Just How Easy Is Car Donation to Charity?

If you’ve got questions on the vehicle donation process, we’ve got answers. Vehicle donation is as simple as submitting a vehicle contribution form via the web OR over the phone (877-709-2277), whichever is convenient for you. It takes just a few minutes and some basic information about the vehicle you choose to donate. Before you know it your car donation will be one of the many reasons you bring a smile to a family in need.

Once your contribution form is complete you can simply return the required forms to our processing center. Your vehicle information is then assessed and we remarket your vehicle to get the highest possible return. You will be contacted by one of our fast and courteous towing facilities closest to your area where arrangements are then made to schedule a pickup. We stay in contact with you, the donor, throughout this process.  Once your vehicle is picked up and sold, you will promptly receive a receipt stating your deduction amount. This receipt can be used in conjunction with your income tax. We strive to bring the best customer service and make this process as smooth as possible.

For more information on our charitable partners visit our charities page.

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The Best Tips To Maximize Your Car Donation Tax Deduction

Car Donation Wizard wants donors to know that donating a car to a nonprofit organization not only helps that organization fund worthwhile research and humanitarian efforts, but you also may be eligible to claim a tax deduction for your charitable contribution.

Here are some car donation tax deduction tips we’ve put together:

  1. Make sure the nonprofit is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions. Organizations such as  501(c)(3) qualified nonprofits are able to give you a tax receipt for your vehicle donation. Visit IRS.gov to search for registered charities. Car Donation Wizard only works with esteemed, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
  2. Ask if you will get a formal tax receipt from the charity for your car donation. If the total deduction you are claiming for a donated car is $250 or more, you need paper proof of your donation. Car Donation Wizard mails a tax receipt for your records following the sale of your vehicle.
  3. Know that despite what you might find on Kelly Blue Book, the IRS will only allow a deduction for the fair market value of the car. This can be found on the tax receipt mailed to you from Car Donation Wizard.
  4. If your car is worth more than $500, you, the donor, must complete Section A of IRS Form 8283 and attach it to your yearly tax return.
  5. If your car is worth $5,000 or more, an independent appraisal is necessary. You must also fill out Section B of IRS Form 8283. You may consider taking pictures of the car and saving receipts for new tires or other upgrades to verify its value.
  6. As a safety, consult your tax adviser or the IRS for more information about how you can claim charitable deductions. The IRS can answer your tax questions and can provide tax forms, publications, and other reading materials for further assistance. IRS materials are accessible through the Internet at www.irs.gov and at IRS walk-in offices in many areas across the country.

Car donations drive our mission’s success

By Krysta Morgenthaler, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley vice president of development and communications

Honk your horn if you love Habitat!

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re honking our horns to thank our generous donors for making Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley the top affiliate in the nation for revenue generated through car donations. Vehicle donors in our service area area have generously contributed more than $600,000 through car donations. That’s enough to build a dozen Habitat homes or provide material for 60 Habitat roofs or buy 20 million nails.

The Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes Program is an easy way for donors to make a huge impact on the local Habitat mission in their surrounding communities. In 2010, our affiliate worked with Cars for Homes to launch the Partnership Project, which provided a $100,000 challenge grant to match all car donations dollar for dollar. Donors from across the area responded generously by exceeding the $100,000 goal in just nine months!

The vehicle donations helped fund the construction of a home for Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley’s 250th family served, Teebe and Ande Nerayo. The donations raised through the Partnership Project also funded the renovation of two homes as part of our affiliate’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Car donations at Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley continue to play a major role in the success of our mission by funding, on average, two homes per year.

The next time you have a junker sitting in your driveway or would rather put your old car to work than put more work into it, think about the impact your car could have on a local family in your community.

Find out more about Cars for Homes today!

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IRS Releases the Top Tax Scams for 2012

WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.

“Taxpayers should be careful and avoid falling into a trap with the Dirty Dozen,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “Scam artists will tempt people in-person, on-line and by e-mail with misleading promises about lost refunds and free money. Don’t be fooled by these scams.”

Illegal scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them.

See the full list of all 12 scams here.

Car Donation Wizard recommends, in particular, watching out for the abuse of charitable organization and deductions.

