Don’t Let Your Unregistered
Vehicle Go To Rust!
Donate it or Recycle
Junk and abandoned cars and
trucks are unsightly and potentially dangerous. In addition to being an
eyesore, abandoned vehicles left to rust in yards, wooded areas, and open
spaces can damage the environment by leaking toxic fluids into groundwater.
They also attract more illegal dumping.
How to Get Rid of
a Vehicle You Don't Want
There are many charitable
organizations that accept donations of working or repairable vehicles.
There are also local businesses and individuals that will provide “junk
auto” removal services. Instead of letting your unwanted vehicle rust in
your driveway or backyard, turn it into a resource that provides money
to a nonprofit organization or gets recycled into new steel products.
Donate Your Unwanted
Working vehicles (and even
those in need of minor repair) can be donated to a variety of charitable
organizations. Most will accept cars, trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers,
boats, motorcycles, and RVs. Depending on the condition of the vehicle
and the charitable organization, donated vehicles may be sold or given
to low income families, sold at auction, or salvaged.
Many charitable organizations
work with a third party to handle vehicle donations. The following agencies
handle car donations for a variety of organizations:
Donation Program, www.auto-donation.com or 800-456-5517
Some national charitable
organizations have specific websites and programs for vehicle donations.
Check the listings below, or conduct your own Internet search.
or 800-586-4227, to support the American Lung Association
or 800-936-4361, to support the American Diabetes Association
or 888-831-1352, to support the Family Care Foundation
www.kidney.org or 800-488-2277, to support the National Kidney Foundation
or 888-881-9090, to support Helping Hands of America
http://massri.wheelsforwishes.org or 855-692-9474, to support Make-a-Wish
www.carstocurebreastcancer.org/massachusetts/ or 855-450-2873, to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
accept a wide range of vehicles. They typically provide pick-up at no charge
through local towing companies. Please note that the list above is not
inclusive and information on donation opportunities and criteria may change.
By listing these agencies the District is not endorsing their services.
Some local and national charitable
organizations, churches, and civic groups handle their own vehicle donations.
Contact the charity of your choice or check their website to see if they
accept vehicle donations.
Most organizations require
that you have the vehicle title in order to donate it. You will also need
to provide the organization with the vehicle’s year, mileage, VIN, make,
model, and condition. Contact the organization directly for vehicle
age/condition restrictions. The information will also be on the donation
website. If you do not have the title, the organization may still be able
to accept the vehicle if you have other proof of vehicle ownership, such
as an old registration.
a Tax Benefit for Your Donation
Tax information is available
from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Notice 2005-44: Charitable
Contributions of Certain Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes and Publication
526 ”Charitable Contributions” are available at the IRS website at: www.irs.gov
or contact the local IRS office. You can also do an IRS Charity Search
on their website to find an official IRS registered charity. You must have
written acknowledgement of your donation and attach it with your return
in order to receive an income tax benefit. The acknowledgement must contain
specific information, so be sure to check the IRS information prior to
donating your vehicle.
In general, the price the
organization receives for the sale of your vehicle (“gross proceeds”) is
tax deductible. The organization will provide you with a receipt. The amount
on the receipt is your income tax deduction. If the vehicle sells for $500
or less the charity will provide the original pickup receipt to you (typically
at the time of pick-up) and you can claim up to $500 for the car donation,
according to the actual value of the vehicle. If the vehicle is sold for
more than $500, you will receive a second receipt from the organization
with the actual sale amount. You can claim the full amount of the vehicle
sale as your deduction.
Under some circumstances
you may be able to claim the full fair market value of the vehicle, if
the charity makes significant repairs to the vehicle, if it uses the vehicle
for its nonprofit purpose, or if the vehicle is sold at a reduced price
by the charity to a low income family as part of its charitable purpose.
Under federal law the charitable organization must provide an acknowledgement
to the donor within 30 days of the donation stating the amount of gross
proceeds from the vehicle sale. Be sure to ask for specifics when
you contact the agency about your donation.
the Vehicle Hauled for Recycling
There are many local businesses
and individuals who provide scrap metal recycling services. Several are
listed below. There are also listings in the telephone directory under
“scrap metal,” “automobile wrecking,” “automobile parts, supplies—used
and rebuilt,” and “junk dealers” or in the local newspapers’ classified
section. The person doing the hauling will help you assess any costs when
you call. Generally, the cost, if any, depends on the location of the vehicle
and the age/condition of the vehicle. Typically, vehicles must be cleaned
out and any trash or extra tires removed.
Some questions to ask:
Is there a removal fee?
Is the title required? What
can I do if I don’t have the title?
What sort of vehicle preparation
Area businesses that offer
towing of vehicles for metal recycling:
- Auto Salvage of Greenfield
- Byrne Used Vehicles/Towing,
Greenfield (413) 772-1199
- Leon Sirum &
Co., Inc., Greenfield (413) 774-3740
- Speedway Metals,
Greenfield (413) 774-3664
- Bernardston Auto
Wrecking, Bernardston (413) 648-9300
- Stagecoach Auto Repair,
Charlemont (413) 339-8515
- EAD Trucking,
Whately (413) 218-9013
- Safe Towing, Holyoke
Please note that this list
is not inclusive. The District does not guarantee that the businesses listed
above are in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal requirements.
The District is not endorsing any specific business.
You Need to Get a Replacement Title for the Vehicle
If the vehicle belongs to
you and you don't have the title, you will need to file for a replacement
through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). You can pick
up an “Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title” from your local
RMV or download the form from the RMV website at: www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts.
If the vehicle does not belong to you, check with your local RMV about
transferring the vehicle registration to your name.
Do I Notify about an Abandoned Vehicle in a Public Space?
Contact your local town
office or police department.
Unregistered Vehicles Allowed on Private Property?
Ordinances regarding unregistered
vehicles on private property vary from town to town. Some towns allow one
unregistered vehicle per household, while others do not. Some also provide
special permits to allow households to have additional unregistered vehicles.
Check with your local town office or police department about regulations.
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