Car Buying Tips Available For Foster Care Participants

By  //  April 19, 2013

Set For April 19 In Melbourne

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – For many, buying a first car can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. To help make the experience a little easier for young adults who recently exited foster care, Transitions is coordinating a workshop in April to provide practical tips on how to find and buy a car.

Called “Tips on Finding and Buying a Car,” the workshop will be held at noon on Friday, April 19 at Dustin’s Bar-B-Q at 411 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.

It is open to young adults ages 18 to 23 who have recently transitioned from and those 17-years-old who are currently in foster care. Lunch will be provided.

Guest speakers include Deborah Blair, Community Credit Union of Florida education program director, and Greg Giertych, indirect lending/auto scout, who will lead the discussion and provide information about topics such as what one needs to know and have when preparing to buy a car, how to conduct an online search, and how to apply for a loan.

Deborah Blair is the education program director for Community Credit Union of Florida. (Image courtesy of Transitions)

Following lunch, workshop participants will meet at Harbor City Auto Sales, near Dustin’s, where owner Don Poussard Jr. will provide information about how to test drive a car and how to perform basic automobile maintenance. He’ll also answer any questions participants may have about the car-buying experience.

Transportation and gas card options are available for those interested in attending. Participants may bring their child/children if they are not able to arrange for child care.

Founded 60 years ago by members of Brevard Public Schools, Community Credit Union of Florida is a federally-insured financial institution and continues to operate as a not-for-profit, member-owned, financial cooperative. Anyone who lives or works in Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, Orange, Polk, and Volusia counties is welcome to be a member. CCU has long-standing commitment to the community to provide free financial education with a special emphasis on working with young adults seeking to make informed choices for their financial future.

The “Tips on Finding and Buying a Car” workshop is part of a monthly series coordinated by Transitions, a community-based program focused on improving the long-term quality of life for young adults in Brevard County who have exited foster care and are entering adulthood.

For more information, call 321-217-8179 or visit