When thinking of your vehicle, it is important to remember that the only thing between you and the road is the four tires that you are riding on. Tire care is vital to your safety and can save you money too. The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, America’s #1 Car Donation Charity, would like to share the following tire care tips with you today to ensure your tires are roadworthy, safe, and cost-efficient.
VISUAL ROUTINE INSPECTION - You should routinely walk around your vehicle and visually inspect your tires at least once a week. Check for signs of deterioration, wear, punctures, or any other signs of damage that warrant replacement or repair.
ROTATE YOUR TIRES - Rotating your tires will extend their lifespan and you can find the rotation schedule for your vehicle’s tires in your owner’s manual.
KEEP YOUR CAR ALIGNED - Alignment of the vehicle’s suspension makes sure it is easily and correctly handled. This will help in increasing the life span of your tires and their performance as well. Daily hiccups in driving like hitting a pothole or curb can cause things to become misaligned.
BALANCE YOUR TIRES - If your tires are out of balance, you may experience: vibrations, tread wear that is irregular, tread wear that comes to quickly on new tires, and excessive stress on the front end. If you replace a tire, make sure that the facility properly balances your new tire to avoid these issues.
MAINTAIN CORRECT AIR PRESSURE - You should always make sure to have your tires inflated to your vehicle manufacturer’s pressure standard. You do not want to use the standards for pressure imprinted on your tires, as those are not specific to your vehicle. Those standards are just a maximum operating pressure from the tire manufacturer. Your specific vehicle pressure will be found in your owner’s manual, glove compartment, or inside your driver’s side door. Follow the pressure standards for the accurate inflation to your respective vehicle. Check the air pressure at least once a month and always do so when your vehicle is cold. Don’t forget to check the spare tire too.
The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of free donated vehicles to people in need since 1996, operates an amazing and unique website www.freecharitycars.org, where people in need of viable transportation can sign up and apply for a free charity car. Through our program we have awarded cars to over 5000 families in need.
Today, we would like to highlight one of our Florida car donation applicants to give you a glimpse of the people in need of a reliable mode of transportation from all across the country.
Marquette, from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, signed up through our vehicle distribution site on October 12, 2012 where he has applied for a free charity car. Here is a summary of his situation:
“I’m a disabled man who’s trying to get back in the work force. I’ve be diagnosed with COPD, and I’m doing all I can to better myself. I never smoked a day in my life, but it was second hand smoke that caused some, if not all, my problems. I refuse to let COPD, or any sickness defeat me.
I have constant doctor appointments on a regular basis, and it is a hard thing to deal with on it’s own, but with no transportation it’s even harder. It is just getting harder to get a ride to get to the doctor, go to church, or even get to the grocery store to meet my basic needs.
I’ve been on the Free Charity Cars site since 2012, and through great members, whom I will call family, speaking to me, telling me ‘you keep believing no matter what’ that I hold fast to faith. I’ll never submit to defeat no matter what!’
We live in an age where technology is so advanced and people have video cameras everywhere. Most people have them installed to keep an eye on their homes and some systems even have remote abilities so they can watch from their office or even cell phones. Baby monitors now have video cameras and we all have heard of the Nanny cams people use to watch their childcare providers. There are video cameras around our towns keeping a watchful eye on everyone. Even vehicles now have side cams and back up cams too.
Now we have the ability to have dash cams in our vehicles. These are similar to the cameras that law enforcement officers have in their vehicles. The video cameras mentioned above are easily justified in their usefulness, but the dash cam may not be something that many think will be as useful. Today, we here at 1-800 Charity Cars, providers of free donated vehicles to struggling families in need since 1996, would like to share six reasons to have a dash cam in your car.
- While no one ever wants to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, unfortunately they do happen every day. Having a dash cam installed in your car can help provide you with video evidence if you are involved in an accident. This can also help to speed up your insurance claims, as there is no need for long, drawn out discussions since you will have actual footage to provide to the insurance adjuster about the accident.
- You could avoid being ticketed or fined for violations that you are actually not guilty of since you have a dash cam in place to prove your innocence. Sometimes people get ticketed/fined for crossing the yellow line, swerving or weaving, running a red light, etc. when they did not actually commit any moving violations. Let’s not leave out tickets for talking on your cell phone or not having your seat belt on. Having a dash cam can help to show your innocence.
- Have you ever come out of the store or work and notice someone scratched, dented, or even smashed your car? Or perhaps someone broke into your car and stole your possessions? Having a dash cam that has a motion sensor in it will record even when the car is off so whoever the guilty party is will have been caught red-handed on the dash cam! It can also help you to prove damage to your car from severe weather, fallen trees, or even animals that have been known to damage vehicles.
