By simply contacting your charity of choice, you can arrange to donate your vehicle. Many charities can help you set up a pickup time for the car if you don’t even want to leave the comfort of your own home.
Many larger charities like Goodwill or the Salvation Army accept car donations and even have a dedicated service for them.
In most cases, donating your car to charity is a safe process but you can still take some precautions to protect yourself.
Here are a few smart precautions you can take to avoid liability for anything that may happen with your vehicle after it is no longer in your positions:
Be Wary of Scam Organizations – If an organization reaches out to you and offers you a tax deduction that sounds too good to be true, it might be a scam.
Keep a Paper Record – Make sure you get everything recorded in paper including receipts, appraisal, and other important documents.
Be Sure to Remove Your Plates – Once you are one driving your car you should remove the license plates. If you have scheduled a pickup for your vehicle donation, remove the plates ahead of time so you do not forget.
Transfer the Vehicle Title – File a title transfer form to sign over the vehicle’s title and update your state’s motor vehicle agency about the donation.
Cancel Your Car Insurance Coverage – Once you have completed your donation, make sure you remove that vehicle from your current auto insurance policy to avoid paying for coverage on a vehicle you no longer own.