Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in Free Charity Cars. Here are the most common questions we have been asked in the past. If you did not find an answer and need more assistance, please go to our Contact page and let us let us know how we can help.

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First visit the official Charity Cars Facebook Fan Pages and click LIKE on each page. We are located at the following links:

 

*PLEASE NOTE*

Those are our ONLY Facebook Pages. Any other pages you may see ARE NOT official Charity Cars Pages. Please be cautious when you interact with those pages.

To promote on Facebook be sure that you do the following:

Particpate on our Facebook Pages by liking, sharing, commenting etc.. our posts on our pages.

Encourage all your family and friends on Facebook to become a fan of our pages by liking them.

Depending on how active your Facebook page is, 1 to 4 times per month you should make a positive comment on your status or friends page and include our websites/information in your posts. (Example: Jane42 just got a free car today on www.freecharitycars.org. I am so happy for her! Please visit www.800charitycars.org or call 1-800-CHARITY CARS and donate your vehicle, in any condition, running or not. You may receive the full fair market value tax-deduction).

Performing these actions will help to spread the word about our charity, and lead to an increase in vehicle donations.

Are you using Twitter yet? If you already have a Twitter and know how to use it then you can skip the tutorial links and jump right in promoting! If your concerned about it being difficult to use, have no fear because if you can post a status on Facebook or even here on the FCC site you can do Twitter!

If you do not have a Twitter yet be sure to visit and sign up today!

Once you have created a Twitter account or if you already have one and not sure how to navigate it and use it be sure to check out the following links:

Once you have signed up, created your account and familiarized yourself with how to use Twitter you are ready to get started! First step start working on getting a group of followers! To find out how to get followers on Twitter be sure to read the following;

This is something you will always be striving to increase, your twitter following!

Be sure to follow us at www.twitter.com/freecharitycars and encourage all your family and friends to follow us as well. You can visit our Twitter Profile and simply click retweet on our tweets and spread the word that way!

Depending on how often you tweet, at least 1 to 4 times per week, you should make a positive tweet about Charity Cars. This will help to spread the word about our charity and lead to an increase in vehicle donations.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ofcc at the end of each of your tweets so we can track it!

Here are some example tweets that you can copy/paste/edit and share;

Performing these actions will help to spread the word about our charity, and lead to an increase in vehicle donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

News/TV Stations: Contact all your local news/television stations and introduce yourself as a volunteer member of FreeCharityCars.org.

You can use this handy TV Station Locator http://www.mondotimes.com/world/usa/tv.html to locate stations in your area. Ask where you may submit an idea for a possible news story and then provide them with the following information. 

Established in 1996, The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, www.800CharityCars.org  (DBA: Free Charity Cars), is a 501(C) (3) non-profit charity.  Its founding mission is to provide free refurbished donated vehicles to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.

Considered the pioneers of the free car-ownership concept, the Original1-800-Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation and has awarded over 5000 free vehicles nationwide. The award-winning program has received an avalanche of local and national publicity being featured on shows such as Oprah, Montel, Good Morning America, Two Guys Garage,and CBS Morning News. Articles about this one-of-a-kind organization have appeared in the Non-Profit Times, The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, People Magazineand a host of other publications across America. Among its many awards, the organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

Struggling families nationwide apply for a free charity car at the organization’s car distribution website www.FreeCharityCars.org.  The website was designed to make the process of choosing who receives a free vehicle as fair as possible by providing a forum where individuals can engage the public and pro-actively pursue their dream of car-ownership. The website also provides the charity with the ability to quickly identify qualified recipients and to match each donated vehicle with each prospective applicant’s specific need. Surprisingly, the unique website has morphed into an ever expanding online community offering compassion and hope to struggling Americans.

