Car Talk: How a Motorhome Became “Morning Edition”

An Alaskan adventure, a grand tour of national parks and a trip down the California coast. This Coachmen Santara has been places! It’s taken Doug Van Solkema and family from Escondido, CA, all around the country. According to Doug, traveling in the camper means, “Safe travel and an incredible experience. The vacation really begins when you leave your driveway.”

“Sweetie, I think we made a wrong turn in Chicago. I don’t see any beaches.” (Flickr photo by YGX)
Now this camper is going to take all the listeners at KPBS, San Diego, to new places, too. How? It’s being turned into great radio!
That’s because Doug’s family decided to donate it to KPBS. “Over the years we have greatly appreciated KPBS and their quality programming,” Doug says. And now the $5,650 in proceeds from the sale of Doug’s camper will go directly to supporting the programming that the family has enjoyed all these years.

How was the donation process? “My in-laws suggested using the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. It was a very easy process,” Doug says.

Just goes to show that in-laws aren’t wrong all the time.

Can’t wait to get on the road again.

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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.

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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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