August 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm | The Best Times of Year to Buy a New Car

Most people know that when it comes to vegetables, buying things that are in season is a much more affordable option than making imported choices, and it’s common knowledge that bathing suits are more affordable during the summer than they are in the season leading up to it. But did you know that depending on the time of year, you’re actually more or less likely to get a deal on a new car?

 

If you’ve been thinking about making an upgrade, take our tips for getting the best deal on your new ride, and don’t forget to donate a car in New Jersey to a great cause as soon as you get those new keys in your hand!

 

  • Visit the lot at the end of the month. Most car dealerships work with monthly quotas that they must meet to maintain a standard level of profits. This means that at the end of the month, salespeople are more pressed to meet their quotas, meaning it’s a better deal for you than at the beginning of the month!

 

  • Check out the end-of-the-year sales for the best price. As the year approaches an end, most car lots are extra excited to clear out that year’s models, so they have room to move in the newer (and more expensive) models for next year. The best months to buy a new car and donate a car in NJ are October, November, and December when dealerships are getting ready to figure out what to do with soon to be outdated models.

 

  • Buy at the end of the week. Even something as small as the day of the week can save you money when it comes to buying a new car! According to research by TrueCar.com, the best day of the week to shop the lot is Sunday; buyers who found the car they wanted on Friday and waited until Sunday to buy saved up to $2,000 when compared to buyers who bought on Friday.

 

Once you purchase a new car, you can donate your older vehicle to helping the fight against childhood cancer. If you wish to find out more about how you can make a difference with your donation, contact our team at American Children’s Society, Inc. today!

July 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm | How to Deduct a Donated Car from Your Taxes

Did you know that making a charitable car donation in New Jersey is considered financially similar to making a large cash donation when it comes to your taxes?  Donating your car counts as a charitable contribution and can result in massive savings.

The first step to claiming a car donation is to actually donate your car! Car donation in New Jersey is a growing charitable field, but in order to be able to consider your donation a charitable contribution, you must have documentation detailing the type of car you’ve donated, the vehicle identification number, the date of your donation and a signed statement from your charity of choice confirming that they have received your donation.

Next, you will need to determine the fair value of your car in one of two ways. If the charity you’ve donated to sells your car at auction, you can only deduct the final selling price from your taxes. If your car sold for $500 or less, you can deduct $500 or your car’s market value, whichever is the lesser amount. For example, if your car is worth $400 and it is sold by the charity for $250, you may deduct $500.

If your car was not sold at auction, it’s up to you to determine the fair market price for your vehicle. Resources like your local library and Kelley Blue Book can give you a pretty close estimate regarding the value of your car. Be sure to include the correct make, year and model of your car for the most accurate estimate.

Finally, when doing your taxes, the value of your car donation can be included under on line 17 of Schedule A. You may also need to complete Form 8283 if the deduction is over $500.

Donating your car is a great way to give back to your community- as well as save a little bit of money yourself. If you’re passionate about helping children, consider donating your car today- our friends and your wallet will thank you!

 

June 23, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Top 5 Reasons to Donate Your Car

If you have an old clunker sitting around and have been considering upgrading, you’ve probably wondering what you should do with your current car. Instead of selling it on Craigslist or calling the garbage dump, consider donating it! Not convinced? Read on to learn the top five reasons to donate a car in the New Brunswick, NJ region.

 

  • Tax deductions. Did you know that donating your car to charity can count as a tax deduction? It’s true! You can deduct the value of the car you donated from your taxes. In the summertime, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind, but you’ll be happy you did when they sneak up on you.

 

  • It’s better for safety. If your car is having engine issues, it can be dangerous to drive it in the summer. This is because the high temperatures and humidity can cause the engine to overheat, potentially posing a safety hazard to your family.

 

  • Free towing. If your car is less drivable and has been sitting in your yard, you can get rid of the eyesore for free by donating! The American Children’s Society, Inc. will send over a towing vehicle for you, so all you need to worry about is scheduling your pickup.

