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Top 5 Things to Consider on Vehicle Donations

Aug 12, 2008
Buying a new auto vehicle may seem like a grand idea, but it also means that you have to get rid of your old vehicle to free your garage. This won't be a problem if you have a spacious garage. But what if you don't? What if you only have room for one vehicle? Then you will be left with the daunting task of ditching your old vehicle. Selling your car for instance would require that you advertise, entertain possible buyers and expose yourself to security issues in the process. Luckily, there is another option available to you other than selling your car and this is through vehicle donation. Charitable institutions now use vehicle donation programs to raise funds for their causes and they make this as easy and convenient as possible.

The good thing to donating a vehicle to charity is that you help those who are in need. A vehicle donation service usually handles the entire process of donating or selling your car. These services may not always be directly involved in charitable causes but may only act as intermediaries for charitable organizations. But either way, you are sure that your vehicle donation will reach those who are in desperate need of assistance.

Moreover, the best benefit you can even get from a vehicle donation is the tax deduction. The 2005 revision of the tax legislation governing vehicle donations allows a tax deduction equivalent to the proceeds from your vehicle donation. The deduction may either be the gross selling amount or the fair market value of your vehicle, depending on how the vehicle donation services use your vehicle.

But before you go out and contact a vehicle donation services, here are some of the very important things to consider:

1. Accreditation. Like any other organization involved in business, vehicle donation services are monitored by the government. This is to ensure that their service is not a front for fraudulent activities and that they comply with IRS requirements. So your first criteria in choosing a vehicle donation services should be a 501 (c) (3) charity organization classification.

2. Availability. Most vehicle donation services already cater the entire country, but there are still some that are limited to a locality. Choosing a vehicle donation services that are available in your area will save you any other cost related to donating your vehicle. Selling and transport costs are usually shouldered by the vehicle donation services but it may not be the case if they are unavailable in your region.

3. Charitable Cause. The charitable causes that vehicle donation services support are varied. There are charitable institutions involved in helping the disabled, cancer patients, battered individuals or simply those who have nothing to eat. If you have an inclination for a particular charitable cause, you may want to request from the vehicle donation services that the proceeds from the donation be used to your liking. If not, choose another vehicle donation services that supports your charitable cause.

4. Scope of Services. It is not always safe to assume that vehicle donation services cover all the expenses and paperwork related to your donation. If you are meticulous enough to check the scope of services for vehicle pick-up, necessary refurbishing and paperwork, you may be saving yourself from expenses and work.

5. Easy Contact. Remember that you went for a vehicle donation instead of selling your vehicle for its convenience feature. Make sure that your chosen vehicle donation service has a toll-free number and online application forms. With easy contact, selling your vehicle will definitely be a phone call and click away.
About the Author
Sarfaraz khan with United Society Donations that is a reliable online source for vehicle donations. Car donations are eligible for fair market value tax deductions under the new tax laws when donated to programs such as that offered by United Society. Donate Car to Charity at United Society Vehicle Donations Program.
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