Spring Cleaning with Car Donation Wizard

Although the weather has been less than favorable over the last few months, here at Car Donation Wizard we are hopeful that Spring will bring warm weather and plenty of car donations to all of our charity partners.

Donating your car is the easiest way to start off your spring cleaning. Follow these three simple steps to donate your car today:

1. Pick from our list of charity partners to donate to.

Car Donation Wizard is partnered with 100′s of charities from national charities like the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity International, Car Talk to small charities through V-DAC. We support charities of all sizes and are proud to return over 80% of the proceeds back to our partners.

2. Fill out a donation form online or over the phone.

Simple and easy. The donation process should take approximately 5 minutes!

3. Within 24-48 hours your vehicle will be picked up.

Once you have submitted your donation form you will be contacted to schedule a time for your vehicle to be picked up.

It is as easy as 1,2,3!

Welcome Spring 2014 on a positive note and donate your car today to see what a difference it will make to you and to our charity partners.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Car Donation Wizard

This weekend thousands of Irish-Americans will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland and his feast day has become an international festival, celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

For some, it’s a chance to tuck into a steaming platter of corned beef and cabbage. For others, it’s a day for toasting all things Irish and a chance to celebrate Celtic culture, from The Book of Kells to “Lord of the Dance”.

Here at Car Donation Wizard we would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and we would love to hear from our donors about their St.Patrick’s Day traditions. Leave your comments below.

To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, Car Donation Wizard has picked out some green cars that have been donated to our charity partners.

Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig!

2001 Toyota Corolla – Donated to Car Talk

 

 

2007 Toyota Prius -Donated to Habitat for Humanity International

 

 

 

Spotlight on our Charity Partner: Arthritis Foundation

The past few months have been unbearable for many but no more so than arthritis suffers. Low temperatures, barometric pressure and precipitation can increase arthritis pain. So here at Car Donation Wizard we decided to turn the spotlight on our charity partner, the Arthritis Foundation, and highlight how important car donations are to this organization.

Established in 1948 the Arthritis Foundation has been helping those in need through advocacy, research and public health. Their mission is “to improve lives through leadership in prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.”

More than 50 million American adults (1 in 5) have doctor diagnosed arthritis and by 2030 it is estimated that 67 million American adults will have arthritis. Arthritis can affect people of all ages and can dramatically affect a sufferer’s quality of life.

Car donations help provide vital funds to the Arthritis foundation so that they can succeed in their vision to create a world free of arthritis pain. Your car donation will go towards supporting more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions and to date has helped to fund more than $380 million in research grants.

With temperatures rising, we hope that those suffering from this disease are comforted by the fact that every day people are donating to Autos for Arthritis.

Between January 2013 and January 2014 the Arthritis Foundation received over $50,000 from car donations! We are confident that 2014 will bring more donations to the Arthritis Foundation.

For more information on this organization, check out their website.

Donate to the Arthritis Foundation.

Car Donation: Your Tax Questions Answered

1.How much can I deduct?

When you donate a car via Car Donation Wizard,  the IRS allows you to claim a tax deduction of:

a) The value of your vehicle up to $500. It is up to the donor to determine the fair market value.

b)The amount we sell your vehicle for – if it is more than $500.

 

2. Is that rule the same, even if the charity decides to use the vehicle or give it to someone in need? 

The amount you are able to deduct can also depend on what the charity does with the donated vehicle.

a) Charity sells the vehicle: Your deduction is limited to the gross proceeds the charity receives from selling the vehicle. If that amount is less than $500, you may be able to deduct the fair market value up to $500.

b) Charity uses the vehicle: Your deduction is limited to the fair market value of the vehicle.

Here are some examples from the IRS website that will clarify:

Example 1: On April 1, you donated your car to the local
food bank. When you donated the car, you had determined
that the fair market value was $4,300. On November 10,
the charity sold your car (to someone other than a needy
individual), without any significant intervening use or material
improvement, and received gross proceeds of $3,700. Your
deduction may not exceed $3,700.

Example 2: The charity certifies in an acknowledgment that
it will make significant intervening use of the vehicle by using
it daily for at least a year to deliver food to needy individuals.
Your deduction may not exceed the fair market value of your
car, $4,300.

Example 3: The facts are the same as in Example 1 except
the charity only received gross proceeds of $400 from the
sale. Your deduction may not exceed $500.

Need more answers? The IRS publishes A Donor’s guide to Vehicle Donation.

 

 

 

Unique Car Donation: USA made 1940 Cadillac Series 62

It is only February and we have our second unique car donation for 2014. This month a 1940 Cadillac Series 62 was donated to the ASPCA.This sleek looking automobile was manufactured by General Motors and assembled in the car capital of the world, Detroit, Michigan. The fisher-bodied Cadillac Series 62 replaced the earlier 61 model and features a predominant grill, which later became synonymous with the Cadillac brand.Series 62’s are some of the most well known vehicles that Cadillac has ever produced, and they tend to stand out in the minds of many Cadillac fans. As you can see in the pictures below, the Series 62 features a low sleek “torpedo” style C-body with chrome window reveals, slant at the windshield and a curved rear window.

This timeless beauty remained in production through 1964 being renamed the Series 6200 and subsequently the Cadillac Calais.

Initial offerings were comprised of a coupe, touring sedan, convertible coupe, and convertible sedan on a 129-inch wheelbase. Prices ranged from $1,685 to $2,195. As in later years, the 62 garnered the most sales by far of any 1940 Cadillac line. The division’s 1940 V-8 retained monoblock construction (unitized block and crankcase), three main bearings with counterweights, and two-barrel downdraft carb. Though heavy, it was reliable and exceptionally smooth.

The Series 62 is still a popular feature in pop culture today.A pink 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible as well as a 1963 model of the same car were both featured in the 1980 cult film “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” being mentioned as the “ Ramone mobile” by a fan in the film. Most recently the 1963 model coupe convertible was mentioned in Grammy award winners,  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s song “white walls”This car needs some love and attention in order to bring it back to its glory days, but it is a whole complete vehicle and once finished it will definitely not go unnoticed.This car was donated to help support ASPCA’s mission “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout theUnited States”.Whoever buys this Cadillac 62 will be supporting a remarkable charity while also bringing this unique car back to its glory days.

Please take a look and comment to share useful context about the 1940 Cadillac Series 62.