Many people ask about the types of vehicles that they can donate and the condition that they need to be in. First, although most vehicles that are donated are cars, many other types of vehicles are accepted. Boats, trucks of all sizes, motorcycles, and RVs, including motorhomes and travel trailers, are commonly donated. Charities and non-profits also typically accept ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, tractors, farm equipment and other heavy equipment. The best advice is to contact your charity and ask. As for the condition, vehicles are typically accepted in almost any condition. If the car won't start or has flat tires and can't be easily moved, flatbed tow vehicles are sent that back up to the car and pull it up and on. All they need is access to get close to the vehicle.
So many times when driving down a country road a landscape scene includes pastures with a few out buildings, a fence and an old rusting car or two with grass growing around them sitting off to the side. Chances are these cars has been there for several years and won't ever be used again by the owner. It would be a better alternative to have the car donated then trying to sell it. Making a donation ends up being less hassle, less time consuming and doesn't require any outlays of money for the likes of advertising or replacing parts on the vehicle. It's so easy that generally after just one phone call the car or truck will be leaving on a flat bed truck within three or four days. Often intentions are to take a car off the road and place it on the property for only a few weeks with intentions to do something with it later, but the reality becomes quite evident after several months and the only changes that have occurred are the weeds growing up around it. Vehicles that sit generally become obsolete more quickly than when they are driven. Rubber gaskets dry up, metal rusts and tires start to crack. The car will depreciate fast, make the property look unkempt, and end up being a home for rodents.
12 Million Old Vehicles to Recycle
Every year approximately 12 million vehicles in North America reach the end of their useful lives and are removed from service.
Recycling old automobiles makes good environmental sense. It saves on our valuable resources and helps sustain a greener environment. Consider the following eco-friendly statistics before you park that old car back by the fence.
Typically, when donating your car, truck or other vehicle it will be picked up. Most charities arrange to have your vehicle towed away at a scheduled time which is convenient for you. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you.
It really is an easy process and once you make the initial contact the whole donation should be completed in two to three days.
In no time at all you'll be waving good-bye to that old clunker.
Donating is a great way to do good for the community.
The IRS offers an online tool called the Exempt Organizations Select Check. It allows users to select an exempt organization and check information about its federal tax status and if it's in good standing.
The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations.
You may already have decided to donate an older vehicle, but are not sure which non-profit matches your values. National Public Radio offers all the listening we love so much, from classical music to sooth our nerves to intelligent discussion of world events. It is a bright spot available to just about everyone and so we would suggest that they be considered, however, there are many other wonderful non-profit organizations that could use extra funds. Check out our listings in the state where you will donate, you just may find that perfect charity.