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11 Best Times To Donate Your Car

Sure, it sounds nice to help a charity by donating your car. It's not always the right time to donate, but if any of these 11 things happen to you it might be time to seriously consider it. You'd be surprised how many situations are perfect times to donate your car!

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1. Your car has issues and you're more clueless about maintenance than this dog.

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When the odometer hits 100,000 miles, you can look forward to lots of fun trips to the mechanic in the next 50 to 100 thousand miles. This will probably include replacing the transmission, brake pads, the fuel pump and water pump at some point. Or you could just buy a new car.

7. Your trade-in is worthless.

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You finally made the leap and decided to get a new car, but you know you'll be short changed on your trade-in. Dealers are known to offer a much lower value for trade-ins than they're worth, especially if the buyer wants to jump on a deal.

8. Your car just got major hail damage.

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On the subject of worthless trade-ins, nothing makes your car's value plummet faster than a hail storm. That tax deduction might sound pretty nice after something like this happens.

11. You just realized it's almost the end of the year.

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You don't have forever to make a donation. Only things you donate before midnight on December 31 can give you a tax deduction for this year. If you put it off a minute too late, you won't get a tax deduction until the following year. Bummer.

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