Now that the end of the year is near and it is the holiday season, many people will be looking to make an automobile purchase. The end of the year will bring with it deals at most every dealership from new and used lots alike. While you’re out there looking for your new ride and wondering what to do with your old one, why not consider donating your used car instead of the typical trade in?
Trading in an old car is commonplace for the majority of people when they buy another vehicle, The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, operators of the nation’s leading vehicle donation/distribution program, felt it would be important to highlight the benefits of donating your used car.
When you donate a vehicle to charity:
- You are helping people in need (directly or indirectly) through your donation.
- In some instances your donated vehicle can go to help a particular cause you support.
- You can get a tax deduction for your donation.
- You save time shopping around for the best “trade in deals” for your old vehicle.
- You do not have to worry about those last minute fix ups and repairs in order to get the best value for your trade in.
Now that you are familiar with some of the pros of donating your used car, we would like to share with you the benefits of donating your used car to The Original 1-800 Charity Cars ourselves:
- We provide free towing to our donors across the entire United States.
- We arrange the pick-up of your vehicle donation FAST within 24 to 48 hours!
- We take your vehicle donations whether they are running or not.
- Your donation is direct to us! No middlemen and 100% goes to charity.
- We place viable vehicle donations DIRECTLY with people in need of transportation.
- Car donations that do not qualify as program cars are sold, and the proceeds help fund repairs to program cars and help the charity.
- Even if your vehicle is inoperable, and not viable your donation STILL helps another family receive a working car since the funds go directly back into the charity.
- With our program you can CHOOSE who you would like to donate your vehicle to. A single mother, a veteran, the working poor, a cancer patient, and many others.
- We have live operators available to assist you.
- We offer a convenient online donation form.
- We make the process simple, fast, and convenient.
- We offer online services through paypal and justgive for financial donations.
- You can get a tax deduction no matter if your car is suitable as a program car or not.
- If your car is suitable to be used as a program car you will receive a full fair market value tax-deduction as we will be able to provide your car to someone in need.
1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of 800charitycars.org and freecharitycars.org, realize that along with the holiday season comes the stress of worrying about entertaining your guests! Now that the holidays are right upon us, and everyone is planning their festivities with family/friends/co-workers, we would like to share some fun and easy holiday games that you can incorporate into your get-together to make sure your guests are having a good time.
- MUSICAL GIFT EXCHANGE- Have a few small gifts wrapped in several layers of giftwrap. Have your guests sit down in a circle, and begin playing a holiday song. The guests will pass the gift to the person beside them and continue to do so until you stop the song. Once the song has stopped the person holding the gift gets to unwrap the first layer of giftwrap. You continue to do this until the gift ends up with one lucky guest who unwraps the last layer of giftwrap, and gets to keep the gift! Repeat the process eliminating those who won gifts, until every guest has a gift, or until you run out of gifts.
- NAME THE HOLIDAY TUNE GAME- Very fun, free online printable game you can get here. In this game, holiday songs are described with very unique clues and your guests have to figure out the actual holiday song that is being described. It includes the answer key, so the answers will be there in case you’re stumped! I suggest printing them on card stock to make them sturdier and reusable for more holidays to come.
- BALLOON POP GAME- Get some red and green latex balloons. Divide your guests into teams and attach one inflated balloon with string to both ankles of each guest in the color of the team they are on. Once everyone has their balloons attached, begin playing a holiday song and instruct everyone that they must pop the opposing teams balloons with their feet. The first team that has all of their balloons popped loses.
So you may be asking yourself “Ok, so what does going green really mean?” Going green just means that you make a conscience decision to implement changes to your lifestyle so that you are living in an eco-friendly manner. There are countless ways to go green that take very little effort. Doing so will reduce pollution, waste, save you money, and make positive impacts on our environment not only for you now, but for our future generations.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, a leading car donation distribution program in the United States, would like to share some simple ways to go green to help the environment, preserve our natural resources, and save some money along the way.
- Change the settings on your thermostat by just a few degrees lower in winter and higher in the summer and you will lower your energy consumption.
- Lower the settings on your hot water heater by a mere 5 or 10 degrees and save on energy costs to heat the water.
- Change out all your incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. This will emit light not heat, and will cut down on your energy consumption. They last 10 times longer and use 75% less energy.
- Leave a few buckets outside when it rains to collect rain water and then use that to water plants.
- When the sun is out during cold days open all your blinds, shades, and curtains to let the solar rays warm your home.
- When it is hot outside keep your blinds, shades, and curtains closed so that the solar heat is kept out, and the shade will help keep it cooler inside.
