Donating a Car
1. Find a Charity and Check Them Out
To donate a car find a reputable charity, if the charities you usually donate to do not accept vehicles then ask friends or search sites. Check out the credentials of the charity you are willing to donate to. Find out the tax status of the charity how they use their funds, how long they have been around etc. Charities should be IRS approved 501(c)(3) organizations in order to qualify for charitable contributions. Most religious organization do qualify ad charitable organizations. You can find more information in publication 78 at IRS website.
2. It is better to deal directly with the organization rather than middlemen
There are companies who advertise and process car donations but they are really handlers, they take the car from you salvage what they can for profit and then donate to the charity. You might not get the full benefits.
3. Find out how they calculate the value of donation
Every charity depending on what they do with the car you donate you might get a different value for your donations and tax deductions. Do the homework before and find out exactly how you much value is attributed to your donation.
4. Check to make sure you don't have outsanding tickets or fines before transfering title
Make sure you pay any outsanding parking tickets and then make surethe title gets transfered from your name to the charity or organization you donate so you are not liable for any further fines or accidents.
5. Document your donation when you donate cars
Always keep good records with dates and names etc. If your donation is for more than $500 you might need a third party appraisal or the organization might provide you with one. If the value is less than $500 then you can probably report fair market value from Kelly Blue Book.