Car donation in San Jose has never been easier than when you choose to donate to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. To donate a vehicle, all you need to do is contact our team and set up a time for your vehicle to be picked up. We will even take vehicles that are no longer running. However, if you have a vehicle that is still operable and you want to invest some time in readying it for sale, the following are some tips you can use to get your vehicle ready. Once you donate your vehicle through our car donation program, we will sell your vehicle and use the funds toward local community programs. Your donation will directly support those in need within our community. So while you are welcome to leave your vehicle in its current condition, the following tips will help improve the resale value of your vehicle.

Start With An Interior Cleanup

The first place to begin is with a quick sweep of the interior of your vehicle. Grab a trash bag and a small box. Start with grabbing anything that should be thrown away and fill your trash bag with these items. In addition to trash, it is likely that other items have accumulated in your vehicle. Check under seats, in glove boxes, and in your trunk for items you’d like to keep and throw them in your box.

Wipe Down & Vacuum

Now that your vehicle is emptied of trash and your personal effects, you can start by vacuuming the seats and floors. Start with vacuuming so that you can get rid of the worst of the dirt and debris before you begin cleaning the rest of the vehicle. Don’t forget to vacuum out your trunk as well.

Once you have vacuumed your vehicle you can start wiping down the dashboard and cup holders. Grab a bucket of warm water and a soft cloth and start by removing the worst of the dirt and grime. To leave your interior looking its best, use a finishing cleaning that is designed for car interiors. If you have leather seats, use a leather friendly cleaner to wipe down the seats and armrests.

Leave Your Windows Sparkling

Finally, grab some glass cleaner and a soft rag and clean the inside of your vehicle’s windows. Get rid of any fingerprints, dog slobber, or built-up grime.

Run Your Vehicle Through A Car Wash

As a last step to leave your vehicle looking its finest, run it through a car wash. Even a quick, basic car wash will improve the appearance of your vehicle drastically. Dry your vehicle off afterward to prevent dirt from clinging to your now clean car.

Remember, if you are interested in car donation in San Jose, you can simply call our team and schedule a time for us to pick up your vehicle. While cleaning your vehicle and getting it ready for sale is a nice, extra touch, we will take vehicles in any condition. Donate your car today to contribute to supporting those in need in our local community.