Is My Car Too Old to Donate?

12/17/2020


Is My Car Too Old to Donate

Every Car Deserves a Second Chance

You may be thinking about giving your old car a second chance by donating to the Newgate School in Minneapolis. Here’s what you need to know if you’re asking yourself, “is my car too old to donate?”

The Newgate School depends on donations from drivers like you to keep the school running. By offering tuition-free programs for at-risk adults, the Newgate School can give many students a second chance. Similarly, your old car can gain new life. Of course, you may be wondering, “is my car too old to donate?”

Here are some things to consider when you’re thinking about donating that old vehicle to the life-changing programs at the Newgate School.

What Should I Look For In My Older Car?

While we’re happy to accept nearly any vehicle, some essential qualities make a donated vehicle an excellent learning tool for our students. The goal is to use your unused vehicle as a hands-on textbook to teach our students about auto body and mechanics. We then sell the cars to put money back into the program. Sadly, that means some vehicles may not be of much use towards our goals.

Here are some important qualities we look for:

  • The vehicle has been mostly well-maintained
  • It has under 150,000 miles, give or take
  • Minimal rust underneath the car
  • The engine and powertrain are in good shape
  • The normal repair costs aren’t more than the vehicle’s value

If you’re unsure if your car meets these qualifications, give us a call and tell us more about your potential donation.

Who Typically Donates to the Newgate School?

Some people don’t just think to themselves, “is my car too old to donate;” they also wonder if they are the right kinds of drivers to donate a vehicle to our program. We’re fortunate enough to take donations from various people, many of whom are just like you.

Here are where some of our cars generally come from:

  • Recent college graduates who are upgrading to a newer vehicle
  • Grandparents or others who have stopped driving
  • Drivers who are upgrading their cars and don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling their old ride
  • People in our community with huge hearts and want to help those in need.

Learn more about our program online or look for one of our videos on YouTube, showing our impact within the community.

Write-Offs That Matter

If you typically itemize your taxes, you can donate your old car to earn a tax credit. As a 503C non-profit organization, your donation is entirely tax-deductible. When you bring in your vehicle, we’ll even help you fill out all of the appropriate paperwork to get the full value of your deduction.

The value of your deduction is based on the final sale price of the vehicle after our students get it back into shape. Don’t worry. We’ll go over all of the details when you stop by.

A Chance to Make a Difference

If your old car seems like a good fit for our program, give us a call or stop by today. We’re authorized to transfer titles in MN, so you only have to bring your title. We’ll take care of the rest.

Your donation helps our students learn life-improving skills that put them on the right track to success. We couldn’t do it without you and your old car. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

 


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12 Moms of Christmas with the Newgate School

11/11/2020


 

It is Better to Give When Someone in Need Receives

Twin Cities Live is proud to team up with White Bear Mitsubishi to feature The Wheels for Women program at Newgate School in Minneapolis.

Since the 1980s, the nonprofit has donated over 700 cars to moms who don't have reliable transportation. Typically, Newgate highlights one recipient each month on Twin Cities Live, but for the 12 Moms of Christmas event, they wanted to go all out to capture tremendous amounts of joy.

According to Blythe Severson of the Newgate School, "The Newgate School started over 20 years ago. There were single moms with small children who didn't have reliable transportation, and that created, as you can imagine, a lot of issues for them to get their kids to school, to get to work, keeping a full-time job, etc..

We started taking some of the cars that were donated to be used in our training program to help teach our students, and then use those cars as a way to give back to the community.

So, we took those vehicles and gave them to women who needed them. This is the first year that we've actually done an event like this: 12 vehicles all at one time. The idea that we had for doing this was pretty amazing, and it actually almost doubled the number of vehicles that we were able to give away to women this year. It's an amazing thing for us, for all of us at Newgate.

Richard Herod III of White Bear Mitsubishi stands with a room full of excited women: "Today is a really awesome day, and I really appreciate all of you to be willing to take time out of your morning to be here at a specific time so we could coordinate this. It's the first year we've done the 12 Moms of Christmas; hopefully, we can keep doing it every year. Thank you for being Santa's little helper."

"So I raised two kids," says Severson," and I just imagined myself what it would have been like to try and get them to school and back home while trying and get myself to work every day without having reliable transportation. I just cannot imagine doing that. So when I look at women like this, who are keeping full-time jobs and raising families by themselves, there is nothing like the feeling of helping them maintain a better life for their families.

While 12 moms walk out into the parking lot, some carrying their small children, they meet with representatives from various auto dealers who participated in the event. Herod meets their excitement: "I'm so happy to be here with a group of car dealers that have come to make a difference in your Christmas holiday this year: Friendly Chevrolet, Gilleland Chevrolet, The Apple Auto Group (Apple Ford Shakopee, Apple Chevrolet Buick Northfield, Apple Ford Lincoln Apple Valley, Apple Valley CJDR), Volkswagon of Inver Grove, Rydell Auto and Outlet Garage, and White Bear Mitsubishi.

