Give a car for charity

Guest post from Daniel who works for the innovative organisation that donates  proceeds of scrap cars to charity writes:

Cancel out your climate debt with Giveacar

Do you ever feel guilty, being a car owner? Are you one of those car owners who rarely drives, whose vehicle spends far more time sitting on a driveway than with the engine running? Especially with the recent stratospheric rises in petrol and car insurance, coupled with improving public transport infrastructure in urban areas; owning a car seems to be interpretable in one of two ways.

Either owning a car is irresponsible for the environment, especially in situations where perhaps it’s more logical not to own a car; or car owners are unfairly maligned, all tarred with the same brush, all portrayed as people who just don’t care about the state of the world.

Since January 2010, Giveacar has raised over £250,000 for a collective group of over 300 charities.

I don’t think either statement is true, for the record, but both of them have their points. There are some living situations where the price of public transport (even notwithstanding the steep rise in train fares in the UK) falls far below what it would cost to run and maintain a car. However, owning a car doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re environmentally and socially irresponsible. There are ways of driving which can help; such as, for example, changing gears when between 1500 and 2500 RPM can save up to 15% on your fuel.

Have you ever thought about donating your car?

However, there is another way to regain your balance with the environment. Have you ever thought about donating your car?

Modelled on similar US ideas such as CharityCar.us, Giveacar is an innovative social enterprise that facilitates scrap car donation. One simple phone call is required; and Giveacar will arrange collection of your vehicle at no cost to you. Depending on the age and condition, it will either be sold to a car salvage auction or scrapped. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of your choice after the subtraction of a small administration fee.

Since January 2010, Giveacar has raised over £250,000 for a collective group of over 300 charities.