You might want to donate your car to a person or charity for a number of reasons. For example, you might not have the time to sell the vehicle, or might want to donate it to a good cause of your choice. Regardless of the reason why you are donating your car, there are a number of factors that you will need to consider before you do. Here are some top tips if you want to donate your car.
1. Choose a company that will be able to donate your car for you
There are several companies that can donate your car for you – saving you a lot of time and hassle. These schemes usually have a list of charities that you can donate your car to, and some will even come and collect your vehicle for free. What happens to your car will depend on its condition; for example, if your vehicle is in a particularly bad state, it could be sold for scrap, or recycled. When choosing a company, find out whether the car will be recycled in accordance with environmental regulations, and what the process will involve.
2. Notify the relevant authorities
When donating your car, you will need to notify the DVLA and complete the relevant paperwork. This may include a Certificate of Destruction if a company you have chosen has decided to use your vehicle for scrap. Completing this form will free you of any responsibility in regards to the car. For more information about donating your car, refer to the DVLA website.
3. Choosing a charity
You might want to donate your vehicle directly to a charity of your choice. The charity will then sell your car and use the funds. For more information about whether the charity of your choice runs a scheme like this, refer to their website, or contact them by phone. Many people have donated their cars to charities when they no longer need them, and the money raised will be put to good use. Your car will usually be picked up shortly after you have contacted the charity, and the vehicle will then be sold for scrap or be put up for auction.