Here’s an innovative charitable idea right on time for Christmas, or any other time of the year. Next time you upgrade vehicles, why not look for an opportunity to give away the weakest member of your vehicle fleet rather than trade it in? In many families, especially those with teenage or young adult drivers, a vehicle upgrade has a ripple effect of upgrades down the line.
By the time you get down to the vehicle that you no longer want or need, there might not be much left in terms of trade-in value. On the other hand, if there is someone in your church or neighborhood who needs a vehicle, a working set of wheels would represent a major lifestyle improvement.
This is a win-win opportunity without serious loss to the giver. Chances are the vehicle that you are discarding would not produce a big trade-in allowance, so you might reap only slightly lower payments as a result. On the other hand, donating your vehicle to a tax-exempt organization can yield income tax benefits next spring.
Consider the value to the recipient. If you look around your neighborhood or workplace or church, it should be easy to find someone who has a serious car need. Maybe she is a widow on a fixed income who is trying to squeeze every last mile out of her substandard vehicle. Perhaps you know a teenager who has recently arrived at driving age, but another vehicle does not fit his family’s budget. In either situation, any vehicle that is reliable would represent a major step of freedom. Imagine the good feelings that will flow your way when you play the hero in a situation like this.
Before you give it away, you should give your car a minimal level of attention to enhance the first impression appeal of your generous gift. One last trip to the car wash is in order, and it is a good idea to get a mechanical check-up. For the mechanical checkup, Cassels Garage can help.
As your Brevard County mechanic, we are well equipped to perform major repairs or provide routine maintenance on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966.