 

12 Moms of Christmas with the Newgate School

 

We're just so pleased this holiday season to make your Christmas holiday a little better. This is our first year of doing the 12 Moms of Christmas, but hopefully, it won't be our last.

The moms are introduced to their new cars. "This is a blessing. I'm so happy," says one mom while another can be heard expressing gratitude: "This is so amazing. I swear, my old car…the heat didn't work. I'm sitting here crying."

One mom interviewed explained how having a reliable car means the world to her family: "I'm speechless. My little guy was born with Spinal Bifida and has to see several specialists on a regular basis. That's been kind of the biggest challenge. He's a little trooper."

Some of the moms discuss how they had to walk everywhere before today: "It feels awesome. I moved here four years ago without a car, and now I have a car. It's so amazing. It's a miracle," says the mother of ten-year-old twin boys, "we walk everywhere" while another exclaims, "I walk to work. I walk my girls to school. So this is a huge blessing."

"My heart is so full. This is the best day ever," said Christy Gilleland of Gilleland Chevrolet Cadillac," We feel so blessed that we're able to do this and meet these awesome ladies."

At the Newgate School, we try to give away two cars a month throughout the year. This time of year (Christmas), it means something more.

When You Help a Mom, You Help a Family

The Newgate School is able to lead the Wheels for Women program from generous donations from the community. By simply donating an old, unused vehicle, you can not only make room in your garage but can help change a single mother's life forever.

Learn more about how your used car can make a difference by contacting the Newgate School in Minneapolis today.


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Wheels for Women “Cribs Edition” with Vannesia Thomas on Twin Cities Live Blog

10/8/2020


 

Impacting Real People Everyday

Everyone remembers the MTV program “MTV Cribs,” where celebrities would show you all around their houses and brag about all of the things they were proud of.

Thanks to a Minneapolis-based non-profit program, women are feeling like celebrities since the 1980s. The Newgate School has provided cars for working mothers through it’s “Wheels for Women” program.

In the spirit of MTV’s Cribs, the latest Wheels for Women recipient proudly shows us all around her new ride.

“I’m Vannesia, and this is my ride.” Says Vannesia Thomas with a massive smile on her face standing in front of her new-to-her car. “I love the color. It feels like it’s one of those colors that blends in with other cars. I love it, and it’s so spacious. In the back of the car, we have beautiful leather seats and a bunch of space. I have three kids, so there’s just enough room for all of us. I have three boys. They’re very vibrant, energetic, loving, and they keep me on top of my toes.

“I did have another car” explains Vannesia, “that I bought four or five months ago. I knew that it had problems, but I needed a car. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I needed a car. It had so many problems that I had to visit the shop a number of times. I just couldn’t get it fixed, and one day it just broke down. I spent well over $700 just to get it fixed. What I love about the front of the car is that it has a wood grain finish. That’s not something I’d expect from a 2004, but it looks really good. The car is super huge in the front seat. To have a company do something like this is awesome. It means a lot to me.”

 

Wheels for Women “Cribs Edition” with Vannesia Thomas on Twin Cities Live Blog

 

“In hearing Vannesia’s story,” says Richard Herod III of White Bear Mitsubishi, “how she is a mother of three who bought a car, spent a bunch of money in repairs, and then that car broke down, leaving her with no way to get to work. That’s a troubling situation. The fact that the Newgate School has a program where people can donate their vehicles, and then students come there, tuition-free, to learn how to fix cars, and those cars are then donated to mothers who need a vehicle is pretty awesome. Vehicles that aren’t donated are sold to help fund the program. It’s the best karma circle I’ve ever been part of.

Michael Scott, an instructor at The Newgate School, explains, “on occasion hen we give a car away, we still have unforeseeable things that will happen. In this case, a car is running too cold. As we get into winter weather, the thermostat says it’s running too cold. She can come back in and we’ll fix it for free. We usually give away a car and then support that person for the next three to six months, handing any repairs we may not have caught on its final inspection.

Richard Herod III is optimistic about the future of the program: “Our goal for 2020 is to double the number of cars we give to women. We are so proud to partner with the Newgate School. We believe with your help; we can get more cars donated.”

If you are interested in donating a car or need a vehicle, make sure to contact the Newgate School or White Bear Mitsubishi. You can be part of a movement that not only helps single mothers obtain reliable and safe transportation but a program that teaches at-risk adults valuable skills that will better their living situations.


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Donate the Old Clunker Sitting in Your Yard

9/18/2020


 

Still Hanging on to that Old Clunker?

If you've got an extra car taking up space in your driveway or on your lawn, consider donating it to Newgate School. You can get a tax break, and the neighbors won't complain about your extra driveway decor.

 

Give New Life to Grandma's Old Car

Most of us have faced the problem of a parent or grandparent who can no longer drive. Besides dealing with the emotional toll of losing their independence, you may also get stuck in their old car.

