Archive for November, 2012

Voided Warranty

Friday, November 30th, 2012

There are many reasons people decide to give a car donation to Goodwill. One of them is that the warranty for their vehicle has been voided. Here are some of the reasons your vehicle warranty could be voided:

Salvage Title: Cars receive salvage titles when the damage to the vehicle is almost equal to or greater than the value of the vehicle. You can avoid purchasing a vehicle with a salvage title by only buying certified pre-owned vehicles. If you do end up with a salvage title vehicle, you can donate it to Goodwill.

Misuse of Vehicle: Misuse of the vehicle can include several activities such as racing, off-roading or putting too much weight inside of the vehicle. If the vehicle shows signs of these and other uses deemed as “misuse” the warranty administrator can deny your warranty claims.

Environmental Damage: This type of damage would include damage from a natural disaster or other forces of nature-floods, earthquakes, etc.

Altered Odometer: Since most warranties last until the car reaches a certain mileage, an altered odometer will almost certainly void the warranty. Even though sometimes it is difficult to tell if the odometer was actually tampered with, you can count on the warranty administrator checking vehicle history report to look for any inconsistencies.

It is also possible for the warranty to be voided only for specific parts of the vehicle. These are the reasons this could happen:

  • Neglect: If you skip any of the suggested maintenance of your vehicle, such as an oil change every three months, your dealership may void your warranty so it is very important to keep up on these appointments.
  • Use of Improper Fluids: This would include things like using diesel gas or accidentally pouring fluids into parts where they do not belong.
  • Aftermarket Parts: Putting in aftermarket marts should typically only void the warranty for those specific parts, although most dealers will try to tell you that the entire warranty is voided.

Have any of these or other instances caused your warranty to be voided? It might be time to donate your vehicle to Goodwill of Greater Washington!

To learn more about how to donate a vehicle for a tax deduction, give us a call at 866-492-2770 or click the donate button below.


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Donate Your Car to Take Advantage of New Technology

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The technology in new cars has been rapidly advancing in recent years. Now is a great time to donate your car to Goodwill of Greater Washington so you can buy a new car and enjoy some of the great new features cars offer these days. In this post, you will learn more about new in-dash navigation systems. Here are some things to consider when comparing car navigation systems:

Screen and Interface: It is important to look for a screen that is easily accessible (especially if it is a touch screen) and also that the screen is bright enough to see when the sun is shining. Try to use the navigation system before you choose one to make sure it is user-friendly.

Mapping Software and Graphics: The main choices here are between a hard-disk drive or an SD card. The hard-disk systems are becoming outdated because updates require a DVD whereas an SD card can simply be put into the console for navigation. There are also different levels of quality in each navigation system, some even offering 3D graphics.

Destination Input and POI Info: There are many different ways to enter an address into the GPS so you will want to look for one that offers you the most convenience. For example, the GPS will be more useful to you if you are able to search by city, zip code, street name, phone number and the name of a point of interest.

Routing Quality: Some navigation systems offer more accurate turn-by-turn directions than others. You will also want to look for a system that allows you to customize routes they way you would like such as avoiding highways, toll roads or construction.

As you can see, donating your car will allow you to explore a variety of new possibilities when you are choosing a new car. Plus, not only will you get to shop for a new navigation system after you donate your car, you will also know that you did something significant to help out people in your community.

Learn more about donating your vehicle to Goodwill here.


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Goodwill Update

Monday, November 26th, 2012

When you donate your vehicle to Goodwill of Greater Washington, you will be joining thousands of other community members who have been contributing to Goodwill’s success this year. Here are some of the ways Goodwill has been raising money to help the community this season:

Share a Smile Campaign

During the month of October, Goodwill was raising money in thrift stores to honor National Disability Employee Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is to highlight the value and hard work of employees with disabilities. The month was a huge success and Goodwill was able to raise over $15,000 which will all go towards putting people in the community to work.

Goodwill and Marriott Donation Drive

Also during the month of October, Goodwill held a donation drive in partnership with Marriott Hotels in Washington DC. This week-long donation drive was a huge success and the donations collected throughout the week will be used to help support Goodwill’s mission transforming lives through the dignity of work.

There will be more donation drives in the coming months, so keep checking Goodwill’s website for more information.

When you donate your vehicle to Goodwill of Greater Washington, the vehicle will be taken to an auto auction and sold. Once the vehicle has been sold, Goodwill will receive the proceeds from the sale to use towards its job training and employment programs. So, when you’re considering making a car donation this holiday season, consider making a donation to Goodwill. Now is a great time to donate because you will still be able to take a tax deduction for the 2012 year.

Are you ready to make a vehicle donation to Goodwill today? You can start the process now or learn more about Goodwill’s programs here.


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