After four months plus a 10 day extension I'm calling it a wrap on this campaign. The good news is that I actually met the goal thanks to a significant general donation that I can use for the vehicle as well as other needs.
So now I'm intently looking for a vehicle and to be honest, I'm still not exactly sure what I want. My budget is $15000. For that I can buy a full-size van (8-9 passenger) like a VW Transporter 5, or a Mercedes Vito, or a Hyundai H1 in the 2012-13, 100k miles range.
Or I could buy a 2012-14 minivan from the States with about the same mileage. A Honda Odyssey would seat 8, the Toyota's or Kia's would only seat 7. A US minivan would be considerably more comfortable than anything I could buy here. Shipping would cost about $1500 so my budget would be $13500 max.
It seems intuitive that it would be cheaper to own, operate, and maintain one car rather than two so if I get a comfy minivan, then I could sell my car. However, if I buy a full-size van here in Ukraine then I'd probably keep my Ford Fiesta.
Keep me in your prayers and if you know someone that wants to make a sweet deal on a vehicle to ship to Ukraine then let me know.
I extended this campaign until Monday, June 9 to give my church two more Sundays to collect funds; and money given through this website is deposited on Mondays so Monday, June 10 I look forward to closing the campaign and announcing the imminent purchase of a van. I have been spectacularly blessed this past week with a gift that I can use for the van or for other ministry and since we are also raising money for camp, I'm trying to hold off on committing all of that gift to the van. One way or the other, one more week and we'll reach the finish line.
Now that I'm over the halfway mark I've reached out to a couple of sources that might be able to finish the fundraising. I'm waiting and praying.
I'm also leaning towards purchasing a used mini-van, something like a 2012 or newer Honda Odyssey with 8 places, from the States and having it shipped to Ukraine.
This might be an opportunity for you or someone you know that wants to sell such a van. I would need to have a family member in the States use a Power of Attorney to get it titled and tagged and then I would need to get the van to the Port of Savannah for shipping.
The prices are much better for a comparable car in the States and I would reasonably expect the mileage to be easier on a car in the States than here in Ukraine. I can ship for about $1000 and then up to that much in fees once it arrives in Ukraine. As a foreigner, I can drive a foreign-tagged vehicle with minimal fuss and then next year when I obtain Permanent Residency in Ukraine I can convert it to Ukrainian registration.