It isn’t. Unless it’s my old Hyundai, and a 4 year old corporate laptop.
I loved that vehicle. It ran great, looked good, and best of all- it was fully paid for. Which to me, seemed like the perfect time to get rid of it. I figured that cars are like corporate IT equipment… unless they’re really old and beat up, there’s got to be SOME value left in them.
I HAVE donated cars before (to the Society for the Blind, so hopefully they aren’t driving it). I got to write it off, feel good that my piece of junk was going to be used for parts, and then (hopefully) not end up in a landfill somewhere. I consider it the equivalent of recycling computers, except my car didn’t have sensitive data in it that could ruin my reputation and cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars. At least, not that I remember. Or will admit to.
My Hyundai was different though. I would no more donate it than I would recommend an IT Manager recycle perfectly good computers. It didn’t have the latest in car technology – no keyless entry or built in navigation, but much like a 4 year old laptop, someone who wasn’t going to buy new was going to be getting a really good deal. Plus… I needed the money to help pay for my next car.
What I wasn’t sure of, was how I was going to recoup the value that was left. Just like different IT Asset disposal companies have different business models that result in a higher or lower return, I knew I could either trade my vehicle into the dealer, sell it to a used car lot, or sell it myself. In the end, I went with a dealer trade in because it was the easiest thing to do – they handled everything for me, cleaned it up for sale, and I made out pretty nicely. It’s exactly what we do with IT assets, although my car dealer wasn’t Authorized by Microsoft.
Now I drive a Kia Soul and I’m happy with it. It’s got a USB port, an ipod connection, AND Bluetooth. Now that I think of it, my Kia is even more like a laptop than my Hyundai was.