You will probably find that if car donations are made by your local car dealerships, it is usually only to nonprofit organizations. This allows the car dealership to get a tax deduction for its car donation. However, this doesn't mean individuals in need of transportation can't obtain a car donation from a dealership if you work through a nonprofit charity. By understanding if you, or your nonprofit charity, qualifies for a car donation and what steps to take you can successfully get a car dealership to donate a vehicle to you.
If You are a Nonprofit Charity
Start by contacting a local car dealership to find out if it has a car donation program. Get the name and number of the person in charge of charitable donations to further discuss your request. Find out what the procedures are for obtaining a donated vehicle. Take notes on the process so you don't miss any requested information.
Follow the dealership's procedures for making a car donation request if you are a nonprofit charity. Typically, this will include starting the process by writing a letter detailing your request with information as to what type of vehicle you need, what the car will be used for and how it will benefit the local community. Once you submit the letter, follow up with a phone call within a week to further discuss your request. Offer to answer any questions the car dealership has. If you are turned down for the car donation, do ask what the deciding factors where in the decision. Sometimes car dealerships just cannot afford to make such a large donation. However, if there were other factors involved, knowing this may help you with getting a car donation in the future.
Information for Individuals
Car dealerships will rarely donate a car directly to an individual. But if you have a severe need, you may be able to get assistance from the auto dealership by involving yourself with a nonprofit organization. Many nonprofit charities, such as those that work with people with disabilities, abuse victims, the homeless and military families, have charity car donation programs that work with dealerships to get donated vehicles for individuals. Find out which local nonprofit charities the car dealership would be willing to donate a car to, or has donated a vehicle to in the past, if you are not a nonprofit organization. Then work with that nonprofit charity, to obtain a donated vehicle.
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