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Kars4Kids: Protect Yourself from Potential Scams

Kars4Kids cares about your security and is committed to protecting you from potential fraud. Unfortunately, there are some charities out there that claim to be Kars4Kids and may have similar sounding names or websites.

Kars4Kids is aware of the many fraudulent organizations that plague the car donation industry, and we take the trust you place in us seriously. We’ve been doing our utmost to maximize the benefit of each and every donation, allowing us to reach out and touch the lives of thousands of children each year.

The official Kars4Kids is spelled with a “K” throughout, and the phone number is 1.877.KARS4KIDS.

We don’t want to let these fake pages and charities take advantage of you. Here are some warning signs that you should be looking out for:

Outside Call Centers? Some programs use outside call centers to process donations, spending the bulk of the funds on this. Kars4Kids processes everything in-house, from initial phone call to any follow-ups.
Legitimate Charity? Many car donation programs are not recognized by the IRS as a charity. Kars4Kids is a registered 501(c)3 charity and we file our 990’s with the IRS.
Do they evaluate? Many programs don’t analyze the smartest way to deal with the vehicle. Kars4Kids’ evaluates market conditions and geographical considerations to see what makes the most sense for your car.
Are they wasteful? Some charities don’t care about getting the best price for your vehicle. Kars4Kids works hard to get the best sale, ensuring more funds for the kids and a higher tax deduction for you.

Kars4Kids’ success has been built on a proven track record, both in its car donation practices and its charitable work. Kars4kids is recognized by the IRS as a licensed and registered 501(c)3 charity.

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Most cars that are donated to Kars4Kids are sold in order to generate funds for the charity. Depending on several factors including vehicle and market conditions, they may be sold at auction or to a scrapyard. In some cases, the donated vehicle will be used by Kars4Kids for a charity program, such as to transport volunteers or the like. In any event, Kars4Kids assesses each donated car carefully to ensure it is getting maximum value for each donation.

Kars4Kids is an IRS-recognized 510(c)3 charity that has earned the Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar and been rated a top nonprofit by GreatNonprofits. The thousands of kids and families who have benefited from the support of Kars4Kids can all attest to the important work Kars4Kids does in their communities. And over 500,000 donors can attest that Kars4Kids makes donating to their work easy, convenient and hassle-free.

Kars4Kids is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funding educational, mentoring and youth development programs nationwide. As a nonprofit largely funded by car donations, Kars4Kids has streamlined the donation process to ensure efficiency and minimize expenses. About 60% of each donation goes directly to Kars4Kids' charity programs, with the rest spent either on advertising (such as that ubiquitous jingle that keeps Kars4Kids and car donation in the forefront of consumers' minds) or what is known in the nonprofit world as overhead - paying the staff to process the donations, typical office expenses and the like.