Ask what the program will do with the vehicles.

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How do I find out if the organization to or through which I am donating is legitimate?

Ask what the program will do with the vehicles.

Organizations usually sell the vehicles and use the proceeds to fund programs. Others use cars as teaching tools in educational programs and to provide transportation to low income families or dislocated workers. If you have a preference for how your vehicle will be used, it you should ask the car donation service or the charity these questions. Also, according to new IRS guidelines for vehicle donations, the documentation that you will need from the charity will be different depending on how the organization will use the vehicle.

   

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