Used Car Donation Program Worth The Cause?


by Tom Garcia - Date: 2010-09-06 - Word Count: 401 Share This!

Used car donation program may not be the best option for many. Before you call me selfish and Parochialistic for not supporting charity, I want you to read the rest of article and understand why I don't support donating used car in most situations. By the way, I donate to charity personally and I strongly believe that it is essential for greater good of the humanity; helps to change lives and bring in fulfillment in ones own life. Donating car may easier since it is just calling a 1800 number. But I would prefer to do it in an efficient way.

First of all, car donation works well only when the car is in good working condition. Let me ask you a question? How many of us donate a good working condition car? Mostly we donate it, when it is about to break apart in to pieces. The broken cars, that we donate do not utilized as program cars. Rather an auction company auctions the car to salvage/junk cars. Eating up the auction commission. The result: Charity gets a little.

The second reason is conversion. Ask the mainstream car donation charities how much of money they get from the donation reaches the needy. You will be surprised with the % figure you get. Not that they misuse it, but it take a lot of effort to convert your junk into cash. Look at the Charity navigator ratings on program efficiency. You will be surprised that most car charities operate at an efficiency of less than 50% Recently I read a news article about a charity here in my city, which spent 70% of the money in their call center operations alone. And think about their infrastructure required to take possession of the junk you are delivering, (towing) inspect it and sell it.

Thirdly, donors are under the illusion that they get to reduce their tax. This is false. You get to reduce only the income that is taxed. Those are two different things. So what I do I recommend, you do with your used car?

So in a nutshell, If you have a car and in great condition that you are willing to donate and if you find a car charity that has a high program efficiency (greater than 65%) than call that 1800 number. If not disposing it thro Junkyard or Craig list and donating the cash to Charity is a much efficient option

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