Hi, my name is Luz Luis.

I work for the NationalKidney Foundation, and I'd like to give you some tips about how to donate your car inCalifornia.

The first and most important thing is to find your charity.

Choose a charitythat is in your state.

If you find their phone number, either in the phone book or on theInternet make sure that the charity is located near you and benefits local programs.

Askthat charity what their overhead is.

You never want to donate to a charity whose overheadis more than twenty five percent.

Ask them if they accept car donations, and then getthe phone number and the web address of their car processing center directly from the charity.

Make sure that the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle come to the charity, at leastseventy five percent.

Again, you never want to donate to some of the organizations thatcome out of the newspaper, or on the Internet that are giving five to ten percent of thesale proceeds of your vehicle to those charities.

So again, be in contact with the charity.

Make sure how, ask the charity themselves how they accept the car donations.

Make surethat the money is going to programs that you care to benefit, and then donate through theirphone number and their website.

The other most important thing is about the title.

You'regoing to have to find the title of the vehicle before you begin the donation process.

Makesure that the title is signed over directly to the charity that you want to benefit.

Neverleave a title open.

So, you sign to release your ownership of the car, date your signature,and then write, as the new owner or the buyer, the name of the charitable organization thatyou'd like to benefit.

As for donating to the Kidney Foundation, it's very simple.

Youcall 1-800-488-CARS, or donate online at kidneycars.

Org.

Again, you submit the information, they takethe information about who gets the tax receipt, information about the vehicle; year, make,and model, what's wrong with the car.

They instruct you how to sign the title, and thenonce they have the information they'll come out and get the car, and then you can usea tax receipt for your taxes.

You can write it off as a tax deduction.