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Time to Get Ready for Winter

In most parts of the country, winter does not wait for December to arrive. Now is the time to get ready for the cold, snow and ice. You can start by winterizing your house. First check your storm windows and exterior doors for cracks, openings, etc. Seal any cracks and openings and caulk windows where needed.  Place weather-stripping around doors to keep the cold air out. Add extra insulation where needed. If you have an attic, adding insulation will not only lower your energy bill, it will help protect your roof from ice dams. There is currently a tax credit available on many of these energy saving items.

Have your furnace cleaned and change the furnace filters. It is recommended that you change your furnace filters monthly during the winter. Also make sure there no flammable materials near your furnace.  Installing a programmable thermostat will lower your heating costs. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, have it and the chimney inspected to make sure they are safe.

Also, clean your gutters and downspouts, and inspect your roof for any missing or worn shingles. Insulate any exposed pipes to prevent water in them from freezing and drain the garden hose. Service or tune-up your snow blower, make sure you have a good snow shovel, and a good supply of driveway salt. You should stock up on candles, flash lights, extra food, water, etc. in case the power goes out or you get snowed in for a day or two.

Next, winterize your car. Check the tires for wear or put snow tires on your car. Also check the tire pressure. Then, check the battery, belts, hoses, lights, heater, defroster, brakes, antifreeze, etc.  You should change the oil, replace the wiper blades and fill the washer fluid reservoir. You should also make sure you have a blanket, a first aid kit, tool kit, flares, cat litter, jumper cables, a snow brush, an ice scraper, a shovel, water and some food in your car. If you are not confident that your car will not get through the winter, now is a good time to consider replacing it with a more reliable one.

If you do decide to replace your car, there are many ways you can dispose of your present car.  If you donate car to charity, you will get a tax deduction of at least $500 and your car donation will help a very worthy cause.

Some Very Good Car Donation Advice

There are a lot of good reasons to donate your car to charity. You get rid of a car you do not need, you get a tax deduction of $500 or more and you help a needy charity. It should be very easy and it is easy if you know how to do it properly.

Before you just hand over the title to your car to a stranger, you need to do some research first. Find out what the charity will do with your car donation. Most donated cars need a lot of expensive repairs. For that reason most charities sell car donations. If the charity you choose uses a car donation center, ask them how much of the actual sale price of your donated car the charity will receive.  The term “net sale price” means the actual sale price of your car minus the auction fees, selling fees, or other fees charged by the car donation center. In some cases, these fees will be more than the selling price of your car. If that happens, the charity you donate your car to will have to pay the car donation center the difference and will lose money on your car donation. You will not know if you do not ask them!

You should also make a copy of your cars title and make a record of the name and phone of the towing service assigned to pick up your car. You should also mail the title directly to the charity. It is safer for you to have the title in the hands of the charity rather than the hands of the towing service. If you have to give it to the towing service, make sure your only give it to them after you receive your receipt. Never, ever just leave the title in the car! If you do that, you may never get a receipt and in that case you will not be able to provide proof of your car donation.

You should remove your license plates and any stickers on your windshield of your car if you live in one of the many states that require you to do so. In those states, you will not be able to cancel your car insurance until you have returned the license plates to the Department of Motor Vehicles or transferred them to another car. You may also receive parking tickets from the next owner if you forget to remove the stickers from your car’s windshield.

You also need to keep all the correspondence between you and the charity. If you do not keep that correspondence, you will not have any record of your car donation and the IRS may not allow you to claim a tax deduction for your car donation

The donate car process will be a lot easier if you educate yourself a little first. Avoiding the pitfalls of the car donation process are more that worth the time you will spend on that education.

Your Junk Car is a Treasure to a Charity

If you have a junk car in your yard, there a few things you can do with it. You can just let it sit and rot, you can tinker with it while it rots, you can plant flowers in it or you can you put it to good use when you donate car to charity.  Besides helping a good cause, you will get rid of the car, and get a tax deduction of $500 or more when you donate your car to charity.

There are over one thousand deserving charities that can benefit from your car donation at Cars4Charities.  Some of those deserving charities you can donate car to include International ones such as Food for the Poor, Freedom From Hunger, the Fund For Peace, Helen Keller International, Partners in Health, the Smile Train, TropicalClinics, etc., National charities such as  the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, the American Foundation for the Blind, the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, the American Parkinson Disease Association, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Autism Speaks, the Brain Trauma Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Cancer Research Institute, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, the Lam Foundation, the National Association for Down Syndrome, the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Teach for America, State charities such as the Arc of Massachusetts, Food Link of Maryland, Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois, the New Jersey Association of the Deaf, Prevent Child Abuse – Minnesota, Prevent Child Abuse – New York, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and hundreds of local charities such as food banks, homeless shelters, hospices and various other fine charities.

Cars4Charities is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit car donation center so you can be confident  they will handle your car donation properly and professionally. You can donate car even if it is very old, in lousy shape or does not run. Cars4Charities will pick up your car donation fast and free too!

You can donate your car online 24/7 at your leisure through the Cars4Charities website, http://www.cars4charities.org/. This option greatly lowers their expenses, allowing them to send more of the proceeds from the sale of your car donation to charity. It is also much better for our environment since it reduces the use of paper and other consumables.

When you are ready to donate car, just contact Cars4Charities at http://www.cars4charities.org/ or 866-448-3487. They will gladly explain everything about car donation to you and give you great service.