The weather is cooling, the days are getting shorter and the last of the leaves are falling off the trees in your yard. If you live in one of the snowy states, you may love autumn, but fear the fact that the next season to come along is winter. This may be especially true if you have an unwanted car sitting in your driveway. Plus, it's almost the end of the year and you don't want to miss out on your end-of-the-year tax deduction!
Here are 10 compelling reasons to donate that unwanted car before the snow comes. You might want to give us a call to donate your car today, and we’ll be ready for you if you do!
For more information on donating your car, check out our 2013 Donate Car To Charity Guide.
1. You Won’t Have To Plow Or Shovel Around The Unwanted Car
Clearing your driveway takes up enough time. Why try to work around a car that you don’t even want anymore? When you donate your car, you can get the whole driveway done without having to work around the vehicle. Plus, the driveway will look nice and be a lot safer to walk on.
2. You Won’t Have An Extra Set Of Windows To Scrape Down After a Freeze Or Snow Fall
Driving a car that’s sitting outside in the elements means scraping off windows that are covered with snow and ice. Whether you are selling your unwanted car or taking it for a spin, you’ll have to scrape those windows down over and over again while it’s sitting outside. Plus, getting into a freezing car that has been sitting outside for months is a nightmare – especially if it’s so cold that it won’t start. When you donate your car, we’ll pick it up or tow it, so you won’t have to do any scraping or sitting in the cold driver’s seat!
3. You’ll Have Extra Space In Your Driveway For Holiday Guests
There is nothing worse than having your Thanksgiving or other holiday guests park on the street when it’s snowy and icy, so you’d ideally like to have enough space in your driveway for them to park their cars. If you donate your unwanted car before the holidays, you’ll open up an extra space in the driveway for your loved ones! Plus, you won’t have to risk anyone getting towed if they park on the street and stay over a little too late. Time flies when you’re having fun with family!
4. You’ll Receive A Tax Deduction This Year For Your Charity Donation If You Donate Before January 1st
When you donate your unwanted car before the ball drops at midnight on Dec. 31, your donation will count for this year’s taxes. That means you will have the maximum possible tax deduction coming right up, for you to enjoy this year at tax time. Learn more in our comprehensive tax deduction guide
5. You Don’t Have To Look Outside And See A Car Piled High With Snow
There’s nothing like being curled up on the coach, holding a mug of hot chocolate, lighting a roaring fire in the fireplace and staring out on your beautiful snow-covered yard. Then you look over and see your unwanted car sitting in the driveway, with snow piled high on top of it. What a way to destroy a beautiful sight!
6. You Can Replace Your Unwanted Car With A New, More Reliable Car For Winter
Since you’ll have extra space in the driveway and extra cash at tax time, it’s a perfect opportunity to purchase a new car that is more reliable for winter driving. Not that you’ll want your new car sitting outside in the driveway, but there will be extra room in the driveway if someone’s car gets moved out of the garage.
7. That Extra Space In The Driveway Can Be Put To Better Use: Snow Angels And Snow Men!
If you choose to keep that spot in the driveway vacant, it gives the kids extra space to make snow angels or build snow men. Kids love playing in as much snow as possible, so they’ll love that you moved that unwanted car out of their way.
8. You Can Use The Money You Would Be Spending On Car Insurance To Buy Extra Holiday Gifts
When you get rid of that unwanted car and can finally stop paying insurance on it, you’ll provide yourself with some extra cash every month that can be used to purchase extra holiday gifts for your family and friends. Maybe you’ll even choose to treat yourself to a fun day on the slopes or a relaxing day at the spa. You parted with that unwanted car of yours for a great cause, so you deserve it!
9. You Can Donate The Car Before It Gets Snowed In
By the time you actually need to get that unwanted car out of the driveway, it may be completely snowed in. Donate it before that happens! There’s nothing like having to get your car shoveled out from being snowed in, so save that for emergencies – not just to get your unwanted car out of the driveway.
10. Your Car Can Grant A Wish For A Child This Christmas
One huge reason to donate your car to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish before the snow comes is that you will help your local Make-A-Wish chapter grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition. You could give a child an opportunity to spend the day with Santa during his trip to the mall, or indulge in an exciting shopping spree at Toys “R” Us. Whatever a child decides, it will be because of your generous decision to donate your unwanted car.
Now check the temperature and listen to your local news. Is snow in the forecast? If so, we hope you will give us a call at 1-877-431-9474. We’ll pick your car up before the first snow flake has the chance to stick to it.