Why Would You Give Away a Perfectly Good Car?
But, we've wondered, just what kind of person would give away a perfectly good car? We decided to get to the bottom of it. So, we sent a highly unscientific survey out to folks who have recently given up their rides to benefit their local stations. We asked them, "What on earth were you thinking?!"
We just got the results back from our friend Paul Murky, at Murky Research LLC. Paul told us that vehicle donors are 44% altruistic, 36% lazy, 12% greedy and 8% mysterious.
Paul's research, as you can tell, is a bit suspect.
What were our real findings? That the chance to support their local NPR stations, avoid the hassle of a private sale, and the ability to score a sweet tax deduction were the top three reasons Car Talk fans decided to donate their cars.
Here are some of the comments that survey respondents gave for their answers-- along with our translations:
1. Equally all three - tax deduction, supporting NPR and less hassle than selling my poor-condition vehicle.
- Car Talk translation: Can I pick all three? I hate hurting people's feelings.
- Car Talk translation: You &*)(&% make me listen to that lousy show every weekend? Here you go. I hope Nina Totenberg drives it and it breaks down on the steps of the Supreme Court and bursts into flames.
- Car Talk translation: I am scared of being sued by a buyer.
- Car Talk translation: I borrowed money from the mob, and I can't repay it.