If you're looking for a way to support a great charity in your community, donate a car in Los Angeles. Donating a vehicle is one of the most generous ways to give and it doesn't cost you anything — except maybe an old vehicle that you don't use anyway.
With more than 30 years of experience, Cars2Charities has the expertise in making vehicle donations easier than ever. Cars2Charities is designed to provide donors with a simple, fast, and secure way to donate their vehicles in Los Angeles.
Step 1: Preparing for the Process
You’ll start the process of donating your car in Los Angeles by collecting the vehicle's cleared Certificate of Title and Registration.
If you have misplaced your title or registration, don’t worry! We can help. Please find your vehicle's identification number (VIN) and together we can determine which supplementary paperwork you will need to complete at the time of pick up.
As this time you will also want to decide which charity you want your proceeds to go to. To begin, take a look at our "Causes" tab. We organized our charities based on their mission.
If you have a soft spot for our furry friends, the animal rescue of your choice would greatly benefit from your donation. Perhaps you'd rather have your donation benefit people in need. These charities range from homeless shelters to medical research. . Perhaps your passionate about supporting our veterans with a donation.
Now, if deciding on just one charity is too hard, we can help. You can just say, “Cars2Charities, you choose for me." Simply let us know.
Step 2: Scheduling Your Pickup
Give us a call at (855) 520-2100, or complete an online donation request. Our friendly donation coordinators will gather your vehicles information, and together, we will decide the most convenient time, date, and location for the pickup. Then we will send you an email that gives you step by step instructions to prepare you for the pick-up.
Before arriving, our tow truck driver will call you one hour before to give you time to collect paperwork and prepare the vehicle for towing. At the time of the pick-up, make sure your title is signed and clear of any lien holdings. You will hand over the title and registration to the tow truck driver.
Step 3: Maximizing the Donation
We take the reins at this point to maximize the donation for both our donors and charities. We do this by assessing the vehicle and adding value to increase the selling price of the car. It’s a situation many people dream about – a successful way to support a cause you care about without the work involved.
The simple reason people donate cars is because they don't need them anymore. However, there are countless great reasons for giving your donating your car in Los Angeles. Some of the reasons we hear most often are:
-It’s a huge hassle to sell it yourself or the trade-in offer you got from CarMax or a dealer is laughably low. Your time may be more valuable than the energy needed to fix it up and sell it yourself — and just imagine the nightmare of finding the vehicle registration documents or title if it's an old car, or something that's in the family. When you donate your vehicle in Los Angeles through Cars2Charities, we handle the details and tow your car – whenever and from wherever it's convenient.
When YOU Need Help. Giving through a car donation program in Los Angeles is a great way to avoid the hassle of selling it -- especially if it's not worth much. If your time's more valuable than the time and energy needed to sell it yourself, we have the perfect solution. And we make it so easy. Whether you can't locate the title, the registration has lapsed or is missing, or you just need it gone fast and can't be bothered with selling it, we handle the details and tow your car for free. When it's time, we provide the tax documents you'll need for the IRS in order to get your charity car tax deduction.
When Your CAR Needs Help. Fixing up cars is kind of what makes us special. So, if the cost of repairing your car is starting to add up to more than it's worth, donating makes a lot of sense. Our in-house car specialists make smart, selective improvements that typically increase the value of your car, motorcycle donation or golf cart donation in Los Angeles by 25%-50%. Your charity gets more than they would have if you sold the car “as is" and gave them the cash. Since you can deduct the full value of what your vehicle actually sells for on your tax return, you make out pretty well too!
The simple reason people choose to donate their car is because they no longer want it. Other reasons that people chose to donate their vehicle instead of trying to sell are:
-It’s a huge hassle to sell it yourself
-The trade-in offer you got from CarMax, or a dealer is laughably low.
- It would take A LOT of time and money to fix up the car yourself
-You need your vehicle off your property.
-You want to support a cause that is important to you, get rid of your vehicle in the process, AND receive a tax deduction for your donation.
By donating, you can share your passion for change and draw attention to what you consider important. In return, you receive a maximized ax deduction, and the comfort of knowing your donation sparked change and amelioration.
Charities are not the only ones who benefit. By donating a car in Los Angeles, you’re part of a win/win proposition since vehicle donations to charity are considered by the Internal Revenue Service and the State to be COMPLETELY TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Our value-enhancing services allow you to deduct the full sale price off your vehicle as a charity donation. We operate with full transparency between donor and charity by making sure everyone has a copy of the IRS regulated paperwork — including the IRS Form 1098-C which you will receive within 30 days after the sale of your car.
Both you and the charity will receive IRS Form 1098-C within 30-50 days of the sale of your vehicle, making the transaction transparent to all parties. Plus, we do all the work. There’s no standing in lines at the DMV or dealing with the paperwork to transfer the title.
Need some more info? The IRS guidelines for tax deductions is a great resource. You can also learn more about our vehicle donation program by watching our videos, which focus on frequently asked questions that we've grouped by topic.
We've Loved Cars for Over 35 Years! Caring for cars is our core business and we're pretty good at it. In fact, when it comes to examining and fixing cars up for resale, we've become quite the experts. How many other charity car programs have their own technicians? How many others have a comprehensive guideline to determine the best way to improve your car's value? Just us, it seems!
We Work with Retail Buyers —Not Auction Sites. Most programs send your car directly to auction, where it's typically purchased by a wholesaler looking to earn a profit. But not us. Not only do our technicians enhance your donation, but the fact that we market to retail buyers who appreciate the remaining life your gifted vehicle may still represent means your charity gets more support and you get a bigger vehicle donation tax deduction. We often match older vehicles with collectors, or a specially equipped van with a buyer who has special needs for example. So call and tell us your “wants". Especially if a vehicle holds sentimental value, we do our best to find a buyer who'll appreciate it as you do.
Cars2Charities is considered the best car donation company for many other reasons too:
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