Abuse of Charitable Organizations and Deductions

IRS examiners continue to uncover the intentional abuse of 501(c)(3) organizations, including arrangements that improperly shield income or assets from taxation and attempts by donors to maintain control over donated assets or the income from donated property. The IRS is investigating schemes that involve the donation of non-cash assets –– including situations in which several organizations claim the full value of the same non-cash contribution. Often these donations are highly overvalued or the organization receiving the donation promises that the donor can repurchase the items later at a price set by the donor. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 imposed increased penalties for inaccurate appraisals and set new standards for qualified appraisals.

Car donors who donate a car to one of Car Donation Wizard’s nonprofit partners like Car Talk, Habitat for Humanity, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF or any of our other fantastic nonprofit partners can rest assured that we work only with registered 501(c)(3) organizations. We make sure that each organization maintains the highest quality and ethical standards that you would expect out of your charity organization. Car Donation Wizard encourages donors to research their organizations or choice and let their reputation speak for itself. For more information visit our Charity Selector Page, our FAQ page or our Tax Questions page.

Your Guide to Donating a Motorcycle to Charity

Donating a motorcycle to charity is not only easy, but it can benefit one of our great charitable organizations. We know that, as a vehicle donors, you have a lot of choices on where to donate your car or motorcycle to. Car Donation Wizard makes a pledge to its donors to only work with nonprofit organizations that have your best intentions in mind. All of our charity partners are 501(3)(c) recognized, meaning that your motorcycle donation is eligible for a tax deduction. We also work closely with each and every charity to ensure that the proceeds from your vehicle donation go towards supporting the amazing causes and missions you know our charity partners for. Our vehicle donation experts are standing by to help you with any questions about how to donate a motorcycle today – call us at 877-957-2277. We can help maximize your motorcycle donation to charity today!

What information do you need to donate your motorcycle today?

Here’s a list that can help us:

  • What is the year of your motorcycle?
  • What is the make of your motorcycle?
  • What is the model type of your motorcycle?
  • How many miles does your motorcycle have on it?
  • What is the current condition of the motorcycle?
  • Do you know the estimated value of your motorcycle? If so, what is it?
  • Can you drop off your motorcycle to a facility for us?

Motorcycles that have been donated to charity:

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Donated Motorcycle from Colorado

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Donated Motorcycle from Chicago, Illinois

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Donated Motorcycle from North Carolina

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Donated Motorcycle from California





Car Donation to National Public Radio

At Car Donation Wizard, we are proud to be partnered with Car Talk’s National Public Radio, giving donors easy access to donate a car to their favorite local radio station, anywhere in the country. All you need, in order to donate is the certificate of title and a non-stripped vehicle (car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle… you name it). We make sure that your car donation is safely and promptly handled by our professional team of experts who can help maximize your car donation for your radio station. After you donate a car, we’ll send you a receipt for your taxes! Easy and hassle free!

Public radio stations first aired in the United States in April of 1971 and are now broadcasting in over 900,000 stations in the U.S. Public radio stations are able to produce the great content that you hear, mainly through donations and private gifts. Each station specializes in the local news in your area, as well as, engaging in many issues and topics that impact local listners.

You may have heard of 90.9FM WBUR out Boston, Massachusetts where they are known to shed light on just about any topic you can think of; from sports, to health, and cars maintenance (Car Talk!).  WDET 101.9FM out of Detroit, Michigan is known for being an independent media, providing an alternative to business or government-owned mass media. Or maybe you listen to WFIU National Public Radio out Indianapolis, Indiana. They specialize in local news, arts, music, and TV. Whoever you listen to, simply visit our Car Talk vehicle donation page, choose your station to donate to and we’ll handle the rest!

For more information, visit CarDonationWizard.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for new and exciting updates. To find the local Public Radio Station near you, visit the NPR Station List here!

-Jamal Stutts

Car Donation Tip: Ask how and where the money will be spent

This question should be easily answered. You should search for the charity or agency that makes the best use of the funds from your car donation. Beware of programs that promise to send proceeds to an organization without having a direct relationship. All charities are not created equal, and all are not run with the same attention to donor wishes. Shop around! If you want to find out more about the charity that you are considering for your contribution, there are several charity watchdog organizations and sites you can access. One of the best for gathering information is: Guidestar. You may also want to visit Charity Navigator.

