Donated cars for people in need.
A non-profit charity that both accepts donated cars, and that can provide them to qualified low income families, is onlinecardonation.org. The number of people that can be assisted is very low, and resources are limited. However the service provided may be an option worth exploring for those that need an automobile.
The organization has created a nationwide network in an effort to help others. Not only can individuals apply for a car, but they also support churches, schools, charities, and other social service organizations, so those groups can apply as well. While resources are very limited and only a fraction of requests can be fulfilled, they will review each request sent to them.
There may be automobiles provided to qualified individuals for work related reasons or other critical appointments. Or a charity or school may receive one so they can continue their mission of serving others. So the program is wide ranging in the needs it tries to fulfill.
Each request is reviewed on a case by case basis by staff from onlinecardonation.org. They will need to know who you are, what the car will be used for, and have access to other information on your personal situation. A focus is on applicants that need it for self-sufficiency reasons, in particular for employment. A form needs to be completed on their website, and phone calls are not accepted. Only a small number of applications can be accepted due to limited financial resources and also vehicle inventory.
There are other items that the non-profit can provide as well. Other goods provided can include computers, clothing, furniture and more. Basically all items are donated to the organization by others, and then they disburse those goods to qualified individuals and families.
Almost any type of vehicle donation is accepted. This can include trucks, cars, ATV, vans, motorcycle or snowmobile donations. Even more non-traditional forms of transportation are available at onlinecardonation, including trailers or RVs as well as vehicles that are accessible to people with a disability. So the needy can take advantage of numerous programs that are available to them.
If you donate a car (rather than request one) then they will be tax deductible. The process is also made as easy as possible. It will be picked up from your home. The person contributing the car to the charity doesn’t even need to be present as it can be towed if necessary. The service is available in all 50 states. While it may take time to go through the donation process, they try to make it as easy as possible.
A tax deduction can be claimed by the person donating the vehicle. While the amount is not always straightforward or easy to determine, certain IRS publications can help in this process. Some higher priced vehicles will require an appraisal.
Applying online for a donated car
If you do apply for an automobile from onlinecardonation, note that every application and request will be reviewed by staff or volunteers from the non-profit. If someone is qualified, they will be contacted. Or more information will be requested from that person if needed. Note that the availability of free vehicles is limited, so most applications will need to unfortunately be denied. All decisions are made based on availability and need of the individuals.
Also, do not call the organization. The hours, customer service staff, and other resources the agency has is very limited. Calls will not be processed and all requests need to be made from their website. It is easy to navigate and send a request to them.
If you need help, go to the site and complete their form. With the challenging economy, many people need a little assistance during these difficult times. While the availability of donated cars is very limited, the non-profit charity will do its best to fulfill as many requests as possible.