Many of us “car enthusiast” are a bit sentimental about our cars. The thought of “Donating Your Car”, getting rid of that project car, can be down right depressing. Doesn’t matter that it has set outside rusting away for the last two decades. Think about what is left of it, and how much of it will really be the same car. That is, if you ever get the time and money to restore it, by then, the point seems kind of moot. There comes a point when you must decide, fix it or turn it into something that can do some good.
Lemons Into Lemonade
For those that are not car enthusiast, it is a little easier to let that heap go. You know, the thing out in the yard collecting weeds and dirt. Thankfully, charities have made vehicle donations, a painless process. Most of these organizations are as simple as a phone call or go online and fill out a form. They have even anticipated misplaced titles. They are aware your vehicle has sat for many years. That you have done a few spring cleanings here and there, where did that title go?
What About Other Vehicles I might Have To Donate?
These organizations are well-equipped and versatile. They take more than just cars. Their collections include trucks, RV’s, SUV’s, boats, motorcycles and a few other vessel types. The majority of them will make arrangements to come and haul it off for you. You’ll be given a receipt for a tax credit as well.
So why would you want to donate your vehicle? I am sure you hate to see that once old dream project, that you had big plans for go. Remember, we can’t take it with us when we leave this world. All you’re really doing is adding stress by hanging onto something you can’t do anything with. Plus you are just leaving something behind for someone else to deal with.
At the time, when you stored that old fixer-upper motorcycle in the garage, you didn’t plan on life running fast-paced. Many years later, it is buried under decades of crap and who knows where all the parts are for it. You had every intention to make it like new again, to enjoy the restore. Now it is has become a stress and more of a chore than a thrill. It isn’t too late to turn it into something can make you feel good.
Why Should I Donate?
There are several good reasons to donate. It can help get rid of a reminder, of an unsuccessful project that never even got started. Think about this, once it’s gone, it leaves a nice clean area that gives you a sense of newness.
Then there is the a tax credit, every little bit helps. One thing most people don’t consider, the contamination a vehicle supplies. By removing these heaps out of your yard, you are helping the environment. Vehicles deteriorate, especially when sitting. The metal rust, the rubber rots and fluids seep into the ground. Not to mention this junk sitting around, becomes a nest for unwanted creatures around your house.
Then the most important part is by donating your vehicle, you are giving to a cause. A charity of your choice, can turn something that was stagnant, into a positive chance for someone else. There are so many charities out there and choosing one would have to be something you feel right about.
What Do These Organizations Do and Where Can I Find Them?
There are organizations that have programs for kids, that feed kids in need. Then there are those that help victims of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Help mothers fight birth defects, or help build homes for the less fortunate, or help our veterans.
So even if you feel that junk sitting out in the yard or driveway, isn’t worth anything, think again. These donated vehicles are worth their weight in metals, glass and plastics. They can be tore down for parts. Some of them can be fixed up and sold, or given to be used by someone in need. Click Here to see the list of Organizations
Choosing A Charity
There are some things that you should consider when donating your vehicle. Think about how your car will be used and where the money will it go. Will your vehicle will be used to benefit locally or outside of your community, if that is important to you.
Which programs or services within the charity, will receive funding from the sale. The one I would probably care the most about is how much of your donation goes towards the charity. Does the donation fully go to the cause, how much go to administrative costs? These are things you can ask about before choosing a charity.
It is always a good idea to research the charity or organization you plan to donate too. You should always ask about any IRS forms or certificates you may receive from your donation. Of course that is only really important if your donation has much value to it.
Vehicle and or vessel donating is a relatively simple process. Find a charity, do some research, think about if this is a cause you want to support. Fill out an online form or call. Someone will come and pick up your vehicle, or provide you a location where to take it. So getting rid of that eyesore out in your yard, driveway or garage is much easier than you thought. Donating can be an incentive to help you make up your mind. Click Here if you have a vehicle you would like to donate
If you are unsure of vehicle ownership or how legit a vehicle is on your property, you can check it’s history HERE..