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Cash for Your Car vs. A Charitable Donation for Tax Relief: Surprising Information You Need to Know

salvage tow utahDonating an item, services, time and more in an effort to help others can be applauded, and of course, the idea that you’ll receive a tax break can be an appealing incentive.

Unfortunately, donations are not always as cut and dry as billboards and television commercials make it seem. Although you would think a charitable donation would make financial sense, this is not often the case.

How do you determine whether to donate your vehicle or call a service that will offer you cash for your car? Keep a few critical pieces of information in mind.

If a tax write off is your goal, be careful when choosing a charity.  

Does your charity qualify as a 501(c)(3)?

If you don’t know, confirm it via the IRS’ website. (You could call them at (877) 829-5500, however, but you’ll likely be on hold for quite a while.)

You can only deduct ‘Fair Market Value’ —and only under very specific conditions.

Such as?

1. You must itemize your deductions.

2. If you’ve always filed (or plan to continue to file) a 1040EZ, you cannot deduct any amount for your car.

3. Filing a regular, itemized 1040 tax form with the automobile being your sole deduction is accepted… Unfortunately, that’s typically not a great choice unless you’re a rare person who is dying to pay the IRS more than they must.

How do you receive a maximum deduction? Your donation must fit within these guidelines:

1. If a charity auctions your vehicle for a sum of $500 or less, you can claim either the fair market value, or $500… whichever amount ends up being less. Yep, you read that correctly: the lesser of the two numbers. (Ouch!)

2. The Charity plans to make use of your vehicle in its own work. (Example: delivering meals to the needy, shopping for the disabled, etc…)

3. The charity will be making material improvements to your vehicle in order to prolong its life. Minor repairs do not count —this basically means engine work, transmission work, and things along those lines.

4. The charity sells (or gifts) your vehicle to a needy person at a rate well below fair market value as part of their mission to help those in need of reliable transportation.

How do you determine ‘fair’ market value?

If you’re familiar with sites such as Kelly Blue Book, you’ve likely used their tool in an attempt to determine how much your car may be worth. The same premise applies here, however, you must describe the vehicle accurately.

You can’t claim your base model 1998 Audi A8 with 295,000 miles is the same as a fully loaded 2010 Audi A8 with 56,000 miles. Any comparison must be apples-to-apples. 

Getting ‘Fair Market Value’ is rare.

In most cases, few of the cars picked up by these charities are suitable to give to the people they’re trying to help.

The CEO of 1.800.Charity.Cars told Edmunds.com, only about 5% of the vehicles they pick up actually go to their clients. What happens to the remaining cars? A hefty portion end up going straight to salvage (aka junkyards.) The others are sold at auction.

A key piece of information:

Although you can donate to charities as much as you want, the IRS does limit how much of those donations you can claim on your tax return. The magic number? Charitable donations cannot exceed 50% of your gross income.

At the end of the day, your car is not a dollar-for-dollar item. How much your taxes will benefit will depend entirely on your tax bracket. If you’re in the 15% tax bracket and donate a car that is only worth $1,000, your actual reduction in taxes is a whopping $150.

Cash for Cars

After reading the above, you may be realizing that a tax deductible donation is not the best way to go.

There are plenty of vehicle removal services that will buy your old car (this is especially true in the case of cars that no longer run) for cash. Some companies offer a $200 minimum, which, as you can see, may be of more help than $150 off your taxes.

If you’re interested in learning more cash for cars, give us a call —we’re happy to answer any questions you may have, or set up a time that's convenient for you to have us remove your old vehicle.

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8 Need-to-Know Tips for Avoiding Towing Scams and Fraud

We want to prevent you from becoming their next victim...

If you’ve been in an accident or experienced a breakdown, you may have called a towing company for help. While most of us are honest, hard-working people, there are always a few who will try to take advantage of you when you’re at your most vulnerable.  These horror stories make us angry!

