When you first purchase a vehicle, you probably never think about how one day it’s going to be entirely useless for you. Either it doesn’t run anymore, you bought a new one, or maybe you just no longer drive. Whatever the reason is, its’ something the people that organized the KUOW car donation program thought of. Instead of leaving those what were thought of useless automobiles sitting around, there’s something to be made of them.
We take those cars and turn them into cash, and you don’t have to do hardly any work to make it happen. It’s certainly not going to cost you anything. All you have to give is a little bit of time and energy in getting in contact with us to discuss an appropriate arrangement that works for you. Find out how you can donate your car to KUOW and help support local public radio broadcasting services.
Get to Know KUOW Seattle
At KUOW it is our primary focus to provide news and information of value to the local public including topics surrounding various cultures, upcoming events, and a variety of other ideas of interest. We strive to provide the highest level of expression, entertainment, and journalism through our in-depth research and programming. KUOW seeks to capture and retain the involvement of the people in the community using some of the most state-of-the-art technologies and practices. We work in an environment that stimulates growth, diversity, and experimentation.
As a non-profit organization, we need the KUOW car donation program in part to get the funds we require to obtain the resources we use to share our services with the Seattle community. Through our public broadcasts, we work to show respect to our listeners and provide them with news and information that is relevant to the community. You can ensure we examine everything that we broadcast for accuracy, fairness, and completeness in all of our reporting.
Make a Difference with KUOW Car Donation
Charitable Adult Rides and Services, Inc. (CARS) has teamed up with KUOW to provide a service that works throughout the nation to help get money to non-profit programs like the KUOW car donation. When you want to make a car donation in Seattle, you can call the KUOW pledge phone number at 866-586-9227 and share all of the details about what you want to give to us with one of our friendly operators. There is also the option of filling out a form online. Shortly after you submit it, one of the representatives from KUOW car donation will call you to go over everything and set up a time to have your auto picked up that works with your schedule. Some of the contributions that we accept include:
- Personal watercraft
- Recreational vehicles
Don’t worry if your car doesn’t run anymore or if it isn’t in the best of conditions. We will still come and get it from you as long as it has some value. It will be determined through the consultation if we can make more money off the sale than what it’s going to cost us to tow it to an auction site. We can either sell it as-is or tear it apart and get rid of what is in working order for parts. In some instances, it may get sold through a private sale if that’s how we are going to get the most for it. That will be decided after our expert evaluation team has a chance to give the vehicle a complete inspection.
What to Know About Car Donation Seattle
Before you can sign your vehicle over to us, you have to make sure that you have a clean title on the asset. That shows us that the bank or another third-party doesn’t have a lien and rights to the property. If you don’t have a title or you have misplaced it, you need to take the steps necessary through your DMV to get a duplicate ordered. It may take a few weeks to get that done depending on where you live.
When you receive it in the mail, you can then call us to set up a pickup time for your auto. In most cases, we can travel to anywhere within the 48 continental United States within a couple of days to haul away your car. It isn’t going to cost you anything but a little bit of time to set up the appointment. You don’t even have to be there when we come if we can’t come to an agreement on date and time. Special arrangements can be made in advance if that is the case.
There is no need to worry about having a smog certificate current on your vehicle even if you live in a state that requires it. We also don’t need any sort of safety inspection documentation to accept your gift. We do suggest that you get in touch with your state’s DMV to find out what their requirements are for giving away your vehicle. Some areas require that you fill out a release of liability form or return the license plates to them.
CARS then get to work so that we can get your vehicle sold off in a timely fashion. When a consumer makes the purchase, KUOW receives 80% of the sale price from the CARS organization or at minimum $35, whichever is higher. On average, each vehicle that gets donated nets $555 for the KUOW broadcasting company. We then take that money and put it to use within our organization for continued services to the local community.
Getting a Tax Deduction for Your Car Donation
When one of our trusted tow truck companies comes and gets your vehicle, they will leave you with a receipt. That releases you from all liability associated with the property from the time it leaves your location. It can also be used on your next year’s tax returns if the sale of the vehicle is under $500. Car donation is considered a charitable contribution, and you can receive a deduction for giving us your asset. You will be able to claim the value of the gross proceeds of what we sell it for.
After the auto is sold, if it goes for more than $500, we will send you a receipt to let you know what we received at the time of purchase. Be aware that if you are claiming more than $500 we have to collect your social security number. If you don’t want to share that information with us, the most you can claim is $500. The CARS system encrypts the information, so you don’t have to be concerned about the security of your personal information.
Although extremely rare, there are instances where the tow truck driver may not be able to leave you a receipt. There is no need to worry if that happens to you. Just call our KUOW pledge phone number with all of your information, and we will mail one out to you right away.
Call Our KUOW Pledge Phone Number
If you are interested in donating your car to KUOW, you can call 866-KUOW-CAR (866-586-9227) to talk with our experienced operators about how to get through the process. We are standing by seven days a week to help you understand all the ins and outs of the car donation program so that you can put your mind at ease about giving your unwanted vehicle away. Trust that your generosity is going to be utilized in a way that will benefit not only you but our entire community. You’ll get the benefit of feeling good about helping out along with a little help on your tax return, but we are going to get so much more out of the effort you put in to giving.