When disaster strikes here at home or halfway around the world, it’s hard to stand by helplessly, wishing you could reach out, but not knowing exactly how. There’s one thing that’s always needed by victims and that’s monetary support. For domestic disasters, like earthquakes and tornadoes, FEMA can only do so much. And when disaster relief agencies ends volunteers all over the world to mitigate the suffering of children, they need our help.
You can play an important role in the lives of those who are suffering when you donate a car to help with disaster relief. It’s hard to believe that something we almost take for granted – a car you no longer want – can bring such comfort to the lives of others.
Yes, we turn the car, truck or SUV you no longer need into food, shelter, medicine, water and other important resources by maximizing its value and transmitting the net proceeds from the sale to whichever non-profit you choose. Whether the cause is climate change or famine, sometimes the human rights of others need protection. Or you can be involved in alleviating suffering through World Impact, or any of the other great charities listed above.
When you donate your car for disaster aid, we funnel the net proceeds to whichever charity you believe offers the kind of assistance needed by those who are suffering. (Charities reimburse the cost of towing, improvements, and handling fees, to turn vehicles to cash as quickly as possible.) You can help the most helpless – children – by donating a car to disaster relief through Food for the Hungry, for example. It takes the chore of deciding what to do with your old car and turns it into money for the cause.
When you choose which charity gets the net proceeds from the sale of your car, the support goes to the kinds of relief targeted by that particular nonprofit. That means you can actually be a resource of response to earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes – any number of possibilities. With Cars2Charities, there is no limit to the range of support you can provide with a charity car donation for disaster relief.
The vast majority of tsunamis occur following an earthquake. For instance, the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 followed an 8.9-magnitude shake-up. A quake alone can cause enough devastation to warrant a massive need for support to the people suffering. When Haiti was devastated by the earthquake in 2010, weren’t you among those who tried to help? Though it was too far away to actually assist personally, a vehicle donation for disaster relief is one way to do that.
According to the American Red Cross, floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Some of the worst in recent years have occurred in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. One nonprofit organization reached an estimated 100,000 people in Bangladesh following the country’s worst flooding, by providing emergency supplies and medical care.
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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 to Disaster Relief.
Step 1: Preparing for the Process
You’ll start the process of donating your car to Disaster Relief 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.
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 to Disaster Relief, you’re part of a win/win proposition since vehicle donations to Disaster Relief 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 donation. We operate with full transparency between donor and Disaster Relief 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 Disaster Relief 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.
Find out what previous vehicle donors have to say about Cars2Charities.
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