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Avoiding Negative Impact When Donating Your Car

2024-07-10

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How To Make Sure Your Donated Car Doesn't Do More Harm Than Good

SHiFT aims to ensure that vehicles taken in to benefit charities meet an environmentally responsible end.

BY JIM MOTAVALLI

  • Auto recycling "gets cleaner and greener every year, for both environmental and economic reasons," said Joe Hearn, CEO of SHiFT, a new company from Middletown, Rhode Island.
  • Each year, eight to nine million tons of automobile waste is generated in the European Union, and 25% of that is hazardous.
  • "SHiFT is trying to guarantee the best environmental outcome. We only work with recyclers that have the highest green rating," Hearn said.

If you decide to donate your car to charity, the process is swift. Often, the next day a tow truck shows up and takes it away, leaving you with a tax deduction.

Unless the car is still fully functional and ready to go back on the road, the next step is generally the local junkyard, or recycler as they prefer to be called these days. What happened to the car after that? Chances are high you'll never know.

"I believe the auto recycling story is wildly misunderstood," said Joe Hearn, CEO of SHiFT, a new company from Middletown, Rhode Island, designed to add a greener tinge to the growing field of charitable auto donations. Car collectors get a nod, too, as SHiFT encourages the sale of as many parts as possible. Hobbyists hated the federal Cash for Clunkers program in 2009, because it took 677,081 vehicles out of parts circulation.

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Source: How to Make Sure Your Donated Car Doesn't Do More Harm Than Good (autoweek.com)

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