People who want to donate cars to charity should be aware of a few things. Most charities use commercial, for profit companies to handle their car donations. These companies process cars for many, many charities. The for profit company will pick up the car and sell it in their lot or at auction. The charity pays for the processing and gets what is left after the car is sold. At most a charity will get about 65% of the sale of the car but it can go as low as 10%. Your charitable contribution would be much greater if you sold the car yourself and donated the proceeds. However, you may not want the hassle and the paper work. You can take the fair market value of the car as a tax deduction. If you do decided to donate your car, donate only to charities that are reputable and well known because the car donation field is full of scam artists who have bogus charities to which the cars are supposedly donated. If the director of the charity and the CEO of the car donation company are one in the same, it’s a bad sign. When you contact the charity to donate your car, be aware that the phone number you are given is almost always that of the for profit car processing company.
Here are some good bets for donating cars to Pasadena charities. Unless otherwise noted, the phone numbers are those of the car processing companies, not the charities themselves. When you donate your car you name the charity you want the proceeds to go to.
Child Abuse Hotline
This is the only charity listed that handles its own car donations along with donations to St. Vincent de Paul. The Child Abuse Hotline serves as a place where child abuse may be reported and where people can get support, information and education.
Phone 1 888 531 8610 Child Abuse Hotline/St. Vincent de Paul
They will pick up car and will handle all paperwork.
Goodwill has jobs for people with disabilities and it also does job training and job placement. It uses Vehicle Donation Processing Center, Inc. for its vehicle donations. Vehicle Donation Processing Center will pick up your car and handle all paperwork.
Phone 1 888 420 8239 Vehicle Donation Processing Center Inc.
Pasadena Humane Society
Pasadena Humane Society is very well known for its exceptional treatment of all sorts of animals and for the care it takes with its adoptions. Riteway Charity Services process cars donated to it. Riteway Charity Services will pick up your vehicle and take care of all paperwork.
Phone 1 888 250 4490 Riteway Charity Services
Ronald McDonald House Pasadena
Located right across the street from Huntington Memorial Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House is a lovely old Pasadena craftsman style bungalow.
It has seven private rooms and the smaller house next to it has three. McDonald’s is not the sole support for these houses. The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House uses Action Donation Services to handle its car donations.
Action Donation Services will pick up your car and handle all paperwork.
Phone 1 866 244 8464 Action Donation Services