After Donating Your Vehicle

If your car isn’t donated directly to a charity, it might be sent to auction. This means your car will be sold to the highest bidder, sometimes for very cheap. If your charitable foundation cannot use your vehicle for a specific purpose or cannot afford to maintain a vehicle, they will probably try to sell it at auction as fast as possible. The money then goes to your charitable foundation so they can continue to keep running their organization. Once the automobile is sold, you should get a receipt in the mail so you can deduct the car from your tax return. Automobiles sold for under $500 do not generally deem a receipt, so you can deduct what you feel is fair from your tax return.

If you chose for your car to be sent to a charitable organization, the organization will then take possession of the vehicle. Depending on the organization you chose, your car could become: a meals on wheels vehicle, a car used to drive seniors or disabled people to their appointments, a vehicle used to transport sick animals to the veterinary clinic or hospital, a vehicle used to transport members of the clergy to visit their parishioners, a way for underprivileged kids to get to and from school in dangerous neighborhoods or a vehicle that helps battered women get to and from a job that helps them become self-sufficient.

Often times, a car cannot be used once it is donated (which is why the owner is donating the car in the first place). In this case, your car will be taken apart, and the parts will be sold piecemeal. The parts of your car that are not deemed worthy of sale will be turned into scrap metal. All the money from the scrap metal and the parts will go to the charitable organization. Almost every part from your car can be sold or turned into scrap metal, so nothing will be wasted, and your charitable organization will be able to profit from the sale.
Once the car leaves your property, it will probably be taken to a holding facility or a yard for used cars. It will stay there until it is your old car’s turn to be inspected. A mechanic will come, inspect the car and deem whether it is salvageable. If it is still working, the mechanic will complete any repairs that need to be done to get it in perfect working order. It will then be sold at auction or sent to the charitable organization you chose at the beginning of the process.

After you complete the paperwork for donation and you’re ready to be rid of your old car, you can just sit back and do nothing; your car will be removed for you on a date and time that’s convenient for you. Next, a tow truck will arrive to tow your car away. Once your car is loaded on the flatbed, you don’t have to worry about a thing your car is now in safe hands.

Make sure the title to your donated car gets transferred to the name of the organization taking responsibility for the vehicle. If your car is donated, and you do not change the title, you may be liable for any accidents or tickets that the new owners incur.
Donating a car can be an emotional and cathartic decision. Once you’ve decided on a charity that would benefit from your old or unusable car, all you need to do is fill out some paperwork and let the professionals take care of the is the Car Removed?