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Why Don’t Charities Give Donated Cars to Families That Need Them?

Although some charities do actually give some donated cars to needy families, they are in the minority. Most charities do not give away car donations. The reason can be summed up in one word; liability. You or I can donate car to someone and the chances of there being any negative consequences are pretty remote. However, the same is not true for a charity. There are many differences between a person and a charity. If you donate your car to someone and that car breaks down the next day or the next week, it’s not your fault since the transaction is considered to be “as-is”. However, if a charity donate car to someone and that car breaks down, the charity will probably be liable for the repairs. The difference is that a charity is a business and not a person and as a business it has to abide by the same laws as a car dealer. Whether they sell or donate car to someone, that car has to pass all safety and emission inspections. They are not able claim an “as-is” car donation.

Besides getting a tax deduction, most donors donate car for one of three reasons. First, the car has some major body damage or mechanical problem which the donor does not want to fix or can not afford to fix. Second, the car has very high mileage and the donor wants to get rid of it before it completely breaks down. Third, the donor is tired of the expense and inconvenience of having to make constant repairs. In all of these cases, the charity is required to repair the car before they can donate car to a needy person. Car repairs can be very costly and in many cases can exceed the value of the car. That is one of the major reason why most charities sell car donations directly to used car dealers or to parts yards either directly or through auctions.

Another difference between you and a charity is that you can donate car to someone who does not have car insurance or license plates. A charity cannot, anymore than you could buy a used car and drive it off the lot without it having passed inspection, without license plates on it or without it being insured. It is the same concept.

When you consider the costs and liability issues involved it is not hard to understand why most charities choose not to donate car to needy people.

Karen Campese is the Co-founder and CEO of Cars4Charities, a not for profit car donation center. They have over 1,000 respected charities that you car donate car to. When you donate car, you get a tax deduction and help a good cause.

Why Don?t Charities Give Donated Cars to Families That Need Them?

You or I can donate car to someone and the chances of there being any negative consequences are pretty remote. However, the same is not true for a charity. There are many differences between a person and a charity. If you donate your car to someone and that car breaks down the next day or the next week, it’s not your fault since the transaction is considered to be “as-is”. However, if a charity donate car to someone and that car breaks down, the charity will probably be liable for the repairs. The difference is that a charity is a business and not a person and as a business it has to abide by the same laws as a car dealer. Whether they sell or donate car to someone, that car has to pass all safety and emission inspections. They are not able claim an “as-is” car donation.

 

Besides getting a tax deduction, most donors donate car for one of three reasons. First, the car has some major body damage or mechanical problem which the donor does not want to fix or can not afford to fix. Second, the car has very high mileage and the donor wants to get rid of it before it completely breaks down. Third, the donor is tired of the expense and inconvenience of having to make constant repairs. In all of these cases, the charity is required to repair the car before they can donate car to a needy person. Car repairs can be very costly and in many cases can exceed the value of the car. That is one of the major reason why most charities sell car donations directly to used car dealers or to parts yards either directly or through auctions.

 

Another difference between you and a charity is that you can donate car to someone who does not have car insurance or license plates. A charity cannot, anymore than you could buy a used car and drive it off the lot without it having passed inspection, without license plates on it or without it being insured. It is the same concept.

 

When you consider the costs and liability issues involved it is not hard to understand why most charities choose not to donate car to needy people.

 

Karen Campese is the Co-founder and CEO of Cars4Charities, a not for profit car donation center. They have over 1,000 respected charities that you car donate car to. When you donate car, you get a tax deduction and help a good cause.

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Climbing Up the Corporate Ladder in a Down Economy – Don’t Let the Recession Knock You Off Course

What do you do when your well-thought out career plans come to a screeching halt due to a down turn in the economy? You rethink your strategy and remain agile.
 
The traditional hallmark of rising in the corporate world has been a steadily increasing salary, along with expanded responsibilities, promotions, and higher-ranking titles. When a company is struggling, raises are expendable, but you still have the opportunity for non-economic gains. If you take it in stride, maintain an optimistic attitude, and assume additional duties without complaint, you will be well positioned to reap the economic benefits when the economy turns around, as it always does.
 
A sophisticated professional knows you can advance your career in numerous ways outside of income, and looks at the hard and soft markets as natural occurrences and plans accordingly. Pauses in monetary rewards don’t mean your upward career track has to be stalled; when the recession is over you will recover from the temporary economic stagnation. Here are some strategies to employ that will help you stay the course:

Pursue continuing education and certifications, and finish your degree if you don’t have one yet. Join, contribute, and assume leadership roles in industry associations. Make friends with your competitors.
Assume more difficult or advanced positions, and accept promotions even if there is no salary increase immediately attached to them. You should not be in the same position more than two or three years, so don’t wait for money to be available to move up.
If you are asked to take on a larger workload or consistently more challenging projects, ask if you can have a promotion, at least by title as compensation. Or, negotiate bonuses based on performance returns.
Reflect honestly on where you need to improve and make changes. Are you taking care of your appearance and health, keeping up with technology, and embracing web 2.
Maintain an open dialog with your manager. Ask what you can do to make their job easier. Take on as many high-profile projects as you can, particularly if it gives you exposure to other departmental executives.
 If you don’t already have a mentor, establish a relationship with one now. Offer to be a mentor also; you never know who your next boss will be, and it may be someone you influenced on their way up who will remember.
Keep track of all you achievements and include them on your resume as you update it periodically.

Your career will take place over most of your adult life, so make sure you take a long-term view while remaining flexible during the inevitable short-term cycles. Think of other roadblocks in your life and the coping mechanisms that worked for you. While they caused despair at the time, now you can reflect back with hindsight and perspective, pleased that you made it through with no permanent negative consequences. Have confidence that with dedication, perseverance, and planning you will keep climbing the ladder of success.

August Cohen is a distinguished triple certified resume writer and career consultant, earning the prestigious Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW), and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) credentials. Leveraging the talents she acquired in her successful corporate career, August assists professionals with high-impact resumes, confident interviews, and effective job search strategies. http://gethiredstayhired.com/

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