If you’ve had to call for an emergency tow, you’ve got enough on your plate. Our 8 safe towing tips will teach you what to look for in order to avoid towing scams, fraudulent practices, and inflated costs, so you can have the peace of mind to focus on the real issue at hand.

1. Does your warranty cover roadside service?

If you have a new(er) vehicle (typically one made in the last 4 years) roadside service may be included as part of your purchase or warranty. If you are unsure, contact your local dealership to see what, if anything, is included with your vehicle. You may be covered and not know it.

2. Understand what insurance will cover.

Insurance policies can vary greatly, so it’s important for you to know whether yours includes roadside assistance coverage. Don’t wait until you are in an accident —contact your insurance agent to determine the policy limits.

Additionally, find out how your insurance company handles towing in the event that you are in an accident that requires a professional tow, and how much insurance will cover.

3. Be weary if a tow truck arrives when you never contacted them for help.

It’s tempting to feel as if this person was a miraculous godsend. Although many of us do stop out of kindness, you are better off airing on the side of caution.

4. When the tow truck arrives, make sure the name on the truck matches who was called, and matches all documentation to come.

5. Don’t give too much personal information.

Your first name may be one thing, but a towing company shouldn’t need your social security number or your first-born child.

6. Don’t give out too much insurance information.

There have been instances in which shady companies will use your personal information and insurance information to pretend to be your insurance company. It’s not common, but it’s best to protect yourself from the start.

7. Before you let a towing company take your vehicle…

  • Make sure you have your own copy of the invoice or cost of breakdown of all services. This includes all towing fees, daily storage rates if applicable, as well as any additional charges.
  • Make sure you know where your vehicle is being towed, address and phone number included.

8. If you encounter a driver who refuses to leave, or in the event that you suspect fraud, contact law enforcement.

The majority of us are good people who want to help you when you need us most. If you have been in an accident, need a tow in Salt Lake, or want more information on towing services in Utah, please contact us today. We're at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CALL US for Emergency Towing Service in Salt Lake City at 801.975.9422

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Off-Road Recovery: The Best in Utah Towing

Utah is filled with off-road vehicles.  Thousands of locals throughout the state have found a passion for off-roading and for good reason.  Between the mountains, the deserts, and the salt flats, Utah has more off-roading terrain than almost anywhere in the US.

While off-roading may have a ton of upside, there is also a downside.  As humans, we have made no effort to groom the off-road terrain; so, when off-roading, you always take the chance that your vehicle will get stuck in a ditch.

Utah has seen its fair share of cars and 4x4’s sliding off of snowy and icy roads, and seeing vehicles end up upside down when driving through a mountain pass.  More times than not, the result of the accidents is a rough towing job, and a big bill to repair your car.

Here at Evans, we have seen it all.  We have pulled dozens of cars out of ditches. We have flipped cars right side up after they have tumbled off of a mountain pass.  

What makes us different from our competitors is that we have the experience needed to safely recover vehicles, and to do so with the least damage to your car or off-roader.

Our equipment is state-of-the-art and our crew is first rate.  So, when you find yourself in that situation, don’t hesitate to call Evans and Sons Towing.  We’re available 24 hours/day and we’re ready to help you when you need us most. 

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Safe Driving Insurance: Why It's Needed, and Why It's Not What You'd Think

You may be surprised to know that you need safe-driving insurance. Although not technically required, this form of insurance does not bill monthly or bi-annually through your insurance company. Why? Your best insurance for safe driving is high quality tires.

Although there are many different brands, the best tires are typically not found by going to your nearest tire center and purchasing the least expensive tire set. Asking a sales person for a recommendation is a good idea, however, it is best to go armed with knowledge about what you know you need.

  • Do some research on your vehicle.
  • Consult your car manual to see what is suggested.
  • If you do not have it, another idea would be talking to your dealer to see what they typically use.
  • Additionally, get recommendations for a reputable tire center in your area. Just because they are a large chain store does not mean they will automatically give you the best tire advice.

Now you’ve determined and purchased the proper tires. Don’t stop now —maintenance is important too.

