Charity Car auctions are a great deal to everyone involved. The donor gets a free tax break while foregoing the hardships of selling and old vehicle. The buyer gets a vehicle for a very low price; usually below its actual market value. And the charity gets a portion of the proceeds from the car sales. Charity car actions aren’t available just about everywhere though, as there isn’t an abundance of donated cars around. Here are a few pointers of where to look for charity car auctions.
The first place to look for a charity car auction should be your own locale. Ask around town, maybe someone knows of one somewhere close. Also check your local newspaper for scheduled auctions in town. Public auctions regularly appear in classified ads of the local paper whether it’s for charity or not. Reading the smaller ads might actually be good for you. Smaller ads understandably gets lesser attention, and the chance that only a few people attends these auctions also makes the price of the vehicle dip lower; since fewer people means less competition and lower final bids.
It is also a good choice to talk to the charities you want to help. Some charities do conduct their own auctions like the Salvation Army. You can check with them about their schedule of auctions and the exact locations where they would be holding their auction. Even if the charity you like doesn’t hold its own auctions. You can still ask them which companies sponsor them, and they’d be more than happy to give you names, locations, and contact numbers. Sometimes the charity itself gets the donated cars. And you need not look any further. You can just ask them what’s the brand and make of the cars that have been donated to them and the prices that they are willing to sell those at. You can then select a few charities to visit so that you can inspect the cars for yourself and have a feel for its performance.
The internet is also a good place to look for these options. Sites like cheapcarauctions.biz or car-auction-rewiews.biz could provide you with the information you need. You can also go to sites like donateacar.com and find out to which charity they send out the vehicles they receive to. Then there are sites like oppurtunitycars.com that don’t go through charities. They just hand out the proceeds directly to needy families that need the financial support.
When calling your charities, you might also want to research about how much the charity actually gets from these auctions. Since the one who gets the car, cleans it up, and presents it at auctions for most cases isn’t the actual charity itself. They do have contracts with certain companies to handle all these details and the charity just gets a cut from the total profits. Sometimes, the middlemen actually get a lot more than the charity itself. When participating in a charity car auction, it’s always good to know that the majority of the profits went to the charity.