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It's time to get rid of the Feministiva, but I don't want to go through the whole place an ad/get a bunch of phone calls/take people on test drives thang for whatever measly amount I can get for a 14-yr-old car. So I'd rather just donate to some group that can sell it or auction it or have it crushed into a cube or whatever. But a Google search of car-donation places brings up hundreds of hits, and I have no idea if any of these places are reputable or what.

So, anybody know anything about this?

Replies: 4 Confessions

actually YES, when we left Chicago we donated Rob's CRX to an organization that worked with the homeless, they taught them skills (like how to work on cars) and helped them get on their feet. But for the life of me I can't remeber the name of the group. I think Rob just Googled to find them (Back when 'Google' was just a noun).
Let me see what I can dig up for ya

the other amy @ 09/26/2007 03:43 PM CST

I donated mine to the American Lung Association. There was an ad on the radio, and if you go to their website at there's a link for donation, and then one for car donation on that page. I think that will take you to because you live in Illinois.

They made it all easy. The car wasn't drivable and they sent a tow truck to come get it. We just had to remove the plates and that was pretty much it.

If you want to deduct it from your taxable income - and I'm sure you're itemizing this year because you're new homeowners - then you do need a receipt if you're claiming more than $500 for it.

AmyWOMAN @ 09/26/2007 07:25 PM CST

Yes. To the kidney foundation. I haven't seen any of their ads lately, so maybe they're up to their kidneys in rusted cars. Our local public radio station periodically solicits...if that's the right donations. And I hear Click and Clack remind listeners of the same opportunity, again, periodically. So, coupla suggestions.
Will there be a commemorative service when the Festiva-mobile slides up the tow-truck bed and disappears into a cool Chicago autumn evening?

JT Elder @ 09/28/2007 05:23 AM CST

I donated a car a few years back, in LA. It was about 30 years old, so (I think that was why) I had to have it appraised first, for tax purposes. (I think otherwise you can use the bluebook value.) It worked out well for me, because I got a pretty good appraisal, and it was going to be hard to find a buyer for such a unique car. I donated to a local center for homeless youth. I think they had a mechanics' program, and I was hoping they would use the car there, but they told me they were just going to sell it. The place probably wasn't entirely reputable - I vaguely remember that he was surprised that I didn't try to claim more than the car's actual value.

Lida @ 10/02/2007 05:15 PM CST

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