Contact Television Shows Online: 

Please make sure you identify yourself as a volunteer member of FreeCharityCars.org and always include our websites in all your communications - www.800CharityCars.org & www.FreeCharityCars.org

Here is a convenient list that you can use to get started:

 

World News With Diane Sawyer Person Of The Week http://abcnews.go.com/WN/mailform?id=11095297

 

World News With Diane Sawyer Story Ideas http://abcnews.go.com/WN/mailform?id=10691207

 

NBC Today Show http://www.today.com/id/29041920/ns/today-today_participate/t/email-today/#.VL0bMC5oeiI

 

NBC News People Making A Difference Story Ideas http://www.nbcnews.com/pages/youre-making-a-difference

 

CNN Story Ideas http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form11e.html

 

Steve Harvey Show List Of Topics For Stories To Submit http://www.steveharveytv.com/be-on-the-show/

 

The Ellen Show Nominate People In Need http://www.ellentv.com/be-on-the-show/433/

 

The Ellen Show Story Suggestions http://www.ellentv.com/be-on-the-show/10/

 

Oprah (OWN) Story Suggestions Of People In Need https://www.oprah.com/plug_form.html?plug_id=8873141

 

OWN Network List Of Current Story Requests http://www.oprah.com/app/own-tv.html#anchor_castingcall

 

Dr. Phil Submit A Show Suggestion http://www.drphil.com/plugger/respond/?plugID=9163

 

Dr. Phil List Of Upcoming Topics To Submit For http://www.drphil.com/plugger/

 

Wendy Williams Be A Part Of The Show http://www.wendyshow.com/be-a-part-of-the-show/#.VL0fuS5oeiI

Radio: Contact your local radio stations. Ask for the station manager or the person in charge of PSA’s. Introduce yourself as a volunteer member of FreeCharityCars.org.  Inform them that The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, www.800CharityCars.org  is a national non-profit charity that has provided over 4,500 free vehicles to struggling families throughout the nation. Ask for the stations help in educating the public about the benefits of donating their vehicles to 1-800-Charity Cars. Donors may receive the full fair market value tax-deduction if their vehicle is used to provide critical transportation to a family in need. We accept vehicles nationwide, in any condition, running or not.

Radio Station Locator = http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/page?page=states

Use these PSA’s (Public Service Announcements)

  • 10 seconds: Donate a car to The Original 1-800-Charity Cars. You may receive the full fair market tax deduction. Call 1-800-Charity Cars-that’s 1-800-Charity Cars or visit online at 800charitycars.org.

  • 15 seconds: Donating a car to the Original 1-800-Charity Cars is a wonderful way to transform someone’s life and receive the full fair market value tax-deduction you deserve. 1-800-Charity Cars is America’s leading car-donation charity that provides free cars to struggling families nationwide. To donate call 1-800-Charity Cars-that’s 1-800-Charity Cars or donate online at 800CharityCars.org.

  • 30 seconds: Donating a car to the Original 1-800-Charity Cars is a wonderful way to transform someone’s life and receive the full fair market value tax-deduction you deserve.  Nationally acclaimed, our award winning charity has provided over 4500 free cars to struggling families nationwide. To donate a vehicle in any condition, running or not, please call 1-800-Charity Cars-that’s 1-800-Charity Cars or donate online at 800CharityCars.org.

  • 60 seconds: Donating a car to the Original 1-800-Charity Cars is a wonderful way to transform someone’s life and receive the full fair market value tax-deduction you deserve. Nationally acclaimed, our award-winning charity has provided over 4500 free cars to struggling families nationwide. To donate a vehicle in any condition, running or not, please call 1-800-Charity Cars or visit us online at 800charitycars.org. You won’t just be making a donation; you’ll be making a difference. So call 1-800-Charity Cars and help a struggling neighbor with transportation today.

Print Media: Contact local and national newspapers / magazines and introduce yourself as a member of FreeCharityCars.org. Ask them to do a story about Free Charity Cars and provide them with the following information. Newspaper Locator = http://www.50states.com/news/

Established in 1996, The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, www.800CharityCars.org  (DBA: Free Charity Cars), is a 501(C) (3) non-profit charity.  Its founding mission is to provide free refurbished donated vehicles to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.