 

  • Get a deal on a new car. If you’re considering getting rid of your vehicle for an upgrade, planning for when you’ll purchase your new car is a great summer activity. As the 2018 models start to be unveiled in early fall, you can snatch up a good deal on 2017 or earlier models in the late summer.

 

  • Give back to your community. The best reason to donate a car is to help local children who need your help. Donating your cars to help kids in New Jersey will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside that money simply can’t buy.

 

If you wish to learn more about donating your vehicle for a good cause, contact our friendly staff here at American Children’s Society, Inc. to learn more.

June 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm | How to Be Charitable When You’re Low on Cash

When you think of the word “charity,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine the American Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders asking for donations. While these types of organizations do amazing work, did you know that there are dozens of unique ways to help an important cause besides giving a monetary donations as well? If you’re a little low on cash, but still want to lend a helping hand, consider donating something besides money to a local charity.

Many charities are now collecting more than just money because they realize that there is a need for all types of donations. For example, the American’s Children Society has created a unique new way to allow people to donate without directly giving money; they are encouraging car donations from New Jersey. residents!

Many of us have an old, used car that we no longer use or cannot seem to fix. The American Children’s Society is running a car donation in New Jersey to take those clunkers off your hands- for a great cause! If you don’t have a car to donate, there are still plenty of ways to get involved with local organizations that need your help. Donations of time have become as valuable as donations of money, and many charities have programs set up to allow community members to sign up for convenient shifts helping run inner working of the charity or reaching out to the beneficiaries of the organization.

We all want to help donate to charity, but the truth is that some of us just don’t have the extra money to spare. However, giving your time, advice, or even donating cars right here in New Jersey can be just as helpful as a monetary donation. Together, we can all make a difference.

If you wish to learn more about The American Children’s Society and learn how to donate a car in New Jersey, we encourage you to reach out to us by calling 888-776-4038 or filling out a contact form on our website.

February 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm | 6 Long-Lasting Cars Perfect for Small Families

American Children’s Society, Inc. allows you to donate a car in NJ or PA to benefit kids with cancer and other ailments. If you have been thinking of getting a new car, your old one will make a good donation candidate. That being said, here is a list of new cars to consider that are ideal for families. It’s not uncommon for any of these cars to last you over 200,000 miles if you take proper care of them:

  • Toyota Corolla – Toyota’s are known for their longevity, and the Corolla is a very popular family-friendly model because it is spacious, safe, and gets good gas milage. They are also great starter cars that you can purchase used for young drivers when they are ready to get their license (and first car.) The newer models are all sedans, and they come with a touch-screen display and navigation and Bluetooth compatibility, so you won’t have to risk a potential accident by using your phone to navigate or talk into.

 

  • Hyundai Elantra – Elantras have always been underrated cars, but in 2010 they exploded onto the scene due to their new designs and higher quality components. Hyundais also come with a 100K mile warranty, and similar to Corollas, new ones can be purchased for under $20,000. The least expensive model gets 29/38 MPG City/Hwy, which is great for parents that frequently drive to work, school, and extracurricular activities.

 

  • Ford Taurus – Whether you want a pre-owned 2007 Taurus or a brand new one, you can count on it being durable (hence why you see so many from all years on the road still.) Plus, these cars can comfortably fit five people, which is great if your kid(s) invite a friend along for the road trip.

 

  • Subaru Legacy – This midsize sedan comes with many modern features, and their handling is known to be top of the line.

 

  • Chevrolet Impala – The new Impala’s have a 5-star safety score and optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity that supports up to seven phones at a time.

 

  • Honda Accord – Last [but not least] we have the Accord, which has been a leading family car for decades. These cars really know how to maintain their value over time.

Note: These are only a half dozen of the longest lasting vehicles. There are many other incredible makes and models that are great investments for your family. After you buy that new car, we suggest you donate your old one (even if it’s not working.) Your can help raise money and awareness for cancer and other important causes. To donate a vehicle near Philadelphia, PA, Newark, NJ, and everywhere in between, call 888-776-4038 today! Thanks a lot, and have an incredible day!