How Do I Receive a Donated Car or Post an Ad for One?

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    • 1). Search online for charities that accept car donations. Most of the cars donated are sold at auctions, and the money is used to benefit the charity. However, cars in drivable condition are sometimes made available for families in need. Donate a Car 2 Charity requires families who want to apply for a car to e-mail their request to

    • 2). Get in touch with the local Salvation Army, Red Cross or Goodwill. The Salvation Army usually sells donated cars to fund programs for substance abusers. Local church organizations often join forces to help families in need. Talk to the treasurer at your church to see if a solution can be reached.

    • 3). Don't be afraid to be bold. Put an ad in the local newspaper. Post a free ad on Craigslist by going to the homepage and clicking the "post to classifieds" link. Fill out the form, and your ad will appear in about 15 minutes. Avoid putting personal contact information in the ad. Instead of listing your phone number, have replies directed to a post office box or an e-mail account you don't frequently use, just in case a scammer tries to contact you.

    • 4). Call local used car dealerships. Many accept trade-ins that have little chance of bringing in a profit. Speak to the owner or head manager. Explain yourself clearly, and ask for help. Leave your number even if he says, "No."

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