According to Charity Motorsports owner Gregg Burt, many people hear about a car dealership giving back and consider it an oxymoron. But in this case, all profit goes toward a local charity.
“Everything we make on these cars gets donated,” Burt said. “We pick a different charity every year.”
This year’s earnings will go toward The Andy Roddick Foundation, which funds a children’s after-school program in East Austin.
Next year Charity Motorsports will choose a new organization to donate to from a pool of applicants.
Burt launched Charity Motorsports about two years ago after retiring from a successful entrepreneurial career in Austin that allowed him to fund his new undertaking. He doesn’t take a paycheck, he said.
“My big vision was to combine my passion for fast cars—I like to race at Circuit of The Americas—with my passion for charity,” he explained. “The idea is that we act like a dealership, except we don’t play games and we don’t talk you into things you don’t want, and we donate all our profit.”
The cars are typically sporty and high-end, but there are also quality trucks, SUVs and muscle cars for sale, Burt said. They are always recent models with low mileage, and most are still under warranty.
“We’ve changed from where we started,” Burt added. “At first, we sold exclusively exotics—McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches—and we’ll always have some number of those because that’s where our passion is. But we found they don’t sell very fast, so we’ve increased our inventory.”
The shop also offers a consignment option—it is selling a Corvette for a local resident—charging a small fee for doing so, which then goes toward the overall goal of profit for charity.