FAQ

FAQs: (Frequently Asked Questions)

We get lots of questions from people wanting to know how to donate a car, truck, van, RV or other vehicle to charity. And since the more you know, the easier it will be for you to make the right decision. So here at Harold’s Car Donation, we try to answer every question about donating a car or other vehicle.

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, the please call us at: 1-800-310-5274. Or visit out contact page for complete information on how to get a hold of us.

 

[toggle title_open=”Are there any costs for me to donate my car?” title_closed=”Are there any costs for me to donate my car?” hide=”no” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Never![/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”Can I donate my car even if it’s not running or has been crashed?” title_closed=”Can I donate my car even if it’s not running or has been crashed?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Absolutely! We get top dollar for non-runners and wrecks.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”How is your company better than your competition?” title_closed=”How is your company better than your competition?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Based on over 25 years of car repair experience, each car is evaluated to determine where it will be sent in order to produce the maximum amount of profit. Some cars get fully detailed to maximize visual appeal at auction. This always generates more interest and interested bidders, which drives the price higher. As long as it is determined that it is cost-effective, some cars are repaired in order to increase the selling price. Both detailing and repairing raise the buying price, which brings more money to the charity, and gives you a higher tax write off! This is in 100% accordance with IRS laws.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”I lost my title, do I need to get a new one?” title_closed=”I lost my title, do I need to get a new one?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]We can help with this.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”My car will not pass a smog check, can I donate it?” title_closed=”My car will not pass a smog check, can I donate it?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Never a problem! You can donate a car that will not pass a smog check.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”I still owe money on my vehicle, can I donate it?” title_closed=”I still owe money on my vehicle, can I donate it?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Unfortunately, no. The lender keeps the title until the vehicle has been paid off.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”I have heard of people donating a car and having trouble later, how is this avoided?” title_closed=”I have heard of people donating a car and having trouble later, how is this avoided?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]A “Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability“ gets filed with DMV which is a legal document releasing you from all responsibility for the vehicle.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”How do I get a tax deduction for a car donation?” title_closed=”How do I get a tax deduction for a car donation?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]On cars that sell for more than $500.00, an IRS form 1098-C gets mailed to you which gets filed with your federal tax return. On cars that sell for less than $500.00, only a thank you letter is needed.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”How long does it take to pick up my car?” title_closed=”How long does it take to pick up my car?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]Usually 24-48 hours and sometimes the same day depending on location.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”How do I know you are a legitimate company?” title_closed=”How do I know you are a legitimate company?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]We are bonded and registered with the California Attorney General’s Office as a Commercial Fundraiser (click here to search). We are also registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Registration #SS43138).[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”How long has your company been doing this?” title_closed=”How long has your company been doing this?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]We have been helping charities with car donations since 1997.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”Is there any paperwork I have to do?” title_closed=”Is there any paperwork I have to do?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]No, only the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability is required to be mailed which we help you with.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”Where are you licensed to operate?” title_closed=”Where are you licensed to operate?” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]We work with charities in California and Florida. However, cars can be located in any state. We are signed up with hundreds of auctions coast to coast, and Hawaii.[/toggle]

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