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5 Car Parts That Can Be Recycled

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Vehicle owners are aware that they must perform routine maintenance; but, they may not be aware that many of the parts that need to be replaced can actually be recycled. 1-800-Charity Cars wants you to know that your vehicles are comprised of many valuable car parts that can be recycled over and over again.

We believe that people would be willing to recycle car parts if they knew what parts were recyclable. We put together the following list of five car parts that can be recycled:


If you find yourself needing a new battery, be sure to recycle your old one. Old batteries can be recycled to make new ones. They can be dropped off at any automotive store that sells batteries.
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How Your Donation Makes a Difference

hwo your donation makes a differenceWe at 1-800-Charity Cars are very grateful for every donor who assists us in providing free donated vehicles to struggling families to help them in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency, through the monetary and vehicle donations we receive.

It is important for you to understand how your donation makes a difference for people in need. If their donated vehicle is viable, we directly place that vehicle with people in need of reliable transportation and all monetary donations are used to fund our vehicle donation program.

1-800-Charity Cars’ experience with past recipients is that the receipt of a vehicle has a profound effect upon their outlook on life. They seem to experience a rebirth of hope and self-esteem leading to renewed energy and ambition to succeed. Many recipients have even expressed the feeling that they have been given a second chance at life. Few programs can impact the quality of life of the disadvantaged as immediately and dramatically as 1-800-Charity Cars.
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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Car

Mistakes to avoid when selling your car

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Are you in the process of selling your car? Is it not quite going the way you planned? The Original 1-800 Charity Cars program wants to help you in the car selling process. We offer the following list of the most common mistakes people make when selling a vehicle so you can avoid them:

Never present a dirty or cluttered car

If you are showing your vehicle to prospective buyers, make sure that it is clean and free from any of your personal items. A dirty or cluttered car can make a buyer less likely to want to purchase it. The car will seem less appealing and can appear to have less room if it is cluttered. Take some time to wash your car, give the inside a good vacuum, wipe down the entire interior, and clear out all your personal items.
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How To Make Your Vehicle Last Longer

Make your vehicle last longer

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It goes without saying that transportation is a vital necessity for many people, and expensive to acquire. The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, through our vehicle donation program for struggling families is well aware of how hard it is for some people to afford a vehicle. The average American family cannot afford to replace their vehicle very often, so we would like to offer you a list of things that you can do to make your vehicle last longer.


First thing to do to make your vehicle last longer is make sure you find a mechanic that you can trust and who provides you with great service at reasonable prices. Once you find a good mechanic, stick with them. Establishing a relationship with a great mechanic will help ensure you have someone that you trust to go to at any moment your vehicle needs any service or repair.
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5 Safe Driving Tips

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars has been providing free donated vehicles to struggling families across the United States since 1996. The ability to drive your own car gives people independence and a sense of freedom. Although driving gives people the freedom to come and go as needed, it also comes with great responsibility.

It is every driver’s responsibility to drive safely and make the roads a safe place for others. We offer you the following list of safe driving tips, so you can ensure that you are making every effort on your part to keep the roads safe.

Buckle up

Before turning your key in the ignition, make sure that all passengers in the car have buckled their seat belts. Set an example for your children by always buckling up and making sure that they are buckled up before moving your vehicle. Make sure that you always wear your seat belt, no matter how short your trip will be. Seat belts are a simple and easy way to help prevent serious injuries in many instances.
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4 Reasons to Donate Your Car to Charity

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Do you have a car that you’re thinking of trading in or possibly putting up for sale? Maybe you’ve already gotten a new car and have an old one sitting unused. Do you have a car that no longer runs and you are thinking of having it towed away?

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit car donation charity, would like to offer you a list of reasons to donate your car to charity:

No Cost to You

If you elect to sell or have your car hauled off, you can incur costs such as: advertising fees for classified ads, cleaning and repairs to increase value, and towing fees. Donating your car to charity is free. If you choose to donate your car, you can get free pickup and towing with no need to make repairs because many charities accept all types of vehicles, running or not.
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5 Ways To Celebrate National Battery Day

national battery dayPeople have been using batteries for centuries, since their invention in 1800 by Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. National battery day is an annual occurrence on February 18th in honor of Alessandro Volta’s birthday in 1745. It also serves as a day to remind us just how essential the battery is and how something so seemingly simple holds such great importance in our daily lives.

The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s largest vehicle donation program, would like to offer you a list of 5 ways you can celebrate National Battery Day:

Focus on rechargeable batteries

If you use rechargeable batteries, take some time today to make sure all of your rechargeable batteries are on their charging stations. If you do not use rechargeable batteries, go out today and purchase some. Rechargeable batteries are a great way to save money and ensure you always have batteries on hand.
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February 14th Is National Organ Donor Day

national organ donor dayWith last month being National Blood Donor Month, we would like to continue in the spirit of helping the medically needy. Most people think of roses, candy, and who will be their Valentine on February 14th. This day holds more meaning than celebrating Valentine’s Day since it is also National Organ Donor Day. It’s a day to educate people on organ donation, encourage people to sign up, and become organ donors to give the gift of life.

To honor National Organ Donor Day, The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a nationwide vehicle donation program, would like to share a personal story from one of our very own staff members, to help spread awareness about making the decision to become an organ donor.

This is a glimpse into our Site, Social Network, and Content Administrator Michelle Key’s personal story about how she made the choice to become an organ donor and how you can become one too:

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10 Ways To Save On Monthly Expenses

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The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s leading vehicle donation/distribution program, realizes that so many people are barely making ends meet. Many people are living paycheck to paycheck and are looking for ways to stretch their dollars. Here are 10 ways to save on monthly expenses to help ease your financial burden:

Get started by making a budget

Before you make any kind of change, you need to first start by creating a budget. Outline the money that you have coming in and what that money is spent on. It is important to understand the amount of money you have to work with and where you’re spending that money. This will help guide you through figuring out what cutbacks you can make to save money each month.
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10 Tips For Saving On Fuel Costs

tips for saving on fuel costsWith everyone trying to find ways to save money and gasoline prices at such high prices, 1-800-Charity Cars, non-profit vehicle donation program, offers you the following list of tips for saving on fuel costs:

Tighten the gas caps

Make sure that your gas cap is always properly aligned and tightly sealed. Unbeknownst to most, a gas cap that is not appropriately sealed and tightened will actually allow gas to vaporize. According to Advanced Auto Parts, over 147 million gallons of gas vaporize every year in the United States from improperly placed gas caps.
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