Donate a Car



1. It is best to ensure that the charity to which you donate a car is a 501(c)(3).

True
It is tax deductible to donate a car. It is wise to consult a financial advisor or tax accountant for more information. In order for the gift to be tax deductible, the organization must be classified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This ensures that the giver receives the appropriate tax write offs. Donate to charity and reap the rewards associated with giving.


2. It costs money to donate a car to charity.

False
The process of making contributions is usually a free process. A contribution to a charitable organization will usually pay the cost for towing the vehicle if it is in non-working condition. Cars, vans, trucks, RV's, boats, planes, motorcycles and trailers can all be given to a non profit organization at no cost. One way to be obedient to God's word is to donate to charity.


3. Charities determine how much a contribution is worth.

False
Charitable organizations are not authorized to determine the vehicles worth. The car's value is usually determined by an appraiser or the Kelly Blue Book value. You can donate an auto to a non profit organization whether it is in running condition or not, including older and severely damaged ones.


4. To donate a car is a short process.

True
The process to donate to charity takes a short amount of time. Most non profit organizations will pick up your car within a few days, and some will even schedule a pick up the day you contact a representative. To donate to charity does not require a title, but if you have a title and other paperwork; it is best to present it to improve the overall process.


5. The early church would have given to anyone if they had need.

True
Acts 4:34-35 - Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.


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