Video: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti

Car Donation Wizard is lucky enough to be able to lend a hang on amazing projects like the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti, which took place this past November 5-12, 2011 in Léogâne, Hait. Organized with Habitat for Humanity International, four hundred volunteers including Executive Director Marcia Rundle of Habitat’s Cars for Homes and President of Car Donation Wizard, Joseph Hearn, were able to volunteer on this incredible project. This is the 28th year that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have given a week of their time to build homes and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

Léogâne — 18 miles from Port au Prince — is considered to be the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake. Volunteers from all over the world joined the former president and his wife to build one hundred homes in  just five days. The development will provide five hundred homeless Haiti residents with new housing.

Cars for Homes vehicle donation program proudly sponsored the creation of the latrines for this Léogâne site. Each home will have it’s own ventilated latrine with elevated composting toilets and exterior drains, which will collect water for bucket showers. It is hopeful that this will aid in one of Haiti’s biggest problems, which is clean water and sanitation.

View the video on Car Donation Wizard’s YouTube channel.

To find more Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Projects visit HFHI.org.

Car Donation Spotlight: 1991 BMW 850i

By Car Donation Wizard’s own: Sam Andrews

The year was 1991 – George H.W. Bush was president, the first Gulf War was wrapping up, and the world was suffering from a mild economic recession. The Soviet Union finally collapsed. Amy Grant and Pearl Jam were popular on the radio.

1991 also featured the second year of production for the remarkable BMW 8-series, otherwise known by internal chassis code name “E31”.

The 8-series had been in development since the mid-1980s and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 1989. While most people assumed it was a replacement for the aging but adored 1976-1989 6-series, the new 8-series was intended as a whole new class. Indeed, the styling departure and introduction of several new engines emphasized the arrival of a totally new flagship coupe for BMW.

The two most interesting aspects of the vehicle were the styling and available engines.

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The body design is credited to German designer Klaus Kapitza. BMW had various lead designers over the years, and several of them responsible for the company’s greatest designs were Italians like Ercole Spada (even Mercedes’ best designs of the 1980s were penned by legendary Italian designer Bruno Sacco), but they turned to a fellow German for the all-new 8. Computer-aided design (CAD) tools, which were advanced for the time, helped create an excellent drag coefficient of 0.29.

The results are stunning. The design is part wedge-shape from the 70s and 80s and part smooth, aerodynamic body style for the 90s and beyond. The hood that tapers to a small, thin nose gave the car the famous nicknames “the great white” and “the shark” for the snout-like look of the front. The slim turn indicator light strips and pop-up headlights were no doubt inspired by the M1 racing car from 1978-1981. Since the M1 was never sold directly to the public, the 8-series is so far the only mass-produced BMW with pop-up headlights.

The angular rear is distinguished by broad red plastic taillights, bold and visible for safety when breaking in front of other motorists. There are also four exhaust pipes.

Engine-wise, the only version initially offered was the 850i with an incredible 12-cylinder engine producing 296 horsepower. Then in 1993 a slightly more fuel-efficient 8-cylinder engine was offered called the 840i, around the same time the company offered V8s on several other models like the 5 and 7-series as well.

Donated 1991 BMW

The early 90s-era the 8-series was introduced in had a special impact on the car. The Gulf War, global recession, increasing energy costs and general mood of the times made the notion of a lavish, expensive, relatively inefficient vehicle very unattractive for most.The car was also pulled from the U.S. market two years before it ceased production worldwide in 1999. The total number of cars sold in North America was only 7,232 over seven years. This makes the BMW 8-series a rare and desirable car.

Some people swapped the 12-cyl. for a GM engine. The car could be considered a commercial flop, because they were expensive, sold few units, and were costly to repair for owners, but they are a fan favorite and will probably be elevated to classic status in years to come.

Our 1991 car donation example features black paint, tan leather, unique gold BBS cross-spoke wheels, and 178,645 on the odometer.