Car Donation Wizard Exhibits at AFP 2014

Last week Car Donation Wizard and V-DAC exhibited at the AFP Shift Conference in San Antonio,TX. The event took place over three days and had over 1500 attendees. We met some incredible people who were intrigued by the vehicle donation process and some  who were unaware of how easy it is to start a vehicle donation program for a charity of any size.

Top four questions non-profit professionals asked us at AFP 2014:

  1. What does V-DAC stand for? Vehicle Donation to Any Charity. Yes, that means any size charity big or small, v-dac can make a program to suit your needs and the needs of your organizations. Non-profit organizations can partner with V-DAC and start seeing the benefits of a vehicle donation program as soon as they get their first donated vehicle.
  2. How much does it cost to set up the program? The Vehicle Donation Program costs charities nothing to start up.  All costs associated with the program are deducted from the sale of the vehicle.  If you don’t get any donations, it doesn’t cost you anything!
  3. How much money is returned to the charity? We are proud to say that Car Donation Wizard returns over 80% of gross proceeds to our charity partners, We are the highest returning car donation program in the nation.
  4. Where do I sign up? Signing up to start you own vehicle donation program is easy. Click here to register with V-DAC.

Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc. will be heading to the RI AFP Conference on April 11th. If you would like to find out more information or just come by for a chat, please feel free to stop by our table.

Check out our President and CEO, Joseph Hearn, at this years AFP conference.

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.