Here are four simple maintenance tips to keep in mind:

  1. Maintain proper air pressure. (Many tire centers will check your tires and put in air for free if you purchased your tires from them!)
  2. Have your tires rotated and balanced at the recommended intervals.
  3. Not drive on old, worn tires. When they’re used, they’re used and you need to purchase a new set.
  4. If you have an all-wheel drive vehicle, it is important to replace all four tires. Why should you replace four tires simultaneously if you have an AWD? Because of the way these cars use their wheels individually, it is imperative that the wear-pattern match one another. Not doing so often means time, money, and lots of headache.

Despite your best efforts and having done everything recommended, you may still get stuck due to circumstances beyond your control. This can be frightening, especially in severe weather.

Safe-driving insurance doesn’t end with the operating condition of your vehicle. Keep the following items in your car in the event that you become stranded and must wait for roadside service.

Emergency Kit for Your Car

  • Blanket
  • Can opener
  • Non-perishable, pre-cooked food items (think protein bars, canned fruits & veggies, instant oatmeal packets, etc…)
  • Matches
  • Maps —No, not just the GPS. Regardless of your GPS system, something that cannot self-destruct is a backup that’s important to have. Technology is great, but it’s not a guarantee. You won’t be sorry for being prepared.
  • Case of bottled water
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Fire extinguisher

No one wants to think they will be stranded, especially not in a brutal Utah winter. The unfortunate reality is, it can happen to any one of us. Luckily, if you follow these safe driving insurance tips, you’ll be prepared in the event the worst happens to you.

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Is a salvaged SUV a good Utah deal?

Utah drivers love to save money and a salvaged SUV may seem like a good deal. When you compare the prices of a salvaged SUV and a brand new one side-by-side, you can see how you can save a bundle. But you need to be smart about it or you could get burned with a really bad deal.

The biggest problem with buying a salvaged SUV in Utah – or any salvage vehicle – is “the mystery factor”. It can be difficult to discover the true history of a salvage car simply because there are so many ways a vehicle can be designated as “salvage”. In some cases, the damage can be extensive, while in other scenarios, damage that is merely cosmetic can get a SUV labeled as “salvaged”.

Of course, you can run a vehicle check through Carfax or a similar service. This will provide some information and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a complete picture of the vehicle’s history. However, only a complete and thorough inspection will tell you everything you need to know.

So buying a salvage vehicle can be risky. It’s important to know what you’re getting into or to have someone experienced to give you some advice before you write the check.

Another thing to consider is that you may have difficulty getting insurance in Utah for a salvaged SUV, or you may have to pay a larger premium to get the vehicle insured. Some insurance companies will only insure a salvage vehicle for a hefty rate, and some may only insure a salvaged SUV for a fraction of its replacement value. Be sure to ask these questions of an insurance company before you lock yourself into a policy that doesn’t meet your needs.

If you’re considering fixing up a salvaged SUV for resale in Utah, be sure to do your homework. Depending on the damage that needs to be repaired, you may, or may not, be able to get your asking price. Buyers are often wary of salvage vehicles that have been repaired, for a number of good reasons. Here are just a few:

-       A salvaged SUV can’t be valued like a regular vehicle because each one has a different history. For example, online sites, like BlueBook.com won’t value a SUV with a salvage title.

-       Salvage vehicles are sometimes repaired with sub-par replacement parts. It’s often difficult to see these parts as many of them may not be easily visible.

-       Once a vehicle has been branded as a “salvage” vehicle, it is designated as a salvage car for the rest of its life. This means that anyone buying the repaired vehicle – even if it has been restored to 100% running condition – will have to deal with the insurance and resale problems that go along with that designation.

Even with all the caution you should exercise when buying a salvaged SUV, it can be a good deal. If you plan to use it as a basic, everyday vehicle in Utah, a salvaged SUV can be a great deal. 

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What you need to know about towing in Utah

Living in Utah, for many people, means boating, camping, fishing, 3-wheeling, or some other outdoor pastime. If you plan to do any of these, the chances are that you will need to do some towing.