You could try to sell it privately, but that is a big hassle, especially when you need to deal with the title transfer. Newgate School accepts vehicle donations of all kinds: cars, SUVs, trucks, vans, you name it, we take it! And we'll handle the title transfer, too.

Donate the Old Clunker Sitting in Your Yard

If You Can't Trade It, Donate It.

If you've tried to trade in your old car for a sweet new ride, you know the frustration of getting good trade-in value. Every car donation to Newgate School is tax-deductible. We use donated vehicles in our programs that train students in auto mechanics and body repair.

Once the car gets repaired and reconditioned inside and out, we will either offer it for sale or give it to a local working mother who needs reliable transportation.

 

We Love Fixer-Uppers!

Newgate is a not-for-profit school that provides tuition-free training to young men and women looking for a stable career. If you've got a car you no longer use because it's old or needs repair, call us. Your problem car provides our students with an opportunity to learn from body damage to engine repair and transmission work.

 

How Your Donation Can Lower Your Tax Bill

There are two ways that we determine the amount of the deduction on your donated vehicle:

  1. The amount we get for the car when we sell it
  2. The vehicle’s fair market value if we donate it

Newgate School has been operating as a non-profit for over 40 years: we know how to get the maximum value from your donation. Our staff is happy to walk you through completing the IRS forms to claim your deduction when you file.

If the Kids' Old Car Conked Out, Call Us

That car you got your kids when they got their license is now well past its prime. The kids have moved on, and now that old jalopy is perma-parked in front of your house. Before the Homeowner's Association calls you, give us a call.

Your vehicle donation to Newgate School will make a massive difference in many people's lives. If you're looking for a virtually hassle-free way to get rid of a surplus vehicle, call us.


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White Bear Mitsubishi Partners Up to Help with Wheels for Women Program

8/19/2020


 

Life-Changing Programs in the Twin Cities

Not long ago, Twin Cities Live hared the story of a new partnership: Richard Herod III, the general manager at White Bear Mitsubishi, wanted to help the Wheels for Women Program at the Newgate School in Minneapolis.

This program is terrific. It provides vehicles to mothers who are without reliable transportation. Since that story aired, White Bear Mitsubishi and the Newgate School have seen an overwhelming response from you at home who want to help. Thank you.

They've already awarded another recipient with a much-deserved car. Twin Cities Live photographer Drew Schingen, stopped by the Newgate School to see the impact Wheels for Women is making.

When asked of their partnership with the Newgate School, Herod added, "White Bear Mitsubishi is proud to partner for the wheel for women program because we think it's really important to help single mothers get back on their feet, particularly if they have kids and need a way to work. This is a unique opportunity for people to donate their vehicles to the Newgate School. It's tax-deductible. The vehicles are used within the training program for the school. They help educate technicians and people who want to learn body repair. At the end of it, Newgate uses the proceeds from the sale of the vehicles to help teach those kids. They also use the vehicles as a donation to deserving mothers."

White Bear Mitsubishi Partners Up to Help with Wheels for Women Program

Shantell Mullen is a student in the Newgate Program. "I've been a student4 at Newgate for about a month. So far, I'm really enjoying the learning process. The instructors are very thorough. They know everything that you need to know, and no question is a stupid question. They always have the answer for you. They also teach you how to find your own answers, which is really good.

Kimberly Brown tells her story: "While I was driving down Randolph, I was getting ready to pass Saratoga. A guy came and sideswiped me. We went to the hospital on the same day. I had a minor concision. My eldest daughter injured her foot under the seat from the impact. She had some bruising and a sprained ankle. My youngest daughter hit the bridge of her nose. We've only been able to make a few doctor's appointments and had to cancel some of them since we no longer had a vehicle. I've missed several days of work because we didn't have a car."

Ms. Brown was amazed by her donated car from the Wheels for Women program. Despite having over 100,000 miles on it, it had a lot left in the tank. It needed repairs on the brakes and exhaust. Students in the Newgate program also covered the minor and routine things, including a complete inspection to ensure it was running right.

"I love the car. The car is fabulous. It is so beautiful. I don't even know how to say thank you enough. It's gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous," exclaimed Ms. Brown.

Mr. Herod understands how impactful the Wheels for Women program really is. "Single parents work hard to put food on the table. They work hard to pay bills, to clothe us. If it wasn't for these kind gifts from the Salvation Army and whatnot, I wouldn't be who I am today. I think it's great to be in a position to give back to the community and help encourage others to also participate."

Ms. Mullen has come full circle with the Newgate School program: "When my son was two years old, I needed a car. I was just starting out. I just got a new job. I actually came here to get my car. Now here I am learning the process. I'm on the other end and working on cars to provide people the same push that I got."

Your Story is Their Story

The story of the students in the Newgate School program, along with stories of the countless mothers who have received a car through the Wheels for Women program, belongs to every one of us. If you'd like to donate a car to the Newgate school, stop by with the title. We can take care of the rest. If you're a single mother in need of a reliable vehicle or someone looking to join the program, contact us today to learn how the Newgate School can help turn your life around.


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