Bright Idea: Donating your car to charity

In 2008, it was time for me to finally say goodbye to my car and get a new one. It was time to move on from my little point A to point B, cherry red, two door 1985 BMW 325. It was a sturdy vehicle and served me well, but once I was ready to get a new car, I almost immediately knew that I wanted to pass it on to charity.

When I first heard about the possibility, I did some research, and while there are plenty of sites and organizations to choose from, I ended up using They have an easy to search list of charities to choose from. The charity site actually takes the car to a public auction, uses that money gained from the auction sale and donates that money to the organization you choose. It’s a great way to discard of your old car, with little to no fuss, and more importantly, a great way to help others who are in need.

My old car being hauled off to ultimately help someone in need...

The charity I chose was the African Aid Organization, formerly the African Child Care Association. It is “a non-profit organization devoted to providing first-class assistance, support, and education to the Most Vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa. We help these children who are affected by HIV/AIDS or who deal with the hardships of poverty by investing in them and in their future.”

They can be found at


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