Here's what you need to know about donating used cars:

Anyone who is considering donating their vehicle to a charity probably already know that there are hundred of them to choose from. All of them are very interested in receiving your donation. However not all car charities are the same and all have different terms and procedures for receiving and processing your donation.

With any charitable donation the donor usually want to have a positive impact with their donation. Knowing who the charity is that is receiving your donation is the first step.

Basically there are three types of organizations that accept car and vehicle donations.

  1. The first is a donation broker. These are for-profit businesses that act as a broker for a charity. These can include car dealerships or professional fund raising companies that handle all the logistic of receiving and processing the donation. This can be a service that is hired by a charity to perform the vehicle processing or they can be an independent company that will accept your donation, process it and donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice. Either way they are paid for their service with either a flat rate or a percentage of the donation value.
  2. The second is a non-profit organization like a registered charity. They receive and process your car donation much like the for-profit brokers. The proceeds from the vehicle donation are kept within the organization to help charities they support. You have no say in where the proceeds of your donation are sent. Although you can donate to one of these non-profit organizations based on the charities they support.
  3. Third are brokers that are non-profit and simply receive a donation on behalf of a registered charity and process it. The proceeds are then passed along to the charity. Many charities use these types of services since they are able to readily process any donations. This can often be costly and labor intensive for a non-profit organization to do on its own. This is often the best way to help the charity of your choice directly.

Other things that you should be aware of is what type of charitable work the charity supports. As a donor you want to be comfortable knowing your donation is going to a cause that you morally support.

Car Donation- Checking up on the Charity
Donating my Car - Tax deduction information
Donate a Car - Fair market value
Donate your Car - Responsibilities as a car donor

NBC4 reports:

It's hard to turn on the television or radio without hearing a pitch for an organization wanting you to donate your car to them. They're all designed to help the less fortunate. But for someone who has a good car and wants to see that it makes a difference in someone's life, there's Vehicles for Change.

The organization takes cars that are donated to them, does any refurbishing necessary and then sells them to a low-income family desperately in need of a vehicle at a very reasonable price.

"Most of the folks who come in would not qualify for a conventional loan," said Marty Schwartz, who runs Vehicles for Change. "They either have no credit or they have bad credit."

So Vehicles for Change makes sure the cars are priced so those in need can afford them. And Schwartz encourages people to pay for the cars on a monthly payment basis.

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