When you donate a car in Manhattan Beach, California through Cars2Charities, you get to choose any charity and be sure you'll receive best tax deduction possible for your donated vehicle. Donating your car is a great way to experience the life-changing magic of tidying up -- and spread some charitable love. Find out how easy it is to get your car towed and fixed up for free, support your favorite cause, and receive a great tax deduction for your contribution.
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 Manhattan Beach.
Step 1: Preparing for the Process
You’ll start the process of donating your car in Manhattan Beach 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.
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 Manhattan Beach, 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.
Need to clear space in your garage or driveway in Manhattan Beach? Maybe you've considered donating a car but you're not sure if that makes sense for you. The short answer is: if you have a car that you don't need anymore, giving your car to charity can be one of the most rewarding and mutually beneficial ways to support your favorite cause.
Avoid the Inconvenience of Selling.
Selling, trading in or sometimes even giving a car away to a friend usually has some hidden costs -- even if that cost is your valuable time and effort. If your car needs work, how much time and money will you spend to fix it up? Don't forget about the advertising, potential buyer test drives and paperwork exchange involved in selling. Donating your car to charity may be a great choice if you can't be bothered with trips to the DMV, or title and registration issues. Not only does Cars2Charities take care of all the cumbersome details, we make sure you and your charity have the correct paperwork. Even if you can't find your records, or vehicle registration has lapsed.
Save Yourself the Trouble of Fixing it Up.
Especially if your car doesn't work, or isn't worth much, donating a car to charity may be no-brainer. Cars2Charities gladly accepts cars that need some loving care - even if it doesn't run. In fact, giving used vehicles a value-enhancing makeover is what we are known for! We typically increase the value of donated vehicles by 25%-50%. We know that the more we can sell it for, the better off your charity is … and the higher your tax deduction will be.
Get Your Garage Back.
Is your garage becoming a permanent parking lot for your unused golf cart, jet ski, ATV, or other recreational vehicle? Has your old boat or golf cart become an outdoor play structure for kids to sit or play on? Ever been slapped on the hand with a Manhattan Beach ordinance to remove your vehicle? (Ouch!) Tired of having to deal with Manhattan Beach parking? Paying storage costs? If you find your unused vehicle is just taking up space or perhaps even becoming a liability, car donation is the easiest and fastest way to take care of it. When you donate your car, we come to you and pick it up for free.
Get a Better Deal ...by way of Car Donation Tax Deduction.
Believe it or not, in some cases it makes more financial sense to donate your vehicle to charity than to sell it or trade it in. Consider this: dealers and CarMax offer you much less cash than if you were to sell it directly -- especially when you trade it in “as-is." When you donate your car through Cars2Charities, we increase its value before we sell it. After the car sells, you can deduct the final sales price from your taxable income - perhaps actually saving you money on a net basis. So for example, if your car is worth $4,000 “as is", we can often improve it by 50% by investing to clean it up and fix its issues, then sell to a retail buyer. If we sell it for, let's say, $6,000 then THAT's the amount you get to deduct from your taxes.
Spread some Good “Car-muh"
Maybe you just have a heart for helping others. Giving back to society makes you happy and completes you as a person. We get it! After all, that's why we're in this. We enjoy working with a variety of charities, and if you're a giver, there's no easier way to give to the charity of your choice than donating a car through Cars2Charities. Check out our list of charities OR add your own charity at Step 3 of our donation form.
As in every area of life, you have a choice of service providers. But how do you know which one is best? At Cars2Charities, we have a unique operating model that's geared to create the maximum benefits for donors and charities. We take giving seriously, and make it easy for donors to pick or add new charities to our growing list.
We Are Car Experts.
Cars2Charities' leaders have been in the business of improving vehicles for 35 years. When it comes to pouring love into your donated car, we have it down to a science. We quickly evaluate and take steps to improve how your car looks and runs, to get the best cash value for you and your charity. A donated car is typically worth 25%-50% more (vs. the typical process where a charity service partner just arranges for a car to be towed to an auction, where it's sold to a wholesale buyer). Our network of retail buyers is looking for vehicles just like yours, and trusts our reputation and results. They're willing to pay more than wholesalers, so everyone wins.
We Eliminate the Middleman
Unlike most services, Cars2Charities almost never uses an auction. This is especially valuable for donors who have a personal attachment to a vehicle and want to be sure it goes to a collector, or to another family that will still find good value in its remaining life. For example, one family recently donated a fully-equipped van used by their physically-challenged son, when they upgraded. We made sure it went to a new family that needed something just like that, but at an affordable price. Everyone felt great about the outcome. After we give cars a value-enhancing make-over, 90% of our vehicles are sold to retail customers. This way, for example, a car collector might add something to his collection, a pet adoption shelter gets more money to add new kennels, AND a donor's heart swells with humanitarian love as she writes off the vehicle's full sale-price as a charity car donation tax deduction.
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