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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
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Re: Donating my Cal 29 to Charity
I have donated a few old cars. The rules changed several years ago. It used to be that they would give you a copy of the "blue book" value, and that was always for a mint condition car, and likely four to six times what the charity will get for it. They changed the rules and now they sell it and then give you a receipt for what they got for it. I am sure you will not get more than a $1000 deduction if that.
I agree with Alex there are some problems with the boat that are going to limit you to how much you get for it. Outboard, and porta-pottie are two things that would make me not want to even look. I would remove the fact that you have been living on it for a year, as it will scare a lot of folks away, figuring it is messy and what not.
Now what are you considering low ball? You say it is worth at least 8,000 but that is what you are asking. If someone is asking 8, I would likely start negotiations at 5 or so. You are also complaining that people want to finance, yet you are offering to do just that in the title of your ad, so of course you are getting people who want to do that. If you are leaving town no way would I want to get involved in that, so why offer in the ad?
Basically you are complaining that you are getting the people you are asking for in your ad. Also ad does not mention year. But it is an old boat, made between 71 and 74? I think you are over valuing it, easy to do for something you love. Nice boat, and looks to be in decent shape from the couple of pictures. Also the YouTube video does not even have much footage of you boat. I would also keep pictures of the kids off Craigslist, as there are a lot of creeps out there!