Between 2010 and 2021, the amount of donations declared to the tax services by individuals has doubled. This also works for the car. Rather than trying to sell it, French people who wish to part with their vehicle can share it with the 13.3 million French people in “insecure mobility situations”. Created in 2005, the Autos du cœur association collects vehicles throughout France through its 80 volunteers. The beneficiaries, identified through social workers, can be workers in precarious situations, over-indebted households, single mothers, young people or even retirees.
This donation to this recognized association of general interest allows them to benefit from a tax deduction equivalent to 66% of the value of their vehicle, based on “the gross rating of the Centrale or the rating of Argus”, details Gérard Blottiere, president of the association. Another advantage is that the donor has no responsibility for the sale. “We assume everything,” adds the manager, also mentioning that the association provides a three-month guarantee for the beneficiaries of the approximately 200 cars donated each year. Although the figure may still seem anecdotal, the idea is gaining ground. “It’s more difficult with the crisis, the rise in second-hand prices and the drop in purchases of new cars,” notes Gérard Blottière who took over the association three years ago.
In 2024, it hopes to be able to allocate around 300 vehicles. The prerequisites for being able to transfer your vehicle: having a technical inspection dated less than 24 months and a mileage of less than 150,000 km for gasoline engines (200,000 km for diesels). Before being sold, each vehicle is reconditioned by a garage, with an up-to-date technical inspection and a complete cleaning, in order to deliver a clean and secure vehicle at prices ranging between €2,600 and €6,000. Another platform has just launched in 2021, givevotrevoiture.org. Created by Roole and Solidarauto, it has recorded, since December 2022, 432 donation proposals.
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