What Happens to Your Vehicle After It’s Donated

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If you have an unnecessary truck, car or any other type of vehicle that’s outlasted its usefulness, you have several options. You could try to sell it yourself, but depending on the car’s state, that could be easier said than done. You could have the car scrapped, like the nearly 12 million cars that are junked each year to be recycled — but you probably won’t receive much of a return on your investment that way, and it isn’t the most environmentally friendly choice. Donating your car to charity, however, can be a great way to rid yourself of an unnecessary car no matter what state it’s in, while also possibly getting something back in the form of a tax deduction. But before you consider donating your car, it’s important to know what will most likely happen to your vehicle once you turn it over to the nonprofit of your choice.

After the nonprofit takes the car, it is examined to determine its condition. If the car is in too poor a condition, the nonprofit will have the vehicle sold for scrap, with the proceeds being used to further the nonprofit’s mission. If, however, the car is still in good enough form, it can be sold at auction or donated to a disadvantaged family. No matter what, you’ll know that you have given directly to a worthy cause and possibly set yourself up to receive a tax deduction that could be of benefit to you. Donating a car also is a great way to make a positive influence on the environment, because recycling a car rather than allowing it to sit in a junk yard helps preserve natural resources and reduces pollution that is created by the manufacturing process.

Donating a car to a nonprofit benefits people in need by helping support organizations that do good work right there in your local community. It also benefits you by getting rid of an undesirable burden as well as possibly providing you with a tax deduction. For more information about what could happen to your car after you donate it, check out the  infographic below by Goodwill Car Donation. You’ll learn about numerous potential roads your unwanted car could take after you donate it to a nonprofit.


Infographic created by Goodwill Car Donation