If you’ve never done it before, towing in Utah’s recreational lands might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Towing an average-sized trailer is easier than it looks, but it does require some basic know-how, a little practice, and the common sense to adjust your driving to suit road conditions. When you’re towing, everything you do while driving has to be done differently from how you would drive if you were not pulling a trailer.

If you’re braking, allow yourself twice the distance you would usually allow for stopping. The same thing applies to changing lanes; allow room for both your vehicle and the trailer before shifting over. Accelerate and slow down smoothly and gradually – no “rabbit” stops or starts!

Be sure to obey Utah’s laws regarding towing. At a minimum, all trailers need to have working taillights and brake lights and that all towing trailers must be registered with the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles.

Most people in Utah wind up towing a boat or camper trailer, or a vehicle trailer for a 3-wheeler or similar vehicle. Whether you’re towing any of these, the same basic towing information applies to any towing application. This is because what you are towing and what you are towing it with, no matter where in Utah you are towing, mainly depends on weights and capabilities.

The tow vehicle is as important as the load you are pulling. For example, if you are towing a boat to the lake, you can usually do so easily with most pickup trucks. However, if you plan on towing to one of Utah’s high mountain lakes, you may need the power of a heavy-duty engine to get you through some of our mountain passes.

For towing a load of 2,000 pounds or more through Utah you will definitely need a tow-friendly vehicle, such as an SUV. In fact, even a small SUV is a good choice for the average-sized boat or camper. For heavier loads, such as a large camper of loaded horse trailer, you’re best off with a solid half-ton pickup with lots of horsepower and torque.

Consider, too, whether your vehicle’s transmission, brakes, and rear axle can cope with the added weight and demands on them. If you’re planning on towing in the Utah mountains regularly, a three-quarter ton pickup should be in your future plans.

After the vehicle, the most critical element of your towing setup is your trailer towing hitch.

Trailer hitches are rated according to capacity of the load weight and tongue weight, so you should know the planned weight of your load, and select accordingly. Remember to calculate the added weight of supplies, etc. which you plan to load and carry in your camper or boat.

“Load weight” refers to the expected Gross Trailer Weight. “Tongue weight” refers to the downward force exerted on the hitch ball (usually calculated at 10-15 percent of the maximum rated GTW). The tongue is the hitching mechanism at the front of the trailer. The coupler of the trailer is what accepts the hitch ball. Be sure your hitch ball is the correct dimension for the coupler.

Once you have determined how much weight you'll be towing, that your towing vehicle can handle Utah’s outdoors, and that the total weight won’t exceed the maximum towing capacity of your towing vehicle, you're ready to choose the proper hitch.

Most hitches can be bolted to the vehicle, and a bolt-on installation is the preferred method to attach your hitch. Many pickups and SUVs, especially in Utah, come ready for towing with a factory-equipped Class III hitch; the most popular class of hitch.

A Class III hitch can handle up to 5,000 pounds for hauling any load (car, boat, camper, or whatever). For heavier boats or campers, a Class IV hitch (up to 7,500 pounds) is preferred (if you don’t already own one, you should probably also consider a three-quarter-ton truck for towing these loads). In most cases, though, a Class III hitch will handle most campers, car trailers and small- to medium-sized boats if you’re towing in Utah.

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Shed Towing in Utah Made Easy

As a Utah towing company, we get a lot of shed moving requests. Most people here have backyards, and at least one shed; sometimes more.  Why would anybody go to the trouble of towing a shed? Lots of reasons!

Sometimes the homeowners are moving to a new residence in Utah and their new place doesn’t have a shed (or it has a shed that is too old or too small). It’s often cheaper to bring the shed they have with them, rather than build a new one.

Even when homeowners are not moving, there may still be good reasons for towing a shed. They may want to build a larger one in its place and move the smaller shed to a different location in the yard. Or they might want to remove the shed all together, and build something else – a garden gazebo or a swimming pool – on that spot.

