In order to make an assessment as to the relative merits and tax advantages in donating your auto, you should initially calculate its fair market value
There are a number of resources available that can assist you.
Kelley Blue Book
The Kelley Blue Book is probably the most trusted resource for establishing current vehicle values in the US.
First published in 1926, www.kbb.com should be your first stop if you want to ascertain the fair market value of your car.
Trade and industry professionals immediately recognise the blue and yellow of NADA guides, specialists in the publication of car pricing for all types of new and used cars, vintage and classic vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs and manufactured homes.
NADA guides collects data relating to the purchase and sale of these types of vehicles and therefore, can a provide a unique insight into the market for your vehicle at any given time.
Edmunds.com is an auto information website, first launched in 1995, specialising in new and used car pricing data for assisting car buyers.
Black Book USA
Black Book® is well known in the car business for the provision of up-to-date, independent, and accurate vehicle pricing data.
We strongly recommend consulting these resources to find out exactly what your car is worth.
You should then contact your car charity of choice to discuss your options with them and to obtain their opinion as to the likely sales price they can achieve on your behalf.
With this information, you will be well-placed to decide if donating your car is the correct option for you.