Cars Most Frequently Donated

February 11th, 2014

What Can be Donated?

Nonprofits can accept all different types of vehicles. For example, this can include vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, riding lawn mowers, and even planes. Many times, the nonprofit can accept vehicle donations regardless of condition and will even pick up the donated vehicle for free. Although many different vehicles are accepted, there are some cars that seem to be donated more often.

Why Are Some Cars Donated More Often?

There are many reasons why some cars are donated more frequently than others. Many times, a car is donated more often simply because the car has been in production for a long time or because more of them have been sold. Another possible reason is that a certain model might have been bought more often over the years due to features such as fuel efficiency or safety.

Most Frequently Donated Cars

Out of all of the vehicles that are donated every year, certain models are donated most frequently. The Ford Taurus and the Toyota Camry make the top of this list. The Honda Accord follows these two cars as the third most donated car and is trailed by the Honda Civic. Finally, the Dodge Caravan has the distinction of being the only most frequently donated vehicle on the list that is not a sedan.

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Most Frequently Donated Cars

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Donate My Ride

January 17th, 2014

There are many things you can do with an extra vehicle. You can keep it around and pay insurance and licensing fees while it sits unused or you can also sell it or trade it in for another vehicle. Another alternative is to donate your car to a charity. Donating your can allows you to help those in need and to provide needed education and employment training to those in your local community. It can also be advantageous for you since you can claim charitable donations on your taxes.

Before You Donate

Before you donate your car, you need to find a suitable nonprofit. Research different charities in your area and find one that is either registered or qualified according to federal and state laws. This will ensure that you can get a tax receipt that allows you to claim the donation on your taxes. Some charities do charge a removal fee, so if you need someone to pick up the car from your home, ask if the charity will accept it free of charge or if they’ll waive any fees. Goodwill, for example, will pick up your vehicle for free – at a time convenient for you. Contact the charity as specified by their donation rules and get everything set up.

Prepare Your Vehicle

After you’ve contacted the charity, you will need to get the car prepared. Have the car key and title ready so that whoever picks up the car has a way to start it and can show legal proof that the car now belongs to the charity. If you have any spare keys, include those with the donation. Go through your car and remove any personal belongings.

Vehicle Pickup

When the charity comes out to collect your donation, be sure to give them the proper documentation for the vehicle. You will also receive written documentation stating the car is no longer yours (and releases you from liability from that moment forward) and a tax receipt that allows you to claim the donation on your taxes. Once the vehicle has been picked up, the process is complete.

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Google’s Driverless Car

March 18th, 2013

Are you tired of driving all the time to get where you need to go? There are many alternatives to driving after you donate a car to Goodwill, such as riding a bike or using public transportation. But for those who still prefer using car to get around, Google is developing cars that drive themselves so you don’t have to.

At this point, Google is still in the testing phase of its 10-vehilce fleet. Currently, all of the driver-less cars are being ridden in by selected test participants and one of Google’s engineers in the passenger’s seat. They have successfully navigated 300,000 miles, which has included driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast Highway and Lombard Street in San Francisco, which is famous for being a difficult street to drive due to traffic and hairpin turns.

Google’s driver-less system operates the vehicle by driving at the speed limit it has stored on maps and navigating pre-programmed routes. The system keeps the vehicle at a safe distance from other vehicles and objects by using sensors that constantly monitor the surroundings of the vehicle. Additionally, the system includes an override that allows the driver to easily shut off the driver-less system and begin driving the vehicle manually.

Google does not currently have plans to produce vehicles that have this system built in, but they are looking at selling the system to major car manufacturers for them to begin using in their vehicles. You can learn more about Google’s driver-less car here.

So, if you are tired of having to drive yourself, keep your eye out for when this incredible new technology is available to the general public. When you decide it is time to replace your old car with a driver-less car, consider donating the old car to Goodwill of Greater Washington.

Donating your old vehicle is a great way to support your community while also getting a great tax deduction.

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