Sp we get a lot of requests from Utah homeowners for towing a shed. But if you feel like having a crack at moving your shed yourself, here are some factors to consider before you start.

First of all, find out if you’ll need a permit to move your shed. In Utah, depending on where you move the shed within your own property, you may need a permit to have it in its new location. Check with your local zoning board before you go to the trouble of moving it – and have to move it again!

If you want to take the shed elsewhere in Utah, you may need a permit for towing a shed so that you can drive on the public roadways. Depending on the size of the shed, you may even need an escort vehicle. Your local public works office can advise you about towing a shed in Utah, so you don’t get pulled over.

Try to choose a day with dry, clear weather for towing the shed. Utah has lots of sunny days, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to work a find a good day for the task. Try to avoid moving or towing a shed on a damp or rainy day, since that will make the move more difficult.

For an experienced, professional towing company, towing a shed in one piece is a relatively simple job. But before you attempt to move the shed, it should be carefully checked for soundness and stability. If you are not experienced, it may be easier to disassemble the shed before towing, and rebuild it in the new location.

(Of course, if the shed is structurally damaged, it probably isn’t worth your time or effort to transport it.)

In Utah, moving a shed for towing is usually accomplished in one of two ways: either by raising the shed up on jacks and sliding it on to a flatbed trailer, or by using a series of rolling poles to move the shed some distance across level ground.

When you arrive at your destination, make sure you have the right foundation ready for your shed. You’ll need to be sure you are compliant with regulations for the local county or municipality in Utah, otherwise all your hard work towing a shed will be wasted!

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What to do if you need a bus tow in Utah

Picture this: your car breaks down on the road and you’re stuck. Not fun, right? But imagine that you’re driving a bus, and now you need a tow.

Keep in Mind: Finding a tow for a bus is a whole different game than getting a tow for a car.

Towing a car is not difficult. All you need is another vehicle that can get the dead vehicle moving. (OK, and a good neighbor or friend to help you out!)

But if you break down in a bus, getting a tow is an entirely different deal…

Towing a full-sized bus requires special equipment, and not every Utah towing company has that equipment. And even after you find a company that can tow the bus, you still need to take care of a few things first.

#1. Take care of your passengers before calling for a bus tow

Let’s hope that your bus just had some minor mechanical failure, and you were able to pull over to the side safely. In this case, your passengers are probably all fine. But what if you’ve been involved in an accident – or even worse, a rollover?

Before calling a towing company...

Make sure your passengers are okay! Does anyone require medical attention?

If there are injuries...

If there are injuries, regardless of how slight they may appear to be, your first call needs to be 9-1-1. Request an ambulance and provide the dispatcher with the location of the bus accident, as well as information on any suspected injuries as instructed.

If all passengers are unharmed...

Hopefully all of your passengers are unharmed. In this instance, it is your job to get them to a safe location outside of the bus. The majority of state towing regulations do not allow passengers to remain inside a bus during a tow. If you’re on a busy road, try to get all the passengers as far from the roadside as possible.

A potential exception:

In the event that your bus has a flat tire that can simply be repaired, it is likely okay for passengers can stay inside the bus until the tow truck comes to repair or change the tire.

#2. Call for a tow and a second bus

Once you have taken care of your passengers...

Once the passengers have been taken care of, it's time to call in a tow truck. Let the dispatcher know what is wrong with your bus. This will allow the driver to come prepared with the correct equipment to help or tow. If they need to bring a special winch or hitch, the driver can come prepared, and you don’t have to spend even more time waiting.

Minimizing delays in connections...

If your passengers are attempting to make a connection, it's also a good idea to ask dispatch to send an additional bus to be sent at the same time. Your passengers will thank you for doing your best to minimize the delay.

Nothing makes a breakdown or being stranded a whole lot of fun, however, being prepared will make a bad situation easier to handle should the need arise and you find yourself in need of towing for your bus.

