Donate a car/phone? Why?! :O

@diamania (7037)
Netherlands
August 16, 2010 7:23am CST
I'm seeing more and more ads and commercials about donating cars and phones for charity. But why donate your car or phone? How do they profit from us donating our cars and phones?
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6 responses
@ElicBxn (60183)
• United States
16 Aug 10
they sell them, you get a tax write off that they give you when they pick up the car or you drop off the phone
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
16 Aug 10
What is a tax write-off?
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@ElicBxn (60183)
• United States
16 Aug 10
In the U.S. anyway, if you donate money or things after a certain amount, you can get some of that taken off of your taxes, so you don't have to pay as much tax that's a Tax write off
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
17 Aug 10
Ah I see. So it can be financially very interesting to donate cars/phones. Thanks for your contribution.
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• United States
16 Aug 10
If I am not mistaken, the cell phones are given to women who are in dangerous and abused backgrounds. They program the phones to only be able to dial 911 and the help centers. The cars I can only guess and say they either used them to assist with I think families in programs to assist with their moving forward and bettering themselves or maybe sell them as contributions towards the programs. This is only a guess but can't think of any reason why they would need the cars.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
17 Aug 10
Used cars are indeed useful for people that need to travel long distances at low costs. I didn't know they used old phones as emergency phones, good thing.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
16 Aug 10
Cell phones and things like that can be "donated" but then the donation place recycles them for parts and make money that way. Cars... same thing. you donate, and they either try to resell or sell for parts.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
17 Aug 10
That's also better than just leaving them to rot, right? Good thing.
@GardenGerty (92404)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Aug 10
I think your previous responders have summed it up pretty well. The phones can be used as 911 phones for women at risk. I believe thy also have materials in them that can be resold, such as copper wiring. Cars can be repaired by donations of time and materials and given to really needy families, or sold and the money put into use in the charities. Or the cars can be parted out. Often the tax write off is actually worth more to the person donating them than using the car as a trade in at a dealership. That way everyone wins.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
17 Aug 10
So the tax write-off is quite a lucrative aspect of the whole car and phone recycling thing. I wonder if it exists here too. I am happy to have you visit and respond to my discussion Gerty!
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
16 Aug 10
I know that here in Nashville there are car donation prgrams that help single mothers in certain situations as well as disabled vets oand other persons with special needs. The cell phones are often refurbished asnd used as 9-1-1 phones for domestic violence victims.... I am sure there are other causes for these donations, but these are the 2 that I am aware of. And, it is a tax-write off!
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
17 Aug 10
Good thing they use old phones as emergency phones. Here I don't think they do that as you can get a working phone for a few euros and you don't need credit as the emergency number is free.
@echomonster (2229)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
16 Aug 10
Sometimes they sell the cars or phones. If they're not in good enough shape to use, they can still be sold for parts or recycling. Other times the items can be fixed up and given directly to the needy. I think they provide a useful service as some people don't want to go to the bother of selling their used items, especially if they're not in good shape.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
17 Aug 10
And also very good that they don't end up in our environment, I don't want to know what kind of dangerous materials they use to fabricate phones and cars!