이 누구나 맛있게 먹을 수 있는 양갈비 맛집 BEST5
  • 전날 과음했다면 속풀이로 딱 좋은 해장국 맛집 BEST5
    전날 과음했다면 속풀이로 딱 좋은 해장국 맛집 BEST5
  • 식사부터 술까지! 하루종일 놀 수 있는 합정 맛집 BEST5
    식사부터 술까지! 하루종일 놀 수 있는 합정 맛집 BEST5
  • 죽부터 구이까지! 몸에 좋은 보양식, 전복 맛집 BEST5
    죽부터 구이까지! 몸에 좋은 보양식, 전복 맛집 BEST5
  • 지금 달려가기 좋은 ‘무릉도원’, 계곡 맛집 BEST5
    지금 달려가기 좋은 ‘무릉도원’, 계곡 맛집 BEST5
  • 다채로운 재료! 뜨끈한 국물에 속까지 시원해지는 전골 맛집 BEST5
    다채로운 재료! 뜨끈한 국물에 속까지 시원해지는 전골 맛집 BEST5
  • 고기의 눅진한 맛으로 먹는 돼지찌개 맛집 BEST5
    고기의 눅진한 맛으로 먹는 돼지찌개 맛집 BEST5
  • “이제 곧 점심 먹을 시간!” 한국인의 대표 점심 메뉴 짜장면 맛집 BEST5
    “이제 곧 점심 먹을 시간!” 한국인의 대표 점심 메뉴 짜장면 맛집 BEST5
  • 아침 든든하게 먹을 수 있는 서울 아침식사 맛집 BEST5
    아침 든든하게 먹을 수 있는 서울 아침식사 맛집 BEST5

당신을 위한 인기글

  • 통 크게 3채 구매했던 김연아의 송도 상가, 15년 지난 지금은?
    통 크게 3채 구매했던 김연아의 송도 상가, 15년 지난 지금은?
  • 5년만에 재산 124조 된 ‘CEO 젠슨 황’의 아내…이런 사람입니다
    5년만에 재산 124조 된 ‘CEO 젠슨 황’의 아내…이런 사람입니다
  • 삼성·SK도 당했다…국내 기술 해외로 빼돌린 직원은 어떤 처벌 받을까?
    삼성·SK도 당했다…국내 기술 해외로 빼돌린 직원은 어떤 처벌 받을까?
  • 잡내 없이 누구나 맛있게 먹을 수 있는 양갈비 맛집 BEST5
    잡내 없이 누구나 맛있게 먹을 수 있는 양갈비 맛집 BEST5
  • 전날 과음했다면 속풀이로 딱 좋은 해장국 맛집 BEST5
    전날 과음했다면 속풀이로 딱 좋은 해장국 맛집 BEST5
  • 식사부터 술까지! 하루종일 놀 수 있는 합정 맛집 BEST5
    식사부터 술까지! 하루종일 놀 수 있는 합정 맛집 BEST5
  • 죽부터 구이까지! 몸에 좋은 보양식, 전복 맛집 BEST5
    죽부터 구이까지! 몸에 좋은 보양식, 전복 맛집 BEST5
  • 지금 달려가기 좋은 ‘무릉도원’, 계곡 맛집 BEST5
    지금 달려가기 좋은 ‘무릉도원’, 계곡 맛집 BEST5
  • 다채로운 재료! 뜨끈한 국물에 속까지 시원해지는 전골 맛집 BEST5
    다채로운 재료! 뜨끈한 국물에 속까지 시원해지는 전골 맛집 BEST5
  • 고기의 눅진한 맛으로 먹는 돼지찌개 맛집 BEST5
    고기의 눅진한 맛으로 먹는 돼지찌개 맛집 BEST5
  • “이제 곧 점심 먹을 시간!” 한국인의 대표 점심 메뉴 짜장면 맛집 BEST5
    “이제 곧 점심 먹을 시간!” 한국인의 대표 점심 메뉴 짜장면 맛집 BEST5
  • 아침 든든하게 먹을 수 있는 서울 아침식사 맛집 BEST5
    아침 든든하게 먹을 수 있는 서울 아침식사 맛집 BEST5

추천 뉴스

  • 1
    "현대차, 진짜로 만드네?" 제발 출시해달라 했더니, 5억짜리 신차 출시 예고

    핫클릭 

    N비전74-N74-수소전기-컨셉카-현대차
  • 2
    "카니발 한정판?" 아빠들 드림카 레벨로 싹 바뀐 '하이 리무진' 나왔다!

    핫클릭 

    노블클라쎄-카니발-하이리무진-L4-한정판
  • 3
    "설마 진짜 급발진?" 국내 최초 재연시험 결과 심상치 않다

    핫클릭 

    급발진-강릉-교통사고-사고재연-급발진사고
  • 4
    "이걸로 보험사기 해결 가능??" 6월부터 본격 시작되는 보험 사기 피해자 구제 방법!!

    쉬운뉴스 

    보험 계약중 예시 이미지-freepik
  • 5
    SUV 인기 탓?? 올 9월부터 SUV 차주들에게만 주차요금 3배 인상한다!!

    핫클릭 

지금 뜨는 뉴스

  • 1
    아스팔트 vs 콘크리트, 운전하다 만나는 도로들! 어떤 차이가 있길래?

    쉬운뉴스 

  • 2
    올 10월부터 상습 음주운전자, 250만원 짜리 ‘이것’ 자비로 의무 설치!!

    쉬운뉴스 

  • 3
    "어쩐지 퇴근 엄청 빠르더라" 6월 10일부터 직장인들, 더 편해진다!

    쉬운뉴스 

  • 4
    "현대차도 못 버티네" 제조사들 몸 사리게 만든 '이것'의 정체

    공감칼럼 

  • 5
    "오너들 열받을 만 하네" 전기차 당장 팔아버린다는 '이 상황'

    핫클릭 

공유하기

adsupport@fastviewkorea.com