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Vehicle Removal: How to Choose A Towing Company to Haul Away that Old Junker

If you have been meaning to find a vehicle removal company to get rid of a junk vehicle that’s rusting in your driveway or backyard, you’ll find there are plenty of companies offering this service.

Search online for “vehicle removal” and you’ll come up with plenty of names. Problem solved, right? Not quite!

Before you make that phone call, dig a little deeper. Not all companies that offer vehicle removal services are the same. For example, did you know that you could actually make money off your old, unwanted junk car?

Yes, you can. But if you don’t choose wisely, it could cost you money, instead of saving you money, to have your junk car towed.

So what should you look for in a vehicle removal company? Here are some tips that will help you save the most, while enjoying convenience and service:

1. Most all towing companies offer vehicle removal of a non-working vehicle.

However, some of these companies will charge you a fee to tow the car, van, or suv. When you consider that the towing company is going to take that vehicle straight to a local salvage yard and get paid cash for it, that seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?

Salvage yards will pay for a vehicle that doesn’t run because they can sell the parts and the scrap metal from the vehicles. That’s why the least a vehicle removal company can do is offer to tow your junk vehicle for free.

2. In addition to offering complimentary towing, a towing company should offer to pay you for removal of your vehicle.

Depending on the condition of the vehicle, even a non-working car, van, or SUV can fetch quite a lot of money for the towing company. Salvage yards can refurbish the parts and sell the leftover metal profitably for scrap. This makes it worth their while to pay for junk cars.

3. Expect payment when you hand over the vehicle title.

For the vehicle removal company to be able to sell the vehicle for salvage, they must have the title. When you give them the title, you are transferring ownership of the vehicle to them. If a company tells you they will pay you later, calmly, but firmly, insist that you must be paid when you give them the title.

If this is your first time looking for a vehicle removal company, these tips will help ensure that you don’t get ripped off. Or call Evans and Sons Auto and Vehicle Towing instead. We will offer you a fair price immediately, pay you cash on the spot, and tow your junk car for free.

If you have a vehicle you need to get rid of, vehicle removal doesn’t get any easier than that!

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Fun Facts About 18-Wheeler Tow Trucks

You see them on the road all the time —18-wheeler tow trucks hauling everything from foodstuffs to houses. How much do you really know about these big commercial rigs? Test your knowledge with a few our our Tow Truck Fun Facts!

Did you know...

  • An 18-wheeler tow truck is often called a “semi truck” and also just a “semi”. On these trucks, the truck cab and engine are separate from the trailer bed of the truck. Since the trailer has no front wheels and can be used only when connected to the tractor part of the truck, it's called a semi-trailer. The terms "semi" and "semi truck" evolved from that.
  • Most trailers on an 18-wheeler tow truck are about 53 feet long. The truck cab has brakes that are automatically applied when the trailer is disengaged or unattached to the truck. When the truck is connected to the trailer, and the engine is started up, the truck’s air pump releases the brakes so that the truck can roll down the road.
  • An 18-wheeler tow truck’s engine is designed to run constantly. The only time they need to be shut down is to change the oil, service the engine, or obey municipal idling laws.
  • Most cars hold 4 – 6 quarts of oil. An 18-wheeler tow truck holds 15 quarts or more of oil. Imagine asking your nearest Quik-Change to handle that! 
  • An 18-wheeler tow truck requires approximately 40 times the stopping length of the average automobile.
  • There are about 6 million semi trailers (or tractor trailers) registered for use in the U.S.
  • About 30% of all the 18-wheeler tow trucks operating in the United States are registered in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas.
  • 18-wheeler tow trucks keep the nation running. About 68% percent of all goods in the U.S. are hauled by semi trucks. That’s about 60,000 pounds per American, per year! The two largest commodities by weight are agricultural and building materials.
  • Semi truck operators cover lots and lots of miles in any given year. On the average, drivers will complete trips that total 140,000 miles or more each year.
  • A semi truck can be 20 feet wide or more. Yet drivers routinely maneuver through spaces with mere inches on each side – and never get a scratch on their 18-wheeler tow truck.  

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