Why not donate it to benefit your local public radio station?

Thanks to the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program, you can now clear out your driveway, support your local public radio station and get a tax deduction -- all in one fell swoop.

Interested -- or know someone who might be? Check out the full scoop, below. And thanks -- for supporting your local NPR station, and for listening to our lousy show.

Tom and Ray
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Just click on "Donate Your Used Car." Then, fill out a simple on-line form or call the 800 phone number -- and you'll quickly have room in your driveway for that new 2005 you've been eyeing. Car Talk's national partner, V-DAC, then arranges for the pick up of the vehicle and its title. It couldn't be easier! From there, the car is sold (or dismantled, if it's like one of Tommy's cars), with the proceeds benefiting your location station.

Car Talk searched for some time to find a vehicle donation program that was safe, reliable and efficient. V-DAC was selected because it offers the best return to public radio stations, and it accepts the widest possible range of used vehicles. Plus, it has a great reputation -- it also administers a vehicle donation service for over 2,000 local and national charities. Put another way, we've been told that they have absolutely no connection to the Gambino crime family, Vincent 'The Chin' Gigante or the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa.

But we decided to go with them anyway.

Tommy's wife asked for it, actually. At this point, she'll try anything to get Tommy's '52 MG TD out of the driveway, and the idea was born.

Actually, this is a classic example of what game theorists call a 'win-win-win-lose' scenario. The donor wins, the spouse wins, the station wins -- and the IRS loses.

Now, what could possibly better than that?

We hope you'll check out this new program. If you're not yet ready to consider donating your used vehicle, we hope you'll share this creative new way to support public radio with a friend

A vehicle donation is more than a way to just get rid of an unwanted car. It will help a public broadcaster and give you tax savings. You get to deduct the value of the vehicle when it is sold through our partners, V-DAC. They'll notify you of the sale price and, bingo -- you get to keep Uncle Sam's mitts off those dollars, and help out your local NPR station in one fell swoop. Neat? We think so.