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Types of Vehicles That Are Accepted for Donation

Old vehicles rusting in a field.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.

Don't Park It. Donate it.

OLder man handing keys to a car.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.

Recycling end-of-life Autos

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.

  • 75% of your old car can be recycled and used again.
  • Approximately 76% of the average car, by weight, is made up of metal.
  • 42% of all the new steel in this country made comes from metal that has been recycled.
  • Using recycled metal saves up to 74% energy and 40% water consumption and reduces air pollution by about 86% and water pollution by 76%.

Picking Up the Vehicle

Tow truck coming to pick up a car.

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.

Driving away after making a donation.

Donating is a great way to do good for the community.


Qualified Organizations

Girl holding a bible.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.

Exempt Organizations Check

The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations.

  • Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations.
  • Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way.
  • Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums.
  • Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations.
  • Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs.
  • Nonprofit volunteer fire companies.
  • Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities.
  • Civil defense organizations.
  • Canadian charities.

Find a Charity with a Car Donation Program in Your State

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.

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