People like you, people in need, are our only reason for being. Our entire charity network has been developed to help others – other people, other social service groups, communities, schools and other nonprofit organizations. Can someone donate a car to me?
If you need a new car but you don’t have the money to buy it, you can get one gift from a car dealer. Dealers often don’t give cars to private individuals, but this happens from time to time. Please note that dealerships will only give someone a car in the most extreme charity cases. A better chance of getting a car may be greater if you contact one of the many charities that donate, unlike a car dealership.
To qualify for a vehicle, you must meet the following basic criteria:
- You must have a verifiable job offer or work at least 30 hours a week
- You must have a driving license in the state in which you live
- You must be insured (without DWI and DUI)
- You can’t have any other vehicle in your home
- You must be drug free
- You must be able to cover taxes, tags and title (about an additional $ 500)
- If you are under 25 you must have children
- You must be able to cover the current cost of owning the car (insurance, fuel and repairs, if needed)
How do I know that my car is in good hands after picking up?
All auctions and direct buyers used by Habitat are licensed, insured and related in the states in which they operate. By signing the title directly in Advanced Remarketing Services, you are legally transferring your vehicle ownership to Habitat for Humanity.
After receiving the title and picking up the vehicle, you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.
What happens to donated cars?
About half of our cars are sold to licensed dealers at wholesale auctions and are reused for transport. The other half is usually transported to accident car depots, where all car parts, batteries, tires and reusable fluids are removed. Vehicles that can be recycled are crushed, crushed and processed into steel.
Car recycling maintains a large amount of steel in landfills – enough to build nearly 45,000 steel-built homes each year. Each year’s energy savings are enough to power around 18 million homes!
Non-cash donations are a common factor triggering IRS audits. After making a generous contribution, remember to document the transaction accurately and keep the documents in the IRS tax file for this year in case the accountant or tax officer needs it. See also the IRS publication Donor Guide on Vehicle Donations. This way you can be sure that you follow all the rules.