Many people who have junk or wrecked cars decide to donate it to charity because of the tax advantages and the ease. This article explains some of the benefits to donating your car versus selling it.
When donating your vehicle, you need to consider these points
- You can get a tax reduction for donating your vehicle
- You have to ensure the charity you are making a donation to is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization or else you cannot claim your tax reduction
- Laws regarding transfer of automobile titles are different for each state
The one major piece of advice that should be done before donating their automobile, recreational vehicle, or truck is to shop around. There are many companies that have variable donation rates or figures. Donating something as significant as a motor vehicle could potentially generate significant money; unfortunately, there are companies out there that will entice both charities and individuals into donating vehicles, and low-balling the bottom figures for both other parties.
You can donate trucks, motorcycles, RVs, old cars, junk cars, even cars that have been in accidents. Before determining where to give your car, you need to understand the process first. The first step is calling the donation center. Here you will give the basic information about your car and they will give you an idea if your vehicle is donation worthy or not.
If the donation company wants your vehicle they will pay for towing and all the expenses for the transfer of ownership. This is the great thing about donating your car to charity, because they will remove it for you and take care of the paperwork. The bonus is that if your charity is not for profit then you can get a tax deduction for your vehicle. Ask the person over the phone if they are a 5013c company. If they say yes then ask if they give tax receipts.
The car donation process is fairly simple. Basically you call the donation center of your favorite charity or look one up on the internet. For example, if you live in Chicago you might type into Google "donate a car Chicago". Before calling a donation center you need to understand a few things. Usually the charity will not accept vehicles that are older than twenty years old. Also, if your vehicle isn't worth at least one hundred dollars they most likely will not want it. The reason is because most car donation places will sell the vehicle at auction. By the time they pay for the tow truck and auction fees they will not make a profit on a hundred dollar vehicle.