Do you have a vehicle that still runs isn't worth enough as a trade-in to keep? Why not give it to Rawhide Boys Ranch so your old car (or boat, RV or industrial equipment) can be part of a technical training program? Rawhide Boys Ranch, in New London, Wisconsin, offers family-centered care, treatment and educational programs to court-referred youth. It has provided a home for at-risk young men and helped them develop the skills they need to become productive adults for over 40 years.
Go to http://www.rawhide.org or call 1-800-RAWHIDE (729-4433) to fill out a donation questionnaire. If your donation is accepted, you'll be given instructions about how to find a collection center (Wisconsin and Illinois) or when it will be picked up from you.
Locate your auto title and sign it. All owners listed on a title must sign in order to transfer. If there has been a lien by a bank for a carloan or some other lien on your car, locate the original (faxes and copies are not acceptable) lien release and include it in the packet with the title. These documents are necessary for the ranch to register and then sell your vehicle.
Determine the fair market value of your vehicle. Contributors may claim a value of $500 or the sale price that Rawhide receives, whichever is greater. If you have documentation that your car is worth more, save it for your tax preparer. Get a professional appraisal for a claim of more than $5000 fair market value.
Clean your car out. Since Rawhide Boys Ranch receives donations from all over the country, anything (including cell phones, garage openers and Suzy's panda bear) becomes part of the donation and cannot be returned. Vacuuming out all that stuff under the seats would be appreciated, too.
- Rawhide Boys Ranch' web site has tips for determining fair market value, preparing your car for transport and other questions you might have about donating.
An avid perennial gardener and old house owner, Laura Reynolds has had careers in teaching and juvenile justice. A retired municipal judgem Reynolds holds a degree in communications from Northern Illinois University. Her six children and stepchildren served as subjects of editorials during her tenure as a local newspaper editor.