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It's Not A Joke: Donate Your Car

Aug 17, 2007
Donating cars to others can make a very big difference in people's lives. But, when you do make the choice to donate a car, you should be certain the vehicle you're giving away is one that will truly help the person who receives it.

When you donate cars, it's very important to be certain you really want to give a car away. A donation of a car is a big investment in charity. It's also something that will be a very big deal to the person who receive the car you've donated.

If you think about it, when you donate a car to charity, the gift can really help give someone freedom to pursue their dreams. Very often all that stands between a person and independence is an ability to get to where they need to go. Everything from employment to medical appointments can depend on having reliable transportation. A gift of a donated car can really help give this to someone who desperately needs it.

Single people, families and single parents can all benefit from donated cars. When the cars are solid and they come with no strings attached, they can serve as a much-needed hand up to assist a person in building their life anew.

To make sure your donated car is a good gift for its recipient, it's important you do a few things before you turn it over:

* Clean the donated car inside and out. Make sure the people you intend to donate the car to know you think they are important by ensuring the vehicle is properly cleaned and detailed.
* Have it inspected for any major problems. You don't want to give a single mom a donated car that will break down the next week while she and her children are traveling away from home. While you can't ensure the car will run forever, you can help by making sure its in tiptop condition when you do donate the car to charity.
* Make sure routine maintenance is up to date. As it was with the previous, the little things can really help make sure the donated car helps the person it's intended for instead of putting an unnecessary financial burden on them. Be certain you have the oil changed, the tires rotated and so on before you donate a car.

In addition to having the car you intend to donate inspected, cleaned up and polished, it's a very good idea to make sure your bases are covered, too. Before you donate cars to charity, you will also want to do a few things for you, too:

* Seriously consider the donation to be certain you want to do it. Donating a car is a very big deal, but it can take a lot out of your wallet. Consider this gift and be certain you want to do it. Giving something less, even a lot less, can still help.
* Have the car appraised. To be certain you get the proper tax deduction, it's important to get the car appraised before you turn it over to charity. Donating a car does come with that benefit, so make sure you can file the taxes correctly.

Donating cars can mean a whole lot to the people who receive them. Make sure you've covered the bases for a good donation while also covering yourself, too.
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