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Dec 11, 2023
K4K, known for infamous jingle, heads to court in trademark infringement case...

(Source amNY by Ben Branchfeld) Kars4Kids, the tri-state area charity known for its ubiquitous “1-877-KARS-4-KIDS” jingle, heads to court this week amid a fierce trademark infringement battle with a similarly-named Texas charity.

For more than two decades, New Jersey-based Kars4Kids has become known around the country for its near-constant advertising on radio and television featuring a jingle that has been widely described as an earworm. The jingle features young children imploring listeners to “donate your car today,” with proceeds from the car’s sale being used to fund enrichment programming for local youth.

But the organization has been locked in a years-long legal battle with a Texas charity with a similar name, America Can! Cars for Kids, which also solicits used car donations and uses the proceeds to help young people. Cars for Kids was founded in 1992, with Kars4Kids coming on the scene in 1994.

After years of legal threats, Kars4Kids sued Cars for Kids in 2014, alleging trademark infringement, and Cars for Kids countersued the following year. In 2019, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled in favor of Cars for Kids, and ordered its alleged imitator to fork over $10 million in damages. Kars4Kids has appealed the ruling, and the two parties will appear in federal court in New Jersey this week for a hearing.

“Hopefully after that, everything will be done and we’ll be able to move on,” said Colin Weatherwax, CEO of Dallas-based Cars for Kids, in an interview with amNewYork Metro. “We obviously want to recoup some of our costs, but at the end of the day we just want what is rightfully ours, which is our name.”

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Dec 07, 2023
Want To Donate Your Car? Here's What To Do First

Donating your car to charity can be a great way to give back to the community, reduce your tax bill, and get rid of a vehicle you no longer need. But before you donate your car, you should do some research to ensure it will be put to good use and provide the maximum benefit to the charity.

This blog post will discuss a few important tasks you should do before donating your car to charity to ensure a positive impact on the cause you choose to support.

Research the Charity

Conducting thorough research on your chosen charity helps you ensure that it's a legitimate, registered non-profit organization with a proven track record that will use your donation wisely. This step safeguards your goodwill gesture against any potential misuse.

Some charities apply a significant portion of donations to administrative costs, leaving less for the cause they claim to support. This information can be found on the charity's website, where they are required to disclose their financial information.

You can also check independent charity watchdog organizations that provide ratings and reviews of various charities to get a better understanding of their operations and impact.

You also want to make sure your chosen charity aligns with your values and supports causes that are important to you. For example, if you're passionate about helping needy children, you may want to donate your car to an organization that specifically focuses on providing education, healthcare, or other support services to underprivileged children.

An internet search should yield a wealth of information about the charity's operations, including its tax-exempt status, mission statement, and impact report. This kind of transparent information helps confirm the charity's legitimacy and assures that your car donation will indeed play a part in making a child's dream come true.

Find Out How the Car Will Be Used

Understanding how the charity plans to use your donated car is vital before committing to donate. It adds a layer of transparency and helps you make a more informed decision.

You might find that some charities will sell the car and use the proceeds to fund their projects, while others might use the vehicle in their daily operations.

For instance, if you donate to the charity in the earlier example, they might use the car to transport children to and from school or medical appointments. Others might decide to fix the car and gift it to a needy family or use it as part of their outreach programs.

You can also inquire about the charity's policies for accepting vehicle donations to see if they will accept non-running cars or those in need of significant repairs. Some organizations may have specific requirements for the condition and type of vehicle they accept, so it's best to clarify this beforehand.

In addition, knowing how your car will be used can also affect the tax deductions you can claim. If the charity uses the car for its operations or gives it to a family in need, you can claim a deduction for its fair market value.

However, if the charity sells the car, your deduction is limited to the gross proceeds from the sale. This information can significantly impact your tax planning if you want to maximize your charitable contributions.

Cars for Kids offers an easy and hassle-free donation process that allows you to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children in need. Our organization is committed to transparency and ethical operations, ensuring that your car donation will have a positive and lasting effect on the community we serve. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our programs and how you can help make a difference today.

Dec 04, 2023
Cars for Kids and YMCA Forge Dynamic Holiday Partnership on The Consumer Team Show

In an exciting development, two community powerhouses, Cars for Kids and YMCA, are joining hands for a festive collaboration this Holiday Season. The vibrant partnership took center stage on The Consumer Team Show on KRLD, where Pete Thomson engaged in a dynamic conversation with Giselle Patterson, the Executive Director of YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, and Colin Weatherwax, the CEO of Cars for Kids.

The discussion illuminated the shared commitment of both organizations to bring joy and support to communities during the holiday festivities. Giselle Patterson shared insights into the YMCA's longstanding dedication to community well-being, emphasizing the impact of collective efforts during the Holiday Season. Colin Weatherwax, representing Cars for Kids, expressed the organization's enthusiasm for collaborating with the YMCA, highlighting the unique ways in which their partnership aims to make a positive difference.

Listeners of The Consumer Team Show were treated to an insider's view of how these organizations plan to leverage their strengths and resources to create a meaningful impact. As the conversation unfolded, it became evident that this collaboration is not just about events; it's about building a community where everyone feels supported and celebrated during the holiday season.

With the holiday spirit in full swing, the partnership between Cars for Kids and YMCA is set to exemplify the true meaning of giving back.

Nov 29, 2023
Turning Flooded Challenges into Opportunities! Cars for Kids CEO, Colin Weatherwax, Joins Bronxnet Open TV

Thrilled to have our CEO, Colin Weatherwax, in conversation with Kibin Alleyne on Bronxnet Open TV discussing the recent NYC floods and how damaged vehicles can make a difference!

🌊 Key Highlights:

  • 🚗 Vehicle Donations: Learn how donating flood-damaged vehicles to Cars for Kids can contribute to a brighter future for kids in the New York community.
  • 🤝 Building Opportunities: Turning challenges into opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of children.

📺 Tune In:

Let's join hands in transforming adversity into hope! Your support can drive change and help kids build a better future. 🌟👧👦 #CarsForKids #CommunityStrong #NYCFloodRelief 🚗💙

Nov 28, 2023
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