So my Sentra is history. It still runs, but needs some serious maintenance. We already bought its replacement, so it’s solely acting as a major inconvenience (paying insurance, moving street parking every 3-4 days, etc.)
I donated my Pulsar 5 years ago and it was a completely painless procedure. They came over, we exchanged papers, signed a few things, got my tax receipt, and off they went. Easy. No problems.
But trying to replicate this experience has been a nightmare. I’ve talked to 4 different tow companies. None want to meet in person–their “preferred” procedure is to leave my car unlocked , leaving the title and keys under the driver’s seat :eek:, and they’ll pick it up and mail me the receipt.
Yeah right. My car’s already had its stereo stolen–when I find it missing the next morning, how am I supposed to know it didn’t get stolen instead of “picked up”?. Of course, there was one company who said, if I didn’t feel comfortable unlocking it, they’d just come by and Slim Jim it open.
You have got to be kidding me. All of this sounds way too fishy, but I can’t seem to find an agency that isn’t related to another one of these agencies, or a tow company that will meet with me in person (unless they leave cable-guy windows, like “4 am - Noon”)
Unfortunately, I don’t remember who I donated it to last time (got the # off a billboard). Friends and neighbors only have horror stories similar (or worse :() to mine. Can anyone, especially CA residents, provide a recommendation on a car donation company that they actually had a completely problem-free transaction with?
Oh, I’ve tried the BBB, but only found their “Dos/Don’ts” list–nothing on which agencies are reliable/reputable.