Donating a Car to Charity

I was doing some research about donating a car to charity and I found a good checklist on the NY Better Business Bureau site

    “If considering a donation of a vehicle to a charity, follow this checklist:

  • Check out the charity. Make sure you are comfortable with its mission, activities and ethics. NYPAS maintains reports on many New York area charities and the Council of Better Business BureausÂ’ PAS program has information on national organizations from around the country.
  • Inquire what specifically the vehicle will be used for.
  • If the vehicle is to be sold, ask the actual dollar amount the charity will receive for your donation. Shop around- some charities receive more for each car donated than others.
  • Determine the true value of your donation, by finding out the “blue book” value and/or getting it appraised by an auto professional. Remember to take any damage into account.
  • Keep copies of all documentation pertaining to your donation for tax purposes.”