Donate your vehicle to charity before Dec. 31
Last updated 11/29/2007 at Noon
December is traditionally a favorite month for donors to support their favorite charities. Operation Homefront San Diego would like to remind everyone of an additional way to support them this year: by donating a vehicle.
They offer the following reasons for donating a vehicle this year:
1. Eliminate the hassle of selling the car.
2. It is too expensive to repair the vehicle.
3. The vehicle won’t pass a smog test and cannot be registered.
4. The vehicle is not safe on the road.
5. The owner just bought a new car and the dealer is offering a low trade-in value.
6. The title or paperwork is missing.
7. An old car has been sitting in the driveway and the neighbors are complaining.
8. A child’s car has been sitting in the driveway and the parent is complaining.
9. The owner doesn’t have the faintest idea how to place a for sale ad.
10. The landlord wants it out of the guest parking spot.
11. It takes three gallons of gas just to start it up.
12. The owner needs a tax write-off.
13. Car owners want to provide emergency assistance and morale to the troops, to the families they leave behind during deployment and to wounded warriors when they return home.
Donors can call (877) 411-3662 to make an appointment for pick-up or get more information. Vehicles will be picked up before the end of the year, sometimes the same day. Pick-ups can be done in Fallbrook, Bonsall, De Luz and Rainbow.
Cars do not need to run or pass smog. Donors are given a receipt at the time the vehicle is towed. Once the vehicle sells, they get the proper tax forms they will need to claim the deduction. (The IRS now requires the charity to give donors a tax receipt indicating the amount for which it sold.)
This year, the car donation program has raised more than $11,000. Car donations have helped provide assistance with daily issues that face military families when service members are deployed or recovering from injury.