My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Charity Cars, Inc., Longwood, FL, USA
I had a car that was no longer needed. I wanted to do something that I would feel good about and decided to donate it to someone in need. A friend recommended 800 Charity cars because of help that someone he knew had received. I am the paranoid type and research EVERYTHING! I did not want to give it to someone that would give a small percentage and then call themselves a charity. Do your research and you'd be amazed. First I went to Charity Navigator and searched Charity cars, they had 4 out of 4 stars and a overall of 95 score on financial and transparency. Then I went to Guidestar and found them listed. They had the financial but I would have to pay a fee. I lucked out because 800 Charity had a list of all the car charities from Guidestar and this information comes from the I.R.S filings, so it's legit and scary for some charities.
I call and spoke with a lady that was very informative. She explained the whole donation process which is a little more detailed than the clothes I donate to the Salvation Army. I told her about my car and in my eyes it's always been perfect, but because of the year and mileage she explain that they could not give it away to a family in need but they could auction it off. I was a little dismayed but she said that the proceeds help the charity. After my dream of giving my car to someone in need slipped away I realized that this is probably the best option. My car has never given me any major issues but what if it did after it was given to someone in need. That would not be good for them. Then she explained how the tax deduction worked and I was happy with that. So I told her to come and get it.
Two days later I got a call from a towing company asking me to set up a pick up time. We set a time for the following day for 2:00PM....and nothing. Then 5 minutes later the driver called me and apologized for running late. He would be there by 2:30 or we could reschedule. I told him I was here and would wait cause I had a half day off anyways. He showed a few minutes before his estimated time of arrival and loaded her up.
A couple of weeks later I got my tax deduction in the mail from charity cars. All in all I was very happy. Talked to a representative that knew her job and explained the procedure, had a professional tow truck driver that took her away and a tax deduction to boot, and most of all the money was spent of helping people.
Sorry this is so long but I am a skeptic type of person. I learned a lot about donating a car. If you're thinking of doing it I recommend Charity cars, but again “Do Your Research” I'm pretty sure after you see the percentages that actually goes to the cause... you'll be donating to them also.