Car Donation Benefits
Why are car donations a good idea? As a car owner, there comes a point when you realize that your automobile is on its last legs. Assuming you have the next automobile in your sights and/or possession, what can you do with your clunker? If it’s a heap and needs extensive work, there’s no point in giving your wallet a beating. Why pay a thousand dollars in repairs if the car is only worth a few hundred? Who is to say it won’t break down again shortly thereafter, costing you even more? If the motor runs and the wheels aren’t rolling off, a lucky younger relative in need of a handout could take it as a present. Or you could spend money advertising it for sale, yet receive a pittance. Making a car donation is a smart option.
Whether a convertible, a bus, a pickup or a junker, a non-profit charity will gladly take your vehicle. It does not even have to be a running vehicle to donate it. It is a tax write off and you’re able to claim more for making a contribution than what you would get selling it. The assistance you give to the charity of your choice by making a car donation gives a feeling of satisfaction.
Making a gift of a car donation is simple. The hardest part is figuring out which deserving charity gets your help, and that’s not a bad task at all. You can choose from large national organization that you are familiar with such as the United Way, American Lung Association, The Red Cross, The Boy Scouts or the Salvation Army. Or you can choose something local that will aid your community exclusively. Church groups, schools and local hospitals are all places to check.
Most places will come to you for a pickup within all 50 U.S. States. The company will come with a tow truck to where your vehicle is at your convenience. It can be towed anytime during the week that you have time, usually within the week and some organizations can do rush pickup within a day or two. You do not have to pay anything for them to come and take it. If your vehicle is worth less than $500 they’ll give you a receipt quickly. If it is worth more, it will take longer to get your receipt. Once you have the receipt detailing your gift of a car donation, hold it until tax time to be itemized. You most likely have a general idea of what your automobile is worth. Kelley Blue Book will also aid you in assessing the value of your gift.
Depending on the organization, up to 100% of all money made from your car donation will go to that charity. How many times have you given a handout to a bell-ringer or put a contribution into a jar and felt a little guilty? Have you wished it could be more? There may never be the “perfect time” to pull out $500 or more to give to a charity organization you believe in. Donating your automobile gives you that perfect time and the relief of not having to do anything more than make a call.