i should have donated the escape

My plan when The Hooker (aka my former car, also effectively known as my Escape) got time to trade in or I hit sudden windfall of cash, I’d give my car to some type of donate car charity. It wasn’t worth much, but I was sure someone with any type of car knowledge could really get it back up and running, much like my dad has completely taken it apart and replaced things like the quarter panel because it had too much rust. I’ve read a ton about car donations and there are billboards all over the metro here. I didn’t really understand how it would benefit a rusted out 2001 SUV with something gone awry in the engine, but it turns out donating cars isn’t as unusual as I’d thought.

The Vietnam Veterans of America are one of the organizations that will pick up your car for you, regardless of whether or not it’s running. They have a turnaround time of 48 hours! I’m a fan of that kind of efficiency! While it’s probably not ideal for the type of person that trades their car in every few years, I can definitely see how it’d be a good option for people looking to get rid of a beater or something they don’t really have any idea how to fix.

Also? Four words make this a little more appealing to me: donate car tax deduction. You can’t go wrong with that.

One Comment

  1. Willis

    you’re usually better off trying to sell it. even if it’s not running. Most charities sell the cars at auction for a lot less than you could get for it just posting it on craigslist and you have to deduct the value that it sold for. They changed the law in 2005 – it used to be that you could use fair market value.

    There’s a few charities that actually use the cars, then you can do FMV, but they are picky about the types of cars they will take.

    For what it’s worth…

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