A GoFundMe for $13,000 to replace your car?
January 13, 2018 3:21pm CST
Okay...one of my nieces had her car stolen today. It was recovered, but the thief wrecked it into a tree trying to get away from the police. Now, I'm not quite sure if they didn't have insurance or what...but she and her husband started a GoFundMe drive...to replace the car...because they are short on money. (Just found out they did have insurance, but it's not enough to pay for the car they decided to buy) But $13,000.00? I don't get it. You can buy a damn good used car for way less than that. Don't know if they have to keep up 'appearances' or what, exactly. Maybe it's just me...I always thought something like GoFundMe is for things you really need, not for what you want. But I'm a grumpy old man.
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• El Paso, Texas
Heyyy there ya go @JolietJake I can't believe people actually give others money to go to college or buy appliances, hmmm, maybe I could take some classes on building computers, that's one of those types of classes not granted to senior citizens, I guess they fear we'd become millionaires
• United States
That's downright crazy. You can get a nice, used one with a reasonable amount of miles on it for less than half that. Being a pastor doesn't exactly pay well, so to make ends meet my dad would find good used cars for people and they would pay him a little to do it (he started doing it for free, and then people just started to give him a couple hundred dollars each time) I've got a 2002 Honda CRV with 30,000 miles on it. And if you are a grumpy old man you are an adorable one.
• Toronto, Ontario
Sounds like they expect it handed to them. Now yes insurance wont cover half of the cost. But they will get a few thousand and buy a car. Example if my car was destroyed today then i would buy a few thousand $2,000 from insurane even $5,000 loan. But many who start these accounts tend to have bad credit and noone will cosign. I wouldnt even blink an eye as i need a car to get to work.
• Sutton, England
GoFundMe makes me feel uncomfortable some how. I agree a smaller amount may have been acceptable. I knew someone who had her purse stolen from MacDonalds. She set a page up and shared it on FB. I did feel sorry for her so thought I would make a small donation. However she started to ask people to pay money directly into her PayPal account to avoid the percentage GoFundMe charge. It got too much so I didn't bother. A few months later she asked for money for something else.
@JolietJake True, but donors would not know how much another person donated. So it should be obligatory on part of the one receiving to pay as much over a period, to different persons, clearing the entire debt. That way others also receive help, and these people would also have got what they want, and the chain would continue. What I am saying is, if A gets 100 then over a period he pays to B, C, D, E 25 each and clears the debt. Those B C D E would also get from others. Effectively, they would get more than what they need, and continue the chain.
• Bunbury, Australia
@JolietJake I would NEVER ask for funds from something like GoFundMe for anything for myself. The only reason might be if an immediate family member needed help with medical issues but I can't really imagine doing that either.
• United States
I agree that a GoFundMe should be used for things that you really need, such as medical expenses for a surgery that you have to have. And yes, 13,000? I think they are asking for a bit too much. You should be able to find a good working used vehicle for less than 6,000.
• United States
Yeah, you can find used cars for way cheaper than that...although a lot of people ask for that crazy amount for their used (not even in good condition) vehicles out here. You just have to look around a bit to find a good deal and then jump on it before it's gone (at least here, in my town, anyway.) People seem to feel liberal in the amounts they ask for on GoFundMe, and they often start campaigns for non-essential things. (Cars, family vacations, weddings, etc.) Some seem to view it as a means to get rich quick, even.
• United States
The reasons people use gofundme are rediculous. I had a some family members, 3 working adults and 1 kids in a household. One person got let go due to physically not being able to perform the job. They offered to continue to pay her for the next month. She raised a huge stink on social media bashing the company's name and everything. So of course they withdrew the offer to continue to pay her. So they started a gofundme for $10000 to pay for "a month's worth of basic bills". Mind you the other two have jobs, they live in the cheapest apartment you can possibly find, and had a month to figure it out. So they are not that much in need.