Junking a Car for Charity

Posted on March 9, 2011 by Courtney

Please welcome today’s guest poster, Daniel Frank.

One of the challenges of being green is that while there are the many obvious tasks to consider, there are also many things that can slip your mind or make for an easy mistake. One of these is how you dispose of an old car. Cars have been green villains for years and while new generations of vehicles have become progressively greener, the old ones are still fairly toxic.

Of course cars are essential for many people, but the day may come when you’ll buy a flashy new electric car, or maybe your old one just no longer goes. The question is: What is the green way to get rid of it? There are many ways — maybe a friend needs a car and would be happy to take yours. Or possibly you could sell it. But what do you do when you don’t want the hassle of selling it and none of your friends want it?

Well, why not give it to charity?

There are several charities who accept car donations and they can help keep your car out of the scrap yard. Normally they either give it to someone in need or they can sell it at a car salvage auction. There are car donation options throughout the U.S. and Canada, and not only do you get to feel green, but you even get a tax deduction.

In the UK, car donation goes a step further. One UK not-for-profit called Giveacar takes donations of cars that are ready to be scrapped and ensures that they sent to environmentally friendly scrap yards.

To find out more about Giveacar, or to donate a car, visit the website: www.giveacar.co.uk. If you live in the United States, visit http://www.donate-car-for-charity.com/. For more advice, check out this article from MSNBC.

4 Comments +

  1. Wow! I’d never even thought about how to dispose of a dead car. This is great info, Courtney!

    March 9th, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Comment by Deborah
  2. Actually, Deborah, I believe Daniel Frank deserves the credit here.

    March 9th, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    Comment by mickey
  3. Nowadays I believe that any fresh ways of raising money for charity especially a green method such as this is an excellent idea.

    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:59 am
    Comment by Unrecorded Salvage
  4. you can donate a car or any vehicle through our vehicle donation program, you help provide essential needs to the children who need it the most. Less privileged children deserve every chance in the world to succeed. Children are in need of food and supplies everyday. They get the supplies they need because of the cars that are donated.

    car donation

    December 2nd, 2011 at 4:09 am
    Comment by Cameron

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