- Get some reusable shopping bags so you do not have to use the plastic shopping bags offered at businesses.
- If you’re leaving a room, turn the lights off. If you are not watching the TV, then turn it off too.
- Always make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are run with full loads. You will save on energy and water by avoiding washing partial loads.
- Make sure to change all filters in your home regularly as warranted. Dirty filters will decrease air flow, and use more energy.
1-800-Charity Cars appreciates every financial and vehicle donation that we receive from generous people like yourself. Through all the donations we have received, since our establishment in 1996, we have come to realize that so many people were or may be hesitant about donating a vehicle simply because they do not understand the guidelines.
We would like to review the rules for vehicle donations set forth by the Internal Revenue Service for vehicle donations, so that you can donate your vehicle with a better understanding.
Here are some IRS rules for vehicle donations you should be aware of:
Donate To A Qualified Organization
The most common qualified organizations are 501(c)(3) organizations. This includes charitable, religious and educational organizations, often referred to as charities. You can verify the qualification of those you wish to donate to by visiting the IRS website and utilizing their EO Select tool or by calling the IRS Customer Account Services for Tax Exempt and Government Entities toll free at 877-829-5500 and provide them with the charity’s name and address. Certain organizations; like churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, are not required to apply for exemption and may not be listed, so if you have any concerns be sure to call for verification.
The month of December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month. Many people are not aware of seasonal depression, or have never been affected by it personally in any way. Seasonal Depression, or better known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. The holiday season, specifically around all the December holidays seems to be the worse time for SAD to affect people.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, an award-winning vehicle donation program, would like to share some information about seasonal affective disorder with you. We hope to help you understand the disorder and get or give the support needed.
STATISTICS REPORTED BY MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA
- The primary age of the onset of SAD is between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
- SAD is predominately found in women, with 3 out of 4 SAD sufferers being women.
- SAD occurs in northern and southern hemispheres, but is extremely rare for people whom live within 30 degrees latitude of the equator.
- The severity of this disorder varies from person to person and depends on a person’s vulnerability to the disorder and his or her geographical location.
SYMPTOMS OF SAD
- Being in a depressed mood/state
- Having lower than usual energy levels
- Craving carbohydrates
- Possessing a sense of hopelessness
- Suffering from anxiety
- Withdrawing socially
- Unable to focus and concentrate
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of enjoyment in things you once loved to do
- Support Group
- Light Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
While stringing lights on your house, filling out holiday greeting cards, and trimming your tree; be sure to take the time to think about how you can trim your taxes too! With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it is time to make sure you get in your end of year tax deductions while you still can. Doing this will help ensure that you save as much as possible on your taxes with every charitable donation you make, such as a car donation tax credit.
There is plenty of time left for you to donate a vehicle, or make a financial donation for your end of year tax deduction to The Original 1-800-Charity Cars. We make the car donation process through our program very easy. To make a vehicle donation (car, truck, RV, boat, or plane) in any condition, running or not, with free towing provided nationwide, just give us a call today at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or you can visit our simple online car donation form. To make financial donations, you can utilize our convenient online donation services through JustGive or PayPal found on our donation site at www.800charitycars.org.
If you donate a car and we provide the vehicle to a struggling family in need, you will be able to deduct the full “fair market value” of your vehicle donation. If the donated vehicle is not provided to a person in need and is sold, then you may deduct up to $500 (or more if the sale of the vehicle exceeds $500), according to the IRS donors guide to vehicle donations. You can also deduct financial donations in accordance with the IRS guidelines by filling out necessary forms where required for a certain dollar amount of your donation.
The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, (formerly known as International Day of Disabled Persons), is held each year on December 3rd. Its primary focus is placed on issues that affect disabled people worldwide. From schools, businesses, organizations, to whole communities, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is to get involved to break down barriers for disabled people and celebrate abilities.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, an award-winning national vehicle donation and distribution charity, encourages everyone to get together, get involved, take time to acknowledge people with disabilities in a positive manner, celebrate achievements made by people with disabilities, and discuss ways to help disabled people in your communities.
1-800-Charity Cars is a 501(C)(3) non-profit vehicle donation charity and the operators of www.freecharitycars.org, where people in need of reliable transportation nationwide can come to our vehicle distribution site to apply for a free charity car. We have individuals across the entire country from all walks of life that sign up on our site to apply for assistance with transportation daily.
Many of our applicants are dealing with various disabilities, or taking care of loved ones, or their own children with disabilities while awaiting a car donation. Today, in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we would like to highlight some of our car donation applicants who are disabled, and/or caring for disabled people: