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Car Donations in California

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Bay | Goodwill Car Donations Photo by Inactive account – ID 12019 under Pixabay License

Car Donations in California

California car donations are a great way to give back in the “Golden State.”  But don’t donate your used car or truck to just any charity.  Check out the charity you are considering very carefully first.  Why?  Because, sadly, many charities in California give only a small percentage to the needy.

But even if the ‘parent’ charity is good, the solicitation service for a charity may be keeping most or all of your donation proceeds; the charity may not get squat.  So you have to do a little research on any charitable organization before parting with your old vehicle.

Fortunately, we here at GoodwillCarDonation.org have done most of the legwork for you.  You simply need to click on your state (in this case, California) from the drop-down menu at the top of the website.  There will be information specific to the Golden State on the page for California.

On that page you will find links to the California State Attorney General’s Office, as well as the CA DMV (California Division of Motor Vehicles) and other helpful links.  But other sites you should visit are the “charity watchdog” websites.  These organizations keep track of most charities and grade them on their efficiency (or lack thereof).  Links to these car donation charity watchdog organizations can be found under “Car Donation Scams.”

Red car parked on the street in Palo Alto, CA | Goodwill Car Donations Photo by Igor Shalyminov under Unsplash License

Giving your old car or truck (or NEW vehicle – if you are really generous) to a California car donation charity can be a rewarding experience.  Especially if you’ve done a quick background check of the charity and determined that it is indeed a bona fide charity that cares about people.

Also remember that you may qualify for a car donation tax deduction.  Depending on the condition of your donated vehicle, this amount could be more than you could get for the car at a salvage yard!