Cool 70’s Car Donations

This 1973 Chevrolet Beauville sport van donated in support of Car Talk. This car was lovingly driven 365,000 miles before being donated.

This 1974 Aro Aerolite was donated in support of Public Radio.

This 1975 brightly colored, neon green Volkswagen Beetle was donated in support of the American Cancer Society through the Cars for a Cure program.

This cool golden 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass was donated in support of Habitat for Humanity in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

 

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Three Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

It’s been exactly three years since the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, caused massive loss of lives and destruction of housing and infrastructure. The magnitude-7.0 quake was the most powerful to hit the area in 200 years, its epicenter just 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince, a densely packed urban center of more than 2 million people.

The number of people affected is estimated to be 3.7 million, and Haiti’s ambassador to the United States called the quake a “catastrophe of major proportions.” It is a major setback for a country where 55 percent of the population lived on less than US $1 a day even before the earthquake. Habitat’s response in Haiti will include a variety of solutions
on the pathway to permanence. Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program is looking to raise funding to support projects along the way that specifically target vulnerable groups for rebuilding programs in Haiti.

Overall, Habitat aims to serve 50,000 families over the next five years in Haiti. Interventions will focus on a wide array of housing solutions and capacity-building initiatives to address long-term housing sustainability and community redevelopment.

Get involved today through vehicle donation, proceeds from your car donation will go towards future building efforts in Haiti. During the process of donating a car online or over the phone with a customer service representative at 877-277-4344, specify that you’d like proceeds to go towards the rebuild in Haiti.

Donate a car to benefit Haiti Cars for Homes building in Haiti

Cars fro Homes Volunteers help build homes with future homeowners in Haiti.

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The First Affordable Automobile: 1926 Ford Model TT

This generously donated Ford Model TT from the height of the Roaring ‘20s is a beautifully restored example of the legendary automobile.

There are so many historical and industrial milestones surrounding the Model TT that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Over 15 million units were produced by the end of the vehicle’s 19-year production run, a record that held for 45 years after. Perhaps only the Volkswagen Beetle comes close to the ubiquity and iconic status of the Model TT .

Perhaps the Model TT speaks most to visionary founder Henry Ford’s all-encompassing formula of making the highest possible quality product, in the most efficient manner possible, for sale at most competitive price possible, all the while compensating his employees with the highest wages possible. Ford pushed every boundary in making and selling the Model TT , and basically everyone won as a result. It was a chain reaction: innovative practices inspired competitors, competition drove prices down and wages up, employees were rewarded well, customers were continually given a quality product in exchange for affordable price, and Ford’s empire was solidified for the ages.

The Model TT was so accessible to the average American that the price actually dropped every year during the production run. This is unheard of, especially in today’s market when seemingly all prices – especially car prices – seem to tick up with the blink of an eye. In 1908 the Model T cost $850, or around $21,340 in today’s dollars when adjusted for inflation. In 1916, the prices had dropped to only $360 for the most basic Model T, or around $7,020 in today’s dollars. In 2012, the least expensive new car is $10,990. Henry Ford still has us beat.

Although earlier Model T cars were available in a variety of colors, by 1914 Ford insisted they all be painted black. By 1918, half the cars on the road in the U.S. were Model T’s.

The Model TT represents the best of American industry, when goods were still manufactured here and everybody benefited. The market took care of itself. Seeing this restored example is mindful of great ideas and innovations, despite the car itself being a relatively simple mechanism. The key was in the way it was produced and marketed. Now that it’s being donated, we’re also mindful of generosity and charity as well.

Other cool donated cars:

Animal Striped Miata

1958 Lyman Boat

1990 Buick Reatta

 

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What To Do With Your Flooded Car From Hurricane Sandy

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) –

Hurricane Sandy flooded thousands of cars up and down the Northeast. If your car got swamped by the storm, here’s what you need to know

Call your insurer: If your auto insurance only includes liability coverage, then you’re not covered for this. What you need is “comprehensive” insurance, said State Farm spokesperson David Phillips.

If you are covered, call your insurer or agent right away, said Phillips. Insurance companies are getting lots of calls right now, so it may be a while before a claims adjuster can come out, he said, but postponing the call only slows things down more.

In the meantime, take pictures of the damage. Then do anything you can to keep things from getting worse. For instance, if your car’s windows are broken, leaving the interior exposed to more rain, you might want to cover your car with a tarp. And keep your receipt for that tarp or anything else you buy, said Phillips. Your insurer can usually reimburse you for those expenses.

Should I try to start my car? If possible, avoid starting or driving the car until it’s been inspected, according to State Farm insurance. Starting a water-soaked car risks more damage.

If the seats are dry it’s unlikely the water got high enough to reach critical components. In this case, you might be able to go ahead and crank it up if you must, said Mike Calkins, manager of Approved Auto Repair with the automotive group AAA.

What if my car’s interior got wet? Don’t think that just leaving your car windows open will dry out the car and solve your problems. A wet interior will most likely require professional help, said Calkins. Upholstery and carpeting can trap water. The carpeting, in particular, can keep moisture pressed against metal body parts underneath, possibly causing rust. Also, moist upholstery and fabric can grow mold, which isn’t just a threat to your car, he said, but a threat to your health.

If your car has any significant moisture inside, call your insurer. A good body shop will have the expertise to disassemble the interior, dry out what can be saved and replace what can’t.

“Repairing flood damage can be as extensive and as expensive as restoring a classic car,” he said.

What if water got into the engine compartment? The engine itself isn’t what you should be worried about. Mechanical components can be dried out and should be just fine. The problem is that modern cars have lots of microelectronics and those can be damaged by even brief exposure to water.

Also, various fluids — like brake and power steering fluid — can become contaminated with water. Those fluids will need to be drained and replaced.

Don’t try to dry it out yourself. It seems like an easy thing to DIY, but cars and even homes have been burned down by people attempting to dry out their wet car with space heaters or hair dryers in the driveway or garage, said Calkin. Let the professionals do it. Don’t try it yourself.

If your car is declared a total loss from the flood, consider your options. Vehicle donation, such as through Car Donation Wizard, can be a way to support the charity of your choice, in the wake of such a disaster. Car Donation Wizard works with charities like: Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, NPR, Car Talk and many more. We take the hard work out of finding a legitimate charity to donate to because every charity we work with actually uses the proceeds from donated vehicles to continue their worthwhile missions. We accept non-running vehicles, like flooded cars; every vehicle donation is eligible for a tax deduction based on the selling price of the vehicle. In the wake of such disaster, we do not take your vehicle donation lightly. We know that your car is valuable and that’s why we hope you consider the charitable value of donating your hurricane damaged vehicle.

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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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