- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Free turkey giveaway today at Rosenthals

Nine Rosenthalauto.com dealers will be giving away 1,000 turkeys today beginning at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Bob Rosenthal.

“It’s just one more way to thank our customers and the communities we serve,” said the area auto executive. No purchase is necessary to receive a turkey while supplies last.

The turkeys will be available at: Landmark Honda in Alexandria; Rosenthal Chevrolet; Rosenthal Jeep/Chrysler and Arlington Mazda in Arlington; Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover in Chantilly; Fairfax Honda /Volkswagen/Volvo in Fairfax; Gaithersburg Mazda and Rosenthal Acura in Gaithersburg; and Rosenthal Jag-uar/Land Rover in Tysons Corner. Directions and other details can be found at Rosenthalauto.com on the Internet.

Muscle, classic car calendars available

Muscle car and American classic car fanciers can get 2006 color wall calendars online that may feature their favorite models. The calendars are sold by Avalanche Publishers. They are the work of photographer Dan Lyons.

He uses Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet and Pontiac models for the muscle car calendar, and includes specifications and under-the-hood shots.

The classic car calendar features Ford, Chevrolet, Plymouth and Chrysler models, along with historical information and close-up shots.

For pricing and ordering information on the 16-month calendars, visit www.avalanchepub.com or call 800/888-6421.

Try BookFinder.com for car information

The Internet can come to the rescue of auto enthusiasts looking for hard-to-find books and other material on the subject.

Try the online book search engine www.BookFinder.com.

BookFinder is a free service that scans an estimated 40 million books on any subject and connects searchers with a network of thousands of booksellers.

“Shoppers can order directly from the bookseller of their choice,” says Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of the service.

The young entrepreneur developed BookFinder.com in 1996 as a class project at the University of California at Berkeley.

Touting the value of his service to auto enthusiasts, Mr. Chatterjee says: “You may not be able to afford a vintage vehicle, but you can always read about it.”

Find out about giving a vehicle to charity

People wishing to donate a vehicle to charity for tax purposes can still do so, but with a lower limit on the value actually claimed.

Previously, donors could cite the industry Blue Book value when giving a vehicle to charity. But the federal government has tightened up its rules.

Now $500 is the most a donor can claim initially. If the charity sells the vehicle at auction for more money, it notifies the donor for tax purposes. Donated vehicles with a value of more than $5,000 require an independent appraisal.

Most important: Donors who want an income-tax deduction for a vehicle must get a validating receipt from the charity of their choice.

For more information, call the IRS at 800/829-3676 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays or go online at www.irs.ustreas.gov. The government also provides A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations (IRS Publication 4303).

There are still plenty of organizations looking for donated vehicles. A list can be found on the Internet at America’s Car Donation Charity Center at wwwdonatacar.com.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Use fax number 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication on Friday.

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