Call it the law of unintended consequences, or something you could have seen coming from a mile away, but vehicle donations to charitable organizations have dropped markedly, and the blame is being laid at the feet of the Cash For Clunkers program. Unlike a lot of car guys, I’m a big proponent of the CARS program. Most of the cars being turned in aren’t all that rare or lust worthy (my main, and other gearhead’s concern) and it gets older, less efficient cars off the road. And another upside is that it pumps more money into places like Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
A drop in vehicle donations has been mentioned by several U.S. charities. For example, Volunteers of America, rely on donated vehicles as a main portion of their funding stream. Vehicle donations have been sliding since the start of the Cash For Clunkers deal started.