Do you have an old car that you simply want to get rid of? There are several reasons you might want to say goodbye to your car: a. You have a new one, and keeping your old one is not practical; b. You’re moving to another state or country; c. You have not used it for a while because you’d rather take the subway or some other form of public transportation. The list goes on.
Selling it might be a good idea, until you find out that the money you’ll make is not even worth the trouble of finding a buyer. Instead of clinging to a car that’s taking up garage or curb space, why not give it to charity, so they can make good use of it. Here are the three best reasons you should donate your car to charity:
Help the Community
Donating your car to charity is like hitting two birds with one stone – you get rid of clutter and you help people in need. The money made through the car you donated could help a sick child or rebuild houses to give hope to families who fell victim to a calamity. Knowing that you’ve helped others get back on their feet is probably one of the best feelings in the world. It’s a good way to share your blessings.
Get Tax Deduction
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the criteria before they approve tax deductibles related to charitable donations. The first requirement is that you should only donate to qualified organizations. DonateACar.com recommends the following:
The American Diabetes Association
Cancer Research Institute
The Humane Society of the U.S.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
ALS Association National
The list of qualified organizations you can donate to is long, but if you can’t decide, then think of an advocacy that’s closest to you. For instance, if you’re against animal cruelty, then donating to those that rescue and shelter animals is an ideal choice.
Reduce Landfill Junk
A car is made of many different components, and letting it end up in a landfill doesn’t only add up to the growing mountains of waste, but also causes soil and water pollution due to leaking engine fluids. Moreover, you contribute to carbon pollution when fire takes place in landfills. Donating your car to charity makes a difference. Most of them work with auto recyclers that reuse at least 75% of old car parts.