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.
Many times you tend to take help of the intermediary firms to donate cars probably because you have shortage of time, and then make a mathematical calculation. At least ask the organization about how much they pay to the charity from the selling of the donated car. If the answer is about flat $100 on used and old car regardless of the price of the car or about $2,000 per month, then your donation is not eligible for the tax rebate and deduction.
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
As soon as you get your vehicle donated to a charitable organization, they will provide you with a receipt of the auto donation. This receipt is very useful for tax deduction purposes. Moreover, the organization will ensure that the vehicle is collected. These charities send in their volunteers for picking up the vehicle from wherever place you require. It is important that you are holding the title of the car at the time of donation. If this is not so, make sure you obtain a copy from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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.
Now, the question that arises here is that why would anyone want to donate their car instead of selling it. Obviously, it will bring cash, and a donated car will bring nothing. If you are able to ignore the financial aspects, there are a lot of reasons why you should donate your car. Selling an automobile is obviously a pain, and if you can afford to let the financial aspect go, is it not better to donate your old automobile? A donated car can do well for someone at least.