Manuel Lianez experienced a nightmare scenario when he sold some of his landscaping company's out-of-service vehicles to a few of his employees many years ago. It began when one of the employees was involved in a car accident.
Fortunately, Lianez's landscaping company, T.L.I. Industries in Perris, Calif., had obtained a release of liability when the vehicle was sold. But that didn?t stop the other party involved in the crash from suing T.L.I.
"Obviously, they're not going to sue [the employee]. They're going to think 'this company probably has a lot more money than this guy,'" says Lianez, who is CEO of the industrial landscaper. "They tried to sue us, and it got really ugly. We lost a lot of work time and it was a lot of stress." Lianez oversees about 45 company vehicles, in addition to various pieces of equipment such as backhoes and tractors.
Lianez later heard about a Moreno Valley, Calif.-based company called National Charity Support (NCS), which specializes in handling vehicle donations to worthy charities. NCS handles the entire vehicle donation process, helping companies contribute to a cause while receiving a tax write-off that is often a higher amount of money than companies could get by selling the vehicle.
"Now, we're able to get a better write-off and no headache," Lianez says.
NCS also helps companies avoid the liability and potential lawsuits that can arise from selling vehicles. Companies with small fleets of vehicles get a tax write-off from the donation, generate positive public relations for their company and avoid the paperwork and other headaches often involved with donating a vehicle.