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Kars for Kids

My friend Clifford Meth recommends this charity—Kars4Kids—which turns your old car into summer camp time for needy kids. It sounds like a great cause and an easy way to support it. Just keep away from that jingle on the site’s front page, which will earworm you in seconds.

I donated one of my first post-college junkers to a charity like this back when I lived in Colorado. You get the tax write-off for the charity, and you don’t have to hassle with selling the thing and wondering if an irate buyer will come after you later when something breaks! (I actually had a brake line burst once while I was in the middle of negotiating the sale of a different car. He got an extra $50 off right there.)

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  1. The jingle is nothing to sneeze at, but I’ve donated two junkers to K4K and its been a good experience. You also get a voucher for a hotel stay (I forget the details – haven’t used one yet) in one of a number of major cities. For one of the cars, I didn’t even have to be around when they came to pick it up.

    So, anyway, I second the recommendation.

  2. The jingle is nothing to sneeze at, but I’ve donated two junkers to K4K and its been a good experience. You also get a voucher for a hotel stay (I forget the details – haven’t used one yet) in one of a number of major cities. For one of the cars, I didn’t even have to be around when they came to pick it up.

    So, anyway, I second the recommendation.

    1. I donated a 2004 vehicle in May of 2013. What followed was shear confusion, lack or organization and very poor professionalism. On 5 different occasions personnel contacted me asking for the power of attorney papers that they only mailed in Sept 2013. This was due to the fact that they lost the title which was in the glove compartment of the vehicle. I returned the power of attorney papers immediately upon receipt on Sept 28, 2013.
      I still have no receipt for my donation and no return calls. I would not recommend this organization at all. They are apparently as disorganized as our US government.

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