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Old 01-28-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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We have a car to donate. Can anyone recommend charity/ organization that you have donated a car to?
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:59 AM
 
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We donated our car last year to a member of our church who had gone to the church seeking assistance. The church had the transaction coordinated through Catholic Charities in Arlington. You might want to contact CC directly as they may have someone in need and you can get a full tax deduction that way. From what I understand now, in order to take a full tax deduction on a vehicle donation, the car must be used by someone (not sold by the organization for cash gain).
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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My parents donated their last car to Melwood. It took a few months after they donated but Melwood sold the car and provided them the receipt so they could claim the "sold amount" on their taxes.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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I've donated half a dozen vehicles through the National Kidney Foundation. They were one of the few programs around at the start, and I've just kept using them. Quite efficient except for once when the towing people didn't show up for a couple of months. These days, almost any charity will take your car. Or boat or airplane. Times have changed.

You don't need to wait for the charity to do anything with the car, however. Your tax deduction is effective as of the date you sign over the title, and it is equal to the estimated fair market value for a car of the same year, make, and model with the same options in the same condition in the same region. You can narrow that down pretty easily using an on-line blue-book, but use the private party sales prices not the dealer sales prices.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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You can also donate it to NPR: Car Donation | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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I had a BAD experience w/Melwood when I donated, I don't recommend them. You might also check w/your local fire depts. (to use for training) and/or schools.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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I've donated half a dozen vehicles through the National Kidney Foundation. They were one of the few programs around at the start, and I've just kept using them. Quite efficient except for once when the towing people didn't show up for a couple of months. These days, almost any charity will take your car. Or boat or airplane. Times have changed.

You don't need to wait for the charity to do anything with the car, however. Your tax deduction is effective as of the date you sign over the title, and it is equal to the estimated fair market value for a car of the same year, make, and model with the same options in the same condition in the same region. You can narrow that down pretty easily using an on-line blue-book, but use the private party sales prices not the dealer sales prices.
The tax law changed on this a few years ago... Now you can only claim blue-book value if your car is actually used by the charity you donate it to. For instance, we donated a car several years ago to BARN, a Bristow-based organization that gave the car we donated directly to one of its residents. If you donate to an organization that turns around and resells the car (which most of them do), you can only deduct the amount the car was actually sold for. FWIW, I think BARN now resells its cars instead of giving them directly to those in need.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:17 PM
 
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The tax law changed on this a few years ago... Now you can only claim blue-book value if your car is actually used by the charity you donate it to. For instance, we donated a car several years ago to BARN, a Bristow-based organization that gave the car we donated directly to one of its residents. If you donate to an organization that turns around and resells the car (which most of them do), you can only deduct the amount the car was actually sold for. FWIW, I think BARN now resells its cars instead of giving them directly to those in need.

This was my understanding also. You could no longer deduct blue book value unless the charity sold or used your car.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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It's great that you want to donate your car to charity but there are a few steps you need to take to protect yourself.

Make absolutely and positively sure that the title is legally transferred. Some sketchier charities skip this step but this leaves you legally responsible for any parking tickets, accidents, or crimes that the vehicle is involved in by whomever winds up driving it after it leaves your control. This is not well known and certainly not advertised by the various charity recipients.

See Donating Your Vehicle To Charity
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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If you want it to go to charity, I think it'd be simpler to just sell the car and then donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice.
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