By David Gernon / KPR Intern
Looking for a way to support KPR but can’t do it until you sell the car in your garage? Consider a hassle-free donation to our partner Vehicles for Charity.
Kansas Public Radio has teamed up with Vehicles for Charity since 2003, raising more than $220,000 in donations of cars, trucks, RVs and motorcycles – regardless of age or condition.
Listeners who donated their vehicle say the entire process was easy from start to finish. From the original phone call to Vehicles for Charity – 877-308-2408 – to watching their vehicle get towed away, our vehicle donors said they would recommend the service to a friend. Prospective donors can also get information at www.vehiclesforcharity.org.
Carol Bolay of Olathe has worked from home for the past 15 years and thanks KPR for providing the soundtrack to her work week.
“As a person who has teleworked since 2000, I love hearing the music in the background as I work,” Bolay said. “I like to listen to Cordelia Brown in the evening, too. I donated my car because I heard about the service on the radio and it sounded easy. I needed to get rid of my old car and the entire process was very easy.”
Two to four days after a donor calls, Vehicles for Charity is towing their old car – at no cost to the listener. The car is sold at a wholesale auto auction, and KPR gets 80 percent of the net proceeds. Vehicles for Charity then sends a tax statement to the donor.
“We were in the market for a new car and knew we didn’t want to deal with the hassle of worrying what we might get for a trade-in and knew about the program due to announcements on the radio,” said Ryan McCoy, a longtime listener from Topeka. “Our favorite show is Trail Mix, but we also enjoy This American Life and always tune in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Trail Mix has introduced us to new acts that we have traveled to see in Lawrence, Colorado and even Ontario, Canada.”
There are many reasons to give:
- You’re looking for an end-of-year tax deduction.
- You have a family member who isn't driving anymore.
- You need to make room for a new car.
“I believe KPR is a worthy beneficiary for any donations and would recommend the vehicle donation program to anyone interested,” said Olathe’s Dean Garland, who listens to most of the programming KPR has to offer. “I listen to KPR every work day while I’m at my desk. I particularly enjoy the classical music programming but also like to listen to the news in the morning before the music begins.”
So if you’re tired of your Ferrari or Porsche, Kansas Public Radio can help. We accept all vehicles – not just European luxury models. So dust off the Rolls-Royce or the Pontiac and turn your Dodge into a deduction or your Chevy into savings.
Don’t take our word for it. Take Craig Comstock’s word:
“I mostly listen to the news during the morning and evening commute to and from work,” the Lawrence resident said. “I also certainly enjoy the classical music! I’ve recommended this service to a friend more than once because of how easy it was.”