The popularity of donating used cars to charity has increased in recent years, to the point of creating a subculture of companies that do nothing but collect and distribute old cars. Billboards, radio ads, flyers in the mail - they all attempt to encourage people to donate vehicles to charitable organizations in return for hefty tax deductions.

Nowhere is this more pervasive than on the Internet, where a search for "used car donations" on Google returned 1.64 million entries, with online donation centers topping the list.

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