Considered the pioneers of the free car-ownership concept, the Original1-800-Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation and has awarded over 4500 free vehicles nationwide. The award-winning program has received an avalanche of local and national publicity being featured on shows such as Oprah, Montel, Good Morning America, Two Guys Garage,and CBS Morning News. Articles about this one-of-a-kind organization have appeared in the Non-Profit Times, The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, People Magazineand a host of other publications across America. Among its many awards, the organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

Struggling families nationwide apply for a free charity car at the organization’s car distribution website www.FreeCharityCars.org.  The website was designed to make the process of choosing who receives a free vehicle as fair as possible by providing a forum where individuals can engage the public and pro-actively pursue their dream of car-ownership. The website also provides the charity with the ability to quickly identify qualified recipients and to match each donated vehicle with each prospective applicant’s specific need. Surprisingly, the unique website has organically morphed into an ever expanding online community offering compassion and hope to struggling Americans.

PROMOTE 1-800-CHARITY CARS!

This is OUR Charity! We’re all in this together…we are all one. Together we have power and together our voices will be heard!

When you promote The Original 1-800-Charity Cars you help generate vehicle donations. When promoting, it is very important that you always identify yourself as a volunteer member of FreeCharityCars.org. When promoting for vehicle donations, it is beneficial to always use our car-donation program name- The Original 1-800-Charity Cars as well as our car-donation website www.800charitycars.org . When recruiting others to join our online community use our www.freecharitycars.org website.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The Free Charity Cars community is rapidly growing in the social media space. Please visit our Social Media page to find how you can assist in promoting Free Charity Cars through Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

RADIO & TELEVISION

Visit our Radio & Television page to find information on how you can help spread the word about Free Charity Cars on radio programs, television networks and nationally recognized television programs.

OTHER PROMOTIONAL IDEAS

Promote, Promote, & Promote: Promote 1-800-Charity Cars www.800CharityCars.org and Free Charity Cars www.FreeCharityCars.org on as many social networks, blogs, cause pages, forums, groups, YouTube, etc. as possible!

Contact vehicle sellers on websites: Websites such as craigslist.com, autotader.com, cars.com, rvtrader.com boattrader.com etc., can be a great resource to find people with unwanted vehicles. Reaching out to these sellers with a few sentences can be very effective. Keep it short and sweet but always identify yourself as a volunteer member of FreeCharityCars.org. Encourage people who are selling their vehicles to visit our car-donation website at www.800charitycars.org to learn about the advantages of donating their vehicle. (Example: Donate your vehicle to the Original 1-800-Charity Cars. You may receive the full fair-market value tax-deduction for your vehicle donation and help a struggling member of the community get back on their feet. 1-800-Charity Cars accepts cars, trucks and boats, in any condition, running or not. Towing is free. Visit www.800CharityCars.org or call 1-800-Charity Cars. Thank you!”)

Auto Dealer Program: FCC does not receive cars from dealers and never has. Our dealer program had consisted of an advertising partnership but it has proven unsuccessful and we are no longer pursuing this program.

Create and post signs: Place signs publicly anywhere it’s legal. Click on the image below to view a high-resolution, printable version of each sign.

      

Place our link on websites: If anyone you know has a website please ask them to place our link on their site.

If you have any questions email info@800charitycars.org (Please do not call our staff)  

Links from external sources, such as other websites or blogs will help us in our efforts to provide more car donations to persons in need. So if you choose to link to www.800charitycars.org please keep these few things in mind. 

First and foremost, any link to our web site is appreciated so thank you for all of your efforts. When you create a link from a regular website or a blog site try to insert the link on one of these 3 words: car donation, car donations, donate a car

These words that you are linking to us on are called “anchor text” and when we get a link on these words our site becomes better know for each term and therefore we rank better in the search engines when someone searches them. Depending on your website or blog, the method for linking may differ but they all involve some basic knowledge of HTML.