When a random stranger overheard a nursing student struggling to afford a car at a local dealership in El Cajon, California, he could have ignored the situation.
Dan Laguardia was at the Auto City in the San Diego suburb to trade in his Scion xB when he heard Kayla Cooper having a tough conversation with one of the other dealership salesmen.
Cooper, who works two jobs while attending nursing school, had been borrowing cars from friends and family to get around—but knew that if she didn’t get a car of her own by the end of the month, she was going to lose one of her jobs. It left her in a tough situation; she said that the salesman was being kind but that they weren’t able to negotiate the down payment down low enough for her to afford the car.
Frustrated and out of options, Cooper left the dealership in tears. But when Laguardia asked the salesman what was going on and realized that he had the means to give someone a leg up in life, he knew he had to take the opportunity.
So Auto City called Cooper back in, and Laguardia made her an offer she couldn’t refuse; instead of using his current car to lower the payment on a new model, he opted to sign the title over to Cooper free of cost.
For Cooper, it was the kind of gift she could hardly believe. “I was shaking,” she said, via ABC News 10. “It’s a whole car; how can someone be so generous to give their car away?”
According to Laguardia, though, the kind of generosity he showed was a no-brainer.
“That gives her a bit of a jumpstart in life,” said Laguardia. “Which, if everybody did that for everybody else, we’d be in a much better place.”
According to Laguardia, the decision was simple. The value of the car to Cooper was so much higher than it would have been for him as a trade-in, and he saw the kind of difference it could make in the young woman’s life.
One of the employees was so moved by the ordeal that they shared it on Facebook.
So this happened tonight…. there was a gentleman buying a BMW trading in an older Scion XB. About the same time young…
“While he sat in finance, she sat in the car crying…. God is good!” they wrote.
Understandably, the video touched the lives of thousands, getting shared over 11,000 times and attracting nearly 150,000 comments.
“Wow! There really are good people in this world,” one person wrote. For Cooper, though, simply calling Laguardia “good” probably doesn’t even come close.