Are Vehicle Donation Programs Worthwhile? Here’s What You Should Know

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A vehicle donation program can make it easy to donate your car to charity with little time investment from you. But as with most things, it’s essential to do your research before deciding on which one to go with. Read on to learn more about vehicle donation programs and what makes one worthwhile over another.

What are Vehicle Donation Programs?

Vehicle donation programs, also known as vehicle recycling programs, are a type of nonprofit organization that accepts donations of unwanted vehicles. They usually offer to tow your car away for free and then sell it at an auction or scrapyard. Proceeds from the sale go to the nonprofit organization running the vehicle donation program.

At Hands of the Carpenter, however, local donations can be repaired and placed directly into the hands of qualified recipients. We provide donated vehicles to single moms with kids in Golden and Aurora, Colorado. 

Vehicle donation programs have several advantages, including lower overhead costs and giving 100% of their funds back to their cause. But before you sign up with one, there are a few things you should know.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Program for Vehicle Donations

Many vehicle donation programs are out there, but not all are worthwhile. When considering which program to choose for your vehicle donation, consider the following: 

1) What causes do you want your car donation to support?

2) Does the vehicle go directly to an individual who needs it, or will it be sold for funds?

3) Is the organization local or national? Which one matters most to you?

4) What percentage of funds go to helping people versus administration and executive pay?

5) Does the organization have a solid reputation for its work?

6) Is the organization faith-based? Is this important to you?

7) Is the organization qualified for tax-deductible donations?

What Kinds of Vehicles are Best for Donating to Charity?

It may come as a surprise, but there are no limitations to the kinds of vehicles you can donate to charity. Some organizations do have specific types of cars that they prefer to receive. Still, any automobile, truck, or van can benefit the organization. 

At Hands of the Carpenter, any vehicle that is impractical for our clients to utilize directly can be sold for funding to benefit our programs. So whether your car is working or not, call on Hands to put your tax-deductible donation to work.

Consider Donating to Hands of the Carpenter

Hands of The Carpenter (Hands) is a faith-based nonprofit community that uniquely serves working single moms by addressing the often overlooked issue of transportation. Hands provides automobile placement, repair, and maintenance to relieve the enormous financial burden and related distress that automobile repair puts on this population and their opportunity for economic self-sufficiency.

Hundreds of women each year trust Hands to provide vehicle maintenance or acquire a safe, reliable vehicle for work and childcare duties. Vehicles donated locally in Denver, Colorado, can be repaired and placed directly into the hands of local women who need them. In addition, those unserviceable or impractical for a mom to use can be sold for funds that benefit our repair programs or to purchase a used car for a mom in need.

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