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I don't want to go through the hassle of selling my car privately and I have already purchased my new one (so I couldn't use this as trade in at that point, I still needed it), so I'm going to a "cash for cars" place. I won't get top dollar (which is why I'm looking for $2,000 rather than $3,000), but the sale will get done in less than two hours, not days and days.

From a dollar standpoint, yes, selling IS always better than donating, but from a hassle standpoint, donating (where they pick up the car from your house and are happy to have it) is a lot simpler, AND, from a karma-worldview, the donating is better there too.

But you can always sell the car and then donate the $$$ to the charity of your choosing. You dollars might even go farther that way due to the way a lot of charities turn around and sell the car to wholesalers for pennies on the dollar. (And you'd still get the deduction.)

But, I totally understand the convenience factor. I, too, have donated a car in the past (a junker <$1000) because it wouldn't have been worth the time and effort to sell it privately.

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