Used Car Donation : How to Donate a Car in California

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Hi, my name is Luz Luis. I work for the National Kidney Foundation, and I’d like to give you some tips about how to donate your car in California. The first and most important thing is to find your charity. Choose a charity that is in your state. If you find their phone number, either in the phone book or on the Internet make sure that the charity is located near you and benefits local programs. Ask that charity what their overhead is. You never want to donate to a charity whose overhead is more than twenty five percent. Ask them if they accept car donations, and then get the phone number and the web address of their car processing center directly from the charity. Make sure that the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle come to the charity, at least seventy five percent. Again, you never want to donate to some of the organizations that come out of the newspaper, or on the Internet that are giving five to ten percent of the sale proceeds of your vehicle to those charities.

So again, be in contact with the charity. Make sure how, ask the charity themselves how they accept the car donations. Make sure that the money is going to programs that you care to benefit, and then donate through their phone number and their website. The other most important thing is about the title. You’re going to have to find the title of the vehicle before you begin the donation process. Make sure that the title is signed over directly to the charity that you want to benefit. Never leave a title open. So, you sign to release your ownership of the car, date your signature, and then write, as the new owner or the buyer, the name of the charitable organization that you’d like to benefit. As for donating to the Kidney Foundation, it’s very simple. You call 1-800-488-CARS, or donate online at

Again, you submit the information, they take the information about who gets the tax receipt, information about the vehicle; year, make, and model, what’s wrong with the car. They instruct you how to sign the title, and then once they have the information they’ll come out and get the car, and then you can use a tax receipt for your taxes. You can write it off as a tax deduction. .

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