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from a a hassle standpoint, donating (where they pick up the car from your house and are happy to have it) is a lot simpler

I'll grant you that - selling can be a hassle, while donating is hassle-free.

AND, from a karma-worldview, the donating is better there too.

Not so fast there, grasshopper! If the charity of your choice actually got the $3500, then yes, a donation was a great idea. But it almost never worked that way. Almost always, the charities immediately sent the car to an auto wholesaler, who in turn sold it at auction. In the end, the charities might net $100 per car. And in many cases, the charities were little more than a front for an auto wholesaler: they lent their name to legitimize the whole process, and got a cut of the action - again, maybe $100/car or some such. In short, the auto-donation thing has been a scam of the first order for many years, with the screwee being the U.S. government (and indirectly, the U.S. taxpayer). All they've done in changing the rules about auto donations is make it so that the amount of the deduction corresponds to the amount the charity actually receives, instead of some tricked-up blue book value.

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